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Coptic Orthodox Vicar, Fr Balsoom, 66, passes away in Muscat

MUSCAT: Fr Balsoom Ambabishoy, aged 66, Vicar of the St Mina Coptic Orthodox Church, passed away in Muscat on May 24, 2011, Tuesday.

A long-time resident of Muscat, Fr Balsoom completed 29 years of pastoral service in the Sultanate of Oman.
He had served as a Vicar of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Oman since 1983.

Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edavaka, Muscat, Vicar-in-Charge Fr C S Mathew, Trustee Abraham Mathew, Co-Trustee Cherian P Thomas, Secretary Biju Parumala attended the funeral service and conveyed condolences from the Maha Edavaka.

A wreath was also placed on behalf of the members of the Maha Edavaka.

A statement issued says: His (Fr Balsoom’s) sad passing away demise will be an irreparable loss to the Christian community in Oman as a whole. We sincerely convey our heartfelt condolences to the parish members of the Coptic Church and pray that the departed soul rest in peace.

A large gathering of the Coptic Orthodox members paid their last respects to the departed soul. The last rites were performed in Egypt.

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Sunday School In-house Competition in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI: St. George Orthodox Cathedral Sunday School In-house Competition was held on Friday 27 May 2011, after Holy Qurbana.

Hundreds of children of various age groups from Sub-Junior to seniors presented their talented masterpieces.

Judges were heart filled with joy and appreciated Sunday school teachers and parents for training them well in spiritual nourishment for the glory of Lord our Almighty.

They also suggested parents to encourage their children in getting involved with discussions at home on the biblical topics on daily basis to further enrich them for a better tomorrow.

Cathedral Vicar Fr. Johnson Daniel distributed prizes later in the evening.

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Abu Dhabi St. George Cathedral congratulated the winners of Professional Nurse Clinical Ladder Award

Abu Dhabi St. George Orthodox Cathedral congratulated the winners of Professional Nurse Clinical Ladder Award 2011 conferred on May 12 – Nurses Day by Sheikh Khalifa Hospital , Managed by Cleveland clinic and owned by Govt. of Abu Dhabi.

Marth Maria Samajam President Metropolitan Dr. Zachariah Mar Theophilos blessed the award winners by calling out their names and lauded the efforts and service rendered by the nurses to the society. Metropolitan commented that the reward is in recognition to the dedicated services that they have offered in the health care sector and should be the motivation and encouragement to all. Cathedral Vicar Fr. Johnson Daniel expressed happiness over the achievement of the Nurses and congratulated them on behalf of the Cathedral

The SKMC Professional Nurse Clinical Ladder recognizes professional clinical nurses for their advanced clinical performance and demonstration of leadership skills providing direct patient care


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Farewell Speech by Metropolitan Mar Barnabas

Farewell Speech by Metropolitan Mar Barnabas delivered at the banquet at NY Green Tree Country Club on May 22, 2011

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Marubhumiyele Parumala to Celebrate the Centenary Year of Re-establishment of the Catholicate of the East in India

The Indian Orthodox Church founded by St. Thomas, the Disciple of Jesus Christ, is one of the most ancient Churches in the whole Christendom. The St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, Sharjah, one among the old churches in the UAE established in the year 1978, named after the glorious Saint, The “St. Gregorios of Parumala” the first declared Saint of Indian orthodox Church. We are, indeed, very grateful to His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohamed Al Qassimi, the magnanimous, generous and benevolent Ruler of Sharjah and Member of Supreme Council, for donating a plot to construct the first Church in Sharjah.

We, the Orthodox Community in India, are celebrating the year 2012 as the Centenary Year of Re-establishment of the Catholicate of the East in India. As part of the celebrations, a period of about one and a half (1½) yearlong celebrations will commence on 27th May 2011 and continue till 2nd November 2012. The celebrations will be marked with various humanitarian projects and spiritual as well as academic programmes. Exhibitions related to Church history, Counseling classes, Seminars, Debates, Moral classes for children, Art and literary programmes will conduct during the centenary year.

As part of the celebrations in our parish we have under-taken three Projects in Kerala.

1. The Parish intends to construct a Church at Northern Diocese of Malankara Orthodox Sabha in Kerala, costing about 20 Lakhs Rupees (2 Million Rupees), particularly for a community who are financially backward.

2. Planned to come up with minimum 10 dwelling units (homes), with the cooperation of Parish Charity committee to the poor & needy.

3. The most significant among all the humanitarian programmes, shall be the Commemorative Charity Project of 1 Crore Indian Rupees (10 Million Rupees) by sponsoring and extend financial assistance towards the construction of the INTENSIVE CARE UNIT Block at the St. Gregorios International Cancer Care Centre at Parumala in Kerala. St. Gregorios International Cancer Care Center coming up in Parumala, one of the largest community project undertaken by the Orthodox Church, and Asia’s largest cancer care centre costing 100 Crore Indian Rupees will be a boon to the poor and needy from all over India. In return, any Sharjah Orthodox Church member will get treatment worth Rupees 4 Lakhs per annum for a period of 20 years and will also provide maximum concession for the patients requisitions receiving from Kerala, through the Sharjah Charity
committee for the general ward category patients. Cancer is a non communicable disease which is thought to be the main cause of all deaths in the coming years and the lack of necessary treatment centers may even scale up this ratio. The same thing is affecting in Gulf countries also. In this situation St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, Sharjah will take the initiative to provide maximum help and guidance to those affected people in UAE. It is our social commitment to give maximum support to the expatriates in United Arab Emirates. Church managing committee along with a 51-Member Centenary Committee is being formed to actively monitor and execute the plans as per centenary calendar. Mr. P. O. Philip (General Convener), Mr. John Mathai (Project Coordinator) along with following five sub committees are formed. Mr. P. M Jose (Finance), Mr. Thomas Tarakan M. O (Programme), Mr. James Daniel (Reception), Mr. Varghese George (Publicity), Mr. Alex Varghese (Souvenir).

The inauguration of Centenary celebrations and the project is planned at a public meeting to be held on Friday, 27th of May 2011 at 10:00 am at our Church premises. His Grace, Dr. Yuhannon Mar Dimitrios, Asst. Metropolitan, Delhi Diocese, shall be presiding over the inaugural formalities along with other special guests from Kerala and UAE. As a part of the inauguration agenda, an MOU will be authorized between our Parish and St. Gregorios International Cancer Care Center in presence of Rev. Fr. Alexander Koodarathil CEO of the project. Rev. Fr. Abraham John and Mr. K. Bala Krishnan, President, Sharjah Indian Association will felicitate the occasion.

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Canada celebrates but no celebrations for Dr Mor Meletius

Canada celebrates but no celebrations for Dr Mor Meletius
Metropolitan completes 25 years as priest quietly

TORONTO: Yuhanon Mor Meletius, Metropolitan of Thrissur Diocese, has completed 25 glorious years as a clergyman yesterday. And what better way to celebrate when the whole of Canada was on a holiday, with fireworks and merry.

Canada celebrates Victoria Day as a public holiday on the Monday before May 25th. And this occasion came in as a rare occurrence. Victoria Day celebrates Queen Victoria’s birthday (May 24th).

Victoria Day is always on a Monday, and thus the holiday is part of a long weekend, which is commonly referred to as the Victoria Day Weekend. However, Dr Mor Meletius was devoid of any celebrations with his family and friends at Toronto, Canada.

Way back in May 23, 1986, Dr Mor Meletius became a priest priest of the Malankara Orthodox Church. The popular and smartest Metropolitan has penned his thoughts and shared them via SkyDrive. Two pictures dating back to the peak moment of his life have also been attached.

The Metropolitan humbly writes: “This day, May 23rd, 25 years back I became a priest of the Malankara Church. As some of you may know I am not a person of celebrations. So I quietly spend my day with my relatives and friends in Toronto, Canada (Canada celebrated this day with much enthusiasm and fireworks.. guess why?). I am grateful to God for taking me, from a remote village in Ernakulam district, of Kerala, India this far. I also thank all those thousands of people who loved me from all over the world and helped me become what I am today. I should also thank those who do not agree with me and do not share my sentiments, as they also have contributed to making my personality, and I hope they will continue to do so that my life may become challenging and richer. I request you all to continue to pray for me that God may be gracious to me irrespective of all my shortcomings.”

Dr Mor Meletius leaves for Olando, Florida after a two-week stay in Toronto.

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Dr Mar Yulios reaches tomorrow in Chicago

AHMEDABAD : Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan, Ahmedabad Diocese leaves for a month-long sojourn to the United States from May 25. The Metropolitan will return back to Diocese Headquarters in Ahmedabad after returning back on July 5.

This will be the Metropolitan’s second visit to the United States after his ordination as a Bishop and the first after becoming head of Ahmedabad Diocese.

Dr Mar Yulios and Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim, Metropolitan, Bangalore Diocese had both jointly visited the St Gregorios Orthodox Church Oak Park in Chicago, Illinois. They were felicitated at a public reception. Both of them had served the church as Assistant Vicar for some time.

A grand welcome awaits Dr Mar Yulios when he visits the Oak Park Orthodox Church, under the South-West American Diocese in Chicago.

Metopolitan’s visit will also take him to Dallas (Texas), Atlanta, New York, Florida, Iowa, Chicago, Illinois and others.

On May 29, His Grace will lead the Holy Eucharist at the St Gregorios Orthodox Church.

He will also deliver address at seminars, conventions and hold lecture classes at various churches and congregations.

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Sunthronitho Of H.G. Zachariah Mar Nicholovos


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Catholicos calls for educating Orthodox community on church’s role in politics

Supreme head favours retirement age for bishops; deemed varsity status for old seminary soon

MOSC to extend helping hand to Egyptian Orthodox Christians if needed

Sees tiff with Patriarch faction as confrontation between justice and injustice, cannot accept foreign leadership in an Indian set up.

MUSCAT: The Catholicos and Malankara Metropolitan HH Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, paid a 3-day visit to the Sultanate of Oman in March. During a 96-hour hectic visit the supreme head led the Holy Eucharist, attended receptions, family prayer meetings, addressed media conferences and held photo sessions.

The Holy Father also travelled to Salalah on a day’s visit. Despite his schedules, the Catholicos found time for a one-to-one exclusive interview with the IOH Muscat during which he answered a wide range of questions at the Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edavaka. These ranged from why the MOSC has been neglected by various political groups, reconciliation efforts with the Patriarch faction and women’s emancipation through the proposed voting rights. Later, the day also saw the Catholicos keeping his official appointments with the Awqaf and Religious Affairs Minister and the Grand Mufti. His Holiness switched over to Malayalam after initially beginning the over a hour-long interview in English.


Q: What is your vision for the Gulf Orthodox churches and your opinion on expatriates here…

A: I am happy that the expatriates are always loyal to the government because we know that all the Malayalis when they are in Kerala or in India they are not able to express their potential and capability. There are so many reasons, politically, local or social but whenever they go outside of their homeland, personally speaking, they are highly potential and are highly loyal to the government. I can say they are very, far, far better in work and character. They are Indians and none will disagree with what I said. Every Malayali, when they come here they work hard, they try to prove their capability and are highly honoured, that is what I feel…

You know very well that Kerala is a consumer state, because we are not able to invest there and unable to work there nor able to express our potentiality and capability. The same holds good for the Orthodox churches here and the community here are hard working and goal-centred.

Q: Egyptian Orthodox Christians are suffering in their homeland and subjected to sectarian conflicts. Will MOSC interfere if our help is sought?

A: This is a local political issue. We can pray to God that there will be peace in the end. We are not at all troubling the government or the local people or the citizens of any country. Peace is the solution for all countries towards all its problems. If the locals disagree with the administration and their rulers, it can also be stabilized by way of dialogue and all that because the problem does not only stop there. It is a like a contagious disease and some social problem may arise in neighbouring countries too. I don’t think any expatriates in Egypt create any problem to the locals or to the government. They go in search for a livelihood there.

Whatever it is, if they need any kind of help, we are ready to help them out. We do not know the actual political situation existing there, if we go there and offer some kind of help to them, it may either flare up the whole situation or it might come to peace. But if they inform us what their requirement is, we shall be ready to provide them all help either at the government, social or at our own community level. We will definitely act if such a request comes. But we cannot act upon a political crisis there. We are bound to help them for whatever need they require, be it diplomatic or at government level.

We will get together with other communities to promote peace and stability. India’s basic foundation is laid on peace and harmony, which is Ahimsa. Indians do not go anywhere to create trouble, our culture is not that. Mahatma Gandhi did not teach us violence; he practiced non-violence, co-operation, all these form part of our basic foundation. Our philosophy is also based on religion, god-fearing, truth, justice, non-violence – all these are our basic teachings and doctrines.

Q: What is our stand on politics and why have we been sidelined despite being the second largest Christian community? What are the other alternatives?

A: We have been grossly sidelined by both the main political groups in Kerala. For this, the first and foremost thing we have to do is to educate our community about this; otherwise it will destroy the very existence of the community. Both the groups really don’t care a damn for the community though we are the second largest Christian community in the state. This rejection (by political groups) has led to a situation where we have no ability to react. Thereby our words or standing has no meaning. All communities have a voice. But it is not the case with our community. This is mainly because our community is not sure of standing firmly under a single leadership and we are not ready to be controlled by a leadership or obey his ideas. We are highly selfish….

There is no alternative but we will gradually communicate this to the ordinary people.

Take the case of Punalur Assembly constituency. We were initially told that a person from our community was offered a seat in the polls, but towards the end were told that someone else have been offered the ticket. When we enquired, we didn’t get any concrete reasons as to why this happened and we were taken lightly.
As leader of the Malankara Orthodox community, we should lead the community to educate the people on this but we cannot toe a political line or political principles. Our community is becoming voiceless and powerless and this will do us more harm in the days ahead. All these cannot be done overnight. A beginning has to be made at least now.

Let me reiterate that our church will not enter politics. However, our church will communicate the issues to both the political fronts. Many of our church members are members of different political parties. Church will not direct its members to support a particular political party. Instead, it will encourage its members to support candidates who work for the common good of the society, that is our view.

Q:Will there be a peaceful reunion ever with the Patriarch faction and what about the reconciliation efforts done in this regard…

A: (Switches over to Malayalam with a request….)
oh…This is a confrontation between justice and injustice. This is purely an ethical problem. Either we should hold up justice or should we support injustice. Say for example: in the Mahabharat, during the Kurukshetra war between Pandavas and Kauravas, there was justice among the Pandavas, but not among the hundreds. At that time, there came a situation when Arjuna (master archer) had to take a decision regarding going to war — we see a sad and disheartened Arjuna placing the bow and arrow on the ground. At this stage, a confused Arjuna feels that if he begins the conflict, his brothers will die. That’s why he decides that he is not powerful enough to wage a war, whatever be the loss. At that point of time, Lord Krishna enters the scene and advises Arjuna to perform his duty. That means to uphold justice. If a war should happen, then it should happen. Else, what you do is considered to be injustice… this interpretation is mentioned in Hindu mythology but our Lord Jesus doesn’t teach us this.

But one fact is very right: what is the yardstick for measuring justice and injustice in the context of our situation in Kerala and the country. Suppose if we are unable to get justice, we will approach the respected courts. This is justice. If they say this is not justice, then what is justice? This is my question? Secondly, we cannot identify ourselves under or accept a foreign leadership, be it politically, socially or religiously. Orthodox people are always pleading for an indigenised Indian national culture. The illegal ways of approach used in religious activities cannot go on.

I said two main factors: One is confrontation between justice and injustice. In this context Jesus Christ also faced a stage where He had to accept punishment in order to fulfill justice. Here Pilate when asked Jesus what is truth, Jesus answered him saying “you know the truth.”

What I am saying is this factional fight is a confrontation between justice and injustice. What is the measuring tool to evaluate this?

In a democratic set up, the proper means to know which is justice and injustice, must be proved and declared by the judiciary. An acceptance of a foreign leadership serves no good for the community. In a way it’s something similar to slavery.

Here, some who want to achieve their own personal ends, who don’t want to obey any laws, politically with wrong preaching or in an unprofessional manner runs the show.

Two months back I visited Mulanthuruthy Church and led the Holy Qurbana. I have never entered the church during my childhood nor after I had grown up. The authorities informed that the Orthodox Catholicos was arriving to perform the service. I stepped in, completed the Eucharist and it was calm throughout and came back peacefully. The problem here now is creating atrocities and pleasing some minor groups and fomenting trouble. These groups (other faction) if they want to go out they can do it and we don’t bother, and will not question that right..

‘Needhiyudhe sothu aneedithullavan thattiparikkunnadhe sherialla…’

There are murders taking place, criminals are being encouraged and it is bad that at a religious level, a top religious head is into such heinous crimes which he should not have done. This is my frank opinion. But we cannot stop all these.

‘Bellamullavan, bellamillathavane akrami kunnu..’ that’s what is happening here. But I want to stress again that we cannot live under or accept a foreign leadership in an Indian democratic set up.

Secondly, if it is a confrontation between justice and injustice, to prove the definition of justice we can use established norms. Otherwise, if they are keen in believing or following a foreign leadership, then do not plead for the assets.

We are always ready for reconciliation. Whatever happens has to be within the framework of the 1934 Constitution which has been approved by the Supreme Court. Even if the people are one, some leaders have different opinions. They want foreign domination. But we cannot accept that and we want our church to be independent.

Q: The old seminary turns 200 in 2015 but still its syllabus is still based on the Serampore University. Will you take the lead to make it a deemed university? MOSC also celebrates its 100th anniversary next year and what are its main plans.

A: Surely. We have already started it technically, but it has to proceed further. We do have some problems being affiliated to Serampore University towards teaching our dogmas and doctrines properly. We have to do it more carefully and want more students to study at the seminary. We have charted out the plans but finance is a problem. We have to see if we can keep up our ethical stand, but if done it will be fine. We need to have a proper infrastructure to implement it. Surely, we will make it a deemed university with UGC recognition and efforts have already begun in this direction.

For the centenary celebrations, a separate committee has been formed and they will look into it. The basic principles of the church however are the same, like helping the poor and the marginalised.

Q: How about ecumenical efforts to bring all Christian factions together. Will MOSC give stress to it under your lead.

A: Ecumenical relations with other communities are good. Any one section swallowing (or silencing) up the other or not recognising is not proper. Let us keep the identity of all the churches and come together to work for a common cause and against social evils. Ecumenism is vast or forms a major part of the community.

We all have different dogmas and doctrines. Jesus Christ is only one. But what He said is been interpreted or defined differently and in different angles. We don’t have to bother. Every one has their own traditions. So what we need from ecumenism in my opinion is respect for each other, acceptance between each other, along with that many common causes and difficulties faced by man. On such grounds we can unite together — so coming together for a common cause to bring peace, harmony and truth in the society is good and appreciable.

Q: What measures will you take to help revise our constitution in the light of women soon getting voting privileges.

A: The entry of women towards a voting system is good. The constitution has to be changed and it has got its own proceedings. However, the most important difficulty here is that now a bishop is being elected by a samithi or a parliament consisting of 4,000 members. With the inclusion of women, it will be around 8,000, which is an unwieldy issue.

Therefore, there should be proper canvassing and subjective quality is best called for. I mean to say regarding the election, we have to look into the ethics, quality, financial stand and how important it is for the efficiency of the system.

Democracy has got it merits and demerits. Women’s way of thinking is different and is in different spheres. However, it will have its merits and demerits. Finally, we have to find the pros and cons of implementing this major decision by the Sabha.

Q: Are you in favour of retirement age for bishops? How will the church utitlise their services post-retirement.

A: Surely, before I was of the opinion that there should not be a retirement age for bishops. But, earlier, we had fever number of bishops. There were no unwieldy problems as I said earlier. Presently the number of bishops has gone up with the rise in diocese and the area wise. Earlier, there was a single bishop and a single diocese. Those days, to see or to meet with a Thirumeni we had to wait for a long time. Now it is not like that. In order to bring efficiency to the system, we should keep an age bar for retirement. This will not create any harm, that is my opinion. We should change in with the times. If not it will reduce the efficiency of the sabha as such.

I think I have been able to answer all your queries.
Thank you and God Bless

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Nonviolent co-existence is a challenge to change the world : Fr Bijesh Philip

Wolves and sheep will live together in peace,
and leopards will lie down with young goats.
Calves and lion cubs will feed together,
and little children will take care of them
Cows and bears will eat together,
and their calves and cubs will lie down in peace.
Lions will eat straw as cattle do.
Even a baby will not be harmed
if it plays near a poisonous snake.
Isaiah 11:6-9.

KINGSTON, Jamaica: Dr Fr Bijesh Philip, Principal, St Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary, Nagpur, has shared

his experiences acting as a facilitator as the leader of one of the Bible study groups at the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC) in Jamaica.

His address at the IEPC was on “A Divine Vision of Non-Violence and Harmonious Coexistence” and was based on a Reflection from Isaiah 11:6-9 which deals with the peaceful kingdom.

The text appears to be a description of life in Noah’s ark. It gives a hope of the renewal of the world. Eschatological hope is described in metaphorical language from the text.

Fr Bijesh goes on to categorise this into three parts. Firstly, it deals with peaceful coexistence, secondly with on survival of the weakest and finally transformation of the jungle into a paradise.

There is no violence which is usual in the jungle in this picture. Instead the prophecy put the predator and prey together. Wild animals and domestic ones graze together with perfect non violence as explained in the text.
In this context, Fr Bijesh explains how the spectre of killings occurred in Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Sudan and other parts of the world and in racial, tribal conflicts and violence. Also those perished in communal clashes like in Gujarat, India in 2002. Many people are still under the wrong impression that violence is the means to ensure well being and peace to their community of tribe.

But violence is spiral and one violence leads to further counter violence. This picture is in stark contrast to violence and wars we see today in the media. How many millions were killed in world wars and holocaust and terrorism and war on terrorism. Albert Scheitzer while serving in Lamebrain, Africa was asked by the cannibals there about the irrationality of the so called Christians killing each other in huge numbers in Europe in the world wars. Cannibals kill just to satisfy their hunger.

The above vision of nonviolent co-existence is a challenge to change the world and also individuals. When Nelson Mandela was released after spending 27 years in Prison in South Africa under the rule of the whites, he could have easily ignited a conflict of whites and blacks.

But instead of that when this prophet of peace came out, he was encouraging the South Africans to own his dream of a country where blacks and whites live together peacefully, he points out. To a great extent, Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in such situations.

Elaborating on the survival of the weakest, he explains that the core of evolution theory is the principle of jungle. But preservation of the weak is the divine rule which is beautifully described in this prophetic vision. The images of the calf, the young goat, the young ones of cow and bear, the weaned child points to the helpless and weak ones among the humans as well as the rest of the creation. How many weak species are destroyed by the ‘mighty’ humans in their attempt to enhance their comforts and facilities? How many tribals and dalits are further marginalised in the name of development and progress?, he asks.

Lastly, he deals with the transformation of the jungle into paradise. Domination, conflict, and violence are replaced by non-violence, peace and harmony. This change is attained by attitudinal changes in the expected saviour or liberator rule and not by force or external pressures.

By laws, judiciary, police and army alone the world will not get peace. Divine grace and wisdom are important for world peace, peace with the creation.

According to the Genesis account, loss of paradise means alienation from God leading to conflict of humans and the rest of creation. The enmity between man and snake in the Genesis account is reversed here by the picture of a small child playing at the hole of a venomous snake in the eschatological prophecy in Isaiah.
The root cause of the change according to this passage is the ‘knowledge of the Lord which fills the whole world (Is 11:9). The lasting peace of the world is with God only. The very purpose of this incarnation was to spread this light and grace in the world.

Fr Bijesh goes on to explain Isaiah chapter 11 which begins with the picture of Messiah: “There shall come forth a rod from the root of Jesse, and a flower shall grow out of his root. The Spirit of God shall rest upon Him…He will judge the cause of the humble. He shall gird His loins with righteousness and cover his sides with truth. (11:1-5). (Righteousness will be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his waist). This is a continuation of the reference to the messianic rule mentioned in Isaiah 9:5-7. He is called Prince of Peace (9:6) and “great shall be his government and of His peace there is no end”. The very purpose of the incarnation was to make our world just, peaceful and holy.