Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Fourth Sunday after New Sunday

April-27: Fourth Sunday after New Sunday

St. John 14: 1-16

St. John 16: 16-30

Before Holy Qurbana
Deuteronomy 16: 1-8 ; Joshua 8: 30-35 ; Isaiah 54 : 1-8

Holy Qurbana
I Peter 3: 17-22 ; Hebrews 11: 32-40 ; St. Luke 9 : 51 - 62

"If our thoughts suggest something to us to be done we must handle it with utmost scrupulosity. It must be placed on the scales of the heart and weighed with the most exacting care.

Is it filled with what is good for all?
Is it heavywith the fear of God?
Is it genuine in the feelings which underlie it?
Is it lightweight because of human show or because of some thrust toward novelty?
Has the burden of vainglory lessened its merit or diminished its luster?

This prompt testing will be done as something public. That is, it is measured against the acts and the witness of the Apostles. If it looks to be whole, complete, and inconformity with these latter, then let us hold on to it. Or if it seems defective, dangerous, and not of equal weight with these, let us cautiously andcarefully reject it."

St. John Cassian.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Third Sunday after New Sunday

April-20: Third Sunday after New Sunday ((New Sunday is the first Sunday after the Resurrection of our Lord and God )
St. Luke 5: 27-39
St. John 6 : 47-58

Before Holy Qurbana
Exodus 34: 4-12 ; Micah 4: 1-7 ;Zachariah 8: 4-9 ;Isaiah 37: 8-17

Holy Qurbana
I John 5: 13 - 21 ; Hebrews 11: 3-6 ; St. Luke 24 : 13 - 35

" Donot approach the mystery-filled words of the Scriptures without prayer and a request for assistance from God. Say 'Lord gramt me to become aware of the power in the words ' Consider prayer to be the key to insights into Truth in the Scriptures. "

St. Issac the Syrian

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Second Sunday after New Sunday

Scripture Readings This Week

April-13: Second Sunday after New Sunday (New Sunday is the first Sunday after the Resurrection of our Lord and God )

Evening St. John 6: 16-29
Morning St. Matthew 14: 22-33

Before Holy Qurbana
Exodus 40: 1-16 ; Joshua 2: 1-6 ; Isaiah 49 : 13 -21

Holy Qurbana
Acts 4: 8-21 ; Hebrews 3: 1-13 ; St. John 21: 15 -19

"Our own determination and intention together with the help of God come into play in every spiritual act of ours, visible or not,and the latter is unlikely to operate without the former.

"St. John Climacus.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Liturgical Scripture Reading 2008

The site contains daily Scripture reading for 2008 developed by MGOCSM.

In the venerable Orthodox Christian tradition of the Fathers , Scripture are to be read not as isolated individuals,but as members of Church with the mind of the Church . To discover and use by daily seeking out the Scripture , as the Fathers have shown, for God's glory requires one to be clear on how we are to discover this 'Mind of the Church' - By How Scripture is used in Liturgy (Liturgical) and How the Fathers have interpreted and lived by them as Shining beacons before us (Patristic).

It is more difficult to get now when English language is norm to find Bible commentaries within Orthodox Christian tradition,based on the sequence of the daily readings in Liturgical Calendar .
and more especially for the Church in India, which had it's Liturgical Calendar changed in 1952 from the rest of the the Church. (Presenly for this year while the rest of the Orthodox Christian Church be the in Coptic Egypt, Ethiopia, Greek , Russian and even OCA in America traditions are yet to celebrate Holy Pascha in April 27 , the Indian Church had the celebration in March 23 like the Roman Catholics)

It is prayer that we dont forget to take up and use resources like this daily reading to begin and tun back to what we are called to do. In time the administrator of this blog will share some reflections. Please keep in prayer

Friday, April 11, 2008

Right Glory

The very meaning of our faith , I found centres on that what is rightfully owing from creation to offer and give "Right Glory " to the Creator God .
This blog is an attempt to reflect and force to turn our minds to this what is rightfully expected of us.