BARODA: The newly-formed Ahmedabad Diocese has decided to observer Kudosh Eetho (Sanctification of the Church) each year as its Diocesan Day.
The Ahmedabad Diocesan Council and Assembly which met on October 22, 2010 decided to celebrate its Diocesan Day with the advent of Ecclesiastical New Year, the Feast of Kudosh Eetho each year.
In a Kalpana dated October 25 and issued from Baroda, Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Diocesan Metropolitan, has called upon all to constructively use the resources to fulfill the needs of the diocese and the Church at large.
Metropolitan has exhorted his spiritual children to share with the diocese their one day’s income,
“Just like Jesus gave his life itself for the world to instill life into it, we, also have the duty to constructively use our resources to fulfill the needs of the diocese and the Church at large.” His Grace explains.
His Grace says the tithe is the financial foundation on which the diocese will sustain for a whole year. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to donate a part of tithe towards the Diocesan Day collection. All vicars will oversee that the collection is accomplished and sent to the diocesan office before the deadline ends on December 31, 2010.
Since Kudosh Eetho or the Sanctification of the Church falls on October last week or November first week, Sunday, this will be considered as Diocesan Day for Ahmedabad Diocese.
Incidentally, Dr Mar Yulios will be in Muscat on his first-ever visit to the Sultanate during the occasion.
The Kalpana clearly explains how like the yearly cycle having four seasons that make life sustainable for the whole creation, similarly the Fathers and Doctors of the Church have embedded Church’s liturgical year with seven meaningful seasons beginning with the Sanctification of the Church. The present sanctification of the Church is infact a preparation for the forthcoming Nativity. These are:
1) Nativity of our Lord
2) Holy Lenten Season
3) Feast of Resurrection
4) Spring of Resurrection
5) Feast of Pentecost
6) Feast of Transfiguration
7) Feast of Holy Cross
Dr Mar Yulios elaborates the importance of the sanctification quoting St Peter: “Come to Him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals, yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourself be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (I Peter 1:4-5).
Metropolitan counsels that all of us need to get sanctified again to be fortified to enter the spiritual house.
Addressing all as “beloved spiritual children”, His Grace requests all to pray for the new diocese.
“It is in pure prayer that we take refuge. We have to realise that we are frail and weak as simple humans and our strength is only in the mercy of true God. It is in Him that we trust and to Him that we pray. Therefore, only with sincere and committed prayers from the laity and clergy, our diocese and our efforts to serve the people of God will become fruitful. We specially intercede for each one of you in our prayers that we all become holy like the One, who is truly holy, our Lord and God Jesus Christ.”