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Catholicos Baselios Didymus I – A truly Grand Pontiff

Catholicos Baselios Didymus I – A truly Grand Pontiff His Grace Thomas Mar Thimothios Thirumeni was the Metropolitan of the Malabar Diocese in 1970. I assumed charge as the Resident Editor of Malayala Manorama, Calicut, on January 7, 1970, and the same evening I went to Chathamangalam, the headquarters of the Syrian Orthodox Church, Diocese of Malabar, to call

Letter of congratulation to Patriarch Elect Mar Aphrem Karim Coorilos

Letter of congratulation to Patriarch Elect Mar  Aphrem  Karim Coorilos From Rev. Fr. Alexander J. Kurien, Senior Director of the Office of Strategic Planning, United States Department of State, United States Government, Washington D.C., United States of America Your Beatitude the Patriarch of Antioch and All East Mar Ignatius Aphrem II Karim, I extend my warm congratulations and wish you

A food for thought on the Holy Week Services in the Orthodox Churches

A food for thought on the Holy Week Services in the Orthodox Churches 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

“Significance of Symbols in Orthodox Christian Faith”

“Significance of Symbols in Orthodox Christian Faith” Symbolism is defined as the art or practice of expressing the invisible or intangible by means of visible or sensuous representation. Symbols make the communication and understanding effective and efficient in the field of Science, Art, Technology and Religion. In symbols two things are brought together, first something that is

Can a Robber be justified?

Can a  Robber be justified? It will be rude to yell at the human responses to a robber or any man of that kind seen in suspicious and unexpected situations. Thieves are common around the world, and they walk around with different mottos. Some are attempting to get a meal for the day while some

Congratulations to and prayers for Our President Barack Obama & Vice President Joe Biden!

Congratulations to and prayers for Our President Barack Obama & Vice President Joe Biden! Since inauguration day – January 20 – fell on a Sunday this year, Mr. Obama was officially sworn in at a very brief ceremony just before noon in the Blue Room of the White House, taking the oath from the Chief Justice John Roberts using a family bible, ahead of

Dr Mar Thimothios favours regional centres for churches in Africa; plans family get together in Kerala on Jan 4

Dr Mar Thimothios favours regional centres for churches in Africa; plans family get together in Kerala on Jan 4 # Annual family get together planned in Kerala on January 4, 2013 # Regional centres/councils in Africa will be on similar lines in UK # Metropolitan favours aligning these with backward dioceses # Prefers an autonomous nature for the Diocese # For developing OTS as a major centre of learning

Attappadi Mission seeking your help

Attappadi Mission seeking your help History: History dates back to 1991 as the outcome of the ever burning missionary zeal of H.B.Thomas Mar Thimotheos Metropolitan (Present Valiya Bava Thirumeni) of Malabar Diocese. Few young celebate priests who had the divine call, decided to forsake everything for the noble cause of the missionary work. The outcome

A Prayer for the Victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre, Newtown, CT

A Prayer for the Victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre, Newtown, CT 28 dead, including 20 kids, in Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting: Gunman Adam Lanza, 20, kills teacher mom in her Newtown home, drives her car to her school and opened fire before killing self A Prayer for the Victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre, Newtown, CT – By Fr.

Mathews Mar Barnabas : A Tribute

Mathews Mar Barnabas : A Tribute A tribute to the Late Lamented Mathews Mar Barnabas (1924-2012) by Elizabeth Joy , Deputy Secretary, Desk of Spiritual Organisations in UK I have never met you Yet, have heard so much About you as a teacher A very good preacher Who needed few words if any As you are
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