Monday, October 14, 2019

Morning Prayer - A Communion of the Faithful

In Orthodox Christian Tradition, every Divine Liturgy begins with the preceding Evening Vespers in light of the Scripture account of Creation, when Evening precedes Morning to form a Day. 
(Genesis Chapter 1). 

In Liturgical Homily this week, our Priest emphasized again the importance of the Liturgical Order and Prayers, to come prepared knowing with whom we are participating in Holy Communion. To illustrate further, He used the verses of morning hymn of the Holy Qurbana - ' Nishthayil  Ninne Petta .." to show how we are participating together with St. Mary, the Prophets, Apostles, the Saints and fathers, the  Faithful departed  and the Angels to worship and sing praises to our Lord and God. Achen asked each of us to reflect how carelessly and complacent we have become in our weekly participation, coming much later after the service has started when it the only time available for us all to come together and pay our tithe in Prayer.

The question points whether as an individual and as a whole we of the Malankara Orthodox Church could have used more appropriately the resources our Orthodox Christian faith and traditions of the West Syrian Church we inherited from the 17th Century for our use. I wish someone was there to explain these in my childhood while singing these hymns in Malayalam without realizing the true meaning while at the same time wonder even if such resources were available would have the temperament to be receptive.

Ministry of Liturgical Resource Development from our Diocese was initiated in 2015 to ensure future generations participate more fully in English and grow in knowledge and faith for His glory. With Prayers,Sharing the Morning Hymn from the English the Service Book of the Holy Qurbono by this Ministry, authorized by Holy Synod for Publishing in 2017.


With Mary, Who carried You nine months in her womb by Your will, Make us worthy to sing praise to You, Lord God . With the Holy Virgin , Who bore You in purity , Make us worthy to sing praise to You, Lord God.

With the True Prophets, Who prophesied of Your coming , Make us worthy to sing praise to You, O Lord God. With the Holy Apostles, who proclaimed Your Gospel among the peoples, make us worthy to sing praise to You, Lord God.

With Martyrs and Confessors, Who endured torments and pain, Make us worthy To sing praise to You, O Lord God. With the Holy Fathers and Doctors of Orthodox Faith , Make us worthy to sing praise to You, Lord God.

With  Saint Basil the Great and Noble Saint Gregory, Make us worthy to sing praise to You, O Lord God. With the Just Men and the Priests, who loved You, Make us worthy to sing praise to You, Lord God.

With Saint Gregorios and Saint Divanasios, Make us worthy to sing praise to You,O Lord God.

With the Five Wise Virgins, Who were ready with their lamps , make us worthy to sing praise to You, O Lord God.With the sinful woman who approached you and received from You forgiveness, Make us worthy to sing praise to You, Lord God.

With the Thief who believed ,Whom You promised Paradise, Make us worthy to sing praise to You, O Lord God. With the Departed , Who believed in You and were clothed in You by Water and the Spirit , Make us worthy to sing praise to You, Lord God.

With Angels in Heaven , Who praise You unceasingly , Make us worthy to sing praise to You, O Lord God.
Lord , Have Mercy Upon us to be Worthy !!
October 14, 2019 

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Weekly Scripture Readings August 4 – August 11, 2019

Weekly Scripture Readings August4 – August 11, 2019

August-6:  Feast of Transfiguration/Koodaara Perunnal
Evening: St. Matthew16:27-17:13, Morning: St. Mark8:38-9:13
Before Holy Qurbana
Deuteronomy16:13-17, Psalms24
Holy Qurbana
IJohn2:23-3:1, Romans11:25-36
St. Luke9:27-36

August-11: First Sunday after the Feast of Transfiguration
Evening: St. Mark4:21-34, Morning: St. Matthew13:44-52
Before Holy Qurbana
Deuteronomy25:13-16, Psalms27
Holy Qurbana
St. James4:7-5:6, Philippians4:8-20
St. Matthew21:28-32

Suggested Readings based on Lectionary

August 4, 2019- St. Matthew16:27-17:13, Psalms24
August 5, 2019 - St. Mark4:21-34, Psalms27
August 6, 2019 - St. Mark8:38-9:13, Isaiah60:12-15,61:1-3
August 7,2019 - St. Matthew13:44-52, IJohn2:23-3:1
August 8, 2019 - St. Luke9:27-36, Romans11:25-36
August 9,2019 - St. Matthew21:14-21, St. James4:7-5:6
August 10,2019 - St. Matthew21:28-32 , Philippians4:8-20

Weekly Scripture Readings - July 28- August 4, 2019

Weekly Scripture Readings July 28 – August 4, 2019
August- 4: Eight Sunday after the Feast of Pentecost
Evening: St. Mark 4:1-23 , Morning: St. Matthew 13:10-23
Before Holy Qurbana
Exodus 3:9-15, Jeremiah 7:21-25
Isaiah 52:1-6
Holy Qurbana
1 Peter 2:4-10, Hebrew 4:14- 5:5
St. John 6:47-59
Suggested Readings based on Lectionary
July 28, 2019 – St. Mark 4:1-9. Hebrew 4:1-7
July 29,2019 – St. Mathew 13:10-17 , Hebrew4:8-13
July 30, 2019 – St. Mark 4: 10-20, Exodus 3:9-15
July 31 ,2019 St. Mark 4:21-24, 1 Peter 2:4-10
August 1, 2019 St. John 6:32-46, Jeremiah 7:21-25
August 2, 2019 St. John 6:47-52, Isaiah 5:1-6
August 3, 2019 St. John 6:52-59, Hebrew 4:14-5:5



Tuesday, July 23, 2019

A Simple Prayer Rule

While the Church in India in its encounter with the West Syrian Church from 17th Century adopted the Liturgical Prayers and Tradition, though hard to admit publicly many fail to consistently make the prayers personal on a daily basis and yearn our heart to encounter our Lord and God Jesus Christ.
In searching , came across on simple prayer rule by Fr. Maxym Lysak. He encourage and prescribes starting with some main Liturgical prayers, Psalm, Scripture readings as prayed with the Church (From Lectionary), Intercessory prayers and end with the Jesus Prayer for 2 to a maximum of 5 minutes.
On the Jesus prayer, he cautions not to count the prayer, just pray with sweetness, with devotion to Lord that the Heart picks it up until it becomes communion.  In addition, through out the day, we should find a way to bring to mind constant memory of God.  Pray it help. 
 Malankara Orthodox Christians could probably start the  Kauma include the Prayer O Lord Jesus Christ and in the morning add Psalm 63, 148. In the evening include Psalm 91 and Creed. As the Orthodox Church in India do not have a daily readings  like others, say the Coptic Church, we can probably adopt portions of the Weekly Scripture readings from the  Church Lectionary.


Monday, July 22, 2019

Weekly Scripture Readings - July 21-28, 2019

Weekly Scripture Readings - July 21-28, 2019
July-28: Seventh Sunday after the Feast of Pentecost
Evening: St. Matthew12:30-37
Morning: St. Matthew12:38-50
Before Holy Qurbana
Leviticus16:29-34, Hosea5:1-5
Holy Qurbana
Acts4:32-37, Ephesians2:11-22
St. Mark3:20-30
Suggested Readings Based on Lectionary
July 21, 2019 - St. Matthew12:30-37 , Hosea5:1-5
July 22, 2019 -St. Mark 3:1-5 ,Isaiah 42:1-9
July 23, 2019 - St. Matthew12:1-8, Isaiah 42:10-17
July 24, 2019 -St. Matthew12:38-50 , Ephesians2:1-10
July 25, 2019 -St. Mark 3: 7-12,Ephesians2:11-22
July 26, 2019-St. Mathew 12:9-21, Leviticus16:29-34
July 27, 2019 - St Mark 3:20-30,Isaiah57:15-19

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Weekly Scripture Readings - July14-21, 2019

Weekly Scripture Readings – July 14-21, 2019

Scripture Readings from Church Lectionary

July-21: Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Evening: St. Luke17:1-10
Morning; St. Mark6:30-52
Before Holy Qurbana
Exodus30:34-38, Psalms20
Holy Qurbana
Acts1:15-20, ICorinthians8:1-6
St. Matthew15:32-39

Suggested Daily Readings Based on Lectionary

July 14, 2019 -  St. Luke17:1-10, Exodus30:34-38
July 15, 2019 - St. Luke17:11-19, Psalms20
July 16, 2019 – St. Mark6:30-52, Exodus30:34-38
July 17, 2019 - St. Matthew15:22-28, ICorinthians8:8-13
July 18, 2019 - St. Mark6:1-6, Acts1:15-20,
July 19, 2019- St. John 6:28-40, ICorinthians8:1-6

July 20, 2019 - St. Matthew15:32-39, Isaiah14:22-27

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Weekly Scripture Readings - July 7-14, 2019

Scripture Readings from Church  Lectionary
July-14: Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Evening: St. Luke 9:10-17
Morning:  St. Matthew 17:20-28
Before Holy Qurbana
Exodus23:14-19, Psalms16
Holy Qurbana
Acts9:10-18, IICorinthians5:14-20
St. Luke9:10-17

Suggested Daily Readings based on Lectionary Readings

July 7,2019 – St. Luke 9:10-17, Psalms16
July 8, 2019 - St. Matthew 17:20-28, IICorinthians5:14-20
July 9, 2019 – St. Luke 9:1-9, Isaiah40:27-31
July 10,2019 – Acts 9:1-9, St. Matthew 17:1-19
July 11, 2019 - II Corinthians5:1-6, St. Mathew 5:1-12
July 12, 2019 – Acts9:10-18, St. Luke 8:1-17
July 13, 2019 - St. Luke 9:10-17, Exodus23:14-19