Spiritual Reflections of Fr John Brian

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Importance of the Holy Apostles


Importance of the Holy Apostles
In Personal Spiritual Development

This is the time of the Holy Apostles. Fr John Brian uses the Malankara-Syrian hymns before the Epistle readings in Holy Qurbana to elucidate the purposes of St Paul and the Holy Apostles - not just in history of the Church but in the spiritual work of all who have become Christian since.

Fr John Brian also clarifies the importance of the Holy Apostles in our spiritual development, personally and collectively, using the Gospel reading from Matthew (Chapter 10) appointed for this Sunday of Pentecost.

This sermon uses the English translation of the Aramaic by Lamsa. The Aramaic Bible, also called the Peshitta, was written in the original language of Jesus and his apostles.

This sermon lesson uses the readings and services appointed from the Malankara Syrian lectionary and was given on Sunday, June 26, 2011 by Fr. John Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.

"We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency may be of the power of God and not of us." 2 Corinthians 4:7.

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