A priest was invited to speak at a convention. After the convention, dinner was arranged at a nearby house. Due to lack of time, the priest wanted to skip the dinner. But the lady of the house, where the dinner was arranged, insisted that the priest come and have dinner. Finally the priest gave in and decides to visit the house for dinner. At dinner, the priest was happy with all the items the lady had cooked. To his further delight, while serving the food, the lady quoted topics she loved about the sermon. She said “Father, I loved it when you talked about forgiveness, about loving your neighbor, about not gossiping, about leading a moral life etc. etc.’ The Father was ecstatic because finally he thought, there was at least one person inspired by the speech. Then to his surprise, the lady continued “everything was great! but, my neighbor who needed to hear all this was not in attendance today”.
This is our story. We too think the world needs to change while the speck remains in our eyes. This Great Lent season, let us find time to be honest with ourselves, reconcile our differences with others, and seek forgiveness from God while we forgive our trespassers. Like the tasteless, odorless, colorless water transformed in to sweet, fragrant, colorful wine, let us too experience a transformation in our lives through the observance of the Great Lent.
Humbly asking for forgiveness for any wrong I have done against you,
Sunday, Jan 27th is called Kohne and is a day that the Holy Church remembers all the departed Spiritual Fathers who have guided us in our spiritual journey. St. Paul reminds us “Remember your leaders, (‘those who have gone before you’) who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” (Heb.13.7).
Let us remember all our departed Church Fathers. Thru our fasting and prayers may God grant them rest and comfort in the bosom of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
(May those feet that cleanly trod, Keeping pure Thy Holy Place, Tread the courts of Paradise and with angels e’er abide. Sthomankalos Kurielaison
The three day fast of Nineveh commemorates the three days that Prophet Jonah spent inside the belly of the fish. (Book of Jonah in the Bible). The Syriac Orthodox Church started observing this fast since the early centuries. Later, two sister Oriental Churches, the Coptic and the Armenian followed this tradition. It is observed for three days from the second Monday before lent.
Like other fasts of the church, the Nineveh Fast is observed by abstaining from all kinds of dairy foods and meat products. However, some parishioners abstain from food and drink altogether from Sunday midnight to Wednesday after Holy Qurbono, which is celebrated before noon. We take this opportunity to advice those who wish to observe the strict fasting without food or drink to do so only after consulting their physicians and not to harm their bodies which are the temple of the Holy Spirit.
May the Lord God accept your prayers, repentance and fasting. May He reward you and shower His blessing upon you.
HYMNS FROM THE SH?IMO (SYRIAC ORTHODOX BOOK OF SIMPLE PRAYER)
The Ninevites trembled at the voice of Jonah, the son of Mathai, and took refuge in penitence by watching, fasting and prayer; and by tears and groans the sentence of judgment was annulled which Jonah had pronounced concerning the destruction of Nineveh. Blessed be the Compassionate one who turned them from evil to good (Thursday Evening Prayer).
God, who heard the prayer of the son of Mathai in the sea and commanded the mighty fish, and in three days it cast him up; hear our prayer and be reconciled with us and respond in your mercy to our requests; and if we have angered you, there are those who will reconcile you with us, the just who died for love of you (Wednesday Morning Prayer).
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Hoodos Etho(Dedication of the Church) is the festival in the Syraic Orthodox Church falling on the Sunday after Koodos Etho(Sanctification of the Church).
After the Spiritual sanctification of our souls and minds last week, we now prepare to re-dedicate our souls and minds to Christ.
In preparation for the feast of the Nativity, we get prepared to welcome baby Jesus into our hearts again. The Sundays leading up to the feast of the Nativity will deal with festivals announcing the Lord’s birth.
In this season, as each of us prepare to receive our Lord at Christmas, let’s plan on making lasting changes to our sinful selves. Let us all re-dedicate ourselves once again. May God bless us..