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H.G. THOMAS MAR
ATHANASIOS METROPOLITAN

H. G. Thomas Mar Athanasios Metropolitan of the Chengannur diocese of Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church, passed away on August 24, 2018 Friday morning after he fell from the train he was travelling. He was 80 years old.His Grace was grandson of Kizhakkethalackal Thoma Kathanar and the nephew of the late Geevarghese Mar Philoxinos (Puthencavil Kochuthirumeni). Beloved Thirumeni was associated with Light of Life from its inception.


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UPDATE PERIOD JUNE 15 - JULY 15 2020
MEMORIAL FEAST OF ST. PETER & ST. PAUL AND DUKHRANA OF ST. THOMAS
Last two fortnights we celebrated two very important feasts of the Church. The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul is a liturgical feast in honor of the martyrdom in Rome of the apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul, which is observed on 29 June. For Eastern Orthodox Christians this feast also marks the end of the Apostles' Fast. Second Feast is the Dukhrana (Memory) of St. Thomas, Apostle of India, which is celebrated on July 3. Being these feasts related to all the Apostles of Lord Jesus Christ including the thirteenth Apostle as St. Paul, this time period is very important for the entire Christian Church.

MEMORIAL FEAST OF ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL
Rev. Fr. Dr. T. J. Joshua
There are many similarities between St. Peter and St. Paul. Both were directly called by Lord Jesus Christ and attached them to discipleship. Both renounced everything and blindly followed Jesus. Both had black experiences in their past life. St. Peter betrayed Jesus three times, while Paul executed the followers of Jesus in Jerusalem.
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FAITH DECLARATION OF ST. THOMAS : 'MY LORD AND MY GOD'
H.G. Yoohanon Mar Chrysostomos Metropolitan
Resurrected Lord Jesus appeared again to disciples in Jerusalem when Thomas was present. While the doors were shut for fear of the Jews, Jesus came in among them, and stood in the midst and said, Peace be unto you. He singled Thomas out from the rest, and applied himself particularly to him: "Reach hither thy finger, and, since thou wilt have it so, behold my hands, and satisfy thy curiosity to the utmost about the print of the nails; reach hither thy hand, and, thrust it into my side. Thomas responded, 'My Lord and My God.'
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DUKHRANA OF ST. THOMAS APOSTLE
Bishop V. Rev. Thomas Tharayil
The meaning of the word Dukhrana is memory. It is a very joyous occasion for the Mar Thomas Christians to celebrate the Memory Feast of their Patron Apostle of India, St. Thomas. St. Thomas Community was prevalent in Kerala, India even before the Christianity originated in Europe. St. Thomas Apostle is referred three times in Gospel of St. John. The mysterious reality Jesus revealed that He is the Way, Truth and Life was in response to St. Thomas.
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MISSIONARY JOURNEY OF APOSTLE ST. PAUL
Spread over three separate missionary journeys, each several years in length, St. Paul preached the Gospel of Lord Jesus Christ in many coastal cities and trade route towns in Asia and Europe. During Pauls missionary journeys he continued to preach fervently and God confirmed his message through miracles. At the end of Pauls third missionary journey, he knew he would soon be imprisoned and probably killed.
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ST. PETER AND HIS APOSTOLIC WRITINGS
Saint Peter also known as Simon Peter was a fisherman from Bethsaida. He was son of Jonah or John. Jesus called him as Cepha which means rock. He was the elder and leader of all Apostles of Jesus. St. Peter was the founder of the Church of Antioch. Two general epistles in the New Testament are ascribed to St. Peter. The Gospel of St. Mark was traditionally thought to show the influence of Peter's preaching and eyewitness memories as St. Mark was a close associate of St. Peter.
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ST. PAUL AND HIS APOSTOLIC WRITINGS
St. Paul, formally known as a leading Jew named Saul, was a well educated man living in Jerusalem. Just after Christs death and resurrection, he did his best to destroy the Christian church, even participating in the execution of the first Christian martyr, Stephen. On his way to Damascus to find and imprison more Christians, Paul met the Lord, repenting and turning in faith to Jesus Christ. He is crowned as the Apostle of Gentiles.
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(Video) St. Thomas Day Message - H. H. Baselios Marthoma Paulose II

(Video) Sleeha Nombu Retreat - H. G. Dr. Yuhanon Mar Chrysostomos




DEVOTIONAL MESSAGE
A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM H.H. BASALIOS MARTHOMA PAULOSE BAVA THIRUMENI
H.H. Basalios Marthoma Paulose II
Catholicose of Malankara Orthodox Church
Psalm 23, the hymnal of comfort, is the most sung and first taught scripture portion by our parents during our childhood. It is read as, 'Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.' We are going through the experience of a darkest valley now and as we are taught we should remain fearless. Corona Virus is spread everywhere in the world and anybody can be infected without any discrimination. Though we thought first that we are immune, but now we know that it can be on our door step. As a part of control measures, people are asked to stay home and keep social distancing.
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MALAYALAM TRAVALOGUE
MY JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM [MALAYALAM]
Saint Geevarghese Mar Gregorios Of Parumala
St. Geevarghese Mar Gregorios of Parumala, is the first canonized saint of Malankara Orthodox Church. As it was a long cherished desire, Thirumeni visited the Holy Land in 1895. The Holy Land travelogue, Thirumeni had written is a very rich Malayalam literary contribution. Many literary Scholars believe that it is the first travelogue available in Malayalam. This is the original Malayalam Version of the Travalogue written by Parumala Thirumeni.
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MALAYALAM ARTICLE
MISSIONARY JOURNEYS OF APOSTLE ST. PAUL [MALAYALAM]
Dr. Rajan Mathew
The proofs of Christs resurrection with which the gospels closed are abundantly corroborated by the constant and undaunted testimony of those that conversed with Him as illustrated by St. Luke in his Acts of Apostles. The New Testament records Paul taking three missionary journeys that spread the message of Christ to Asia Minor and Europe. St. Pauls' first plan of evangelism was to preach in the town synagogues but when many of the Jews rejected the teachings of Christ, the missionaries recognized God was calling them to witness to the Gentiles.
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MALAYALAM ARTICLE
GANDHIAN ETHICS AND ITS IMPORTANCE ON SOCIETY [MALAYALAM]
Rev. Fr. Dr. K.M. George
Former Principal, Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam
Malankara Orthodox Church
The most important two ideals of the Mahatma Gandhi were Satyagraha and Ahimsa. Ahimsa is the doctrine of refraining from harming any living being. Ahimsa is one of the cardinal virtues and an important tenet of Jainism. Satyagraha is a term coined by Gandhi on his own. The way of Satyagraha was experimented by Gandhi in South Africa and then followed it in India for the Freedom Struggle. Satyagraha literally means hold onto the truth. So, true Satyagraha needs purification of body, mind and spirit. It is the philosophy of nonviolent resistance to authorities.
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MALAYALAM ARTICLE
CHRISTIAN WRITERS AND THEIR WRITINGS IN APOSTOLIC AGE [MALAYALAM]
Dr. Rajan Mathew
Various Early Apostolic Christian writers wrote gospels and other books, some of which were canonized as the New Testament. The New Testament discusses the teachings and person of Jesus, as well as events in first-century Christianity. Each of the four gospels in the New Testament narrates the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. The Apostolic Fathers were prominent writers who are traditionally understood to have met and learned from Jesus or His personal disciples. The Church Fathers are later writers with no direct connection to the disciples. Apologists defended Christianity against its critics.
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ENGLISH ARTICLE
LOOKING FOR THE COMING OF THE KINGDOM [ENGLISH]
H.G. Paulose Mar Gregorios Metropolitan
Late Diocesan Metropolitan of Delhi Diocese
Malankara Orthodox Church
How do we find a way to become a dynamic presence in our own nation? Many nations, with their poverty and injustice, dishonesty and corruption, hope and frustration, lack of leadership and initiative are in sad state in the world today. Is there some good news that we can be and bring to our people? In India we Christians need to realise the wide range of salvation that God brings - not just the individual salvation in the other world, but corporate and national salvation here and now as well.
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MALAYALAM ARTICLE
PLACE OF SACRAMENTS IN CHRISTIAN LIFE
H.G. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios Metropolitan
Late Diocesan Metropolitan of Niranam Diocese
Malankara Orthodox Church
Holy Sacraments are the sprit and life giving instruments of Holy Spirit. They are visible sign of an inward divine grace and instituted by Jesus Christ Himself. They are the sign or symbol of a spiritual reality. Sacraments involves matter, form and intention. Holy Liturgy is the queen of all other sacraments.
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SERIES [MALAYALAM]
HISTORY AND GROWTH OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION IN EARLY CENTURIES
Editor Dr. Rajan Mathew
Christianity and associated Christian Education commenced with Jesus of Nazareth. This work is a humble attempt to overview the history and methods of Christian Education during the public mission of Savior Jesus, Apostolic age, Sub-Apostolic era and the early period of the Christian Church while it was under severe hostilities; all over a span of almost 300 years, till the church was finally given legal status and came out of persecution
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ARTICLE [ENGLISH]
ECUMENISM AT GRASSROOTS
Rev. Fr. M. K. Kuriakose Philadelphia
It is urgent that we Christians loose our worldly identity and acquire Christian identity so that we can save not only the people but the entire earth from destruction. Unless we are united we cannot change the world from destruction. All wars, competition on trade and acquisition of weapons of mass destruction will end if we are united to spread the love of Christ to the world. The common man is looking forward to a practical way of witnessing Christ.
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ARTICLE [ENGLISH]
HOW TO RESPOND TO THE PAINFUL CIRCUMSTANCES IN LIFE ?
Very Rev. K. Mathai Cor-Episcopa
God has purpose behind every problem in life. A crisis whether it is sickness should be considered as a character building opportunity. More difficult the problem is, grater would be the potential for building up spiritual and moral strength after successfully gone through it. Life of Lord Jesus Christ taught us how we should respond to the crises in life.
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SHORT BIOGRAPHY
H.G. PATHROS MAR OSTHATHIOS METROPOLITAN
H. G. Pathros Mar Osthathios Metropolitan was a true champion of the poor, herald of Gospel and glitter of Malankara. He enriched his life committing himself to self negation and compassion to poor and dalits. Pathros Mar Osthathios was the first missionary Bishop of Malankara. By mission and charitable activities of Mar Osthathios Metropolitan among low caste and downtrodden people, he is exemplified as Malankara Gandhi, because of the similarities of the characteristics of his mission with ideologies of Mahatma Gandhi.
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SHORT BIOGRAPHY
H.G. GEEVARGHESE MAR OSTHATHIOS METROPOLITAN
Sabharatnam H. G. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios Metropolitan was widely known as a prophet of social justice and as a propagator of the Universal Religion of Love. His enriched life taught the world, the way a Church should look like, and in what mode the Church should act in this world. He achieved everything out from a thorny surface, by hard work, purity of vision and the real love sprout from God, the Almighty.
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SERIES [ENGLISH]
LITURGICAL CALENDAR OF MALANKARA ORTHODOX CHURCH
The Eastern Orthodox Liturgical Calendar describes and depicts the spiritual rhythm of the life in the Orthodox Church. The liturgical year is different from the normal calendar year. Liturgical calendar is organized in a way to commemorate the important events in the incarnate earthly life of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. So, the liturgical year is a distributed annual celebration of the incarnation of Son of God.
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ARTICLE [MALAYALAM] - REPUBLISHED
CRISIS, FOR THE PROSPERITY OF GOSPEL
By H.G. Yoohanon Mar Chrysostomos Metropolitan
Hardships and sufferings in our life should not cause for desperation, and God man should not get stumbled on that; instead it should happen for the prosperity and enlargement of Gospel. The persecutors cannot imprison the word of God. St. Paul considered his life was Christ, and his death was gain. It is the undoubted character of every good Christian that to him to live is Christ. The glory of Christ ought to be the end of our life, the grace of Christ the principle of our life, and the word of Christ the rule of it.
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ARTICLE [MALAYALAM] REPUBLISHED
TWO WORDS PRAYER OF ST. PAUL : MARANATHA
By Rev. Fr. Dr. T. J. Joshua
Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam
Maranatha is the smallest prayer of St. Paul, we can see in his epistles. Maranatha is an Aramaic phrase occurring once only in the New Testament and also in the Didache which is part of the Apostolic Fathers' collection. It is transliterated into Greek letters rather than translated, and is found at the end of Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians. (1 Corinthians 16:22) This was a traditional prayer of early Christian Church which means 'O Lord, come!', for the early return of Jesus Christ. The prayer interpretation of the word is supported by what appears to be a Greek equivalent of this acclamation in Rev 22:20 'Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!'
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SELECTED ARTICLES FOR THE LENT AND PASSION WEEK
  1. Thoughts For Lent Period [Malayalam]

  2. A Season Of Renewal For All

  3. Jesus Said "Ephphatha!" That is, "Be Opened"

  4. The Devine Bread From Heaven

  5. Importance Of Fasting In Spiritual Life

  6. Prayer In The Eastern Church Perspective

  7. The Voice Of Cry And Hands Of Care

  8. How To Follow Jesus?

  9. Easter: The Event Of Peace And Love

  10. Transference From Death To Life

  11. What Do You Prefer? Chicken For Good Friday? Or Egg For Easter?

  12. Synopsis For Sermons And Meditations : Season of Lent

  13. Water Turned Into Wine

  14. Great Lent [Saumo]

  15. Man Of Gerasenes With An Unclean Spirit [Malayalam]

  16. Healing Of The Bent Woman [Malayalam]

  17. Journey To Emmaus [Malayalam]

  18. Refuge Under The Cross [Malayalam]

  19. Holy Mysteries In The Holy Bible [Malayalam]

  20. Beginning Of The Signs [Malayalam]

  21. Marriage In Cana Of Galilee [Malayalam]

  22. The Man With Leprosy [Malayalam]

  23. Healing Of The Blind Man

  24. Post-Resurrection Appearances Of Our Lord

  25. The Risen Christ And His Empty Tomb

  26. Death Is The Door To Eternity

  27. Cure For Death Is Eternal Life [St. John 3:16]

SELECTED YOUTUBE VIDEO LINKS

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  1. Holy Qurbana [Malayalam]

  2. Monte Thursday Service [Malayalam]

  3. Morning Service [Malayalam]

  4. Holy Qurbana Songs [Malayalam]

  5. Palm Sunday Service

  6. Good Friday Songs [Malayalam]

  7. Good Friday Service Part 1 [Malayalam]

  8. Good Friday Service Part 2 [Malayalam]

  9. Good Friday Service Part 3 [Malayalam]

  10. Good Friday Service Part 4 [Malayalam]

  11. Easter Service [Malayalam]

  12. Dhyanam at Parumala Fr. T.J. Joshua

  13. Upavasa Dhyanam at Parumala Fr. T.J. Joshua

  14. Passion Week Retreat H.G. Dr. Yuhanon Mar Chrysostomos - Part 1

  15. Passion Week Retreat H.G. Dr. Yuhanon Mar Chrysostomos - Part 2

  16. Holy Message H.H. Basalios Marthoma Paulose

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