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H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos reached at Baharin

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Church and  the Holy Bible

orthodox2Dear Friends…..”Ann & Pastor series is continuing. Today’s discussion is on”Church Festivals and the Holy Bible”

Ann:  Hello, Pastor, Hope you are doing fine

PastorI am fine in Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord!

Ann:     So how is the ministry?     

Pastor:   I came to convey a message to you.  I am convinced that by the grace of God that you have some Biblical knowledge.  Therefore you have to be baptized and be anointed in the Holy Spirit and need to be in communion with, saved sons of God. I have come to convey this message of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ann: I am already baptized!

Pastor: That was when?  Long time ago when you were a baby, isn’t it? You didn’t know what faith was at that time, and certainly you could not have believed in Christ. Bible commands  ‘believe and be baptized’. Therefore Bible commands adult-baptism.

Ann:  I say, your opinion is contradicted in the 4:3 verse of the Letter to Laodiceans by St. Paul

Pastor:  Letter to Laodiceans ? We can refer…. (Sings a song as a he turns the pages of the Bible.Ann smiles.  After a while looking at Ann).  There is no such book in the Bible.

Ann: If I show such a letter in the Bible, would you believe?

Pastor: I say there is no such letter by Paul in this Book?  Are you making fun of me?

Ann: You could only tell me that there is no such book in the Bible after turning over all these pages?  There is a letter written to the Laodicenas and the Bible talks about such a letter, but probably you may not have read it. Even if you did read it, you may not remember it.  Any way read Colossians 4:16.

Pastor: “And when this letter is read before you, have it read also in the church of the Laodiceans and you yourselves read the one from Laodicea”.

Ann: So what do you think? Is there such a letter or not?

Pastor: I understand now that there is such a letter. I had never heard this before. But it has not been added in the bible.

Ann: Apostle Paul wrote both these letters, one to the Colossians and the other to the Laodicenas. One has been added to the Bible and the other was not.  Who’s fault is this?  Actually, church members were commanded to read both. There also are other books which are not included in the Bible.

Pastor: That is new to me.  Which are these?

Ann: Ok, I will explain.  Before we discuss infant baptism and other theologically controversial subjects, we need to understand the Early Church and the Bible. Without this, it is difficult to explain these subjects.

Pastor: This is interesting. The letter to Laodicenas is Biblical. Likewise I need to hear about books or letters, which are referred to in the Bible but are not in the Bible.

Ann: Ok, read 1 Corinthians 5:9 

Pastor:  “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with immoral people”.

Ann: In which letter did Paul write this? There is no such verse in 1 Corinthians. Then where did Paul write this verse?  So Paul might have written a letter before this one, which we consider as 1 Corinthians. But we misplaced or lost that letter and was not included in the Bible.

Pastor: I agree. Any more letters like this?

Ann:  Yes.  1 Chronicles 29:29 “Now the deeds of King David, first and last, can be found written in the history of Samuel the seer, the history of Nathan the prophet and the history of Gad the seer”.   Again 2 Chronicles 9:29 and 2 Chronicles 20:34 refers to some books. (a) Prophesy of Ahijah the Shilonite and (b) in the visions of Iddo the seer son of Nebat; and (c) Chronicles of Jehu”).  None of these books are included in the Bible. And we have not got it.  In Mathew 2:23, the author says that prophets have mentioned “He [Jesus] shall be called a Nazorean”.  But none of the present Old Testament books have this verse.  Jude (1:14) mentions Prophesy of Enoch, which is not in the bible. (This is quoted from the Apocryphal Book of Enoch 1,9).

Pastor: Ok I agree to all this.  Let us talk with what is available now

Ann:  Please don’t be mistaken.  I will prove my point only with Biblical verses. All I am telling here is that, there are so many books we are suppose to read and obey, but are not included in the Bible.  In other words, Bible is not complete.

Pastor:  Let us talk about the ‘Church, the bride of our Lord’

Ann: Read Ephesians 1:22-23

Pastor:  “And he put all things beneath his feat and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way” (As God ‘fills’ Christ, Christ in turn ‘fills’ the church and the believer).

Ann:  Here two things are said about the church:  1) Church is the body of our Lord Jesus Christ 2) The church is complete and is filled with the Holy Spirit.  Now read Ephesians 4:11-13.

Pastor: “And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers to equip the Holy One for the work of ministry for building up the body of Christ until we all attain the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God to mature mankind”.

Ann:  What this says is Jesus has appointed in his Church apostles, evangelists, and pastors for ‘filling’ the Church or they are appointed for the spiritual enrichment. Now read Colossians 1:24 

Pastor:  “in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church”

Ann:  Here also it is said that the Church is the body of Christ. In Colossians 1:18 it is said that Jesus is the head of the church and church is His body. In Ephesians 5:23 it is said, “For husband is head of his wife just as Christ is the head of the church “.  In Ephesians 3:21 it says “to him glory in the church and in Christ to all generations.”  All this verses says church is Holy, Complete, and gracious.  Now Read 1 Timothy 3:14, 15.

Pastor: “You know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.”

Ann:  We can learn three things from this:  1) Church is the pillar of truth 2) Church is the foundation of truth 3) Church is of living God.  Now read Mathew 16:18 

Pastor: “And I say to you, you are Peter and upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of netherworld shall not prevail against it.  I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.  Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”.  

Ann: This is the command from our Lord.  We have to note two things.  1) The church is established on  Faith proclaimed by Peter.  2) The forces of netherworld will not prevail against it, because church is so powerful and rock solid.  Now read Mathew 18:17 

Pastor:  “If he refuses to listen even to the Church, then treat him as you would a gentile or a tax collector” 

Ann:  This is also very significant.  Our Lord commands that any one who does not obey the church, which is the pillar and foundation of truth, and which is established on the faith proclaimed by Peter and which cannot be defeated by any forces, should be expelled from the church. Please read Acts 20:28. 

Pastor: “(to the presbyters of the church) Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock of which the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers in which you tend the church of God that he acquired with his own blood” 

Ann: This verse says Holy Spirit appoints the presbyters or overseers of the church.  Our Lord told the Apostles that he chose the apostles and not vice versa.  Holy Spirit selects the anointed presbyters. 

Pastor: I agree with all this.  But the basis of the church is the Bible.  Then why is that teachings of your church not according to the Bible. This is what I want to know. 

Ann:  Let us look at the Bible itself to learn the truth. The basis of faith is not the Bible but the Church. We learned from 1 Timothy that the pillar and foundation of truth is the church. But you say it is not. Do you know that the Bible was compiled 300 years after the church was established? 

Pastor:  We have to talk based on the Bible. Show me the proof from the Bible. Praise the Lord. 

Ann:  First, you have to understand that everything that Christ taught and did is not in the Bible. 

Pastor:  Ann, you should not say so.  It is an unforgiving sin. This is the word of God and it contains everything Christ taught and did.  I will not agree to anything not in this Bible. Praise the Lord. If this is your faith, let us not continue. Praise the Lord. 

Ann:  I am sorry Pastor. This is not my opinion. Actually I quoted from the Bible. 

Pastor: Where does it say so? 

Ann: Read John 21:25 

Pastor: “There are so many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written.” 

Ann: What do you think now?  Didn’t I quote from the Bible?  John 20:30 also says that Jesus did “many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book.” Every thing I said is as per the Bible. 

Pastor: That is… (Keeps quiet) 

Ann: You did not answer me. You told me that you would agree to the evidences from the Bible.  

Pastor: This verse says that there is lot more to be written about the life of Jesus. But it does not say that any of his teachings are missed. May be they added all his teachings! 

Ann:  Why you are saying like this?  Jesus taught through his life. Read Acts 1:3 

Pastor: “…Until the day he was taken up, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had suffered, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God 

Ann: I hope that it is clear now. Jesus was teaching the apostles for 40 days about the kingdom of God.  But the 4 epistles contain only things up to the resurrection.  So what ever Jesus taught in those 40 days are not in the Bible.  Don’t you think we have to obey the things He taught during those 40 days also? Don’t you agree with me that the Bible is incomplete? Even Jesus said “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.  But when he come, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth”. (John 16:12,13).  These things, which our Lord should have taught and which subsequently taught by the Holy Spirit, are not in the Bible. Still our Lord has commanded as to obey and do as per those teachings from the Holy Spirit. 

Pastor: I agree many teachings are not in the epistles.  But they are in letters.  Bible does not mean epistles alone. 

Ann: The letters in the Bible were meant as reply to letters the apostles received and/or doubts asked to them. Those letters are not complete.  We saw a letter to Laodicenas before. Any way read Philippians 4:9 

Pastor: “Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me.  Then the God of peace will be with you” 

Ann:  I am sure this verse is very clear. Paul says that the church members should obey not only what is written to them, but also what ever he taught them orally or even observing what he did. So the things written in letters are necessary things. But Paul clearly says that this is not enough.  So don’t you agree that everything that we should do and practice is not in the Bible?  So think of it. You base your faith on the Bible. But the Bible says your faith should be based on the apostles oral teaching and even by observing them. 

Pastor:  Since it is a Biblical verse, I will agree.  But since it is not in the Bible how do we know all those things? 

Ann:  That I will say later on.  But for now read 2 Thess 2:15 

Pastor: “therefore brothers stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught, either by an oral statement or by a letter to ours”.

Ann: From this verse we can learn three things.  1) The teachings to the church were delivered by letters or orally. (By mouth).  2) The church member have to obey both teachings, not one.  3) If some one says that he will accept only the written teachings and not oral one, it is disobedience to Gods commands.  It is disrespectful to these Biblical verses.  Can you agree to this truth? 

Pastor: I agree, this is what we can infer from these verses.  But how do we know what is being taught orally or what the early church members learned by observing the apostles?  There is no way we could know all this. 

Ann:  There is a way for everything. In 2 John 12:  “Although I have much to write to you, I do not intend to use paper and ink.  Instead I hope to visit you and speak face to face so that our joy may be complete”.  That was John’s opinion.  He says he has to teach many more things, which is not written, which he will visit them and teach them.  Now Read 3 John 13,14. 

Pastor: “I have much to write to you, but I do not wish to write with pen and ink.  I hope to see you soon, then we can talk face to face “

Ann:  Are you listening to all this pastor?  All this things, which John says that he will teach face to face, is also required for salvation. He says he does not wish to write down those things.  So it is clear for you that every thing that is required for salvation is not in the Bible. And so the basis of faith is not the Bible, but the church.  Now Read 1 Corinthians 11:34. 

Pastor: “ The other matters I shall set in order when I come.” 

Ann:  Paul writes to Corinthians that they are some things, which need to be set in order, and he would do it when he visits them.  Isn’t it obvious that those things are not written in the letter to Corinthians?  Now read 2 Timothy 2:2 

Pastor: “What you have heard from me through many witness entrust to faithful people who will have the ability to teach others as well” 

Ann: It is also clear that – such things heard or witnessed from Paul is not in this letter.  So I have a question.  By learning the Bible in full, can someone learn everything about the faith in complete? 

Pastor:  Ann, All these are Bible verses.  I understand and I agree.  These are all new information for me. I had never thought this way before.  I am surprised.  But you still did not tell me how to understand the faith that is given orally.  Is this Bible unimportant or incomplete? 

Ann:  Whatever books are included in the Bible are complete and holy.  But to learn Christian faith in total, we have practices and faiths that are not described in the Bible.  We must receive them also.  Bible commands this. 

Pastor: We believe that basis of faith and church is the Bible. 

Ann:  Many new churches believe so.  But I will show the foolishness of that thinking. Do you know when the epistles and letters were written? 

Pastor:  That is many years after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The first epistles were written by Mark at around AD 60 and 65 and last one by John at around AD 100 

Ann: Good. But when was the beginning of the church? 

Pastor: On the day of Pentecost, when Holy Spirit came down and anointed the apostles. 

Ann: So, wasn’t the Church established before the Bible books were written? 

Pastor: Yes, I have no doubt in it. 

Ann:  So how is this possible?  How is that Bible that was no were around when the Church was established; be the foundation of the church?  How can we build a house with out proper foundation? Can we build a foundation after the house is built?  So how did the church start when there was no Bible?  We have found that the Bible is incomplete.  But our Lord is complete and so His church is also complete.  Therefore Bible, which is incomplete, cannot be the basis of Church, which is complete. 

Pastor:  Since there was no Bible, how did the Church establish the faith of the church? 

Ann:  The disciples taught the believers things that they learned from our Lord by seeing and hearing from Him. The practices of the church were shown to these church members. Paul commanded to the believers “Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me.”(Philippians 4:9)  And they did.   And as ordered in 2 Thessalonians 2:15, ‘stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught, either by oral statement or by a letter of ours” and they obeyed. The Church grew that way.  Bible was never written as a constitution for the church nor was the church created based on the Bible. “I am sending you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful son in Lord; he will remind you of my ways in Christ, just as I teach them everywhere in every church” 1 Corinthians 4:17” 

Pastor:  Then what is the relevance of the Bible? 

Ann: Bible is a Holy Book approved by the Church.  It is accepted by the Church for meditation, prayer, improving one’s faith and improving ones knowledge.  It is read and studied with great reverence. These holy books inspired by the Holy Spirit have been written in different era proves that the practices and faith of the church are right and true.  Every faith and practice of the church is Biblical.  “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach [to you] a gospel other than the one that we preached to you, let the one be accursed.” (1 Galatians 1:8).  So whoever it is, you should not be obeying any thing other than what is being taught. Or else one is cursed. 

Pastor:  How do we know for sure that the practices and faith not in the Bible, are truly taught by the apostles? 

Ann:   We have to learn the early church practices through the Bible. Luckily we have letters and articles written by early church fathers also. Our Lord promised us that he will send us the Holy Spirit and that the Spirit will be with us forever.  He sent us the Holy Spirit. Because of this, the Holy Spirit dwells in the church and leads the church in truth. Church is always faultless. To lead the church and its folks in truth and justice, Holy Spirit has anointed Presbyter and leaders. God separates them. “Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock of which the Holy Spirit has pointed you overseers” (Acts 20:28). The apostles asked Timothy to entrust to the faithful people who will have the ability to teach others as well, what Timothy had learned from apostles. (2 Timothy 2:2). “As they (Paul and Timothy) traveled from city to city, they handed on to the people for observance the decisionsreached by the apostles and presbyters in Jerusalem.” So the people “devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers” (Acts 2:42).  The people where also given a command to “Obey your leaders and defer to them, for they keep watch over you “ (Hebrews 13:17).  The teachings entrusted to those people have been preserved and is passed on from one generation to another. Paul said “I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold fast to the traditions, just as I handed them to you.”(1 Corinthians 11:2).  “Take as your norm the sound words that you heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Guard this rich trust with the help of the holy Spirit that dwells within us.” (2 Timothy 1:13). It is our Lords command that “to Go and preach to world.”  Thus apostolic faith has been passed on from generations to generations till this date. 

Pastor: So we don’t have to follow the teachings in the Bible? 

Ann:  No, we have to obey everything in the Bible.  Along with that we have to obey what is being taught to us orally also.  This is what the Bible teaches us.  You also practice some things which are handed down orally. 

Pastor:  Me?  Practicing things not in Bible.  No, I only live as per the Bible. 

Ann:  Is Sunday a Holy day for you? 

Pastor:  Yes. It is Lord’s Day. 

Ann: The Bible tells us to observe Saturday as Holy Day.  But you are observing it on Sunday.  Why is that? 

Pastor: Because every one does so. All Christians do. 

Ann: It was the early church fathers that decided that the Lord’s Day should be Sunday and not Saturday. Though it was against Bible instruction, we all accept it because the church decided it. Like that we have to accept every thing the church taught us. 

Pastor:  I learned a lot about the Bible and its relevance to the Church. I am glad I did. Praise the Lord. Hallelujah 

51RC5K98C5LAnn: The teaching and prayers of the church has been shaped based on the Bible and as per teachings of the apostles (Philippians 3:8). All orthodox churches all over the world have practices that are learned thus. These are as per the teachings of the apostles.  None of the churches prayers or practices are against the Bible.  We are asked to obey both written and oral teachings.  But what is being taught orally cannot be found in written teachings. Isn’t it?  Therefore we should not demand that every church practice should be shown in written teachings.  Church is a visual institution. Our Lord established it and appointed presbyters and elders in various positions to guide and grow it. They were entrusted to guard and teach the teachings and practices of the church. They are asked to make disciples of the people who believed them.  Those who believe and saved were added to the church.  Our Lord decided an act or procedure called baptism as a necessary first step for joining the church.  He gave them his blood and bread for spiritual prosperity and to be one with Jesus Christ.  He sent the Holy Spirit to lead the church till the end of the world. Our Lord promised  “I am with you always, until the end of the age” and promised that “You ask any thing in my name and it will be given”.  Our Lord established the church and commanded to obey the church like one would obey our Lord. Dear Pastor, one has to obey this Church and not a book which this church has approved. The Bible supports and proves teachings of the church, its practices and procedures.  It is not meant for interpreting as one pleases or to create confusion among people and to lead them astray.  That is why Augustine said, “I believe in the Bible because it belongs to the church”.  Therefore, one has to obey the church and learn the book of the church, which is the Bible. 

Pastor: I am very glad to hear it. I learned a lot.  Praise the Lord.  Every thing that you told me is as per the Bible. To tell you the truth, I had grossly mistaken the Orthodoxchurch and its practices. I am convinced that I am wrong and I deeply regret it.  I will rejoice in Christ that I am able to learn this Biblical truth.  Praise the Lord. 

Ann:   Bye, See you later.  Please come back and visit us.

 

Courtesy: This is an English translation of the book “Ann ammayumPastarum” originally written in Malayalam, by Late Fr.Geevarghese Anchal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MGOCSM Annual Conference 2015 Kalpana, Diocese of Bombay

MGOCSM

Different understandings on Making Sign of Cross by different Traditions

imagesIn the Holy Tradition of Christianity, making of sign of cross is a rich and meaningful practice. For We orthodox Christians it’s a sacrament, because when oneself make a sign of Cross, this action itself purifying that person, because making the sign of the Cross sums up the whole Christian faith in a single ritual act. The sign of the cross is made on one’s body, the body, mind and soul of that person are consecrated to God and that person will be protected from the trap of Satan and visible means can be achieved invisible grace.

But in each tradition of churches having different style of making of cross. images (1) We Malankara Orthodox Christians, will put together the fingers of right hand symbolizes the Holy Trinity, touching the forehead first and then moving down to the chest, then moving from the left shoulder, to the right shoulder. At the same time, the Byzantine Orthodox Churches like Russian Orthodox,make the sign of The Cross from right to left., it’s basically a difference in culture/cultural understanding. While we make the sign of cross from left to right emphasizing the He incarnated so that we who were sinful (represented by the left side) could taste salvation (symbolized by right side). However, in the Byzantine Churches, the meaning is that the Gospel of salvation was first proclaimed to Jews (symbolized by right side) and then passed onto Gentiles (symbolized by left).

While the Roman Catholics do it in a different way, After making the cross with their right hand they kiss their hand. Asked a explanation about this to Fr.Milton George, who is a Catholic Priest and a friend of mine. Achen gave this explanation…”The sign of the cross is closely tied to baptism. Jesus told the apostles, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Mt 28:19).The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that when Catholics are baptized “the sign of the cross, on the threshold of the celebration, marks with the imprint of Christ the one who is going to belong to him and signifies the grace of the Redemption Christ won for us by his cross” .Thereafter, each time we make the sign of the cross we remember that we belong to Christ.

The Christian begins his day, his prayers, and his activities with the sign of the cross: “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.” The baptized person dedicates the day to the glory of God and calls on the Savior’s grace which lets him act in the Spirit as a child of the Father. The sign of the cross strengthens us in temptations and difficulties.Why do Roman Catholics make the Sign of the Cross when they say, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”?Making the Sign of the Cross may be the most common of all actions that Catholics do. We make it when we begin and end our prayers; we make it when we enter and leave a church; we start each Mass with it; we may even make it when we hear the Holy Name taken in vain and when we pass a church where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved.

But do you know why we make the Sign of the Cross? The answer is both simple and profound.

Sign-of-the-Cross-finalIn the Sign of the Cross, we profess the deepest mysteries of the Christian Faith: the Trinity–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–and the saving work of Christ on the Cross. The combination of the words and the action are a creed–a statement of belief. We mark ourselves as Christians through the Sign of the Cross. And yet, because we make the Sign of the Cross so often, we may be tempted to rush through it, to say the words without listening to them, to ignore the symbolism of tracing the shape of the Cross on our own bodies. A creed is not simply a statement of belief–it is a vow to defend that belief, even if it means following Our Lord and Savior to our own cross.”Whatever the understanding may be, we ought to remember that while making the sign of cross all our faculties (mental and physical) are dedicated to the Triune God.

 

H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Diocesan Metropolitan, is celebrating his 66th birthday today.

12032131_822982334481990_6018562748431257950_nH.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Diocesan Metropolitan, is celebrating his 66th birthday today. 

Mar Coorilos was born on 7 October 1949 at Kollad, near Kottayam, to Mr PK Kurian and Mrs Mary Kurian of the Puliyeril family. After his schooling, young George had his pre-degree studies at CMS College Kottayam. He took his bachelors in arts from the Calicut University and MA from Sree Venkateshwara University. He did his BD from Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam, and got post-graduate diploma in Pastoral Theology from Heythrop College London University and post-graduate diploma in Theology and Mission from Urban Theology Unit, Shefield, UK.

12002128_1167222639974390_2879846274337932308_nHe was ordained a sub-deacon in 1970 and a deacon in 1974 by Catholicos HH Baselios Mathews I. Dn George became a priest in 1975 and served as Vicar, St Gregorios Church, London. He is known for his works among students and thus was serving the MGOCSM as general secretary for almost a decade. This paved way for Fr George to visit many foreign countries.

He was elected to the Episcopal rank in 1989 and thus became a monk in 1990 and was subsequently ordained in 1991. Soon, he was appointed as the Assistant Metropolitan, Mumbai Dioceses, and worked steadfast with late Dr Philipose Mar Theophilus for the progress of the Mumbai Diocese.
His Grace has held many positions in the church and other Christian societies. He had attended many international conferences and interacted with many communities such as NCCI, CASA, WCC, and CMAI.
10357114_10206105332325586_1797441747126089462_nGregorian Community. The dream of His Grace Mar Coorilos Metropolitan is taking shape with the establishment of the Gregorian Community-at Roha, about 120 kms from Mumbai. The vision is to create a caring, sharing, and loving community of individuals rooted in the love of God and having a zest for serving its neighbors. The motto of the community is worship, study and service. It is indeed a religious community to work under the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, the Patron being the Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan, the Supreme Head of the Orthodox Syrian Church in India.
The community is named after St. Gregorios of Parumala. About 77 acres if land has already been purchase at Roha and project work and infrastructure are under progress. A Community Chapel is constructed on the Gregorian Hill and temporary structures are made to accommodate people. An Old Age Home,  A Primary School and Special School for the Mentally Challenged has been started.The Gregorian Community stands to promote value system by treating everyone made in the image of God helping and serving to build up the community and rejuvenating the talents and strengths in each individual It nurtures facilities for families to come together, serve each other irrespective of age, sex, caste, or creed. The Community wants to usher in spiritual awakening among professionals and also to foster inter religious dialogue thereby further tolerance and communal harmony.

 

 

12122921_830161490430741_904614838212928040_nOn behalf of Diocese of Bombay, we are wishing our beloved Thirumeni a blessed Happy Birthday. May the Almighty God bless  and Strengthen our Thirumeni, to guide us in the green pastures and in the true faith of our Church. Many Many Happy Returns of the Day Our Beloved Thirumeni. 12074499_915176811883721_6166337931236629655_n

MGOCSM Bombay Annual Conference 2015 logo

Bombay MGOCSM Annual Conference 2015 Logo

The logo attempts at embodying the theme Experiencing & Witnessing The Incarnate God.

 

The image at first look conveys the message of a pregnant mother. The pregnant mother i.e. the outer figure symbolizes Mother Mary, the Theotokos. Mother Mary exemplifies the highest form of experiencing and witnessing Christ Jesus, our Lord and God. Here the color blue is used which is regarded as the color of humanity and depicts the qualities of transcendence, truth and humility.

 

The symbol shown in Mother Mary’s womb is Alpha and Omega embeded in a Cross. The term Alpha and Omega comes from the phrase “I am the alpha and the omega” , an addressing of Jesus in the Book of Revelation, which means ‘the beginning and the end’ (Revelation verses 1:8, 21:6, and 22:13). The symbols are considered as a monogram of Christ. The Alpha and Omega are colored red and the cross in Gold. Red is the color of heat, passion, love, life and life-giving energy, thus a symbol of the celebration of eternal Life. Gold symbolizes the divine nature of God himself. Thus, Incarnation of divinity.

 

In short, our logo thus depicts the Almighty Eternal God and the creator of all; incarnating as a human from the womb of the Holy Theotokos, who resembles witnesses and experiences Jesus Christ like no other human.

 

Logo concept conceived by Br. Rijo Geevarghese and created digitally by Reese Sam.

 

Welcoming you all for the Bombay MGOCSM Annual Conference 2015 at Sacred Heart School, Kalyan. To be held from November 10th to 14th, 2015. Online registration is currently open and can be accessed here [Link].

Kindly do pray for the success of annual conference and contribute in-kind and in person. May the Almighty God be with us.

Bombay Diocese Website Completed its First Year

12082092_898350040220774_1011479395_oDear friends,

I am very happy to inform you that, www.bombayorthodoxdiocese.org the official website of Diocese of Bombay has completed its first year. It was launched on the occasion of the memorial feasts of Mar Alwares Mar Julius and Dr. Philipose Mar Theophilus of blessed memories, on October 2,2014, by H.G.Dr.Yuhanon Mar Dioscorus, Metropolitan of Madras, in the presence of H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Diocesan Metropolitan. This website launched with an intention to cope with the current trends and to enhance communication and interaction with the faithful.

The website has portals for :-

  • History of the Church
  • Diocesion Directory_ information of BODC, Office bearers, List of Institutions, Charity Activities
  • List of Parishes and history, Spiritual Organizations.
  • Priests and their biodata.
  • Diocesan and Church news.
  • Learn Orthodoxy
  • Orthodox Matrimony
  • Prayer cell.

I am very happy to inform you that within one year this site visited more than 105000 people. I am taking this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to our Diocesan Metropolitan H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, for his wholehearted support and all the clergy of the Diocese, and special thanks to Benson Samuel, the web admin and to all the readers and supporters of this website for your encouragement.Look forward for your cooperation.

 With prayers

Fr.Thomas Philipose

 Web admin.

 

നവംബർ രണ്ടാം തീയതിയിലെ തദ്ദേശസ്വയം ഭരണ തെരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പ് മാറ്റി വയ്ക്കണം.

12111976_767377270039333_1985298045415974952_nകേരള സർക്കാർ നീതി പൂർവ്വം പെരുമാറുക .കേരളത്തിൽ തദേശ സ്വയം ഭരണ തിരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പ് നവംബർ 2, 5 തിയതിൽ ആണെന്നും അറിയുന്നു. എന്നാൽ കേരളത്തിലെ ബഹുപൂരിപക്ഷം വരുന്ന ആളുകളിൽ ഈ തിയതി പ്രഖ്യാപനം കടുത്ത പ്രതിക്ഷേതത്തിനു കാരണമാക്കിയിട്ടുണ്ട്.

ഭാരതത്തിന്റെ വിശുദ്ധൻ എന്ന് ലോകം ഒക്കെ പുകൾപെറ്റ പരി പരുമല കൊച്ചുതിരുമേനിയുടെ ഓർമ്മപെരുന്നളിന്റെ പ്രധാന ദിവസം മാണ് നവംബർ 2 .പരി. പിതാവ് കാലം ചെയ്തത് അന്നാണ് .ഇതു കേവലം ഒരു വിഭാഗതിന്റെയോ , അല്ലങ്കിൽ മലങ്കര ഓർത്തഡോൿസ്‌ സുറിയാനി സഭയുടെയോ മാത്രം വിഷയമോ, പ്രയാസമോ അല്ല … പരി. പിതാവു മലങ്കര ഓർത്തഡോൿസ്‌ സുറിയാനി സഭയുടെ മാത്രം സ്വത്തും അല്ല ..മറിച്ചു ആ പുണ്യവാന്റെ മദ്ധ്യസ്ഥതയിൽ അഭയം പ്രാപിക്കുന്ന നാനാജാതി മതസ്ഥരായ എല്ലാവരുടെയും സ്വത്താണ്..അതിൽ ജാതി മതഭേതമില്ല .അതുകൊണ്ട് ഇതു ഒരു സമുദായത്തിന്റെ മാത്രം വിഷയമല്ല, കേരളത്തിലെ ജനങ്ങളുടെ മുഴുവൻ ആവിശ്യമാണ്.അതുകൊണ്ട് ഇതു ഒരു നിസാര വിഷയമായി തള്ളികളയാൻ കേരള സർക്കാർ ശ്രമിക്കരുത് . പരുമലയിലേക്ക് തീർഥാടകർ ദിവസങ്ങൾക്ക് മുമ്പ്തന്നെ വിദൂരങ്ങളിൽ വരുന്നതാണ്. പെരുന്നാൾ നവംബർ 2 , നാല് മണിയോട് മാത്രമേ പൂർത്തികരിക്കയുള്ളൂ .അതുകൊണ്ടുതന്നെ പരുമലയിൽ വരുന്ന ഭക്ത ജനങ്ങൾക്ക്‌ കൃത്യ സമയത്ത് ബൂത്തിൽ എത്തി വോട്ട് രേഖപെടുത്താൻ പ്രായോഗികമായ ബുദ്ധിമുട്ട് ഉണ്ട്. .. ഈ ഇലക്ഷൻ തിയതി പ്രഖ്യാപനം ആ ഭക്തന്മാരെ അവഹേളിക്കുന്ന തരത്തിലുള്ളതാണ് . തന്നെയുമല്ല പരുമല പെരുനാൾ ഒരു നാടിന്റെ ആഘോഷമാണ് …ഒരു നാടിനെ തന്നെ മറന്നു കേരളം പോലുള്ള ഒരു സംസ്ഥാനത്ത് ഇതു നടപ്പാക്കാം എന്ന് കരുതിയത്‌ തികച്ചും പ്രതിഷേധാർഹം ആണ് , അപലയനീയമാണ് . കേരള സർക്കാർ ഈ കാര്യത്തിൽ പുലര്ത്തുന്ന നിസംഗത മനോഭാവം വളരെ ഗൗരവ്വതോടെയാണ് കേരള ജനത മുഴുവൻ നോക്കി കാണുന്നത് . നിരുത്തരവാദപരമായ ഈ നടപടിയിൽ ശക്തമായ പ്രതിഷേധം അറിയിക്കുന്നു .

ഈ തിയതി പ്രഖ്യാപനത്തിൽ ഉടൻതന്നെ ഒരു പുനർപരിശോധന നടത്തി ജനങ്ങളുടെ ആശങ്ക അകറ്റുംഎന്ന് പ്രതിക്ഷിക്കുന്നു. ഇക്കാര്യത്തിൽ കേരള സർക്കാർ നീതി പൂർവമായ തീരുമാനം കൈകൊള്ളുമ്മെന്ന് ഞങ്ങൾ പ്രതീക്ഷിക്കുന്നു.ഇല്ലായെങ്കിൽ നവംബർ രണ്ടാം തീയതിയിലെ തിരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പ് ബഹിഷ്ക്കരിക്കാൻ മലങ്കര സഭ മക്കൾ നിർബന്ധിതർ ആവും എന്ന് കേരള സർക്കാരിനെ അറിയിക്കുന്നു.

Diocese of Bombay celebrated the Feast of blessed memories Alwaries Mar Julius of Goa and Feast of Dr.Philipose Mar Theophilus

12118622_828615740585316_2491977354304710307_n (1)Diocese of Bombay celebrated the 92ndFeast of blessed memories Alwaries Mar Julius of Goa and 18thFeast of Dr.Philipose Mar Theophilus at Vashi Aramana in a befitting manner on 1st and 2ndof October, 2015.Perunal celebrations and devotional address  led by His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Diocesan Metropolitan and H.G Mathews Mar Theodosious of Idukki Diocese. There was evening prayer on October 1st, 7.p.m and followed by devotional address by H.G.Mathews Mar Theodious. On October 2nd morning prayer  started at 7.30 a.m and Holy Qurbana at 8.30 a.m,  followed by procession, Public Meeting and Love Feast. A priest meeting conducted in the afternoon.12112427_828615910585299_6870977624546556906_n

A new initiative Christened ‘Bibliano Music’ was launched by H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos on this occasion. Bibliano Music is essentially a platform to promote gospel music. You could access content that has been made available at no cost. The website address is www.biblianomusic.com 12049402_828615937251963_7424113840257805008_n12037954_828615997251957_5558180303539095619_n

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