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St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Denver, Consecrated


DENVER: Newly built St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Denver, Colorado, was consecrated on October 22nd and 23rd, 2010. Metropolitan of the South West American Diocese, Alexios Mar Eusebius was the chief celebrant.

St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Denver, is built in the traditional Kerala Syrian Christian Architecture.

After evening prayers on Friday, October 22nd, the foundation stone of the Holy Altar was dedicated and thereafter the first part of the consecration took place. On Saturday, 23rd, second part of the consecration was conducted after morning prayers. Holy Tri-mass was conducted after the consecration.

Former vicars, Fr. Zachariah, Fr. Mathai Alakkottu, and Fr. Rege Mathew, as well as the Diocesan Office Manager Fr. K.Y. Wilson attended the proceedings. Fr. Johnson Punchakonam, Vicar of the parish, has played a very vital and valuable part in the successful conduct of the consecration.

Metropolitan Mar Eusebius inaugurated the public meeting. “It was a blessing for every individual to take part in Church construction for it is the eternal home for Christians. When one stands below the high rising churches, one shall raise a feeling that humans are small and frail”, opined the Metropolitan in his message.

Rev. Rick Thomas, Rev. Michael Tikkori, Dn. Gabriel Paik, Kavitha Malil, and Sheba Isaac spoke on the occasion.

K.T. Mathew and George Kurien, members of St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Denver, who led the Church construction, were honored in the meeting. Shinu Chandy welcomed the gathering and Siby Thomas moved the vote of thanks.

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Come to me, I will give you rest


Meditation Text: St. Matthew 11: 25-12: 8

Verse for the day: St. Matthew 11: 28 – 30
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Reflection:

In these days of science and many technological advancements, more and more, people are relying on ‘experts’ to determine how they live their life – what kind of foods they eat, how to raise their children, how to view life, and even how to understand God. Our world is a very tense, uptight and fast paced world, filled with hurry.

We need to learn how to experience rest. If all we needed was physical rest we can always take a nap. If we needed only emotional rest, we can always take a vacation. But where can we find spiritual rest? How can we obtain relief regarding the deepest issues of life at the deepest level of our hearts? Jesus is relating the restlessness of humanity with its godlessness. And He is saying that we will never really know what it is to rest, until we know God. Jesus says, “Come to me, I will give you rest.”

The search to satisfy the spiritual needs on our own leads down many empty roads. The tiresome search of the soul, coming up empty is what Jesus is speaking to. He has a gift to give! Human effort falls far short of the standard God requires. The Cross is the place of exchange where what we are is placed on Him and what He is, is given to us.

The fatal mistake for the believer is to seek to bear life’s load in a single collar. God never intended man to carry his burden alone. Christ therefore deals only in yokes. A yoke is a neck harness for two, and the Lord Himself pleads to be One of the two. He wants to share the labor of any galling task.

The secret of peace and victory in the Christian life is found in putting off the taxing collar of self and accepting the Master’s relaxing yoke. God intends to interfere in our life. So the question remains: when does God interfere? And how? When we have faith God definitely will interfere and without doubt will work in our lives. And our experiences with God must allow us to say like the Psalmist: “If it had not been the LORD who was on our side,” Let Israel now say— “If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, When men rose up against us, Then they would have swallowed us alive” (Psalm 124:1-3).

Our belief in God’s interference gives us comfort, peace and sense of security. “Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you;” (Psalm 55:22).

Prayer
O Lord, who comforts, grants us rest and carries our burdens, stretch forth Your almighty right hand and bless us. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit and guides us with Your counsel. Strengthen us in our walk with You. Grant us victory over the powers of the Evil One and his hosts. Be with us Lord and keep us in Your Love. May we grow in knowledge of You and rest in Your everlasting peace. All honor and glory, praise and thanksgiving to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always forever and ever. Amen.

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Websites post online greetings for Catholicos 90th birthday


AS His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Didymos I, the seventh Catholicos of the East in Malankara, celebrates his 90th birthday on October 29, many online sites have been set up to post greetings to the Catholicos.

The Indian Orthodox Diaspora Secretariat, Diocese of Delhi, took the lead with its Facebook posting which went online from October 21.

They have created an online page on the popular microblogging site and requested all those interested to post wishes and greetings to His Holiness. There is also a provision to send audio greetings to email: iodsdelhi@gmail.com

The Facebook web link is available on

The main Facebook page on HH the Catholicos can be viewed on the link

HGs Alexios Mar Eusebius and Zachariah Mar Nicholovos , the two most frequent users of Facebook, have been tagged in the link.

The faithful has been requested to send all personalised birthday greetings to His Holiness recorded on mobile phone or on any other medium at least two days before his birthday.

Short personal messages from all over the world have already started to pour in and now available online. 293 people have so far liked the album and its contents.

Some of them have kindly addressed the ailing bishop as dear Thirumeni Appacha…
While all messages have greeted him profusely, one Dido and family from Sweden have posted her wishes thus: Barechmor your Holiness. Wish you a peacefull, joyfull and blessed birthday. Long and healthy life . Please your Holiness , remember us in your prayers. God Bless you.

Joice Thottackad, Managing Editor of the Malankara Orthodox TV (M TV) has set up in reverence to the Holy Father. Those desirous to post greetings can also do so on this website designed by UAE-based Binu Chacko.

MTv had last week put out the news on “Navathy of HH The Catholicos Marthoma Didymus I” with a link to the website of His Holiness and attaching a copy of the news carried in the leading daily, Malayala Manorama.

On October 29, the Catholicos will celebrate Holy Qurbana at Parumala Church at 7.30 am, where other metropolitans will assist him with the celebrations. This will be followed by a felicitation meeting at 11 am at the Parumala Seminary auditorium, where 90 deserving girls will be given financial assistance towards their marriage. Panakkadu Haidaraali Shihaab Thangal will inaugurate the meeting. Catholicos Elect Metropolitan Paulos Mar Milithios will preside over the meeting.

Most of the Orthodox churches in the Arabian Gulf will also celebrate the birthday after Holy Qurbana since October 29 falls on a Friday.

His Holiness Didimos I was born on October 29, 1921 to Ittyavira Thomas of Mulamootil House in Nedumbram near Thiruvalla and Sosamma of Chiramel House in Mavelikara.

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H H BAVA THIRUMENI’s 90th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION GREETINGS PART TWO

His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Didymos 1st,The Supreme Head of the Indian Orthodox Church, The Catholicos of East & The Malankara Metropolitan celebrates 90th Birthday on 29th of October 2010.

In this video Rev. Fr. Pathrose Joy, Dubai | Rony Thomas, Dubai | Sajeev Sarathi, Hindiyug.com | Benson Baby – Al Ain | Fr. Varghese Varghese, Gen. Sec. MGOCSM of Indian Orthodox Church (MOSC) | Charly Varughese Padanilam – Diocesan Member of Diocese of South West America | Fr.Manoj N Rajan – Ras Al Khaimah | Fr. Johnson Daniel, Abudhabi | Dejy Paulose – Ras Al Khaima | Fr. Philip Kuruvilla – Kolkota Diocese | Ms.Ginu George – Mumbai Diocese | Subin Jacob – MGOCSM Mar Gregorios Janakpuri, New Delhi | Fr. John Samuel London | Ajay Ipe – Banswara, Rajasthan joins with IODS Delhi Diocese in Wishing His Holiness a Very Happy Birthday.

Initiated By : Indian Orthodox Diaspora Secretariat Diocese of Delhi, Under the guidance of His Grace Job Mar Philoxenos, Metropolitan & His Grace Yuhanon Mar Demitrios, Assistant Metropolitan Diocese of Delhi, Indian Orthodox Church (MOSC).

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90th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OF HH : GREETINGS PART ONE

His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Didymos 1st,The Supreme Head of the Indian Orthodox Church, The Catholicos of East & The Malankara Metropolitan celebrates 90th Birthday on 29th of October 2010.

IODS Delhi Diocese Wishes His Holiness a Very Happy Birthday.

Send us your personalized birthday greetings to His Holiness recorded on your mobile phone or on any other medium. Before the 27th of October 2010.

Initiated By : Indian Orthodox Diaspora Secretariat Diocese of Delhi, Under the guidance of His Grace of Job Mar Philoxenos, Metropolitan & His Grace Yuhanon Mar Dimetrios, Assistant Metropolitan Diocese of Delhi, Indian Orthodox Church.

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St Gregorios Church, Mathikere, releases Orthodox Wedding Service CD


BANGALORE: The St Gregorios Orthodox Church Choir at Mathikere in Bangalore, as part of its fund raising campaign, released an Orthodox wedding service CD with an accompanying booklet.

Rev Fr M M Abraham, well-known as the architect of Malabar Diocese, released the CD at a simple ceremony after the Holy Qurbana on October 17, Sunday, in the presence of Vicar Rev Fr K M Jacob, St Gregorios Orthodox Church. Former vicar of the church, Rev Fr Saji Thomas (Saji Achen), also presided over the function.

The well-acclaimed church choir had over the months tirelessly ventured to release the wedding service audio CD in Malayalam. Fr K M Jacob has provided the lead to the CD with his introductory message while the second part has the Mothiram Vazhvinte Susrusha and finally the Kireedam Vazhvinte Susrusha.

The nine member choir team consists of Mathew K Samuel, Jijo Oommen, Shibu Mathew, Biju Thankachan, Abraham P John, Shenoy Mathew, Anish Cherian, Siji George and Shemin Simon.
The crooners are Jijo, Shibu, Biju, Abraham, Shenoy, Anish, Siji and Shemin.

While Anish chipped in with music and keyboards and ably aided by Abraham and Shenoy with mixing and mastering. The CD was recorded at the Church in Mathikere and at Gregorian Digitals.

The wedding book contains a complete service in Malayalam and translated into English as a service book. The audio CD in Malayalam and the booklet is priced at Rs 200. Shenoy Mathai, Treasurer, Choir League, Mathikere Church, says the CD and book will contain the entire sequence helpful for both the priest and the laity. This complete project for Malankara Orthodox Syrian Christian marriage ceremonies is unique. Presently, there seems to be no complete wedding CD being used among the Orthodox churches in Bangalore and Kerala. It is here that the Mathikere church choir members have united to work on the project for a cause.

“This is for the first time we are trying to release an audio CD with the guidance and support of our Lord and prayers of all. This project was planned after several discussions with the choir group and Vicar Rev Fr K M Jacob.”

Shenoy explains the CD will basically focus on three fronts. The other factor relates to changes in tracks and the different notes used while singing. This will help other churches to change the tunes if required and will also aid in selling the CDs and also creating awareness about the church. The other factor relates to generating money to repay loan deficit for purchasing musical instruments for the church choir.

The estimated amount to execute this project works out around Rs 72,000. The project breakup is: Book Printing charge: Rs 39,000, Printing: outlay of CD Cover and CD overlay: Rs 11,000, CD’s and CD cover: Rs 19,000, DTP for Malayalam script: Rs 3,000. If the expenditure outlay works out less than the amount projected, these will be transferred to either the choir fund or to the church committee. The name of the sponsors gets printed in the service book of the last page.

Rev Fr Abraham who completed 50 years of his priesthood on August 15, 2010 was also felicitated on the occasion. Presently, he is the Chaplain at NAMS Snehasadan, Jalahalli, Bangalore. Fr Abraham, considered to be an authority in Church History and Philosophy, is a voracious reader with 3 MAs degree under his belt.

For copies of CD and those willing to help may contact Rev Fr K M Jacob on his mobile on +91-9916594380 or on + 91-9886731642, +91-9448434180, +91-9886071623.

Email: frjacobkm14@yahoo.com or Shenoy Mathai Email: getshenoy@gmail.com

Church address is: # 264, 10th Main, 3rd Cross, Mathikere Extension, Mathikere, Bangalore – 560 054. Telephone: +91-80-236 08 307.

The 150-odd member St Gregorios Orthodox Church serves the areas of Mathikere Extension, M S Ramaiah Nagar, New BEL Road, Sanjaynagar, Yeshwanthpur East, West and Ring Road areas.

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Bangalore District Sunday Schools conducts Students Camp


BANGALORE: OSSAE, OKR, Bangalore District Sunday Schools conducted the second students camp at Bangalore. The Camp was held on 15th to 17th October, 2010 at Christ Acadmy, Begur, Bangalore.

130 students within the age group of 13 to 17 participated in the Camp.

Theme for this year’s camp was “Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever and His faithfulness is to all generations.” Psalms 100:5

Dr. Saramma Varghese (Rtd. Principal, Catholicate College, Pathanamthitta) was the Chief Guest, covering various aspects of the Theme during all the three days. Fr. Jacob Mathew (Old Seminary, Kottayam), Elizabeth T. Angiras, Usha Rao, Krishna H. and Ruben Jacob were part of the distinguished speakers for various sessions.

Rijin Varghese coordinated the singing sessions and other games and fun events during the Camp.

A twenty member committee worked seamlessly for the smooth conduct of this Camp under the leadership of the Sunday School District Vice President Fr. V. P. Idichandy. K. C. Thomas, Director, George Panackamattom, Secretary, Thomas George, Kuruvilla Varghese, M. K. Uthup and Shibu Mathew were the Conveners for the Camp.

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Patriarch of Serbia Enthroned


PEC, KOSOVO: Enthronement of the new Serbian Patriarch Irinej took place at the Patriarchate of Pec in Kosovo, Serbia. The enthronement ceremony took place on October 3rd, 2010 at historic Patriarchate of Pec of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Metropolitan Dr. Gabriel Mar Gregorios of Trivandrum Diocese represented the Indian Orthodox Church. Metropolitan Gregorios is the President of Ecumenical Relations Department of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.

Metropolitan Dr. Gregorios conveyed the wishes and goodwill on behalf of the Catholicos and Malankara Metropolitan Baselius Marthoma Didymos I and the Holy Episcopal Synod of the Malankara Church to the newly enthroned Patriarch.

“It was indeed a blessed and well arranged ceremony and it was my pleasure to attend the holy function” said Metropolitan Mar Gregorios.

Representatives from all sister Orthodox churches attended the enthronement ceremony. Armenian and the Indian Orthodox Church represented the Oriental Orthodox family.

As a token of love an icon of St Thomas was presented to the new Patriarch. A special gift, namely, a picture depicting the visit of Late Lamented Catholicos Baselios Geevergahse II paid to the Serbian Patriarch in 1937 was also presented to the Patriarch reminding the fraternal ties between the two Churches. Patriarch Irinej was in great joy to receive the gift and personally appreciated Metropolitan Gregorios. The Serbian Pontiff extended brotherly greetings and wishes to Catholicos Baselius Dydymus and to the entire Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.

Metropolitan Mor Gregorious Gabriel Speaks on Serbian Visit

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Catholicos of the East in Fullness of Four Scores and Ten


KOTTAYAM: Ninetieth birthday of Catholicos of East and Malankara Metropolitan Baselios Marthoma Didymus I will be celebrated on October 29.

The Catholicos will celebrate Holy Qurbana at Parumala Church at 7.30 am, where other Metropolitans will assist him with the celebration.

Felicitation meeting will be at 11.00 am at the Parumala Seminary Auditorium, where 90 deserving girls will be imparted with financial assistance for wedding expenses.

Panakkadu Haidaraali Shihaab Thangal will inaugurate the meeting. Catholicos Elect Metropolitan Paulos Mar Milithios will preside over.

Adv. Biju Oommen is the convener of celebrations committee.