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The first bishop for the Syrian orthodox diocese of Australia
and New Zealand consecrated
SOLNews - On the 7 September 2003, His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius
Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East consecrated Raban
Malki Lahdo Malki as bishop for the Syrian orthodox diocese of
Australia and New Zealand in the patriarchal cathedral Mor Petrus and
Mor Paulus in Saydnaya/Damascus. The Holy father gave to him the
Episcopal name "Mor Malatius". So His Eminence Mor Malatius Malki
Malki is the first Archbishop was consecrated officially for the
diocese of Australia. He currently resides at Mor Ephraim Cathedral
Before from 1991-1996 Mor Timotheos Afram Aboodi, the earlier bishop
of Sweden and later for Canada, served the Syrian Orthodox community
and later other Patriarchal delegates Monk-Priests. The Syrian
orthodox diocese of Australia has the status the "Patriarchal
Vicariate", which established in the year 1990 after the dramatic
increase in the number of Syrian Orthodox community members migrating
to Australia from Mesopotamia and different parts of the world. The
first Syrian Orthodox emigrated to Australia early 60er and settled
in Sydney and Melbourne. But the mostly of them came in the late
1970es and 1980es. Now there are 6000 Syrian orthodox member, who be
served from 8? Priests in ? parishes.
Mor Malatius Malki Lahdo Malki was born on the 3 January 1971 in
Kershamo (known earlier as Gerke Shamo) in north eastern Syria. His
Eminence studied at the elementary school of Kershamo up to year 2
and then transferred to the Syrian Orthodox Church elementary school
in Qamishli. In 1984, the third year of high school (9th year), he
joined the seminary of Mor Ephraim in Damascus. In 1989, he graduated
from the seminary and was awarded a diploma of Theology. Later that
year, on Christmas Eve, His Eminence was ordained a monk by His
Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and
all the East.
From 1990 to 1991, He was the personal secretary to His Eminence Mor
Ostatheos Matta Rohom, Archbishop of Jazirah and Euphrates. In
September 1991, he was sent to India where he joined the Malankara
Syrian Orthodox Theological Seminary (M.S.O.T Seminary) to teach the
Syriac language. He received another diploma of Theology in 1994
whilst at the Seminary. After his return to Syria he served from 1994
to 1996 in the Patriarchal Secretariat in Damascus. In 1996, His
Eminence was sent to Greece for further education, earning a Bachelor
of Theology from the College of Athens in 2001. From March to
September 2001, he served with Churoyo Gabriel Bar Qasho in the
Cathedral of Mor Jacob of Nisibin, Sõdertälje, Sweden, before
returning to study. In 2003, he received his masters degree in New
Testament Studies, also from the College of Athens.
There was a recent posting regarding St. Thomas
and his conversion of Brahmins of Kerala in the
second half of the first century.
All modern historians are of the view that Brahmins
migrated to Kerala during 6th to 8th centuries.
There were no Brahmins living in Kerala during the
first century. Then how could St. Thomas convert
Brahmins to Christianity?. Jesus ordered his
disciples to go to the whole world and preach the
Gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15) Then why
should St. Thomas had to select only rich, affluent,
white skinned Brahmins from among the inhabitants
of Kerala to become Christians?
It is an accepted fact that the Syrian Christians
of Kerala are descendents of Christian emmigrants
from Syria and Persia who arrived in large numbers
during the 4th and 8th centuries at Kodumgallor and
Kollam respectively. They brought with them the
legend of St. Thomas and started creating miracle
stories and churches attributed to St. Thomas. Please
remember that the City of Madras and Mylapore were
non-existent in the first Century. The fact that they
were not interested in converting the local Hindus to
Christianity ( to keep the purity of race or whatever)
is the reason for the minute percentage of Christians
in the local population now. They maintained their
closed communities, prohibiting marriage from local
converts, if at all there were any. This attitude is
maintained even today. ( Recently saw a matrimonial
advertisement seeking "Syrian Pentacost" bridegrooms!!)
When Jesus comes for the second time ( I do believe
He will come), will he discriminate between Syrian
Christians and converted Christians? Will he ask for
Christians converted from Brahmins to stand in the
I am writing this to highlight the importance of
identifying print, visual and electronic media who
support vested interests in Malankara Church who want
us to believe in myths and legends and refuse to look
into matters rationally and logically. I still remember
seeing a tableau In Kottayam during a procession of the
devalokam group in 1972. There, St.Thomas is ordaining
bishops and even rambans !!. Remember, this is supposed
to have occurred between AD 52 and AD 72. Imagine rambans
in AD 52-72 !!
Sr.Mary;s Jacobite Syrian Church, Sharjah
St.John,the Baptist Attamangalam Church,Kumarakom
I have seen postings in the oriental orthodoxy forum
regarding a diocese called the 'Diocese of Cosmopolis'
of the Syriac Orthodox Church. The so called Bishop of
this so called Diocese is H.G Hadrian Mar Elijah Bar Israel.
I would like to remind the members of this forum that there
is no such Diocese of Cosmopolis in the Syriac Orthodox Church
under H.H Zakka I. And the so called H.G Hadrian Mar Elijah Bar
Israel doesn't have an episcopal or even a priestly ordination
from any canonical orthodox Bishop.
From the oriental orthodox forum, I quote: "At the present
time, His Grace, Hadrian Mar Elijah Bar Israel is in active
discussions with both the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch,
and the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, asking for his
diocese to be accepted into full communion. The priests of
the Diocese are learning the Aramaic language. However, at
this time, we do not claim to be in full communion with these."
So the so called Diocese of Cosmopolis might be in consultation,
but as of now they are not part of the Syriac Orthodox Church.
I hope and pray that they accept the true faith and join the Holy
Mathew G M
St.Johns Church, Ayyampalli
A simple thought.....
I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
The road to success is not straight. There is a curve
called Failure, aloop called Confusion, speed bumps
called Friends, red lights calledEnemies, caution
lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs.
But, if you have a spare called Determination, an
engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith,
a driver called Jesus, you will makeit to a place
God Bless us all...
St. Mary's Chapel , Chennai.
Dear Dn.George Mathew,
Please check the meanings of the words
'traditions' and understand the difference.
St.Thomas coming to India is not history as
there is no proof. It is our belief And in
real terms a legend.
St.Marys Syrian church,Panampady
Photographs of decoration of the 'Decoration of St Aphrem'(commonly
referred to as Chevalier) to forum member Adv. Philip is uploaded in
our photo section with MSN. Please visit;
In Our Lords Love
--- In SOCM-FORUM@yahoogroups.com, SOCM-Moderators wrote:
> Advocate P. J Philip, member of Soonoro Church,
> Ernakulam,and one of the church advocate representing
> the church in our cases in Kerala and Supreme Court
> has been decorated with 'Decoration of St Aphrem'(commonly
> referred to as Chevalier)on 31 December 2003 by
> H.H Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas.
> H.B Catholicose Baselious Thomas I formally handed it
> over to him at Puthencuruz in the presence of
> Joseph Mor Gregorious, Kuriakose Mor Dioscorus and
> Kuriakose Mor Theophilos metropolitans
> Adv. Philip is a member of this forum.
> We, the moderators and members of this forum congratulate
> him on this occasion, and pray to God Almighty to grand
> him more strength to work for His church.
> In Our Lords Love
> Forum Moderators
"He was baptized as Man -- but He remitted sins as
God -- not because He needed purificatory rites
Himself, but that He might sanctify the element
of water. He was tempted as Man, but He conquered
as God; yea, He bids us be of good cheer, for He
has overcome the world. He hungered -- but He fed
thousands; yea, He is the Bread that giveth life,
and That is of heaven. He thirsted -- but He cried,
If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink.
Yea, He promised that fountains should flow from them
that believe. He was wearied, but He is the Rest of
them that are weary and heavy laden. He was heavy with
sleep, but He walked lightly over the sea. He rebuked
the winds, He made Peter light as he began to sink.
He pays tribute, but it is out of a fish; yea, He is
the King of those who demanded it."
St. Gregory Nanzianzen.
"Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope in His mercy." Psalm 33:18
For the matter i publsihed in this forum , one
Mr.Thomas P and one Mr.Abu ( both saluted me same
way) has been writing letters to my personal email.
Here is my repley. Please publish this for all
readers to see and comment.
Dear Thoams P.
This will be my last email to you.
what do you want? I should reject the Syrian
Church and Join IOC?
Tell me why? What is wrong for me in stying
and praying with Syrian Chruch? Isn't it a church
created by Chirst ? Isn't it a true church?
Isn't it legitimate ? As an Indian I dont have
right for it?
But you are talking and acting as if your life's
aim is to destroy the Syrian chruch. Yes persecute
a church Our Lord established. I am 100% convinced
that according to scriptures and by teaching of the
chruch and from the things i have seen or read ( which
i have published in SOCM forum ) , that what you
stand for is not true. But your ego is holding you
back. Man has been created by ego. (Ref Gen chapter
1 ie to rule). But you are holding that ego and your
great abilities for just one thing . Destroy the
chruch which youself said is a genue chruch.
Or are you saying that Syrian church is no more a
church as once it has given bishops to Malankara ,
it has done with its objective?
Spent some time with prayer. And ask our Lord to show
what is true. and Submit to him
St. Ignatious Church, Dallas
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In Our Lords Love
The Omalloor Theerthayathra begins on sunday, 8th February
from various churches in Kerala. The Ankamay meghala kalnada
Theerthayathra will begins at 4pm from Mar Ignatius church,
This church is the 1st church in the world which was established
in the name of H.H.Mor Ignatius Alias 3rd. H.B.Basselious
Thomas 1st Catholicose will flag of the yathra.
St.Mary's Hermon Jacobite Church,
The Peshitta Bible can be obtained from the Eastern
Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese Bookstore
for $25. They also have the Gospels for $10. Amazon has
the Syriac Bible: Peshitta Version published by the
American Bible Society in April, 2003, for $75.
Deacon should also be able to get editions published
from Mor Gabriel monastery in Midyat, Tur `Abdin or from
St. Ephrem's Monastery in The Netherlands through his bishop
Mor Severus Hawa, perhaps at a much lower cost.
Thomas Joseph, Ph.D.
Web Master, SOR (http://sor.cua.edu/)
Tech Editor, Hugoye (http://www.bethmardutho.org/Hugoye/)
St. Mary's, Los Angeles
--- In SOCM-FORUM@yahoogroups.com, Prakash George wrote:
> Dear Respected Moderators & Forum Members,
> Our Syrian Orthodox churchmate - Korooyyo Deacon
> Zaid Sabha Abdul-Noor requesting an Original Peshitto
> Syriac Bible.
>>>There were real street and church fights during the
last 12 months in Kerala.I saw several incidents in
TV channels. They were painful sights>>>
Of course they are painful.But more than that,
it is heart-breaking to stand silently and watch
somebody else closing down our churches.Rather it
is suicidal.So, it is always better to embrace
>>>We lose our witness before the gentiles in Kerala.>>>
I never believed and will believe in that way.I will
explain my points down.You have acepted that "Jesus
and our early church fathers had a vision to save
people".Our church fathers lived as examples and people
were attracted towards them and their way of life.We
never gave monthly salary to attend 'sunday prayer
meetings' and we never gave 15kg cereals per month
for converting to our sabha (rather to christianity)>>>
>>>It is high time that Orthodox church members (SJC and
IOC) stop fights for buildings and turn to gospel work
with a target of converting at least 50,000 people a year
First and fore-most,it is not exactly on buildings.But
at the same time assets and buildings are of importance.
We wont give out anything for those who try to conspire
and conquer over us.Not any penny more and we dont need
a penny from their share.
The proposal for 'mutual affirmation for the respect of
the position of Patriarch of Antioch in Malankara ' is
merely a repetition of all those late 80 gimmicks.It's a
mis conception spread by some bleeding hearts, so-called
pro-christianity ,social-reformers that we are losing our
significance in this decade.Accept that we are little lost
out in establishing our own strong administrative strata
and that happened because we trusted our brothers of kottayam.
Now let us shape ourselves,make a good and acceptable form
for ourselves and as earlier,so-called gentiles or whatever
they are will definitely be attracted towards us.I am sure
about it since orthodoxy (in its true form and not modified
for comforts) is accepted more and more around the world
year after year.This is no number game as in a budget to
put target and find deficits year after year.
Let us take oath like former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem
Begin that what all happened "will never ever happen again."
And let us look like him down through all those Pentecostals/
Baptists and neo-orthodoxites to see , the Jewish intimate
place of infinite lament and eternal faith - the place of long,
long memory. And hidden down there,in that place, let us stand
with Moses and the Maccabees .
>>>>If we don't , God has several people to do HIS work.We
blame others (Baptist, Petecosts, etc) as infidels but God
use some of them to reach people in India.>>>>
I wonder how long can warm clothing,free rice and monthly
salary can attract people to so-called churches.Also I prefer
not to play myself into the hands of those pseudo sympathizers.
Rather , I prefer to stick to our old way of having a church,
an adjacent school and a christian way of life.....But let us
see whether our brothers for kottayam allow us to do that
or whether they will force us to spend every penny at courts.
Alex Jojo Joseph
St. George JSO Chapel, Kavumbhagom, Thiruvalla
St. Mary's JSO Cathedral, Queen's Road, Bangalore
The Light of Knowledge (Gnosis)
The Master said, "Look to the Living One as long
as you live, otherwise you might die and then seek
to see Him, and you will be unable to see."
(Gospel of Thomas, Saying 59)
In His Love
Thomas Daniel (Reji)
St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthoodx Church
Cheppaud, Alleppy (Dist), Kerala, India
Dear Alex Jojo,
Will you please contact me on my personal email ID
<moolelachen @hotmail.com> if you don't mind.
Your postings in the Forum is commendable.
Please keep it up.God bless you.
Director,Mor Adai Study centre &
Vicar,St.George J.S.O. Church,Chicago
As a pluralist in my theological perspective I
do not consider it essential to belong to any
church per se. However the basic question is this:
when you want to change there must be a reason.
It is that reason which has to be discussed, and
if necessary, debated. Some people are unable to
stand the length of our rituals, some cannot
understand the historical significance, some do not
like the music; reasons could vary. In the prefece
to the second edition of my booklet on SOC of
St. Thomas I have stated that while my knowledge
has changed since the first edition came out I was
sticking to the same views because,
a) that is the position of my church and
b) the alternate positions I have before me for
serious and indepth consideration were themselves
SO ask yourself why you want a change, Then discuss
that. I am not offering to counsel any young man
just because I do not have enough time, but I certainly
would welcome correspondence from our boys and girls,
especially those in the horns on dilemma regarding
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> The youngsters in our church, particularly in the
> United States, are questioning the need to attend
> services at a Syrian Orthodox Church.
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Dear Fr. Biji
Do you have some history of other lents too? How do
all this lent become church lents? who decides what
are the lents?
Is there any synod which decided on this?
In the same way, I am sure the 'Doopa parthna' at
the end of the Holly Qurbana is a later addition. I
have seen the book by Dr. Kadavil thirumeni, who was
written that this was added after 10 century AD.
Because content of 'Doopa Prarthna' is same as
Dypths. If this is the case, is there any synod
which said that this has to be added to Holly
In a chruch which has preserved every thing that
apostles gave how did all this additions came into
existence ? This is troubling to me. Becuase
Holly Qurbana is a sacrifice. It is a continuation
of the sacrifice at Gogultha. This is the replaced
sacrifice described in Levi. ( i hope my understanding
That important part is only 30 mts of whole service?
and other prayers we added like 'Doopa prarthana' and
'prayer of incercession of Mary ( which again is repeat
of Dypth and 'doopa prarthana' and now prayer for
the departed (special ), all this has lengthned the
service. The net result of all this is Ordinay people
started coming late to the chruch, thus missing the
I had attened the coptic church service and they
also use the same, litergy as ours,( at least it
looked like). But strangely they have no songs at all.
But it took almost 3 hours for them to finish their
service. I am not sure if this is the way in all
Coptic churches, or if this was of this particular
Again, many priests in our chruch have forgotton
that when prayer is offered , we the believer need
to understand it and so clarity is needed. Many of
them seem to belive that longer the service, better
St. Ignatious Church, Dallas
The Master said,
"I will give you what no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
what no hand has touched,
what has not occurred to the human mind."
(Gospel of Thomas, Saying 17)
In His Love
Thomas Daniel (Reji)
St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church
Cheppaud, Alleppy, Kerala, India
Aramaic, language of Christ and disciples survives, and not
only at Ma'aloula (Syria) an aramaic toponym which signifies
"The Gate"(close to the Hebrew Ma'alot by example The Gates)
but, too, in North=East of Syria (Qamishli and Hassake where
there are important communities of aramaic speaking peoples,
worshipers of the syrian orthodox and catholic churches) and
in North of Iraq and Iran(worshipers of the chaldean and
There are diasporas in Europe (Sweden and Switzerland ) and
in the Americas. There are proud of their noble heritage, a
syriac musicologist, M. Issa Habil created a website about
the beautiful syriac -aramaic music from the Beth Gazo
(saved by the composer Nouri Iskand=r), litteraly the House
of Treasure, the Treasure of the Christian Aramaic chant
Theodore Kassab NDiaye
Surprised that such a heading?
That is what adult ( both female) members told me in
1) what we are doing is 'ritual'. Because I am 'not getting'
any thing out of this.
2) service is long. who can concentrate for 1.5 to 2 hours.
3) what is the meaning of all Syriac word used here? who knows?.
Why use it, when no one understands? Even in Mal or English
why all this slang?
4) tell me how many people know the words? how many concentrate
5) how many times we are reciting Lord's Prayer. ? isn't it one
6) If I go to 'Protestant paster' I feel like I get some thing
They are addressing social issues. So I can identify with it.
It is useful.
7) I come to the church, just because I used to do it from my
8) Do you know the meaning ( or need for) the ritual achan is
9) Don’t tell me, that any one outside your church is going
to hell. ( For which I said, church do not make Judgments
our Lord Jesus do. All I am saying is this church follows
10) How do you know? How do you know for that matter
that 'name of the paster' is wrong?
11) So I told her, read the book "what shall I do to be saved?"
for which she said "it is too difficult to read!"
12) God loves all. So it does not matter which church you go?
Dear brothers? do you face these kind of questions? I am not
answering anyone today. Hopefully some members of this forum will
do it. But it is high time, that we realize a couple of things
1) Church need good teachers and teaching methods. Some how
our Sunday school is not meeting its objective. Even though
I to am a teacher, I am not sure where we fail?
2) Marriage- when this come, people will forget faith. Once married
to other factions, gradually you are swayed to other faiths.
3) Parents has no idea of our faith, importance of it, or has any
interest or motivation to learn it.If parents are faithful
children are too.
4) they don’t come for Holly Qurbana on time. Most shows up
when 'Doopa' prayers is commenced. Actually the
Holly Qurbana has ended. People care about how long our
Holly Mass is ? (To be fair, each generation added prayers to
the Holly Mass. and now it is quite lengthy)
5) Pray at home, read bible. Read one faith book/year!
St. Ignatius Church, Dallas
Dear Baby Gleeson Zachariah,
--- In SOCM-FORUM@yahoogroups.com, Baby Gleeson Zachariah wrote:
> 2) """History tells us that the church in India
> existed long before the association with Antioch.
> History indicates that St. Thomas came to India in 52
> AD and established 7 churches in India. How can
> anyone say then that St. Thomas did not establish the
> faith in India? History tells us that St. Thomas
> appointed clergy to take care of the church after his
> departure. So, I think there is a very true basis for
> saying that St. Thomas established the church in
> Can you be more specific on were you got hold of that
> history. "History" have to be supported by proofs, and
> anything beyond that is pure "assumptions" and
> I "believe" that St Thomas came to Kerala. But i wont
> accept that its part of "history". and there is a big
> difference between these two.
Being Christians we believe that Jesus Christ performed
miracles, died, and ressurected. But these cannot be
supported by historical proofs. So do you not believe
that Jesus acutally performed miracles and resurrected
from the dead. Or is the Faith of the Church regarding
the life of Jesus different from historical truth. I can
understand having doubts that St. Thomas the apostle
came to India, because only the people in India truly
hold fast to it, but does that make it any less true.
Or do we need validation from the historical-
critical method to it true historically.
> 4. """Imagine the following example. A friend loans
> you some money to buy a house. You move into the house
> and begin paying back the loan. Once the loan is settled,
> does your friend have any further claims to your house?"""
> True. But when you are staying in a rented house how
> can you claim that you are the owner of the house??
Are you stating that the Christian gospel, and the
traditions of Church are the property of the Syrian
Orthodox Church as it was given to the believers in
I do not ask these questions for arguments sake, but
only for a clarification to understand the points
St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Houston
Manjanikkara Perunnal festival to begin on Friday
PATHANAMTHITTA: The annual Manjanikkara Perunnal,
celebrated in memory of Patriarch Elias Mor Ignathios,
whose mortal remains are kept at Ignathios Dayara at
Manjinikara, will be held from February 7 to 13.
Addressing a news conference on Ignathios Dayara premises
on Manjinikara near here on Thursday, head of the
Manjinikara Dayara and metropolitan of Syrian Jacobite
cathedrals Benyamin Joseph Mor Osthathios said that
Patriarch representative and Mount Lebanon Archbishop
Theophilos George Sleeba would lead the 72nd perunnal
The metropolitan said that to mark the beginning of the
perunnal, Markose Mor Coorilos would hoist the Patriarch
flag near the cross in the name of the Moran at Omallur
Cross Junction at 6 a.m on February 7.
Benyamin Mor Osthathios said that thousands of pilgrims,
including hundreds from the US and European countries,
would take part in the celebrations. Pilgrims from 600
centres, including those from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata,
Bangalore and Chennai, would participate in the pilgrimage.
Metropolitans Markose Mor Coorlios, Yuhonnon Mor Meelithios,
Kuriakose Mor Diyaskorus, Mathews Mor Ivanios and Geevarghese
Mor Athansios would deliver discourses on the perunnal days.
Fr Yuhannon Plavilayil, Fr Elias Kozhiparampath, Fr Mathew P
George, Fr Thomas Tharayil, Fr T G Jacob, Fr Jacob Thomas
and Fr Geevarghese Natumuriyil would speak at the gospel
As part of the perunnal, free clothes would be distributed
to destitutes on February 11.
On February 12, the pilgrims would be given a traditional
reception at Omallur Cross Junction under the leadership
of the Patriarch representative and the perunnal committee
office-bearers at 4 p.m.
Archbishop Theophilos George Sleeba would be the chief
guest at the valedictory function of the pilgrimage at
the Dayara. Irrigation Minister T M Jacob would inaugurate
the meeting. Union Minister P C Thomas would deliver the
keynote address. Catholicos Baselios Mar Thomas I would
deliver the benedictory address.
Francis George MP, K K Nair MLA, District Panchayat
president Mathew Kulathunkal, District Collector Rabindra
K Agarwal, Pathanamthitta municipal chairperson Ajeeba M
Sahib, Chennerkara panchayat president P C Hari and Omallur
panchayat president M K Vasu would offer felicitations.
Holy Mass would be conducted under the leadership of
Catholicos Baselios Mar Thomas I between 5.30 a.m. and
8 a.m. on February 13 in the presence of Thomas Mor
Thimothios and Kurikose Mor Severios.
The 42nd commemoration perunnal of Mor Julius metropolitan
would be celebrated on February 18. Programme committee
general convener T. Thomas Vilavinal, Mathew Ramban and
Fr Jacob Mammen Manapatt were present at the news
Issac K Joseph
Mar Thoman Church
The Light of Knowledge:
The one thing I want from God,
the thing I seek most of all, is
the privilege of meditating in His
Temple, living in His Presence
everyday of my life, delighting in His
Incomparable Perfection and Glory.
In is Love
Thomas Daniel (Reji)
St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church
Cheppaud, Alleppy, Kerala, India
Full Name: Rev. Ronald Roberson
Country of Residence: Washington, DC, USA
Briefly state your interest in joining SOCM-Forum:
I am an Associate Director of the Secretariat for
Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs at the US
Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington. I
staff our dialogue with the Oriental Orthodox Churches
in the USA, and so I like to keep abreast of
developments in the lives of our sister Oriental
The SOCM-Forum is most interesting for this purpose!
This was the Malki Ramban who was perhaps the first
Syrian to study in our Seminary.I think his teaching
Syriac was incidental. Anyway MSOTS can be proud
that another alumnus has become a metropolitan.
Congratulations to Mor Militus Malaki.
Dr. D. Babu Paul
Note: I am not a priest, nor I do not have any permission
from the chruch to teach church faith. I beg for making an
unauthorised teaching here.
Throne or See .. What is this? Many people have an idea that
it is about a chair like kings sit. Really it is not.
We have discussed before that Jesus Christ established one church
and appointed Apostle Peter as its head, And only Peter has a
Throne does not mean the right to administer a group of people.
It means it is the continuation of the priesthood given by our
Lord Jesus Christ. Actualy the Church which our Lord established
is the continuation of Old Testament Jewish Chruch.
Lord God, tested the faith of our Patriarch, Abrahm through
the sacrifice of Issac, and found very good. So Lord chose
sucessors of Abraham as His own Chruch ( Israel chruch).
Lord, God, through Moses annointed Aaron as the high priest
and his sons as priests. God also, annointed David as King of
Israel, to rule his chosen people. God commanded that if David's
sucessors donot forget God and OBEY His commandments, they would
get the throne of David for ever.
But Divid's sucessors forgot God and disobeyed His commandments.
And so the David's kinghood ended and the administration reached
the high priests. In this way the throne reached the High Priests.
Our Lord Jesus Christ, was born in the tribe of David. This
way He is God, King and High Priest. The scholars from the
east looked for the child 'born as King" in the palace.
This way the throne came to our Lord, Jesus Christ.
our Lord Jesus Christ, establised the new Israel church ( which
is the christian chruch) and apointed Peter as the head of the
chruch. This way Peter receieved this Throne.
So now the readers would have understood, that 'Throne ' is very
serious thing and there was only one. Rejecting this throne
is rejecting Jesus Christ ( and therefore Lord God). If you
look around any one who broke from this church over centuries
tries to prove that there is no throne. This was the first sin.
Satan challenged the Throne of our Lord. Disobeyed it.
If some one saying a throne here or there, Christ here or there
chruch here or there, do not follow them.' Our Lord Himself
gave us this warning.
He also said dont be foolish (like the brides ).
Why do you think, Jesus warned all this? Why? if He would
have saved every one who prayes to him?
Think and act my friends. Ultimately anyone MAY be saved.
But it is safe and better to OBEY LORD. and stay in the true
Many of you may have ego against it. But ego has been the
problem even in the first sin of Lucifer.
St. Ignatious Chruch, Dallas
Devotional thoughts for Sunday 8th Feb 04.
All departed Clergy’s day.
Reading: Gospel according to St. Matthew 24: 42-51.
Dear and Respected Brethren,
We are busily preparing ourselves for a grand
pilgrimage or preparing ourselves for a great
war against the evil powers and Satan, as taught
by our forefathers. The Holy Church separates
120 days together, precisely speaking 1/3rd of
a year, from the beginning of the 3 days lent
till the Ascension of our Lord, for the spiritual
growth and development of the faithful. Soon
after the 3 days fasting, we have 18 days (in
Malayalam we say “Pathinettida” meaning the gap
of 18 days) to start the great Lent which ends
with the memory of the resurrection of our Lord.
During the 18 days we are free from fasting, lent,
prostration etc. Still two important events are
taking place on the two Sundays that come in between
the 18 days gap. One is the memory of all the
departed clergy and the next is the memory of all
departed faithful (All souls) day. Why we observe
these two days. As it is mentioned in the beginning
lines of this message that we are in the preparation
for a war, we are seeking the support and association
of the departed clergy and all the beloved faithful.
They all are eager to help us in all possible ways
for the nourishment of our spirituality. Second reason
is our love to them and our desire for their eternal
rest in Jesus.
In normal case we might doubt why this portion from
the Holy Scriptures is selected by the Church Fathers
as the reading for the day on which all departed
clergy will be remembered and honored. The reason
is very simple. The Biblical portion reminds us how a
disciple must wait for his/her master and what all
rewards would be granted to him or her. And if not
what all punishments he or she would have to suffer
is reminded here. . It is a guarantee and promise
to the living priests who turn to be noble and humble
and a warning to the priests who might live astray
and aloof from all sorts of principles and practices.
In Verse 42 we read ”Watch therefore: for you know not
what hour your Lord does come”. It is a caution to
have a systematic life, expecting our Lords second
coming at any time. We must sacrifice a lot of selfish
nature and interests, so as to watch God’s moves. Again
in verse 43 we read, “But know this, that if the Goodman
of the house had known in what watch the thief would
come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered
his house to be broken up’. The uncertainty of the time
of our Lord’s second coming is the min theme of this
portion. As we are not sure of the time, we have been
asked to be vigil and wait for it. Kindly read
I Thessalonians 5:6, Revelation 3:3 and 16:15. We should
not forget that the literal meaning of the term ‘watch’
is 1) remain awake, 2) keep vigil 3) Exercise protecting
care over etc. In spiritual sense also ‘watch’ has an
equal or more importance.
Verse 45 draws our attention to the qualities of a faithful
and precisely of a member of the clergy. A good disciple
of our Lord must be faithful and wise. Remember we are
honoring our departed priests who were wise and faithful
in God. From verse 45 till 51 we hear about the disciples
who would not accept the will of God as their own
May God find us as good and trust worthy disciples.
May God bless us all.
Jose Kurian Puliyeril
St. George Orthodox Church
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