Because they Love Me


By sending me these pictures people tell me they love me and they want to cheer me up!

                                                                                                               CAUGHT IN BETWEEN

                                                                                                                       UN-APPROCHABLE!

                                                                                                                                  UN-ATTACHED

                                                                                                                      STEP BY STEP PROGRESS

HANGING IN THEIR

ON THE TOP OF THE WORLD!

LIGHT OF WORLD!

UNDER THE SHADOW OF THE LIGHT

BRIDGING THE GAP

IT IS SOOO COOL!

DAILY BREAD!

E N T SPECIALIST AT WORK

I GOT YOU THERE

OPEN WIDE, LET ME HAVE A LOOK AT YOUR TONGUE

TWO FISH FOR ONE SHOT

ARGUING OVER OR SHARING?

I BEAT YOU IN FLIGHT

NEVER KNEW I LOOK SO CUTE!

A BONE IN THE THROAT, CAN’T FIND THAT CRANE ANY WHERE!

HM, SMELS OK BUT NOT EDIBLE!

HOLD ON, LET ME CALL THE FIRE FORCE

WANT TO TRY IT ON ME?

WE CAN FOOL YOU!

WORKING FOR THE CITY

YOU SAID CHEESE?

DON’T TRY THAT SERMON ON US, WE HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO

WHO SAID SLIPPERS ARE  JUST FOR FEET?

I AM NO KIT CAT

GO INSIDE IT IS TOO COOD HERE

THIS IS CALLED COUCH POTATO

GOOD CATCH

Qiestion on Psalm 115:17


“Marichavarum maunathayilirkkunnavarum Daivathe sthuthikkunnilla”. Please give the meaning of this Bible words.

(?) Saudi Arabia

Dear (?)

The quotation you gave comes from Psalm 115. This Psalm praises God in a particular way. It compares Israel with other people and also God of Israel with idols of other people. If you read the whole psalm you will get the idea that the psalmist while comparing between Israel and other people is saying that God’s people is live people and idols’ people are dead people. The idols have no ear, no eye and hence can not hear their prayers and can not see their plight. But Israel’s God can do see and hear and therefore people get blessings from God. So the psalmist asks them to trust in God of Israel. The last two verses 17 and 18 mark the conclusion of this. Those who are dead, that is those who worship the idols go to pit and to silence and hence can not praise the Lord. Because they were the worshippers of gods that do not hear or see and they go to silence when they are dead. It is compared in v. 18. But those who worship the Lord will eternally worship and praise the Lord, because they will never die. Take special note of the word “innu muthal ennekkum”. That means those who worship the Lord will eternally live and praise the Lord. Eternally (ennekkum) is beyond time and space. It goes beyond this world and life in this world even after death.
Regards and prayers
Thirumeni

New Church for Burbank Mission


A new Church was acquired by the Burbank Syriac Orthodox Mission of Malankara Orthodox Church (St. James Syriac Orthodox Church of America) which is set under my care by the Holy Episcopal Synod of Malankara Orthodox Church. This new Church has the main sanctuary that can accommodate 300 people, a hall with another 250 capacity, office room, media room, kitchen, Sunday School class rooms, vicar’s office, and parking for 60 vehicles. This was owned by Episcopal Church. Remodelling of the Church is in progress. The first service in the new Church will be held of 4th of Decemebr, 2011 by me. Official opening is set for a further date after completion of all the remodelling work. The congregation has a total of 300 families. Most of them are from Syria. A few from Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon. Pictures show the Vicar, Very Rev. Dr. Joseph Tarzi cor-episcopa, President of board of elders Rev. Dn. Elias Afrem and Trustee Mr. Abel J Iwas. The new Church is in Sunland not very far from Burbank

My Bible Study Session at St. Gregorios, Austin TX


This is a very old video.

Questions and Answers November 2011


These are the questions given through MTV and the answers I gave.

Question 1.

Hi Thirumeni ; 1)Can you please explain body,mind and spirit?

2) Who is this Micheal? Rev 12:7,Mat13:41,16:22,24:31,1Pet3:22

Thank you

 

Answer 1.

1. It is generally said that humans have body, mind and spirit. Body is the physical constituent of human person which will be transformed in resurrection transcending physical restriction.

Mind is the reasoning faculty. It can be the work of the brain. Both body and mind make a living creature. Spirit is the sharing of the divine nature. This is what distinguishes humans from animals.

 

2. Many Christian communities testify that Michael is a leader of the band of angels, the archangel. He is depicted as a warrior who fights for the cause of God. He is referred only in the book of Revelations (12:7). Angelology is generally an inter-testamental concept. Jewish, Christian and Islam religions agree on many of the elements in this regard.

Regards and prayers

Thirumeni

 

Question 2.

Dear Thirumeni,

 

Could you explain me the following.

 

Why do we say that at least once in 40 days we should do confession to have holy communion continuously. What is the importance of 40 days?

 

with Thanks & Prayers

 

Answer 2

40 days is important is for Christians for several reasons. Main reason is that our Lord spent 40 days in this world after His resurrection (Act. 1). Again, Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness in fasting and praying (Matt. 4). In the Old Testament rain poured on earth during the time of Noah (Gen. 7:12). Noah waited another 40 days to open the door of the ark. It took 40 days to finish the embalming of Jacob (Gen. 50). This was a general practice in ancient Egypt. Moses was on the mountain for 40 days (Ex. Chs. 24, 34 – Deut. 10). Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years (Nub. 14). Israel ate Manna for 40 days (Ex. 16). Goliath came to David for 40 days (1 Sam. 17). Elijah wandered 40 days with the meal he had prepared by God (1 Kings 19). Jonah warned the city to get better in 40 days (Jonah 3). See a full list of the importance of 40 in the Bible

The rains (in Noah’s day) fell for 40 days and nights (Genesis 7:4). Israel ate Manna for 40 years (Exodus 16:35). Moses was with God in the mount, 40 days and nights (Exodus 24:18). Moses was again with God 40 days and 40 nights (Exodus 34:28). Moses led Israel from Egypt at age 80 (2 times 40), and after 40 years in the wilderness, died at 120 (3 times 40; Deuteronomy 34:7). The spies searched the land of Canaan for 40 days (Numbers 13:25). Therefore, God made Israel wander for 40 years (Numbers 14:33-34). 40 stripes was the maximum whipping penalty (Deuteronomy 25:3). God allowed the land to rest for 40 years (Judges 3:11). God again allowed the land to rest for 40 years (Judges 5:31). God again allowed the land to rest for 40 years (Judges 8:28). Abdon (a judge in Israel) had 40 sons (Judges 12:14). Israel did evil; God gave them to an enemy for 40 years (Judges 13:1). Eli judged Israel for 40 years (1 Samuel 4:18). Goliath presented himself to Israel for 40 days (1 Samuel 17:16). Saul reigned for 40 years (Acts 13:21). Ishbosheth (Saul’s son) was 40 when he began reign (2 Samuel 2:10). David reigned over Israel for 40 years (2 Samuel 5:4, 1 Kings 2:11). The holy place of the temple was 40 cubits long (1 Kings 6:17). 40 baths (measurement) was size of lavers in Temple (1 Kings 7:38). The sockets of silver are in groups of 40 (Exodus 26:19 & 21). Solomon reigned same length as his father; 40 years (1 Kings 11:42). Elijah had one meal that gave him strength 40 days (1 Kings 19:8). Ezekiel bore the iniquity of the house of Judah for 40 days (Ezekiel 4:6). Jehoash (Joash) reigned 40 years in Jerusalem (2 Kings 12:1). Egypt to be laid desolate for 40 years (Ezekiel 29:11-12). Ezekiel’s (symbolic) temple is 40 cubits long (Ezekiel 41:2). The courts in Ezekiel’s temple were 40 cubits long (Ezra 46:22). God gave Nineveh 40 days to repent (Jonah 3:4). Jesus fasted 40 days and nights (Matthew 4:2). Jesus was tempted 40 days (Luke 4:2, Mark 1:13). Jesus remained on earth 40 days after resurrection (Acts 1:3).Women are pregnant for 40 weeks (time of testing).

 

Early astronomers tracked a cycle of 40 days for creating solar calendar. They also revered and celebrated this cycle in the practice of religion. Observing 40 days for various reasons can be seen in many religions and cultures including Hinduism. However there is no canon law that says you have to take confession every 40 days. We have to make confession when ever we feel that we have done some thing that need to be confessed. Also our Church fathers assert that any one who attends the H. Qurbana has to receive H. Communion. The fathers also says that if some one leave without receiving H. Communion after the service has to be excommunicated. To be precise, a baptized person has the right and duty to receive H. Communion as frequently as possible, if not daily. Please go to for further details: https://yuhanonmilitos.wordpress.com/2009/09/15/infant-communion/

Answer 4 in https://yuhanonmilitos.wordpress.com/2011/11/12/questions-through-mtv/

https://yuhanonmilitos.wordpress.com/2009/11/01/questions-and-answers/ and

https://yuhanonmilitos.wordpress.com/2009/09/12/rules-for-receiving-holy-qurbono/

 

Regards and prayers

Thirumeni

 

Question 3.

Dearly Respeced Thirumeni,

 

Please clarify my doubts

– Is there any scripture verses which portray the importance of intercession and prayers….of saints in our life? or is it a belief that has been part of the tradition??

– state of our souls once we have passed away? is it living or resting or dead?

-difference between paradise and heaven or is it the same?

– is the faith if reincarnation(as humans) totally disapproving or is there any basis to it?

 

 

Answer 3

1. Primarily our belief in the intercession of saints is a matter of the tradition of the Church based on Christian principles, teachings of our fathers and also the Biblical testimony. In the Bible in the New Testament we do not find many direct references to this. But there are clear occasions where we see the presence of the departed are active before our Lord. You may go to https://yuhanonmilitos.wordpress.com/2006/08/23/up-on-the-mountain/

https://yuhanonmilitos.wordpress.com/2007/08/28/orthodox-position-on-the-departed/

for a detailed discussion on the matter.

2. After death, we believe that the departed continue a journey they started in this world with or without Christ according to what that person was like in this world till the second coming. We do not ask where because, the question where assumes a place, because the departed soul needs no physical space for its existence. So we ask the question with God or without God.

3. In our common reference we use these terms in parallel to mean the same.

4. We do not believe in absolute incarnation. Each individual is unique and will have only one life. How ever, each individual carry the traits of the ancestors. But this is not incarnation.

Regards and prayers

Thirumeni

 

My Tribute to LL Mar Philexinos Thirumeni


Visit to the New Church Sts. Baselius Gregorios Orthodox Church of Central Jersey is Buying


The 12 year old parish of Sts. Baselius, Gregorios Orthodox Church of Central Jersey is buying a Church of their own. I paid a visit to the Church with Rev. Fr. C.C. Mathew (vicar), Mrs. Ruthamma Chacko (wife of vicar) and Mr. Saji George (PR team leader). I have been a friend of this parish from the very beginning and still they honor the relationship. Photo courtsey: Mr. Saji George.This has been St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

I conducted H. Qurbana at their rented Church on 20th Nov. 2011.

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