HH Didymus I Thirumeni Remembered


I made a video remembering H.H. Baselius Marthoma Didymus I of blessed memory for my people in one of the units in STOC

Selun Baslomo Qumro Rabo M’aliyo


His Holiness Baselius Marthoma Didymus I has entered eternal rest at 7.35 pm on May 26th 2014. He loved  and cared for me so much. When H. H. Baselius Marthoma Mathews II bava thirumeni decided to resign, called H.H.and said that it was H.H. turn to take the throne of St. Thomas, H.H. in turn at 11 in the night called me up and said, “aboone I need a unique name., there are too many Thomas in the sky”. I told H.H. “we will find one thirumeni” The name I suggested ‘Dydimus’ became H.H’s official name. H.H. asked me to assist H.H. in Angamali diocese which I did for eight months. One day H.H. made a surprise visit to my place at Mannuthy. I asked, “What is the matter thirumeni, a surprise visit?” H.H. replied “my failure is that I have an innocent heart in this world of follies” quoting a poem in Malayalam (ee kapada lokathil aathmardhamayoru hrudaym undayathanu en parajayam). His Holiness was too disturbed by the atmosphere people created there. His Holiness was a true monk and an innocent shepherd. These are my personal experiences. I would certainly miss H.H.  I request H.H.’s intercession on my behalf who is left in this world of follies. Holy father, a good shepherd, a true monk and loving father (Selun baslomo Qumro Rabo M’aliyo) GO NOW IN PEACE and pray for all of us.

H H Dydimus I

My Easter Message in Abu Dhabi


I was at St. George Orthodox Syrian Cathedral Abu Dhabi for Passion Week Services 2014. I was supposed to stay back for their Easter Night to be held on April 25th, but had to return earlier due to other engagements in Kerala. So I gave my greetings recorded. Thanks to Reji CU who took initiative and pain in recording it. The video is uploaded to my Youtube channel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDI9q4uQRTQ

 

Re-dedication Service 2014


I conducted the first ever re-dedication service of the diocese at St. Mary’s Unity Chapel, Mannuthy on May 15th and 16th. This service was prepared in the Church by H.H. Baselius Marthoma Mathews I of blessed memory in 1988. This is to prepare those students who completed 10th standard in Sunday school. Through this service the once baptized is given the responsibility of taking care of themselves before God after having reviewed what they have studied in Sunday School in terms of faith and theology of the Church, Biblical witness, Orthodox Spirituality, history of Christianity, social commitment, value of the integrity of family etc. They stayed the whole day at the chapel reviewing these topics under my guidance and then during the H. Qurbana the following day affirmed the faith and assured before God that they will safe guard it. They were prayed on and a cross that protect s them all in their lives was given as a mark of their re-dedication. As the first batch we had thirty students from various Churches of the diocese. Rev. Fr. Biju Aikkarakkuzy, the vice president of Sunday school committee and director Mr. M.P. Rajan jointly made and the physical arrangements with the help of few other teachers.

It is important for those who have taken baptism at infancy go through this process. During baptism a god-person took the responsibility to bring them up in Christian faith. But the candidates when become adults and mature need to take the responsibility themselves to live according to the dedication taken at the time of baptism. We plan to conduct this service every year.

A video with video clips and pictures is uploaded to my Youtube channel.

Investiture at St. John’s Models School Mayru Vihar


I was in Delhi from May 9th till 11, 2014 to lead the St. John’s and St. George’s combined perunnal at St. John the Evangelist’s Orthodox Church, Mayur Vihar, Delhi. On 10th I had the opportunity to be the chief guest of St. John’s Model School Investiture of new leaders. The school has 1500 students in 8 grades. A new school building is coming up in  Noida in a two acre land. A video with pictures is uploaded to youtube

My Sermon Remembering Bishop Michael John


First anniversary memorial of the first bishop of East Kerala diocese of Church of South India Bishop Michael John and thanksgiving service and public meeting were held at Melukavu, Idukki, on April 26th 2014. I was the preacher at the thanksgiving communion service and also presided over the memorial public function afterward. Video with sermon and pictures is uploaded to Youtube.

My Two Recent Articles: Jesus in Tyre and Sydon, On Nelson Mandela


Two of my recent articles are uploaded. The first one was published in Gregorian Mirror of Palarivattom St. George Orthodox Church and the second one was published in Yuvadarsanam of UAE zone of Orthodox Christian Youth Movement

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