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Canaanite Woman by Br Robert Lenz

On the fourth Sunday of Great Lent in the Malankara Syriac Church, the Church remembers the Syrophoenician/Canaanite Woman (Matthew 15.21-30).  

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Glory to Jesus Christ. Glory forever.

Barkemor (Bless me O Lord) Achen, Deacons and Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

On this fourth Sunday of our journey of the Great Lent and our journey to the Cross, the Church reminds us of a parent pleading to the Lord for her child. 

Jesus comes to a land of Gentiles.  What happens is that a Gentile woman (not of Jewish background) but a Syro-Phoenician or Canaanite woman comes to Jesus.  

Nazareth  Shown in Kariye Cami mosaic, Istanbul

Delivered at the parish of the Sign of the Theotokos, Montreal, on 3/8/20

Reading: John 1: 43-51

Woman at the chanting stand

Continuing our series about lessons we've learned in our first months as Axia Women. I'm hoping this one can be used to inform our clergy and hierarchs.

Jesus and the Canaanite Woman

I wrote this because I wanted to understand why God lets us have disabilities. I have friends and family who have loved ones with disabilities, I visit nursing homes, and often pass people on the street who have some sort of special need. I am a second-year seminarian and it seemed like a good time to take a closer look. 

Fordham St Phoebe Panel

Last week, Fordham University’s Orthodox Christian Studies Center hosted a panel on “The Female Diaconate and the Orthodox Church” at its Lincoln Center Campus in Manhattan. There was a strong turn-out for a chilly February evening, mostly of students and people from area churches. Unlike a similar event I attended in Philadelphia last March, the overall vibe was open and curious, and questions flowed thick and fast after the presentations.

Bibles for Lectio

I learned lectio divina on retreat at New Skete monastery, in Cambridge, NY. More than any other practice, it has changed my relationship with Christ and has created a pathway to dialogue with him. For all that, there's nothing complicated about it. It’s a simple, three-step practice, that goes like this:

Myrrhbearing Women icon 3

A third lesson from Axia Women's first six months: Everybody is going through stuff. We need to show up for each other.