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St. Thomas belongs to the whole of India

St. Thomas belongs to the whole of India (Speech by Dr. P. C. Alexander, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India at Sapthathi celebration public meeting in 1982 September 12 at Kottayam) Respected Rashtrapathiji, Your Holiness Marthoma Mathews I, Catholicos of the East. Your Holiness Catholicos- Patriarch Ilia, Archbishops, Representatives of the Christian Churches, Eminent Emissaries of

The Catholicate is so precious to us …..

The Catholicate is so precious to us ….. (The inaugural address delivered 70th Anniversary of the re-establishment Catholicate in India by His Holiness Baselius Marthoma Mathews I, the then Catholicos of the East in 1982 at Ernakulam). Your Holiness Patriarch Ilia, Your Eminences, Your Excellences’, Your Graces, Honorable Ministers, and our beloved people. Our heart is truly filled

A Food for thought on the Holy Week Services

A Food for thought on the Holy Week Services The holy Week is again the round the corner. The people around the world are getting ready for long liturgical services with great zeal and fasting. Why do we observe this ‘particular week’ with so much solemnity? We all know its significance is solely because of its connection with the

Secrets to Happiness in 2015!; A New Year’s Message

Secrets to Happiness in 2015!; A New Year’s Message Per recent events such as the Ebola, universal uprising of terrorism, multiple shootings, several major plane crashes, Cruise ships and Ferries sinking, many children went missing, it is obvious that we are living in a time of growing uncertainty and personal anxiety. A renowned researcher writes that as we have

The miracle of Christmas

The miracle of Christmas The Church waits in anticipation to celebrate the glorious Feast of the birth of our Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ. This infant Messiah, was born into this world as a poor, homeless child. This child had to leave His homeland because the political powers of that time, felt this child

Christmas thoughts; Turning to the inner light

Christmas thoughts; Turning to the inner light From behind my glass window on the third floor of the Upasana block at the St Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary, Nagpur, I can watch a flock of sheep grazing on a little, not so green meadow, decked with neem trees and thorny bushes beyond the campus. It is a winter

Koodhosh Eetho (Sanctification) Feast Day: November 2

Koodhosh Eetho (Sanctification) Feast Day: November 2 Koodhosh Eetho (Sanctification)The Sunday that comes on of after October 30th is called Koodhosh Eetho (Sanctification of Church) Sunday. It is the beginning of the church calendar. First of all we need to know what the Church is and why it should be sanctified. Church, according to St. Paul, is

New Liturgical begins with ‘Koodhosh-Etho’

New Liturgical begins with  ‘Koodhosh-Etho’ The liturgical Calendar of the Oriental Orthodox Church begins on ‘Koodhosh-Etho’ (Sanctification of the Church) Sunday, falls on 8th Sunday before Christmas, the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord. So this will be the Sunday after 29th of October every year; for instance 2nd of Nov. in 2014. Like

Canons are not against the transfer of Diocesan Bishops: A Response to Dr. Mar Gregorios’ article in the Malankara Sabha Deepam.

Canons are not against the transfer of Diocesan Bishops:  A Response to Dr. Mar Gregorios’ article in the Malankara Sabha Deepam. I was very much impressed with the scholarly introduction of HG Dr. Gregorios’ justification against the idea of Metropolitan’s transfer. From the outset it looked like a researched article. However, further reading in to the article did not hold my interest. The presentation of some high sounding syllables and undocumented

Mission of the Asian Churches in the household of God — An Orthodox Perspective

Mission of the Asian Churches in the household of God — An Orthodox Perspective This Paper was presented by Dr. Yakob Mar Irenaios, Metropolitan of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, India, at the THEOLOGICAL WORKSHOP ON THE THEME FOR THE CCA 14TH CONFERENCE IN 2015 held at Jakarta, Indonesia from 21 – 25 July 2014. “As you go, proclaim the good news; ‘the kingdom of
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