Faithful belonging to the Malankara Orthodox Church will have an ‘unorthodox way’ of observing lent this Easter. The church has urged its members to observe cyber fast on Good Friday. On the day, they should abstain from using cellphone, internet etc as part of lent.
According to the church authorities, it is an effort to dissuade its members from negative use of cell phone and internet. “Though cyber world ensures effective communication, excessive and uncontrolled use of the media can have its negative impact. Our effort is to discourage the faithful from becoming addict,” Orthodox Church public relations officer Prof.P C Elias said. “We normally observe lent skipping non-vegetarian food and fasting during the Easter. On the day, members of the church should stay away from watching TV or using internet, cell phone and social media like WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.”
The church has launched a year-long programme called ‘Nervazhi’, (The Right Path) to dissuade its members from the negative use of media, especially social networking sites.
The church is in the process of selecting 50 resource persons from each diocese. Training will be given to the resources persons, who will be given the responsibility to organize family meets and seminars at parish level to spread the message. Programmes will be organized at diocese, regional and church-levels as well. “There are umpteen positive aspects of social media and mobile phone. Unfortunately it is used for spreading pornography and anti-social messages. Extremist elements use social networking sites for their propaganda,” said Rev. Fr P A Philip, director, ministry of human empowerment and joint secretary of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.
The church also plans to use the social networking sites and cellphone to form a new forum. “The plan is to constitute Orthodox Medical Forum, a joint platform of doctors, nurses and those employed in paramedical sectors in order to share information and tips. The forum may provide free medicines for the poor and needy,” Fr Philip said. Meanwhile, Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan His Holiness Baselius Mar Thoma Paulose II, head of the Orthodox Church, warned against excessive love of money and pleasure-seeking.
H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, Metropolitan of Diocese of Bombay, in his Order No. 7/2015, appointed the following persons as the Office Bearers of MGOCSM Bombay at the Zonal, Regional and the Diocesan Level for the smooth and fruitful functioning to deepen the Christian witness and Spiritual Orientation of the promising young flock of the Church. This shall be in effect for the period from 1st January to 31st December 2015. All the parishes, the Revered clergy of the Diocese and the MGOCSM Senior Friends are advised to extend all possible support.
Rev. Fr. Jacob Koshy will continue as the Vice President of MGOCSM Bombay Diocese and Rev Fr. Joshua Abraham as the zonal Vice President for Pune Zone, until further orders.
Diocesan Coordinator: Mr. Robin Varughese (Kalyan East)
Diocesan Treasurer: Mr.Renjin Mathew (Powai)
- Ms. Jincy Anna Valson (Mulund)
- Mr. Bibin Philip (Vashi)
- Mr. Shebin Charley (Akurdi)
Central Working Committee Members
- Mr. T. Lloyd Joseph (Powai)
- Ms. Linsa Elizabeth Sabu (Mulund)
- Mr. Jijo Yohanan Perakavil (Ambernath)
- Mr. Reese Sam (Kalyan East)
- Ms. Annie Roy (Nallasopara)
- Mr. Jobin John Varghese (Kalamboli)
- Mr. Benson Daniel Babu (Airoli)
- Ms. Smithymary Samuel (Nashik)
- Mr. Jithin George (Vapi)
- Mr. Cibin Koshy (Dehu Road)
- Mr. Mathew Cherian (Khadki)
- Mr. Sijo Varghese (Pune)
Dadar Zone: Mr. Jobin Jacob (Sakinakka)
Malad Zone: Ms. Sherrel Thomas (Andheri)
Kalyan Zone: Ms. Merlin Joseph (Ambernath)
Vashi Zone: Mr. Moncy Varghese (Nerul)
Nashik Zone: Mr. Curran Abraham (Nashik)
Surat Zone: Mr. Sachin Thomas Mannil (Surat)
Wishing all the best for the new team.
The next Pre-marital preparation class of Diocese of Bombay is scheduled to be held on 14th & 15th March 2015.
All those who are preparing to get married in the near future about in six months time should attend the course. Attendance on both days is compulsory for getting “Course Completed Certificate”. All those who desire to attend the course should confirm their attendance on or before 10th March 2014.
VENUE: St Thomas Orthodox Valiapally, Chincholi Phatak, Malad (W)
Date: 14th Saturday and 15th Sunday, March 2015
Time: 9.30 am to 5.00 pm (Saturday), 12.30 pm to 5.30 pm (Sunday)
Contact: Rev. Fr. Thomas Verghese: 9820851959,
Very.Rev.Fr.N.S. Vargis Cor-Episcopa :9819225351,
Rev. Fr.Koshy Alex: 9324090598,
Rev.Fr.Benjamin Stephen: 9765454117,
Rev.Fr.Skaria Varghese- 9869125758,
Rev.Fr.Jacob Thomas : 9869045747,
Rev.Fr.Thomas Chacko: 9823343880
1. Registration fees Rs1000/- per head to cover the course expense
2. Please bring 2 passport size photographs to be affixed on the certificate.
3. Please bring along with you a bible and note book. (writing material0
4. Course certificate is compulsory as per the order of His Holiness Catholicos of the East and the Diocesan to get NOC for the sacrament of marriage.
5. Please contact your Parish Vicars and collect the registration form and fill it and submit it on your arrival.
Yours in His Service
IIBM (Indira Institute of Business Management) which is run and managed by the Diocese of Bombay is sponsoring a ‘Workshop on Career Development’ exclusively for the Orthodox Students of Bombay Diocese.
This program is in association with MGOCSM Bombay as it would be a Golden opportunity for the MGOCSM members who are career aspirants. The target group is Orthodox Students who have completed their graduation or are to graduate in May of 2015 .The program is open not only for MBA Aspirants but also for other careers.
The workshop will be held at IIBM Campus Sanpada on the Sunday the 8th March 2015, from 3 pm to 6 pm. The Program will be addressed and led by eminent persons from various career streams.
It would be useful in case the participants list is sent to Mr. Robin Varghese (MGOCSM Diocesan Coordinator 9769377375) or that the participants contact IIBM (Ms.Annie Mathews 9769555385 or email@example.com) at the earliest.
“They were killed simply for the fact they were Christians,””The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard,”, “They are Christians! Their blood is one and the same. Their blood confesses Christ.’
Rijo Geevarghese, one of our MGOCSM member, who is presently studying Iconography in Cairo, Egypt, wrote in Facebook,on 16th February.
“And My Coptic Christian friend said, Forgive those militants and lets pray for them, for they do not know what they are doing”+
I want to share an experience and some thoughts, going through my mind from last couple of days.
Friday, 13th February I was having my exam and paper submission at St Mark’s Cathedral. Before leaving the Institute of Coptic studies I saw a huge crowd in front of Pope’s residency at Anba Rewis. I didn’t know the reason why they were standing there, holding banners with some Arabic inscriptions. Later my Egyptian colleagues told me they all are the families of 21 Coptic Christians kidnapped by ISIS. After reaching back in my room, I went through the whole issue in internet and was hopeful because there were very good chances of their release as Egyptian government and also many Islamic officials interfered in this matter. Earlier the Relatives of the kidnapped workers had urged even in front of UN office at Cairo for their release. I really hoped about their release and that evening the anxious faces of their relatives were going through my mind.
Sunday, 15th February, evening, the day before Great lent, which is also considered as the day of forgiveness according to Orthodox church belief. That day I received a message from one of my Egyptian friend,
Message: Rijo “ISIS beheaded all 21 kidnapped Copts “
I was shattered by this news because I couldn’t believe it happened, a very disturbing and traumatic event. Coincidentally, it happened on the day of Forgiveness (Al Shubkono), the day before Great lent. I messaged one of my Coptic friends asking forgiveness and she replied ,
Message: “First, lets forgive those militants, and pray for them for they do not know what they are doing.”
This above message unveiled that I don’t have the strength to forgive someone to that level. This incidence was not normal for me, especially being an Indian. I have only heard about Christian Persecution in Middle East but never experienced one. Or this might not even an experience in compare to the trauma victim’s families going through. The reason it happened on the day of forgiveness and just before the Great lent was not a mere coincidence.
Many a time we underestimate the power and depth of Forgiveness. Forgiveness and reconciliation are two of the most difficult task. And this is what Christ taught us, sometimes I think, how it was possible for Jesus, when he was tortured and killed on Cross and then teaching us to “forgive those who persecute you and pray for them.”
This Great lent is a journey with hopeful heart, with pictures of newly crowned 21 Martyrs and their families in front of my eyes. In these days of Great lent their martyrdom teaches all of us to be firm and strong in our faith. Let’s not fear them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul (Mt 10:28). Let’s forgive and Love them who persecute us, who strike us, who hate us.
May God Almighty grant us that strength to forgive and Love those who persecute us.
Remembering the Martyrs, their families and the militants in prayers
We the Indian Orthodox Church members expressing our deep heartfelt condolence, solidarity and prayers. Continuing our prayer support to all persecuted Brethren, especially to the Coptic Orthodox Church.Let all of us offer our prayers for the Egyptian nation and the world-wide Coptic community and for the entire region of the Middle East.
Web Manager, Diocese of Bombay,
The annual retreat of Bombay Diocese Priest’s held at Vashi Aramana on 16th to 19th February 2015.The retreat was led by Fr. Bobby Jose Kattikkadu. 45 priests along with H.G Geevarghese Mar Coorilos attended the retreat.
We are immensely delighted to present before all the faithful of Bombay Diocese, one day family fellowship under the banner of Spiritual Revival programs. The event will be held on Sunday 15th February 2015 at St Thomas Orthodox Church, Vashi Aramana from 10.30 to 4.30 pm. The theme for the conference shall be “They are One”. H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos Metropolitan urged all the wedded couples in Diocese, between 25 – 50 years to attend this family fellowship and achieve spiritual and moral strength to confront the challenges of today’s Christian married life.
The registration fee will be Rs.100/- per head.
This one day fellowship will be an introduction for the 3 day family conference at a later date. The earlier 3 day conference has been a blessing for all who participated, with motivates us to organize more such events in the family ministry. We plan to conduct such events in different zones of the Diocese.
For more details and registration please contact:
Rev. Fr. Jacob Koshy (Cell No 9892129033)
Mr. Viju V John (Cell No.9323407946)
Master Doney Biju, Son of Biju Mathew, who is a member of St George Orthodox Church,Nashik secured 1st rank in the SSFC XII Examination conducted in December 2014 by Outside Kerala Region of Sunday School. Congratulations.
The annual retreat of Bombay Diocese Priest’s will be held at Vashi Aramana on 16th to 19th February 2015.This retreat will be father is Fr. Bobby Jose Kattikkadu.
The tentative schedule of the retreat is herewith attached. H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the diocesan Metropolitan, in his Kalpana No.5/2015 urged all the diocesan priests to attend the retreat on time and also confirmed participation. Pray for the blessings of the retreat.
Arrival on 16th /Feb/2015
Evening Prayer 6.00 PM
17th Tue & 18th Wed
6.00 – 7.00 AM Namaskaram
7.00 – 8.00 AM
8.00 – 9.00 Free
9.00 – 10.30 1st, 5th Section
10.30 – 10.45 Song
10.45 – 12.15 2nd, 6th Section
12.15 Ucha Namaskaram
2.30 – 400 3rd, 7th Section
4.00 – 6.00 Tea & Break
6.00 Eve Prayer
7.00 – 8.00 4th, 8th Section
6.00 – 7.00 AM Namaskaram
7.00 – 8.00 AM
8.00 – 9.00 Free
9.00 – 10.30 5th Section
10.30 – 10.45 Song
10.45 – 12.15 6th Section
12.15 Ucha Namaskaram
2.00 – 4.00 Evaluation & Future steps
4.00 Tea & Departure
Photo Courtesy – Binu Alex
മലങ്കര ഓര്ത്തഡോക്സ് സഭ മുംബൈ ഭദ്രാസനത്തിലെ ആത്മീയ പുനര്ജീവന സംരംഭമായ സ്പിരിച്ച്വല് റിവൈവല് മിനിസ്ട്രിയുടെ ആഭിമുഖ്യത്തില് നടന്നുവന്ന മുംബൈ ഓര്ത്തഡോക്സ് ക്രിസ്ത്യന് കണ്വന്ഷന് പര്യവസാനിച്ചു.വാശി സെന്റ് മേരീസ് സ്കൂള് ഗ്രൌണ്ടില് നടന്ന കണ്വന്ഷനില് മുംബൈക്ക് പുറമേ പൂനാ, നാസിക്ക്, ഗുജറാത്ത് എന്നിവിടങ്ങളില് നിന്നും മൂവായിരത്തോളം വിശ്വാസികള് ഈ മഹാ കണ്വന്ഷനില് പങ്കെടുത്തു.
25ന് നടന്ന സമാപന സമ്മേളനത്തില് ഭദ്രാസനാധിപന് അഭിവന്ദ്യ ഗീവര്ഗീസ് മാര് കൂറിലോസ് മെത്രാപ്പോലീത്താ അധ്യക്ഷത വഹിച്ചു. ഭാരതത്തിന്റെ അപ്പോസ്തോലനായ പരിശുദ്ധ മാര്ത്തോമ്മാ ശ്ളീഹായുടെ ദൌത്യം ഏറ്റെടുത്ത് തുടരുന്നതിനുള്ള കാലിക പ്രസക്തി മാര് കൂറിലോസ് മെത്രാപ്പോലീത്താ വിശ്വാസികളെ അനുസ്മരിപ്പിച്ചു.
അടൂര്-കടമ്പനാട് ഭദ്രാസനാധിപന് അഭിവന്ദ്യ ഡോ.സഖറിയാസ് മാര് അപ്രേം മെത്രാപ്പോലീത്താ സമ്മേളനം ഉദ്ഘാടനം ചെയ്തു. ലോകജീവിത യാത്രയില് നാം തിരുവെഴുത്തുകളില് നിന്നു അകന്നു പോയിട്ടുണ്ടെന്നും ഇപ്പോള് അതിലേക്ക് തിരികെ വരുവാനുള്ള സമയമാണെന്നും മാര് അപ്രേം മെത്രാപ്പോലീത്താ പറഞ്ഞു.
നിരണം ഭദ്രാസനാധിപനും സഭാ മിഷന് ബോര്ഡ് പ്രസിഡന്റുമായ ഡോ.യൂഹാനോന് മാര് ക്രിസോസ്റമോസ് മെത്രാപ്പോലീത്താ മുഖ്യസന്ദേശം നല്കി. നസ്രേത്തിലെ തിരുകുടുംബത്തിലെ മാതാപിതാക്കളായിരുന്ന ജോസഫിന്റെയും മറിയത്തിന്റെയും സ്വഭാവ സവിശേഷതകളെ എടുത്തുകാട്ടികൊണ്ട്, കുടുംബ ശിഥിലീകരണ സാധ്യതകള് ഭയാനകമായി ഏറിവരുന്ന ഈ കാലഘട്ടത്തില് മാതാപിതാക്കള് മാതൃകയായിരിക്കേണ്ട വിവിധ കാര്യങ്ങള് മാര് ക്രിസോസ്റമോസ് മെത്രാപ്പോലീത്താ ഹൃദയസ്പര്ശിയായി വിശദീകരിച്ചു.
സ്പിരിച്ച്വല് റിവൈവല് മിനിസ്ട്രി ഭദ്രാസന ജനറല് കണ്വീനര് ഫാ. ജേക്കബ് കോശി, അതിന്റെ വിവിധ പ്രവര്ത്തനങ്ങള്ക്ക് ഭദ്രാസനം പൂര്ണ്ണ പിന്തുണ പ്രഖ്യാപിക്കുന്ന മഹാ സമ്മേളനമായി കണ്വന്ഷനെ വിലയിരുത്തിയത് വിശ്വാസിസമൂഹം കരഘോഷത്തോടെ ഏറ്റുവാങ്ങി.
മിഷന് ഡയറക്ടര് മനോജ് മാത്യു സുവിശേഷ പദ്ധതികള് വിശദീകരിച്ചു. ദാനിയേല് ശര്മ്മ, ബാലിക സൊപന് എന്നിവര് സുവിശേഷ ജീവിത അനുഭവങ്ങള് പങ്കുവെച്ചു. വാശി സെന്റ് തോമസ് ചര്ച്ച് ഗായകസംഘം ഗാനശുശ്രൂഷ നടത്തി. ഫാ. തോമസ് മത്തായി സമര്പ്പണ പ്രാര്ത്ഥന നടത്തി. ഭദ്രാസന സെക്രട്ടറി ഫാ. കോശി അലക്സ് സ്വാഗതവും, കണ്വന്ഷന് ജനറല് കണ്വീനര് ഫാ. ബഞ്ചമിന് സ്റീഫന് കൃതജ്ഞതയും അര്പ്പിച്ചു. വൈകിട്ട് 4.30ന് നടന്ന വിവിധ പഠന ക്ളാസുകള്ക്ക് അഭിവന്ദ്യ ഡോ. സഖറിയാസ് മാര് അപ്രേം മെത്രാപ്പോലീത്താ, ഫാ. കോശി ജോണ്, ഫാ. ജോമോന് തോമസ്, മനോജ് മാത്യു എന്നിവര് നേതൃത്വം നല്കി.