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ARTICLES OF V. REV. K. MATHAI COR-EPISCOPA

V. REV. K. MATHAI COR-EPISCOPA

Very Reverend Kaleeckal Mathai Cor-Episcopa is a very esteemed and distinguished name among the Orthodox priests of American diocese. As a first step to accomplish his desire to become a priest, young Mathai joined the ĎServants of Crossí, in the year 1961, as a Missionary worker [Sleeba-Dasan]. H.G. Pathros Mar Osthathios Metropolitan who had been an Apostle of Dalits in Malankara was the pioneer organizer of the Servant of Cross. His Grace Mathews Mar Barnabas Metropolitan, diocesan Metropolitan of American Diocese, had elevated Rev. Fr. K. Mathai to the title of Cor-Episcopa on June 22, 1996. He is the founder Vicar of St. Gregorios Church Philadelphia, USA. Cor-Episcopa Achen is a truly faithful witness upholding the spiritual tenets of the training he received in Servants of Cross, along with it, his strong faith, devotion and deep humility coupled together caused to instill in our Parish, a high standard of spiritual fellowship in the Gospel.[By Editor Dr. Rajan Mathew Philadelphia]

ARTICLES:
HOW TO RESPOND TO THE PAINFUL CIRCUMSTANCES IN LIFE ? [ENGLISH]
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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THOUGHTS FOR LENT PERIOD [MALAYALAM]
Lent means lengthening of Daytime hours. During the Lent period we abstain from our ardency food and pleasures and live with God. Len or Fasting is established by God and not by man. Jesus had shown us the model for Lent by He himself fasted for forty days and lived in the wilderness. An uncontrolled pursuit of happiness ends up in an uncontrollable pain. Lent is way to victory which God had shown to us.
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THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM [ENGLISH]
Since the beginning of Christianity Baptism has been considered and practiced as an essential means of Grace and Salvation. Baptism is an initial step to eternal life and it is the last commandment of our Lord, Jesus Christ. There is no single verse in the Holy Bible forbidding infant baptism. Children are capable of realizing divine presence and receiving Godís grace.
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PRAISE, PETITION AND REPENTANCE [ENGLISH]
There are differences of opinion about the form of prayer to practice more often. The Orthodox churches put more emphasis on liturgy and worship that the forefathers practiced and handed down to us for use. The Orthodox liturgy is filled with praises, petition and repentance. First, let us look at the definition of prayer. Prayer is a means of communication with Triune God (Holy Trinity). It includes praise, petition and repentance.
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TWO GATES, TWO ROADS AND TWO DESTINATIONS [ENGLISH]
Commencement of our life journey on the broad way, though it seemed more appealing will only lead us to devastation, while entering through the narrow gate and travelling on the hard road culminate in joy, reward, success and eternal life. Life is a pilgrim journey to eternity. We should follow the road signs of virtues like commitment, obedience, love etc., so that we reach our desired destination of eternal life.
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TRANSFORMATION [ENGLISH]
We can make a person to look good or bad. There are two factors that lead people to the possibility of becoming a good one or a bad one. They are, 1. Love: 2. No Love. Love can awaken the source of goodness in a person. By loving the person whom we think he does not deserve our love will bring positive changes in that personís life.
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THE FEAST OF THE CROSS [ENGLISH]
It is important and unavoidable for us to go to the Church, the house of God, because it is the Commandment, there is promise of abundant blessings, Jesus Christ showed us example through practice and also the Apostles became model. For the believers in God, this practice of going regularly to Church had been there from Old Testament period through today.
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REPENTANCE, A GOLDEN KEY [ENGLISH]
The first man in the Holy Bible to call people for repentance was Noah. Because of his righteous life he and his family were secured from the destruction by flood. Later on, many prophets stood firm for God calling people for turning away from their sins.
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PRAYER IN ORTHODOX FAITH LIFE [ENGLISH]
Lord's prayer reveals Christís real character of His unshaken confidence in God and in His disciples. This is a prayer for unity. The purpose of love and unity among men is to witness that God loves and cares for all people in the world through Jesus Christ. Those who love God sincerely will or should definitely love others, because to love one another is the Lordís commandment.
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TRUE DISCIPLESHIP AND APOSTOLATE [ENGLISH]
The disciples Jesus called were ordinary men, but their assigned task was extraordinary. They were men ďwith a nature like oursĒ (James 5:17). Being with Jesus they were trained, educated, transformed and empowered with divine authority and then sent out two by two for the mission.
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IMPORTANCE OF HOLY LITURGY IN FAITH LIFE [ENGLISH]
The central theme of life of Christian is Divine Liturgy. Obeying the Lordís command the Christian church faithfully and with utmost respect has been doing it without any break from the first century A.D. The Divine Liturgy in our terms is known as Holy Qurbana or Holy Communion. Holy Qurbana is one of the sacred Sacraments, one of the spiritual means to eternity. It has the deepest spiritual effects on life.
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