This is a special edition of Malankara World Journal for the Ettu
Nombu, an exclusive lent observed by Malankara Christians worldwide.
Issue 161 for Ettu Nomb Day - 1 (September 1, 2013) is now available
TABLE OF CONTENTS Issue No: 161
Ettu Nomb (8 Days Lent) Special - Day 1
2. Inspiration for Today: Faith Is More Than Believing Something
Faith is more than believing something; faith is believing Someone.
Faith is not committing yourself to an idea, but to a person. Faith
is responding to the present-tense Voice of the Father. ...
3. Featured: The Holy Virgin Mary in the Syrian Orthodox Church by
HH Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and All The East
Ever since its existence, our Syrian Orthodox Church has incessantly
extolled the Virgin Mary's virtues and canonized her as a patron
saint of the church, repeating her Holy name in church prayers day
and night. Our church has set commemorative days for the Virgin Mary
to be celebrated all the year round.
It was a common practice in the church to celebrate commemorations
of saints and martyrs after their departure to heavenly abodes
following the termination of their spiritual struggle on earth. The
Holy Virgin Mary and St. John, however, were excepted.
The Syrian Orthodox Church usually celebrates the nativity of the
Virgin Mary on Sept. 8. It used to celebrate the Feast of the Virgin
Mary's presentation in the temple, in addition to three others; the
Feast of the Virgin Mary for the blessing of the crops, the Feast of
the Virgin Mary of the sowing and the Feast of the Virgin Mary for
blessing of the vineyards. ....
4. Saint Clare of Assisi: Our Guide in the Garden of Prayer
It is tempting to imagine that in the garden of prayer, the saints
and mystics moved from ecstasy to ecstasy. Actually, they used the
same sturdy Tools for Prayer available to us. They understood that
even the simplest vocal prayer can lead to deep contemplative
5. Prayer - You are God, we praise you
You are God: we praise you;
You are the Lord: we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you. ...
6. HYMN: O Christ Who Art The Light And Day
O Christ, Who art the Light and Day,
Thou drivest darksome night away!
We know Thee as the Light of light
Illuminating mortal sight. ...
7. Devotion: Come, all you faithful, let us hasten to the Virgin
8. Forgiving Others
In a perfect world, Christians would be people without any
disagreements. Unfortunately this isn't a perfect world, it's a
fallen one, and even the Church sees its share of conflict between
9. More Resources For Study and Reflection
Malankara World Supplement on St. Mary plus other publications of
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In HIS Service
Dr. Jacob Mathew
Malankara World Journal
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