Life in Christ
- Message of The Holy Lent from Holy Father (2011)
for The Holy Lent -2011
The holy gospel is a reliable record of the teachings of our Lord
Jesus Christ in words and deeds during His divine economy in the
flesh. It does not impose on us orders. It does not give us
commandments to blindly hold to. It does not list prohibitions.
Rather, it presents to us Jesus Christ as a living paradigm to
longue for and a model to pursue carrying His cross. We shall follow
Him so that we obtain eternal life through Him.
by HH Moran Mor Ignatius
Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Universal Syrian Orthodox
Church and All The East
Fasting is a voluntary act of abandoning worldly life. It is a sign of manís
obedience to, and respect of Godís laws and his observance of Godís offices by
his voluntary abstinence from food or drink for a specific period of time.
Samaritan Woman at Jacobís Well - A Lenten Reflection
A Lenten reflection based on St. John 4: 6
Are You Condemned?
My religion is Christianity. There are a set of
practices that are associated with the Christian
religion, but I think my Christian belief encompasses
much more than a set of practices or rules of behavior.
The Lent is meant to cleanse the whole being, both the
inner and chemical by being with God. How to clean the
physical man? The abstinence from food for hours and
days allow the body to consume all the toxins
accumulated by our day to day inherent infirmities.
Significance of Fasting in the Struggle against Fallen
Fasting is acceptable to God when it is preceded by the great virtue of mercy;
fasting prepares a reward in heaven when it is foreign to hypocrisy and
vainglory; fasting works when it is joined with another great virtue Ė prayer.
Conversion Through Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving
Lenten conversion is not a superficial renewal. What the
Lord wants is not just the change of bad habits and
worldly vices; He wants a clean soul and no
half-measures will do.
Fasting Enlightens the Soul
Fasting helps to have serenity of the soul because the
one, who hungers in his stomach, enlightens his
intellect. Therefore, the hunger is a key, which opens
the door of wisdom.
The General Canons of Fasting
Bar Ebroyo depends upon the decision of the Synod of Laodicea and Patriarch Timotheos
and Patriarch John III of Antioch to describe the dos
and don'ts in the The Holy Lent.
Here is a helpful examination of conscience, based on the Ten Commandments.
Perform a brief examination every night, but go through a more thorough
examination before confessing your sins to the priest.
Preparing for Confession -
In Orthodox Church, the confession guides are typically centered around the 10
Commandments and The Beatitudes. Here is an excerpt from the Greek Orthodox
Church Guide to Preparing for Confession. Similar confessionals are used in
other Orthodox Churches.
Preparing for Confession - Guide
Here is a document prepared by a Catholic Lay member about preparing for the
Confession. It is an
excellent article to prepare for a Lifetime Confession and as a guide for
the Examination of Conscience.
Mid Lent and
Erection of Golgotha
The Golgotha and erection of cross in the of the church also
signifies that God came down from heaven and dwelt among us in this
world. This is why the Golgotha is in the middle of the church with
us, the common folks, and not in the Madbaha as we normally expect
to find it.
Pathi Nombu (Mid Lent)
The 25th day of the lent which is always a Wednesday is
known as mid lent. This is one of the very few days
during the The Holy Lent when the Holy Qurbana is
celebrated on a weekday other than Sunday or Saturday.
The Holy Lent - A Time for Spiritual Renewal in Jesus
The Church gives us The Holy Lent to be renewed, to escape
the dreariness and weariness of life, and enter into the
bright joy of life in Jesus Christ.
The Holy Lent: A Season of Renewal for All
Prophet Isaiah was emphatic in arguing that lent and fasting are not just pious
"obligatory Observances" for the people of God, but a tremendous transforming
force. Being mortal and feeble, humans need periodic renewal of body,
mind and soul. How is this possible?
The Number and Days of
Fasts - Part 1
There are a number of fasts in the Syrian Orthodox Church and often
many questions are asked from the part of the believers as to the
dos and don'ts in the fasts, the beginning, duration, and ending of
the fasts etc.
The Number and Days of
Fasts - Part 2
Other than the fasts on Wednesdays and Fridays, there are five more
Fasts in a year. The The Holy Lent begins on the Monday coming closer,
before or after the full moon between second February and eighth
Benefits of Fasting
In accordance with the fact that Bar Ebroyo himself was a doctor, he
underlines through a quotation from the doctors of his time that
fasting improves the health of the body.
The Efficacy of Fasting and
the Different Categories of Fasting.
According to Bar Ebroyo, the fasting may be defined in terms of time, of the
kind of food or in terms of both time and food, and they are the
three different categories of fasting.
Shut Noah and Family in before the Flooding began
Since Noah walked with God during his life before the Great Flood,
he certainly knew about this key point which made him leave God's
job for God. There, we see an equilibrium between God's will and
Noah's obedience or submission.
Some Thoughts On The Holy Lent In Relation To The Nature
Each rubric of the liturgy is meticulously designed in such a manner
as to go in tune with the episodes of the incarnation of Christ and
in tandem with the tempo of the Nature where we live. It is
surprising that liturgical seasons of the church happen more or less
in the same timing as that of the natural seasons.
The essence of Lent:
Learning and struggling to bend our knees, mend our hearts, and lend
The prayers during lent remind us that there is no use of observing
lent if we do not change inside. No amount of abstinence from food
and other things will help us in any way if we do not bring about a
renewal inside us.
The Holy Lent in Syriac
Orthodox Church of Antioch
During the period of the The Holy Lent and other periods of fasting
throughout the year, an individual makes a special attempt or
connection to reach our God, and evaluate his calling as a
Christian, to listen to the voice of the Gospels and heed its
- An Explanation for Children
Fasting, prayer, confession, reconciliation, Holy Communion, charity and capping
with love are the steps to reach and experience the resurrected Jesus in person.
Lessons from Zacchaeus - Importance of Lent
During this The Holy Lent, Jesus is asking us to learn from Zacchaeus
to realize our weaknesses and find remedies to them as he did.
We must realize our shortness in spiritual life, the falls we had in the past and
the sins we committed which together made us unable to see Christ directly.
Friday of The Holy Lent and Annunciation to St. Mary Devotional
Humility is what we need to become faithful Christians. If we
carefully examine ourselves we may observe that almost always we are
trying to justify, defend, exalt or praise ourselves in our
interactions with others and sometimes even before God, knowingly or
unknowingly. This focus on self - our ego - can often keep us from
hearing God's voice and prevent us from being faithful in our walk
during The Holy Lent for Orthodox Christians
We Orthodox Christians, in obedience to the words of our Divine
Savior, and in imitation of the saints, set aside a period of
intense fasting and prayer in order to purify our spiritual senses
so we may see the Holy Resurrection.
When we have gone through the labor of
fasting, we forfeit not the crown of fasting, we should understand
how, and after what manner, it is necessary to conduct this
business; since that Pharisee also fasted, but afterwards went down
empty, and destitute of the fruit of fasting.
The Spirituality of
There are two different ways of looking at this fast because there are two
different versions of these forty days, or forty segments of time, in the
Scriptures. One is the blessing of the revelation of what it is that we need to
do in service to God and to humanity. And the other is of the purification that
needs to happen for God to set things straight in us and around us.
The Holy Lent
We Syriac Christians observe 50 days lent in preparation for the celebration of
the resurrection of our Lord on Easter Sunday.
Encyclical of the Holy The Holy Lent 2010
The time for the Forty Days Holy The Holy Lent has arrived. It is a
golden opportunity offered by our mother holy church to examine
ourselves, to refrain from vices, uphold virtues, and return to God
with repentance. Like the eagle training his young ones to soar high
in the air, so does the holy church is training the faithful to soar
in spiritual heights, giving them the graceful means to be liberated
from earthly gravity that attracts them.
Study: Monthly fasting may
A study in Utah, where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day
Saints is based, found that people who skipped meals once a month
were about 40 percent less likely to be diagnosed with clogged
arteries than those who did not regularly fast.
Fasts and Feasts in Mar
Thoma Church: Fire for the Journey of Faith
There are a growing body of data from the causal conversations with
members of the church indicate that approximately more than fifty
percentage of members are not confident on the place of 'fast and
feasts' in the liturgical life of the church.
Fasting is a
Great Weapon for Christians
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