Blessed Christmas



(Does this picture look familiar to you? History repeats, and repeats for the wrong reason!)

 Syrian issue

The birth of Jesus Christ, Savior of the universe is being celebrated all over the world with much enthusiasm and fanfare on December 25th. Nevertheless we should admit that we are living in a world that has not yet fully understood the message of the Savior. The angels proclaimed, “Good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people” (Luke 2:10). The current situation in the world suggests that joy and satisfaction only to some but sorrow and suffering to many. It also suggests that right to live in this world is guaranteed only to those with might, lobbies and wealth.

If the message we share during the season stay just on the greeting cards we send out, this unhealthy situation will only continue ever after. Jesus came to this world as the incarnate message of love of God towards His creation. We believe in a Lord who was the messenger, the message and who worked out the message as well. He called Himself ‘Son of Man’ and hence He is the model and pre-taste of each one of us becoming truly ‘child of God’ (Gal. 3:26). This is our mission: being a daughter or son of God, become the message and work out that message in our families, in our society, in our Church and in the world we live in. Let us pray to the Incarnate Love of God for His blessings on us that we may become truly what we should. I wish you and your dear ones a blessed Christmas.

May God bless you and keep you safe and happy all through the New Year and ever after.

On Kurinji Church Issue

The Kurinji Orthodox Church is still locked out by the order of the Revenue Sub Divisional Magistrate (RDO). The talks that took place on 23rd night at the District Collectorate also did not bring about any solution. Further talks are scheduled for 28th.  Asianet News has aired this report

Mathews Mar Barnabas Entered Eternal Rest

Metropolitan Dr. Mar Barnabas Mathews retired bishop of the diocese of United States and Canada entered eternal rest on December 9th 2012 at the age of 88. The funeral was on December 12, 2012 at his home parish, Valayanchirangara St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Orthodox Church, near Cochin airport.

He was born in Kerala, India on 9th Aug 1924. After his primary education he did both undergraduate and graduate degree in Science. He did his theological education at Serampore University.
He was ordained Qorooyo by His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Geevarghese II, Catholicose of the East in 1943. L.L. His Grace Augen Mar Timothios Metropolitan ordained him as Deacon at Moovattupuzha Cathedral and in 1951 he was ordained a Priest.
He served as a teacher in various schools and further in the Theological Seminary at Kottayam. He also served as chaplain of Medical Mission Hospital, Kolenchery run by the Church which he loved most.
He was elected as Bishop designate by the Malankara Syrian Christian Association of the Church held at Mavelikkara on 16th May 1977. A tumor in the back bone was diagnosed only after the election which was removed without any harm done to his health
In Aug 1977, he accepted the vows of monkhood. On 15th May 1978, he was consecrated as an Episcopo by L.L. H.H. Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Mathews I, Catholicos with the name Mathews Mar Barnabas and in Feb 1981 His Grace was elevated to the position of Metropolitan.
He became the first Metropolitan of the newly formed Idukki Diocese on 1st June 1982. His Grace also served as the Metropolitan of Ankamaly and Kottayam dioceses. Further he served in United States and Canada diocese for 19 years. He established the diocese on strong grounds and organized it with a vision. He built a new diocesan headquarters in New York. The diocese was later divided in to two and he became the first Metropolitan of the diocese of North East America. There are several books and articles to his credit.
On 25th May 2011 he retired from his office and came back to Kerala and since then was in and out of hospitals due to his poor health. May his soul rest in peace and may his intercession be of benefit to us.

We lived together for a short period at Malankara Medical Mission Hospital, Kolenchery where he (then Fr. K.K. Mathews) worked as hospital chaplain and I was lodging at the outhouse of the hospital while doing my B.A at the near by St. Peter’s College.

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Some Thing to Think About

December 10th is Human Rights Day.

Human Rights Day

OCYM Community Service

Orthodox Christian Youth Movement, Mannuthy St. Mary’s Church Unit has produced a brochure  for public awareness which was distributed in the community.