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Some Thoughts On the Icon of St. George, the Martyr

Some Thoughts On the Icon of St. George, the Martyr When we recall St. George, the most popular saint in Christianity, the first image that comes to mind is that of a brave young soldier riding a horse over a dragon (snake) and trying to thwart (kill) the dragon with a spear. The icon of St. George (picture) commonly seen

Mathopadesa Sarangal On Fasts

Mathopadesa Sarangal On Fasts Introduction Fast was the initial decree enjoined by the Lord, 1. On Adam. Ref: Gen. 2:17. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil thou shalt not eat of it, for, in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (K.J.V.) Comment Fasting is apparently

Eighty Years of Indo – Serbian Orthodox Relations and Saint Dositej Vasić of Zagreb

Eighty Years of Indo – Serbian Orthodox Relations and Saint Dositej Vasić of Zagreb Ecumenism was something novel in the Christian world a century ago. While every denomination was nesting in their doctrinal shell, Inter-Church relations were absurd. Politics, lack of communication and transport kept the Orthodox Churches away from interaction amid them. Perhaps except in the Holy city of Jerusalem, it was almost

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

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

The Vision for the Orthodox Church of India

The Vision for the Orthodox Church of India I consider it a great blessing to have this opportunity of participating in the 17th centenary celebrations of the martyrdom of St. George. I recall with great pleasure my visits to this church on several occasions in the past. However today’s is my first visit after the reconstruction of the

The Catholicate of the Malankara orthodox Syrian Church

The Catholicate of the Malankara orthodox Syrian Church The word ‘Catholicos’ means ‘the general head’ or ‘general bishop’. It can be considered as equivalent to ‘universal Bishop’. This title and rank is much more ancient than the title Patriarch in the church. In the ministry of the early church there were only three ranks namely; Episcopos (Bishop), Priest
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