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Holy Qurbana Video on 35th Inception Anniversary

By the Grace of God, on January 11th, 2014, St. Mary’s Syrian Orthodox Church (Malankara), New York celebrated her 35th inception anniversary.

Holy Qurbono was held at St. Mary’s Syrian Orthodox Church, Lynbrook, New York, under the leadership of Archbishop of the Syrian Orthodox Church in Eastern USA, H.E. Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim, Archbishop of the Malankara Archdiocese in North America, H.E. Mor Theethose Yeldho, Arcbishop of the Knanaya Archdiocese in North America and Europe, H.E. Mor Silvanos Ayub, and Metropolitan of the Mumbai Diocese, H.G. Mor Alexandrios Thomas. Along with our Vicar, Rev. Fr. Geevarghese Jacob, this auspicious occasion was blessed with the presence of our previous vicars, Rev. Fr. Mathai Puthukkunnathu, Rev. Fr. Rajan Peter and Rev. Fr. Varghese Manikat and our former associate vicar, Very Rev. Varkey Mundakal Corepiscopos. Archdiocean Council Secretary, Very Rev. Mathews Edathara Corepiscopos, Archdiocean Clergy Secretary, Very Rev. Geevarghese Chattathil Corepiscopos, Very Rev. Issac Paily Corepiscopos, Rev. Fr. Varghese Malayil, Rev. Fr. Varghese Paul, Rev. Fr. Jacob Joseph, Rev. Fr. Paul Thotakat, Rev. Fr. Jerry Jacob, Rev. Dn. Joel Jacob, Rev. Dn. Esia Bahdi, Rev. Dn. Belson Kuriakose, Rev. Dn. Shiryl Mathai and Rev. Dn. Vivek Alex, along with faithful from the New York/New Jersey area were present to witness this blessed event.

Great Lent Message by Archbishop Mor Theethose Yeldho

Great Lent Message by Archbishop Mor Theethose Yeldho.

As one week of Lent has quickly passed, I just wanted to know how you are doing?

Many of us receive the news of the Great Lent with mixed feeling, some with grief of refusing hearty meals and enjoyable activities while others welcome it as a means to show off their ability to fast and pray in competition with others. Both ways are not in line with the Lord’s intent of Lent itself.

The Holy Church prescribes fasting as a spiritual exercise to learn humility, discipline, and dependence. It is a time to kneel at the feet of the Heavenly Father, physically and spiritually, acknowledging His supremacy and absolute necessity in a mortal life. It becomes a period of purification by reconciling with our self, with others and with God.

Just as an athlete would prepare his body for an upcoming marathon through concentration, physical endurance, diet adjustment; the Christian must prepare to receive his Savior through prayerful vigilance, purposeful meditation, prostrations, and physical controlling.

Let me encourage you to observe the Lent in a meaningful manner, and, in a way that is pleasing to God. As St. John Chrysostom states, “It is folly to abstain all day long from food, if you fail to abstain from sin and selfishness.” Also in the Morning Prayer for Monday of Lent, we are reminded that, “Though the Fasting is great, if it is not observed with love, it is futile. If love does not enable its wings, it cannot rise to the presence of the Most High”. Hence, may reconciliation and mutual love be the guiding principles of your fasting this year.

As part of the observance of Fasting this year we recommend you to raise some fund to support the brothers and sisters of our Holy Church in the Middle East – especially in Syria – who are suffering with no food, gas or electricity and live in a dreadful and violent situation. Whatever amount we gather, will be sent to His Holiness the Patriarch directly for that purpose.

As we stand at our one week mile marker, we have an opportunity to evaluate ourselves. Try to spend more time in prayer, reading the Holy Scripture and on meditation. Get ready for a true Confession to unload our burden and to proceed the journey in a spirit-filled manner.

Wishing you all success and looking forward to greet you at the Finish Line.

May God bless you,

Your Theethose Thirumeni

Lenten Message by Rev. Fr. Bijo Mathew, Atlanta, Georgia

A priest was invited to speak at a convention. After the convention, dinner was arranged at a nearby house. Due to lack of time, the priest wanted to skip the dinner. But the lady of the house, where the dinner was arranged, insisted that the priest come and have dinner. Finally the priest gave in and decides to visit the house for dinner. At dinner, the priest was happy with all the items the lady had cooked. To his further delight, while serving the food, the lady quoted topics she loved about the sermon. She said “Father, I loved it when you talked about forgiveness, about loving your neighbor, about not gossiping, about leading a moral life etc. etc.’ The Father was ecstatic because finally he thought, there was at least one person inspired by the speech. Then to his surprise, the lady continued “everything was great! but, my neighbor who needed to hear all this was not in attendance today”.

This is our story. We too think the world needs to change while the speck remains in our eyes. This Great Lent season, let us find time to be honest with ourselves, reconcile our differences with others, and seek forgiveness from God while we forgive our trespassers. Like the tasteless, odorless, colorless water transformed in to sweet, fragrant, colorful wine, let us too experience a transformation in our lives through the observance of the Great Lent. 

Humbly asking for forgiveness for any wrong I have done against you,

Bijo Achen