Sunrise at Wayanadu


IMG_3045.JPG

I was able to capture this beautiful sight of the sunrise at Wayanadu when I was St. George Orthodox Syrian Valiyapally, Puthupadi, Calicut for the inauguration of the last phase of its Jubilee celebrations. I stood at the eastern porch of the Church viewing the beautiful sight of the sun coming out of the hills of Wayanadu.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Eu-nzbn16g&feature=youtu.be

Advertisements

Onam for Prerana School Students


7.JPG

It was indeed a memorable day at St. Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary for me. I arrived from Kerala at the seminary to fulfil my annual teaching assignment on September 15th of 2016 early morning.  That was the Onam celebration day of the Seminary. The centre of attraction was the children of Prerana School for Mentally Challenged with their sports and games conducted at the seminary. The seminary prepared Onam meal with 25 side dishes for the children, the teachers of the school and the parents. I had to distribute the prizes for the winners among the students and teachers and talk to them about Abundant Love and Care as Onam is all about harvested crop in abundance. It was the 25 deacons of the seminary who prepared the meal spending all night in the kitchen. I salute them and with the Principal, the faculty, administrative staff and students of the seminary who made that day for those beautiful creations of God studying in Prerana School (I get so blessed that every year when I come to the seminary there will be something happening in Prerana that I could attend. Last year it was dedication of the new building)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFE5Jvc3zho&feature=youtu.be

My Visit to Karad, Maharashtra


 

IMG_1402.JPG

I was invited to the Perunnal of St. Mary’s Orthodox Parish, Karad, Maharashtra. I arrived Pune airport in the afternoon of 9th Sept. 2016 and the Vicar Rev. Fr. Siby (Fr. Skariah Thomas) and Dr. Arun (from Koothattukulam, doing MD in Community Health) received me to take up a three hour drive to Karad. It was a pleasant drive through the curves and uphill of the road. On the way we stopped at a tea shop and had cucumber slice and tea. I expressed my wish to visit one of the villages in that remote region of Maharastra. So the next day Mr.  P. D. John (Finance Officer of the University and trustee of the parish) offered to take us to a village called Susere. Very Rev. Younan Mulamoottil Cor-episcopo (founder vicar of the parish) and Dr. Arun joined us. John had talked to one of the district panchayat members Mr. Dhondiram Jado about our tour and he offered to go with us. The road was bumpy and it had its effect on my Spondylitis to go on Steroid. But it was worth a trip. We were given hearty welcome in the village. It indeed was a rare experience. A Maharashtra lady surprised us with her fluent and clear Malayalam at her house. Later we also visited the son of the founder of Krishna Institute of Medical Science which has the status of Deemed University, Dr. Suresh Bhosale in his office. He is truly a humanist just like his father was. We had the perunnal on that evening and the following day. I flew back to Kochi on Sunday late in the evening spending most of the early hours of 12th as I had to conduct re-dedication classes for the tenth grade Sunday School graduates which ended with Holy Qurbana on 13th. I boarded a train the same evening to Nagpur to fulfil my annual teaching assignment. That will bring you another story.

My Second Visit of 2016 to LA


I visited LA again a second time in few weeks for the wedding of Lydia George (daughter of Mrs. Mary John and Mr. Saju George of St. Thomas Malankara Orthodox Church, Los Angles) and Mr. Ivan Lebedev (son of Mrs. Svetlana Heinze and Mr. Vladimir Lebedev of Russian Orthodox Church). The wedding was conducted at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach, LA. It is a beautiful Church inside and outside. When ever I see Churches of this nature I simple wonder why we the community of Malankara Orthodox Church is not able to make a single Church of this much beauty?  I was the chief celebrant at the wedding with Rev. Fr. Yohannan Panicker. I stood in front of the Holy Sanctuary after the wedding for these snaps (July 23, 2016).

My Days at St. James’ Sunland, CA


4

I spent few days with the vicar and parishioners of St. James Syriac Orthodox Church, Sunland CA. Mr. George Grer took me and Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Joseph Tarzi to have a lunch with him in the Chelsea Restaurant of the former ship turned museum The Queen Mary. We also had a Picnic Day. The Board of Elders and the Board of Trustees together hosted a Dinner in my honour too.

 

 

 

My Visit to Worcestershire Beacon


The afternoon of August 27, 2014 was rewarding. Rev. Fr. Varghese John and family took me to Worcestershire hill top. Here is a video report of my day uploaded to my Youtube channel.

http://youtu.be/Os8thCf-9CY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Os8thCf-9CY&feature=youtu.be

Worcestershire Beacon

 

Flood at Sophia Centre


Theological Seminary. On the first day of the H. Synod I went to the Sophia in my car by there was water on the road. To come back on the following morning, I had to take a bus as the water was still high on the road. A video of the scene.


Previous Older Entries