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JUNE 2009 FRONT PAGE
VOL:08 ISSUE:06
We Are Citizens Of Heaven
Dr K.C.Nainan, Atlanta, U.S.A
Between Tradition And Modernity
By Yakoob Mar Iraneos Metropolitan
Will Our Earth Be Fortunate To See Another Millennium
By LOL Feature

What do you prefer? Chicken for Good Friday? Or Egg for Easter?
By Fr. Dr. Reji Mathew
Nanotechnology Promises And Concerns
By Dr. Rajan M. Thomas
Seek And You Shall Find
By Rev. Dr. Valsan Thampu
Chrysostom Thirumeni A Model Of Retired Life
By Dr. Zac Varghese, London
Medium Of Worship
By E.S. John Australia
You Are Chosen Generation
By Dr. George K. Zachariah
Why Good People Suffer?
By Mrs. Aju Tharian New Jersey
Church - The Place Of Worship [Malayalam]
By Rev. Fr. Dr. T.J. Joshua
Crisis For Prosperity Of Gospel [Malayalam]
By H.G. Yoohanon Mar Chrysostomos
God Of Consolation [Malayalam]
By Rev. Fr. Dr. T.J. Joshua
What God Hath Joined Together [Malayalam]
By Rev. Fr. John Chacko
Is Organic Evolution A Real Science?
By Dr. Rajan M. Thomas Pennsylvania
The Unique Bush[Poem]
By Mrs. Aju Tharian New Jersey
The Sacrament Of Baptism
By V. Rev. K. Mathai Cor-Episcopa
Saint George And Eastern Churches In India
By Prof. George Menachery
Five Brothers Of The Rich Man [Malayalam]
By Rev. Fr. Varghese Varghese
Wealth For Justice And Glory Of God [Malayalam]
By Rev. Fr. Kurien Varghese
Looking For God On Brigade Road
By Mini Krishnan, Madras
Perspectives On Mission And Ministry
By Rev. Dr. M.J. Joseph, Trivandrum
Deceitfulness Of Wealth [Malayalam]
By H.G. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios
Refuge Under The Cross [Malayalam]
By Rev. Fr. Abraham Tharakan
Felicitation To H.G. Paulose Mar Milithios
By Editor Dr. Rajan Mathew
Synopsis For Meditation
By V.Rev.Thomas Mundukuzhy

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Opening Eyes Reveals Oppertunities[Malayalam]
Rev. Dr. Valsan Thampu
Arch Bishop Geevarghese Mar Ivanios
LOL Feature
Sarah Chacko - A Voice of Women in the Ecumenical Movement
By C. Alex Alexander, MD
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DEVOTIONAL MESSAGE
BETWEEN TRADITION AND MODERNITY
H.G. Dr. Yokob Mar Irenaios Metropolitan
Diocesan Metropolitan of Cochin Diocese
Malankara Orthodox Church
Tradition is a living and active process of passing on the faith based on the Scripture to each generation. Revelational Truth is to be found in the written books and in the unwritten Traditions. Apostolic Tradition encompasses what the apostles saw, witnessed, and later recorded in the books of the New Testament. Tradition is founded upon the Holy Trinity, it constantly proclaims the Gospel of Christ, and it is found within the boundaries of the Church and is expounded by the Fathers. Holy traditions are universal and timeless. It is in fulfillment of our Lordís mandate to go and make disciples of all nations, that we find an authentic understanding of the church.
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COVER MESSAGE
WE ARE CITIZENS OF HEAVEN

By Dr K.C.Nainan, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A
Born-again Christians are adopted citizens of kingdom of God. Through the path of simple faith in the great plan of God for salvation, we are freely bestowed the citizenship to Godís eternal kingdom. Lord Jesus Christ paid a price for our citizenship. On Calvary he became the sacrificial Lamb of God bearing all our sins for the eternal forgiveness of everymanís sin and to regain the lost citizenship to Godís kingdom. The door to heaven is widely opened to the entire mankind to receive the new citizenship by adoption through Godís only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.
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ARTICLE
CHRYSOSTOM THIRUMENI - A MODEL OF RETIRED LIFE
By Prof. Dr. Zac Varghese, London
Chrysostom Valiaya Metropolitanís life is an amazing reminder that nothing worthwhile is ever achieved without absolute dedication, commitment to a cause, and sustained effort. Valiaya Thirumeniís retired life is an amazing model; he is wandering in the wilderness of the old age with his unique style and attractive style of communication. In our churches we now have a large number of retired clergy and for them and others Chrysostom Thirumeni is showing a model of retired ministry without any straight jacket of constitutional restrictions. Chrysostom Thirumeni finds support and strength in his old age because his gift is to obtain goodness from everything, which is indeed an amazing gift.
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ARTICLE
MEDIUM OF WORSHIP
By E.S. John, Australia
Just as there is a physical body, 1.Cor.15: 40, there is a Heavenly body or inner or spiritual man who converse through a spiritual medium. As long as we are chained within the mortal body, we donít hear the language of the spiritual medium. All what we see and hear are the manifestations of Heavenly images and voices. It is not the language that plays an important role for the spiritual upliftment that brings inner peace and harmony which we experience in our worship and life. Language is not the real barrier for the worship; it is the spirit that matters everything.
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SYNOPSIS-SERIES
SYNOPSIS FOR MEDITATION-JUNE

By V. Rev. Thomas P. Mundukuzhy Cor Episcopa
Second Sunday After Pentecost - St. Matthew 10:5-16
Third Sunday After Pentecost - St. John 6:35-46
Fourth Sunday After Pentecost - St. Luke 10:1-16
Fifth Sunday After Pentecost - St. Luke 9:10-17
Sixth Sunday After Pentecost - St. Matthew 15:32-39; St. Mark 8:1-10
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MALAYALAM SECTION:
ARTICLE [MALAYALAM]
CHURCH - THE PLACE OF WORSHIP
By Rev. Fr. Dr. T. J. Joshua
The innate desire of human to communicate with his creator has caused him to commence the worship of God. Initially he started to worship God in his own house. Later the communal worship had come into existence. While the Israelite went through the desert they started making tabernacle and lived around it. Eventually King Solomon made the Church of God in Jerusalem. Lord Jesus Christ loved the Church and He was keen to go to the Church regularly. It is not the tradition or bigness of the Church count, it should be worshipping place which rejuvenate our spiritual life. Our Body is another form of Church wherein the God resides.
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ARTICLE [MALAYALAM]
GRACE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, AND LOVE OF THE GOD AND COMMUNION OF THE HOLY GOST
By Rev. Fr. Dr. T. J. Joshua
St. Paul concludes his Epistles to Corinthians with a valediction and a benediction. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. It is usual and proper to dismiss worshipping assemblies in all denominations of Christianity. This plainly proves the doctrine of the gospel, and is an acknowledgment that Father, Son, and Spirit, are three distinct persons, yet but one God; and herein the same, that they are the fountain of all blessings to men. This benediction reiterates the faith in Trinity. The believers live in a continual regard to the three persons in the Trinity, into whose name we were baptized, and in whose name we are blessed. We can desire no more to make us happy than the grace of Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost.
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FELICITATION:
P. THOMAS AWARD FOR PROF. MENACHERY

We are proud to announce that the third P. Thomas Award for History will be presented to noted historian Prof. George Menachery. The date and venue of presentation will be announced later. The Award Committee consisted of Dr. C. K. Thomas (Chairman), Prof. Dr. P. V. Krishnan Nair (Expert Member), and Prof. V. P. Jones (Official Member).The previous Awards had gone to Prof. A. Sreedhara Menon (2006), and Dr. M. G. S. Narayanan (2007). The annual P. Thomas Award consisting of a citation, a crystal shield, and an amount of Rs. 11,111 has been instituted by the P. Thomas Foundation, Thrissur in honour of the well known Indo- Anglian writer and historian P. Thomas.

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NEW BOOK PUBLICATION

Dear Believers,
The second edition of The English Translation of ANNAMMAYUM PASTERUM ( "THE MIRROR OF APOSTOLIC FAITH ') is ready for sale. It was written in a form of parody that explicitly vindicate the orthodox faith that is slowly waning away from the face of the earth. It was written by Rev.Fr.K.Ghevarughese, Anchal, of blessed memory and was soon translated into English by E.S.John. Though there have been many requests to reprint the book due to its potential demand, I regret to say that it was not done so far due to many reasons. It deals with all the basic issues that are cardinal jewels of Orthodoxy that is being repudiated by other churches because of the disputed controversies. This book is a must for every Orthodox family that aspires in inculcating the virgin orthodox faith into the heart flower of the budding generations.

The price per copy is Rs. 100. The book is published by Mar Basalius Educational and Charitable Society, Prakkanam.Those who order more than ten copies will get discount.The sale proceeds of this book will be spent for charitable works. The copies of the books may be kept in some book shops later.

For Copies please contact : The Secretary, Mar Basalius Educational and Charitable Society, Prakkanam P. O Pathanamthitta 689643 or mbecsprk@gmail.com or frjamesemfr@gmail.com
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E.S.John, Australia

SAINT THOMAS CHRISTIAN ENCYCLOPAEDIA (STCEI) VOL 3 - READY TO PUBLISH

The third volume of Saint Thomas Christian Encyclopaedia of India (STCEI) which is scheduled to be published shortly. New Volume will be an enhanced version giving authoritative datas, information and research inferences on various subjects including Christianity in India, Hinduism, Christianity and Sankaracharya, Shaiva Siddhantha and Islam. The Author of the publication is Prof. George Menachery, the editor of the encyclopaedia who is also editor Light of Life On -Line Ecumenical Magazine.

STCEI is considered an authoritative workfor reference on India in general and Christianity in particular, says the author Prof. Menachery.

It contains articles contributed by renowned archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, educational experts, lexicographers and biographers. The first volume of the encyclopaedia was published in April 1973 in connection with the 1900th death anniversary of Saint Thomas, the Apostle of India.

The first volume was about the origin, growth and development of Christianity in India.

The second volume was brought out in 1982. The Thomapedia, an enlarged millennium edition of the early volume, was also published in 2000. STCEI had been described by noted reviewers as monumental work containing significant information on India, Mr. Menachery says.

Thousands of its copies have been sold the world over and leading libraries have subscribed to it.

WORLD NEWS BRIEFS:
CHRISTIANS DEFIANT IN INDIA'S TROUBLED KANDHAMAL - FEATURE
Tiangia (ENI). Christians in India's troubled Kandhamal district of eastern Orissa say they remain firm in their faith despite being battered by waves of violence in 2008 that displaced 50 000 of them and left 75 dead. "The fear is there, but we trust in God," said the Rev. Subendra Pradhan, one of three people ordained as full-time pastors at an evangelistic convention organized at the end of February in remote Sunamaha by the Church of North India. Another 12 candidates were ordained as honorary pastors. The violence in Orissa broke out following the killing of Hindu leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati in August 2008. [661 words, ENI-09-0234]
Courtesy to ENI
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INDIAN CHRISTIANS LAUNCH VOTER AWARENESS DRIVE FOR NATIONAL POLL
New Delhi (ENI). Christian leaders in India, the world's biggest democracy, are preparing voter guidelines as the country gears up for national elections in which 714 million citizens can participate. "We call upon the Christian community to play its full part in the election process," Christian groups appealed in a joint statement made in New Delhi after an ecumenical conference in the Indian capital on 2 March. "We must come out and cast our votes to strengthen democracy and secularism in the country." [435 words, ENI-09-0188]
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