KOTTAYAM: “Let us dedicate ourselves in holiness to prepare a manger in our hearts so as to equip ourselves to face the challenges of the age in the power of Holy Spirit”, said the Supreme Head of the Malankara Orthodox Church, Catholicos and Malankara Metropolitan Baselios Marthoma Paulos II.
The Pontiff was addressing the world wide community of Malankara Orthodox Church members and the whole world at large.
Christmas is the “Feast of peace and concord. Christmas is essentially the glorious feast which extols the reconciliation between heaven and earth bringing the whole creation into the experience of salvation. In a world characterized by dissention, discord, disillusionment,exploitation and lust, the message of Christmas gives us unending hope. Let the Feast which revealed to us that there is space in the heart of Jesus Christ for all creatures, make us more spiritual” acclaimed the Catholicos of the East.
The Pontiff also admonished the faithful to refrain from all kind of intoxicating substances. Christians, the “inheritors of the eternal life in Jesus Christ, (have) to sanctify themselves to celebrate the feast in its holiness and keep away from all such evil influences”, the admonishing goes on.
The Pontiff also wished the faithful a blissful New Year as well.