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The Jesus Prayer – Part 2

Part 1 – (Click here) Yesterday we learnt the introduction of the Jesus Prayer, as an ‘arrow prayer’ which is centered on the Holy Name of Jesus and when used specifically cab help us to just sit and look at God. There are two versions to the Jesus Prayer – Greek and Russian. Both versions

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The Jesus Prayer

Glory to the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, One True God. What is The Jesus Prayer? In the Gospel of St. Luke we read the apostles asking Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray”. And the Lord at that time taught them The Lord’s Prayer. In our time today, we increasingly find ourselves

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Ma (On The Mother’s Day)

Glory to the Triune God, Dear Friends in Christ, Wish you all are having a prayerful time while we wait for the blessed Feast of Pentecost. For the past one week, I am seeing all the newspapers, television ads, radio ads focusing on “Mother’s Day” offers. But I feel one doesn’t need a particular need

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May 10- Commemorating the Apostle- St Simon the Zealot

Today the liturgical calendar of the Indian Orthodox Church commemorates the Apostle- St Simon the Zealot, one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ! Simon the Zealot (St. Luke 6:15, Acts of the Apostle 1:13) is also called Simon the “Canaanite” (St. Matthew 10:4, St. Mark 3:18). The word translated “Canaanite” is of Hebrew origin

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St John the Apostle- He is termed the ‘Theologian’

He had no education, no learning from any theological schools or seminaries! All he had a pure heart with an unflinching love for his Master. As a child lovingly sleeps in his mother’s bosom, he, with a heart of a little child, took refuge in his Master’s bosom at the Last Supper- and therein he

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Together we worship! – Day 2 (A series on the Orthodox concept of praying for the departed ones and seeking the intercession of saints)

To Read Part I – Click Here In the chapel, Uncle John grabs the prayer book and flips through it. He sees a prayer (Malayalam: ‘Anugrahangal Niranjirikunnavane’) and reads it aloud. Uncle John: “O Thou, full of mercy, renew Thy creation at the resurrection. O Lord, comfort and absolve our departed ones, who died with

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Together we worship! – Day 1 (A series on the Orthodox concept of praying for the departed ones and seeking the intercession of saints).

The trio of Blessy, Mariam and Riya have invited Uncle John to their parish for witnessing the evening prayer. They have arrived an hour early. Blessy: Hey Uncle John! So a big welcome to you in our parish. We are an hour early so that does give us a lot of time to talk about

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May 1st- Commemorating St James the Apostle (son of Zebedee)

Today the liturgical calendar of the Indian Orthodox Church commemorates the Apostle- St James the Greater (son of Zebedee), one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ! The two sons of Zebedee (James and John) were called by the Lord upon the Sea of Galilee, where the brothers together with their father Zebedee were engaged

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Feet washing Service at Coptic Church

Khristos Anesti! +++ Feet Washing service in Coptic Church and Indian Church: This Service is observed in remembrance of what happened on Holy Thursday when Jesus washed the feet of his twelve disciples prior to the Last Supper. And laid an example to all Christians showing the extent of humility in Christian life. This year

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On Jesus Prayer and Prayer Rope: A Ropemaker

(This part is a continuation of On Jesus prayer: Aim and essence of Jesus Prayer)   Shalom+++ Many people consider grace of Jesus prayer as an outcome of Prayer ropes. In another sense, making it more materialistic as a result of human effort. It is on contrary a gift from God, the free gift of his grace,

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