A Special Edition of Malankara World Journal to commemorate Ascension
Feast is now available online.
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*Highlights of the Current Issue
This issue is dedicated to Ascension Feast
Bible Readings for Ascension Thursday (Lectionary)
*Sermons for Ascension*
Bible Commentaries and sermons based on the prescribed reading for
Ascension Feast is covered in depth. We have provided a well balanced
coverage including classical sermons and commentary combined with more
contemporary work. This will be a valuable resource to our clergy as
well as to our laity as a bible study/meditation tool.
*What is Ascension Feast?*
The fortieth day after Easter Sunday, commemorates the Ascension of
Christ into heaven, according to Mark:16:19, Luke:23:51, and Acts:1:2.
In the Eastern Church this feast was known as analepsis (the taking up) and as the episozomene (the salvation). The terms used in the West, ascensio and ascensa, signify that Christ was raised up by His own powers. Mount Olivet, near Bethany, is designated as the place where Christ left the earth. The feast falls on Thursday, and it is one of the most solemn in the calendar, ranking with the feasts of the Passion, Easter and Pentecost.
*I am the Alpha and the Omega*
"Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense, to repay every one
for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end." Bible Passage to reflect on.
*God Has Gone Up with a Shout*
The icon of the Ascension feast notes the mystery of the event by
placing Christ within a circle, known as a Mandorla, the traditional way to denote that something is beyond or normal vision or understanding.
The Scriptures say that among the disciples who were present at His
ascension, there were some "who doubted." A fascinating look at icon making.
*In the Beginning - A Prayer Meditation*
A poignat prayer for meditation
*Who Am I?*
In US, this is also the time for the graduation ceremonies. This article combines the Ascension feast with an introspection. We will bring a companion "Who am I" article from an Orthodox perspective in a future edition of the Journal.
One of the most important teaching of Jesus is what I call "Servant
Leadership." Jesus has told his disciples that whoever want to be a
leader must serve others. Jesus demonstrated that by washing the legs of the disciples. Somehow or other this concept has lost on our leadership and laity. We are all fighting for important positions in church while forgetting the sick and downtrodden. You can read more about Servant Leadership in Malankara World:
*Continuing the Work of the Master*
A captivating sermon on Ascension with two stories that brings out what the disciples went through emotionally when Jesus bid them Good Bye on Ascension day.
*On Ascension Day*
A Russian Orthodox perspective on ascension: Ascension marks the last
day of Christ's physical presence on Earth. This marks the fulfillment
of all things, since His Conception at the Annunciation to the Holy
Virgin, His Birth and all the events of His earthly life, recorded for
us in the Gospels.
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Dr. Jacob Mathew
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