The Malankara World Journal Issue 143 - Pentecost Special - (May 16,
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TABLE OF CONTENTS Issue No: 143
1. Foreword: Pentecost and Holy Spirit
The day of Pentecost has special meaning because this was the day
that the church would have the power to do everything God had
commanded them to do. This is extremely relevant to the church
because the Holy Spirit is what keeps the church fruitful. The Holy
Spirit has the power to spiritually cleanse the congregation. To
allow this to happen, Christians must be filled with the Holy Spirit
and surrender their lives to Christ. ...
2. Bible Readings for Pentecost Sunday (May 19)
3. Sermons for Pentecost Sunday (May 19)
4. Pentecost Blessings
5. Featured: The Holy Spirit Overcomes Fear
To indicate the Holy Spirit, the account in the Acts of the Apostles
uses two great images, the image of the tempest and the image of
fire. Clearly, St. Luke had in mind the theophany of Sinai,
recounted in Exodus (19:16-19) and Deuteronomy (4:10-12:36). In the
ancient world the tempest was seen as a sign of divine power, in
whose presence man felt subjugated and terrified. ...
6. The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Church and in the World
In the original inspired text of the Acts of the Apostles, Jesus
promised the disciples that they would be "my martyrs." If there was
ever an age in Christian history when the followers of Christ would
need the strength of martyrdom, it is today.
Our Lord could not have been more clear. He told us, "If you wish to
be my disciples, take up your daily cross and follow me." The source
of strength to suffer for Christ comes finally from the Holy Spirit.
In the language of the New Testament, this power is the same kind of
power by which miracles are performed. ...
7. Hymn: Come Down, O Love Divine
8. Fiery Faith - Pentecost
Pentecost reminds me that even those who witnessed the miracles of
Christ firsthand had to face and overcome uncertainty and fear. The
disciples weren't perfect, and they weren't always clued into the
details of God's bigger plan. Just like the early disciples, we are
often called to simply take one day at a time and trust God with
whatever the future may bring. ...
9. Pentecost, the Birthday of the Church
For Christians, Pentecost marks the fruits and harvest of another
sort. It is a celebration of a formative event in the history of the
early Church - the pouring out of the Holy Spirit upon the newly
birthed Church and the first bold proclamation of the Gospel by
Peter, the head apostle, among the Jews. ...
10. Hymn of Prayer: Veni, Creator Spiritus - Come, Holy Spirit
11. PENTECOST - Rite of Kneeling
Three kneelings during the liturgy is a special feature of the
Pentecost Service. Here is how Maronite Church does this rite. The
Rite of Kneeling dates back more than 1000 years for Maronite
Church. Note the similarities with our service. ...
12. More Resources for Trinity, Holy Spirit and Pentecost
Malankara World Journal Special on Pentecost - 2012: Issue
No: 78 May 24, 2012
13. Recipe: Pentecost Cake
This is a delicious moist cake, inexpensive and easy to make. It is
served with a strawberry frosting. ...
14. Family Special: Bring Your Flowers Now!
That's a good thing to remember about people you love - people who
have impacted you as a Christian. Don't wait until their funeral to
say it. Say it now.
Go to them, or write them a letter or an e-mail or even a text and
tell them what they mean to you - your husband, wife, child, friend,
a spiritual leader - because you never know when you will have your
last conversation with them. ..
15. Inspirational: Someday Bread
In life, with all its joys and sadness we learn and then we take
those lessons into our future. On the day my beloved mom passed, I
promised myself that my family would always come first. ..Today, all
these years later, I am proud to say that I am very purposeful in
prioritizing activities in my life so that meeting the needs of my
family comes FIRST! ...
16. Please Pray for the Release of Abducted Clergy in Syria
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In HIS Service
Dr. Jacob Mathew
Malankara World Journal