Prayer & Fasting

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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No prostrations (Malayalam: ‘kumbideel’) during the days from ‘Uyirpu’/Kymtho/Feast of Resurrection till the Feast of Pentecost!

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! The Holy Scripture states that there is time and season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1). The liturgical calendar of the Indian Orthodox Church observes a new season/a new period now: from Kymtho- Pentecost. During the Great Lent we expressed our penitence and repentance through a beautiful expression- prostrations/kumbideel (Malayalam).

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Gems from the holy fathers! (Feast of Resurrection)

With the onset of the Feast of Resurrection of our Lord, the liturgical calendar of the Indian Orthodox Church welcomed the new season- the joyous period from Kymtho till Feast of Pentecost. A word of caution (for this period) from the Late Lamented His Holiness Pope Shenouda III: “Not fasting during the fifty days from

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Importance of Third Tuesday of Great Lent # Day 16

Dear All in Jesus Christ, Preface for Meditation During this Great Lent we have to wear the Cross of Reconciliation – the Cross of Peace. Psalm 34:14 urges us to “seek peace and pursue it.” Peace will not come to us, indeed we are prone to create conflict and division rather than be at peace. That is music

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The Great Lent – Day 1

(Excerpt from the Sedro of Shubqono service for contemplation….Indeed beautiful!) “By Your love, make us to keep Your life-giving commandments. By Your love, make us children of peace and tranquility. By peace, unite the shepherds and their flocks. By Your peace, make the priests to rejoice in their offerings. By Your peace, perfect Your Church

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A contemplation: Rebekah and the Wedding at Cana (The Sacrament of Marriage and its mystery in the Old Testament!)

Perhaps it is a great irony that today the world celebrates the commercial exploitation of ‘worldly love’ and tomorrow in the Divine Liturgy we will commemorate how the presence of Jesus Christ blessed the wedding of a humble Galilean couple with the sign of conversion of water to wine. We are told by St John

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On Jesus Prayer and Prayer Rope: Aim and essence of Jesus Prayer

(This part is a continuation of On Jesus prayer: Emergence of Jesus Prayer) Shalom+ According to St Meletius the Confessor, “Those who see nothing during their prayer see God” In order to experience the true essence of Jesus prayer we must come into union with God, resulting to a total agreement with God’s will. If

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Gems from the prayers of the Nineveh Fast for contemplation! (Day 3)

This day let us dedicate our fasting and prayers for the fellow brethren who are being persecuted! “God who answered Jonah in the belly of fish, and commanded it to pour out him on the land, speedily answer Your Church that beseeches You with sorrow. Behold persecutors have surrounded it from all sides”- [Qolo- Wednesday

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Gems from the prayers of Nineveh lent for contemplation!

“Jonah ran away from God; And Ninevites from purity. Justice seized both of them as guilty. They repented and both were rescued – Jonah was preserved in the sea and Ninevites on earth! ” -[ Bo’utho of Mar Ephrem, Monday Lilyo (Night prayers), second qaumo)] Lord have mercy! Gems from the prayers of the Nineveh

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