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Dear All in Christ
Barekmore / Shlomo
We, Malankara Jacobite Internet Platform (http://www.socmnet.org), Syriac
Orthodox Resources (http://www.sor.cua.edu) and Malankara Syriac Christian
Resource (http://www.syrianchurch.org/) together are compiling the following
informations to publish an online directory of Syriac orthodox Clergy.
Please note that this project is not based on any official church directives.
We request each and every one of our forum members to request all clergy you
know, to provide the informations on the following format along with a
photograph of the clergy, to soc.clergylist@... . If you are a third
party providing these informations, then you must have clear consent from
Place of Birth:-
Date of Birth & Age:-
Present Clergy Status:-
(Mzamrono / Qoruyo / Apodiakno / Mshamshono / Archdeacon/ Qashisho /
Sharwoyo /Dayroyo / Rabban / Cor episcopos)
Do you have Professional and/or Decorative titles? Yes or No:-
If yes, what is the Profession? (Dr. / Eng. / Prof. etc):-
Contact Tel. number:-
Any additional information to be published on line:-
Be with us and be part of us
In HIS Love
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Grace, Mercy and Peace of our Lord Jesus be with you and your loved ones!
"We place our destiny in the hands of the LORD, not in human hands, because
his mercy is a great as his majesty." Sirach 2:18
Assuring you our prayers
The Syriac Orthodox church is neither "Jacobite" nor "Monophysite". In the words
of our Late Lamented Patriarch H.H Yakub III "(Our Church is).. unjustifiably
called by its enemies "Jacobite" ... It is also called "Monophysite" by its
The Christology of our Church is "Orthodox". No other term is
acceptable to describe the teaching of our Church.
I am not at all a theologian and is not the best person to answer your question.
However I will try based on what I have learned. Our learned priests and elders
can correct me if I am wrong.
The Christology of the Syriac Orthodox Church can be summarized as
given in the 'Faith and Doctrine' section of http://sor.cua.edu
"The Syriac Orthodox Church believes in the mystery of Incarnation.
That is, the Only Son of God, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity,
took to Himself a body and became man. It further believes that at the time of
Annunciation, when the Angel Gabriel was sent to the Virgin Mary, the Holy
Spirit came upon her and cleansed her of all natural impurity, filling her with
His grace. Then the Only Son of God came down and entered her immaculate womb,
and took to Himself a body through her, thus becoming a perfect Man with a
perfect Soul. After nine months, He was born of her and her virginity was
maintained contrary to the laws of nature. It further believes that His true
Godhead and His true Manhood were in Him essentially united, He being one Lord
and one Son, and that after the union took place in Him, He had but one Nature
Incarnate, was one Person, had one Will and one Work. This union is marked by
being a natural union of persons, free of all separateness, intermixture,
confusion, mingling, change and transformation.
The Syriac Orthodox Church calls Mary yoldath aloho, `Bearer of God', because
she gave birth to Christ, God truly incarnate.
The Syriac Orthodox Church believes that the death of Christ was the
separation of His soul from His body, but His deity did not at any time leave
either His body or His soul. It further believes that by His death for us, He
conferred upon us salvation from eternal death and reconciliation with His
A good source is to read more about the 'Christology of St.Severious', whom we
remember in the 5th Diptych (Thubden) as "Patriarch St. Severius, the crown of
the Syrians, that rational mouth, pillar and teacher of all the Holy Church of
Another good article is "The Oriental Orthodox Rejection of Chalcedon"
Also it would be great to review the chapters with resepct to the faith and
doctrine from the book "Syrian Orthodox Church Church of Antioch" by H.H Yakub
Mathew G M
Member ID # 0929
--- In SOCM-FORUM@yahoogroups.com, Alex Jojo Joseph wrote:
> Dear All,
> What exactly is the correct definition of Monophysites or
Monophysitism? How does our holy church address questions on
Chiristology, ie our official version? Which is the best referrence
place to understand more on this subject?
> Hope many of our learned people here can help me. I went back to
these fundamental questions since I overheard few controversialist's
discussions pertaining to this recently.
> Member ID # 0910
Great Lent is here. Time for Compassion and Repentance and prayer. We have
used Lord's name for anything and everything. Let us give Him back something,
something for Him to be proud of. A great Lent and TRUE REPENTED HEART.
This is true for SOC and IOC.
Let us all pray to observe the Lent in Spirit.
Dear IOC Brothers - can you give us a little mercy ? Let us withdraw all
cases from court. 100 years of cases. In ALL This 100 year we "OBSERVED"
Lent, without a TRUE COMPASSIONATE HEART. Or without a true GODLY HEART.
When we are fighting how can a lent be a Lent? Did we ever Glorify God? Did
we ever sacrifice anything? So please try for Peace. Peace makers are blessed
and will be rewarded.
My Prayers are for all of you. There are lots of lots of people in this world,
who need help from us. We can do miracles. This court cases, isn't it killing
With Love and prayers. I am sorry if any one of you is hurt by writing. I did
not meant that way.
"I don't think the Patriarchal faction has any principles or scruples in their
actions. This was seen from the very beginning. I feel sad that my Church has
to lower itself down to their level in fighting for rights"
(Rev.Fr.M.K.Kuriakose Philadephia: IO Digest Feb.20)
I read the above sentence from the posting of a very learned priest in one
of the sister Forums. I read this and first thought of neglecting his
passing comment by praying for him in this Subkono season and look into
ourselves to correct myself. But the last sentence in the above quote
prompted me to respond with a note of correction.
Lent is the season for us to be more close to truth and humility, not a time to
shut eyes in front of false accusations or disparaging comments. So I want to
pin point the following:
1.Patriarch faction may also have lapses in its dealing in its spiritual and
organizational commitments due to the humanness of all those involved. So we as
a church need genuine prayers for pardon before God.
2.Rev.MKK flatly accuses us without any "principles or scruples in their
actions". I don't clearly understand what he meant by that? Is it a question
against the doctrinal, spiritual or the sacramental side or is it on the
factional stand? I take it for granted that he refers to the latter.
3. What are the 'principles' that come under this factional dispute? I welcome
MKK Achan to come forward and discuss point by point in an academic format and
let us try to sort out where we err or where we are suspected to be erred? I
will be trying my level best to clarify from our side with all humility.
4.Dear Achan, your comment, "my Church has to lower itself down to their level
in fighting for rights" seems to be very unfair in all Christian spirit. I
request pardon to write this.
5.Finally, I request all to have a retrospection from the time of the starting
of factionalism in our church. I confess I have subjective bias in my studies
and in my thoughts due to my familial and circumstantial upbringings. But my
constant association with documents related to our history of the factional
feud cannot attest to join with this statement from the Revered MKK.
I see the following unhealthy traits in the formation of your faction in the one
united Syrian Church Malankara that prospered under the blessed Patriarch of
Antioch after the separation of the Marthomites.
a) Breach of vow taken before the Holy Trinity.
b) Challenging the authority of the Spiritual head of the church.
c) Aspiring of all power and authority to oneself.
d) Disregarding co trustees and co bishops
e) Conspiring with deposed Patriarch
f) Uncanonical claims of establishment/ transfer of ecclesiastical offices.
g) Prompting dissension and factionalism in the Church.
h) Claims of equality of the Catholicate to the Patriarchate.
i) Claims of autocephaly negating the oneness of the Syrian Church.
j) Unhistoric claims of the St.Thomas throne.
k) Starting of litigation against parish churches and its members.
l) Claiming of parish properties
m) Seeking Police force to evict parish members from their church properties.
n)Denying formal burial to church members.
o)Resorting to manhandling at various levels.
p) Trivandrum episode is only the latest one.
I can illustrate these and many other issues that are a humiliation to all.
Factional sentiments should not lead us to blanket accusations.
I am sorry I had to dig these dirty pits once again. I was forced to do this
only to bring forth the truth when the truth was seen covered up and
Kuriakose Corepiscopa Moolayil
1995 Parkside Dr. #2N, Park Ridge, IL 60068-1060
Director, Mor Adai Study Centre http://moradaistudycenter.cjb.net
13th February is a very important date for our Malankara Sabha Christians. It is
on that day, 75 years before Moran Mor Elias III Patriarch came here as an Angel
of Peace. Every year thousands and thousands of faithful come to pray at the
tomb of Moran at Manjinikkara on that particular day. This year was very special
because it was Morans 75th dukrono perunnal.
It is really mysterious why our opposing Manorama Orthodox members choose that
particular day for a protest march at Trivandrum. It was not a holiday. It was a
Tuesday. Many of the ‘not so hardcore’ Manorama sabha members had asked their
top people to shift the march to another day. But their leadership wants to run
that show that day itself. Here the Manorma leadership’s intention becomes very
But one PERSON was seeing all this. The MANORAMA ORTHODOX PEOPLE may have the
powers to do anything; Two years back they laughed when Oommen Chandy’s police
beat our people with the help of their political and police stalwarts. But these
people continuously forget that there is a greater force in this Universe. It
was in no time the protest march organized by Manaorma Orthodox people become a
street violence and that too to the extend of an unprecedented level. Only one
day was required for the crash of the so called boosted-up image of Manorama
Sabha. Wonder that all this happened on 13th February itself, the day of Moran’s
dukrono, a day which they could have left as it is instead of a protest march.
(STILL THEY PREACH THAT THEY ARE FOR PEACE). It is a common practice from age
old days to avoid fighting in a holy day, but Manorma Orthodox people who claim
to be Christians forget all this.
It is said that Manorama Church’s leadership lost control of their just over
2000 odd followers (Remember this is inspite of their leadership’s command to
bring people in two buses atleast with people from each of their so-called ‘1200
odd churches’ in kerala !!). One group of Manorama Orthodox said that the
violence was the handwork of our people, another group led by their leadership
put the blame on some police men, some blame it on political parties, but the
photos and video shows who all were lying. All this ‘kolahalam’ has now extended
to the memory day of Vattasseril Thirumeni. Is it just a coincidence?
Chandy S Samuel
Member ID -2352
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"My bother, the passions are afflictions; and so the Lord does not excommunicate
us because of them, but He says: 'Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will
deliver you, and you shall glorify Me' (Ps. 50:15). Therefore, when beset by any
kind of passion, there is nothing more useful than to call upon the Name of God.
All we can do, weak as we are, is to flee for refuge to the Name of Jesus. For
the passions, being demons, retreat if this Name is invoked."
Sts. Barsanouphios and John.
"I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, I will
confess my transgressions to the Lord, And You forgave the iniquity of my sin."
Grace, Mercy and Peace of our Lord Jesus be with you and your loved ones!
"Take advantage of every opportunity to praise the LORD your God. Ask him to
make you prosper in whatever you sent out to do………. He is the source of all good
things, but he can also destroy you and bring you to certain death, if he
wishes" Tobit 4:19
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Dear Prayer warriors
Grace, Mercy and Peace of our Lord Jesus be with you and your loved
When everything around us is in darkness and despair, do not loose
hope but turn to Jesus in earnest prayer and He will hold you with
his loving arms.
"When you pray, I will answer you, when you call to me, I will
respond" Isaiah 58:9
God's way are not our ways, So surrender all that is uncertain about
your present situation into the loving hands of God and trust Him to
work it all out for good in His own way and in His own time.
"He is near to those who call to him, who call to him with
sincerity. He supplies the needs of those who honour him; he hears
their cries and saves them." Psalms 14:18-19
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Be with us and be part of us.
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3.ATHANASIUS=(GK) the immortal/ the one who has no death
(to be contd..)
Sarun Mani Adukalil
St.Mary's Jacobite Syrian Church
Dear Brother in Christ Matthew,
I agree totaly with your reply. But it could be useful to explain why we don't
recognize Chalcedoine as an ecumenical council. I think that the problem was the
cutting up of our patriarcate to give an independant one to Juvenal of
Jerusalem. The Synod rejected this robbery and Maxime was obliged to abdicate in
455. Then the Byzantine persecution of our Church began.
We are the temples of God and as a general view; members of Holy Church is the
body where Christ is the head. The Holy Eucharist, that is the Holy Body and
Blood, links and renews this divine relationship of each of us with Christ Jesus
through Holy Church. This exercise, of experiencing the power of Christ which
was shared with us does never have any limitation from HIM. The only limitation
we could find here is the weakness from us, as a human. We gather Holy Church
only for gaining this experience with God.
If any one ask what is Holy Qurbono? The simplest answer would be Jesus Christ.
An external substance- the bread and wine is transformed into the real blood and
body of God. Quite often unfortunately this awareness and there by the
cultivation of this reality, is not taken into account properly. My point is not
to bias anyone rather, just to point our faults which seem to be injustice in
front of Jesus Christ.
When someone says, I go every week to Church; it’s a quite good sign. But if
he/she is not becoming the part of HIS body, then what would be the use of
going? This would be the common attitude of the majority of the members in our
Church. Often we are forgetting the real presence of Christ Jesus there at Holy
Table. St Baselios asks this experiencing once in forty days for HIS real
presence in us. When we say presence, it really means the physical presence of
Christ more than a spiritual. Both really differ. We would be more close to each
other, if we talk to each other physically, rather than virtually. And there
by, the experiencing of Holy Qurbono is really the experience of physical
presence of Christ in us.
From the Syriac tradition we have marvelous hymns, which are useful for the self
repentances and also for the joyful harmony with God. They all are well
flavored, in our services. But the present trends to add cinematic/church coir
defined tones to those hymns are inappropriate. I feel this tendency of filling
those tones to our services, makes the attendees just a viewer rather than a
participator. Our priests need to take necessary steps to use the correct hymns
as well as its tunes in Holy Qurbono.
It was surprising for me, when I heard a priest conducted prayer for a person
who “sponsored” Holy Qurbono. Simply paying XXX amount, do we think that the
real participation of the Holy Eucharist is fulfilled? Or is that all the money
matters? Is this could be a sponsored program which needs to be announced?
Frankly speaking, it’s painful, if we approach here with a mentality, just like
an advertisement sponsorship for TV serial or program. Again is that not
inappropriate to use “He/She sponsored” for conducting Holy Qurbono? Literally,
this usage sense to be like a TV program sponsorship. Rather it can have used
“Offering” or any other appropriate word.
May these lending be helpful for us to experience Christ physically rather than
In HIS Love,
Marth Mariam Church Kandanad,
St Mary’s JSO Cathedral Bangalore.
ID # 972
Dear All in Christ,
Having studied the 20th century history of Malankara church and
being an onlooker of what is going around I have a humble
suggestion. We are sentimentaly attached to the holy relics of our
fathers and want all the closed churches to get opened for this
reason only. It is a fact that IOC leadership want wealth only. Look
at the the statement of Mathews Mar Sevarios (he and his group are
vowed to destroy all Jacobite churches to the north of Ettumanoor !!
Why the south is spared no body knows. Are they afraid of manarcadu
or manjanikkara parishoners?) he says that they want all the wealth
of churches with them.
Though it is painful give the wealth and institutions to IOC
leadership but they should allow us to keep the possession of the
holy churches and Shrines only.
1) Give them the property and Seminary building at Aluva (worth
crores of Rupees) but the church were the tombs of our holy fathers
are contained should be given to us for ever.
2) Idukki Cheruthoni St.Mary's. This small church built by out late
H.B Paulose II also have a school which is now controlled by the
defected Thomas Mar Athanasius.(who was chosen and ordained by H.B).
Give the School (wealth) to them and take the possession of the
If this can satisfy their greed and bring permanent peace in
Malankara, our church heads may think of this suggestion.
In his love
I read the following quoted statement from the advocate of Edessan
connectivity of Indian orthodox instead of Syrian orthodox church. Based on that
Edessan connection he usually puts forward arguments for a disconnect of Indian
orthodox church from Syrian orthodox church. He wrote
"As a layman, my understanding is that it is the same Orthodox faith -
theoretically all are in the OO communion. But why this difference among the
people of the Malankara Church only? Why we fight instead of remaining united
under one H. Synod? What faith are we protecting when we know there is only one
faith? Shouldn't we support keeping the ancient Malanakra Church as one integral
Church and hand it over to the future generation gracefully? "
My dear brother,
That ancient Malankara Syrian Orthodox church was in INTEGRAL connection with
Syrian orthodox church for centuries. The OO faith and traditions found in the
Malankara Christians of all denominations came from that old Syrian orthodox
church. The jacobites are staying united with that ancient church. All those
profess OO faith in Kerala are welcome to join them. Jacobites are not standing
for separation. Jacobites are standing for PRESERVATION. We know the task is
difficult. But the jacobites think
the preservation of that Orthodox faith in Kerala is a serious matter and it is
best served by remaining in integral link with the Syrian Orthodox Church and by
accepting Patriarch as the Spiritual Leader.
Now Brother, who is spoiling/Spoiled that one integrated Orthodox church in
kerala ? Ask that to yourself before stoning His Beatitude THOMAS 1 again. H.B
Thomas 1 is only an agent of the Holy Spirit. He is chosen to do the
PRESERVATION at this time.
James K John
St.George Jacobite Church, New Jersey
Matrimonial Digest / 0060-2007
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Matrimonial; Code # 035/06
Suitable alliance invited for a God-fearing orthodox girl 26years,
Height : 153, Complexsion : Fair, M B A in HR & Marketing (dual
specialization) Languages Known: Malayalam, Hindi& English. Working
in a stock & share broking company.
Parish : St. Mary's Orthodox Church (Kottayam Cheriyapally) Father:
Mr. Bose Punnathra, Business man Mother : Ms. Susan Bose, Rtd.
Deputy DEMO. Siblings : Two
The proposed girl is the one among twins the elder one married and
working as a teacher in a CBSE school Kottayam and younger sister
is persuing engineering in Calicut government college. our
prefferance for goom - should well qualified and employed, have
good moral values. If interested please respond with your son's
details with recent photo to bosepunnathra@...
Matrimonial; Code # 027/05
Jacobite parents invite remarriage proposals for their
daughter /white&fair/ 28/ 152cm /M.com, DCA. Recordical proof only
existed for the first marriage and the court declared the same as
null and void. Please contact by e-mail with details at at
Matrimonial; Code # 026/05
Suitable alliance invited for a God fearing Jacobite Girl, Working
in UK, as staff nurse she is in25, 5.4?, 59 KG, will be coming by
middle of April. Her father is a retired teacher; an active member
of church, Mother is housewife and one brother, working in Delhi.
The boy should be God fearing, fair, caring, having good manners and
preferably from the medical background (BPT or any other).
Interested parents may please contact at basilpaul@...;
basilpaulk@... , 9818730557 04842678110 (K. K Paulose)
Matrimonial; Code # 023/05
Suitable alliance invited for a Jacobite Girl, 22 years,
164cm,slim, M.com final. Parents in Saudi Arabia. Family belongs to
Angamally Diocese. Interested parents may contact
Matrimonial; Code # 021/05
Looking for a good boy computer professional/engineer from a middle
class family from Kerala preferably cochin orthodox/Jacobite aged
over 28 for our second daughter aged 27 MCA slim good looking.
interested persons may wish to contact at george_kunju@...
giving the details.
Matrimonial; Code # 019/05
Jacobite parents seeking alliance for their beautiful daughter
31yrs, height 5.6'' postgraduate teacher in a public school. Born
and brought up outside Kerala. Parents settled in Angamally. The
boy should be God fearing educated & employed. Preferance will be
given to boys working outside Kerala. Please contact on
mcsm53@... giving the details.
Matrimonial; Code # 013/05
Jacobite parents from Ernakulam Dt. invites proposals to her
daughter, who is presently working at Bangalore. Educated and
employed Jacobite youths working at Bangalore are preferred. The
proposals to be made from middle class family. The boy should be
God fearing. The girl is 25 yrs of old, 5.3". She had Completed
B.Sc. Maths and have GNIIT, (3 yr computer diploma) course
Certificate) please respond to eldhoshimmy@...
Matrimonial; Code # 076/06
Orthodox boy, Austrlian Permanent Resident, 28/178 cm, fair, BCom,
MBA, IELTS, Accountant, God fearing and finacially sound Proposals
are invited from the parents of God fearing, good looking, and
educated girls. Please contact with biodata and photo.
Matrimonial; Code # 073/06
Proposals are invited for a Syrian Orthodox Teetotaller boy from
middle class family of 29 years/5.4"/64Kg/MBA (Mkt&HR)/B.Sc
(elec)/CCNA 2.0/ Canada immigration applicant/ Working with a Delhi
based media organization in Kathmandu as IT Eng. Those who are
interested may contact jacu1@... / Ph: +91-492-2265239/
Matrimonial; Code # 069/06
Jacobite Parents from Kottayam Diocese invites proposals for their
son aged 30yrs, 173 cm height, white, working as Network Engineer in
leading private Hospital in UAE. Father Late Retired Teacher Mother
housewife .One elder brother and syster, married and settled in
kottayam. Interested parties Please respond to email:kfcktm@...
Matrimonial; Code # 063/06
Orthodox Christian boy from Kottayam District, 28 yrs, Polytechnic
Diploma (Automobiles), very spiritual with clean habits and employed
as Technical Consultant in Dubai based company with family status.
White complexion, 181 cm. looking for qualified, God fearing
girl (Nurses/ Graduates preferred) from middle class families.
Father expired, mom house wife, sister working in RML New Delhi.
Please respond if interested with full details and recent
photographs to bjkuriakose@... or contact on 0481-2462502
(KTM) / 050-3538208 (DXB) or 04-2224051 between 5.30 to 10.30 pm.
Matrimonial; Code # 058/06
Middle Class Jacobite parents from Kothamangalam seeking proposals
from Jacobite families only for their son, MCA graduate, 25 years
(DOB-19/10/81, Height: 161 cm) working as a software engineer in an
MNC (Satyam Computer Services). Parents are retired teachers and the
only sister is married and settled. Girls must be God fearing,
loyalty towards the Church and who are graduates or doing above
degree 2nd year. Interested parties may contact Mr. Abin George
Kuriakose on 0091-9949496760 or e-mail: usocsecure@...
Matrimonial; Code # 057/06
Jacobite Parents from Kottayam Diocese invites proposals for their
son aged 30yrs, 173 cm height, white, working as Spares-in-charge in
leading private Firm in Kottayam. Father Pharmacist. Mother house
wife . One younger brother working as System Administrator
(Computer). Interested parties Please respond to email:
philiperuthical@... or by phone : 0481 – 2371822 (R)".
Matrimonial; Code # 056/06
Proposals invited for a god fearing Boy 26yrs/186 cm , from a middle
class Jacobite family from Muvattupuzha. He is a B-Tech graduate in
Computer Science and Engg. Now working as GM in a US based company
at Infopark, Kochi. His parents were in Bhilai and now settled in
Muvattupuzha. Sister, BSc Nurse married and settled in Florida (US).
Proposals are invited from god fearing, well placed professionals
preferrably from US, with god fearing girls with similar backgrounds
(nurses please excuse). Interested parties may please respond to
seemasijin@... with full details and recent full size
photograph of the Girl
Matrimonial; Code # 055/06
Jacobite parents from Mumbai invite proposals for their son 40,
medium complexion, divorcee, B.Sc. working in an MNC Pharmaceutical
company. Interested parties may please reply to rcmemts@...
Matrimonial; Code # 054/06
Mumbai based Jacobite parents invite proposals for their son, 35 yrs,
165 cms, B.Com., Inter CA, working in Mumbai as Project Manager for
USA/UK based MNC, from parents of BSc Nurses working in USA/UK or
CGFNS passed nurses working in India/Gulf. Interested parties may
please reply to rcmemts@...
Matrimonial; Code # 052/06
Religious Jacobite Syrian Orthodox parents hailing from Kothamangalam
[Angamally Diocese] invite marriage proposals for their son, 29
Years, Height: 180 Inches, Wheatish complexion, handsome and God
fearing[Serve the Holy Altar] with clean habits. He has his PG
Diploma in Business Mgmt and works for a leading International Denim
Casual Apparel Brand,handling its Retail Operations in Bangalore. He
has one younger brother who has just completed his Graduation in
We are looking for a God-fearing, caring, family oriented, pleasant
girl from a good Jacobite family with high moral and ethical values,
preferably working. Those interested, you may please contact
joyvalethu@... or paul.live@... Res:0485-2571060
Matrimonial; Code # 050/06
Jacobite Christian boy from Ernakulam District, 30 yrs, M. Tech(
Software Systems ) , very spiritual with clean habits and employed
as Techcnical Consultant having a gross salary of 10.5 lakhs per
annum . Medium complexion,160cm.Looking for qualified, God fearing
girl (Nurses/Software professionals preferred) from middle class
families. Father expired, mom house wife ,one sister working in
UK and younger brother in Kerala. Please respond if interested with
full details and recent photographs to rajesh_s_george@...
or contact on 0485 3297772/ 91 9840119568
Matrimonial; Code # 046/06
NRI Syrian Orthodox parents from a reputed family invite proposal
for a Smart, Very Loving & Caring Son, 27, 179cm, athletic,
healthy, broad-minded, medium complexion, Hotel Management Degree,
Immigrated to Canada and decently employed.
Need a Very Loving and Fair girl of any denominations, above 165
cm, has interest in Nature & Pets and has Professional
Qualifications - preferably Medical/Teaching field- and caliber to
adjust to life in Canada. Tel: 0481-2582025//2518569/ 2517056/+9663-
5331674 pulickaparamb@... / pulickaparamb@...
Matrimonial; Code # 042/06
Jacobite Christian boy 29 yrs, MCA ( Master of Computer
Application) ,very spiritual with clean habits and employed in
Kuwait as Product Manager for Microsoft products.Fair,170cm.Looking
for qualified, God fearing girls from middle class families. Parents
in Qatar with one sister married and settled in Bangalore. Please
respond if interested with full details and recent photographs to
jacobp@... or parayiljacob@... or contact on +974
4326859 or +974 5412443
Matrimonial; Code # 030/06
Suitable alliance invited for a God-fearing Jacobite boy from
Chelad Kothamangalam], working with a leading Fashion brand,
managing Retail Operations in Mumbai. Age:28y Complexion: Wheatish
Height:180cms or 5ft 11inches Weight:73kgs Family: Moderate. His
father is working as a Dy. Manager with a MNC in Cochin. Mother, a
house-wife. Younger brother pursuing his graduation from Mor
Athanasius College, Kothamangalam. Interested parents may contact
Matrimonial; Code # 029/05
Proposals invited for a well settled Jacobite boy belonging to an
ancient family. The proposed boy is a Mechanical Engineer working
in a leading Multinational trading company. The boy is
27years,175cms, fair, God- fearing and with clean habits.
We are looking for a fair, good looking, homely God-fearing girl
from a good Jacobite family. If interested please contact : email :
Matrimonial; Code # 017/05
Suitable alliance is invited for a Jacobite deacon, age 31, 5ft
5inch B.A.,B.Ed.,B.D., M.Th., at present doing research work in
university of Toronto, Canada) teaching in the seminary. family
background: father, senior Corepiscopa in the church. mother house
wife. one elder sister, lecturer, got married and one younger
brother advocate. for more information, mail to me
Matrimonial; Code # 014/05
Retired PWD Contractor's family (Jacobite, Middle Class, Ernakulam
District) invites suitable proposal from middle class Jacobite
parents of God fearing girls under 28, 5'1', 48 Kg, employed or
qualified to be employed (prefer teachers or lecturers) in or
around Ernakulam Dist. She has to look after home affairs as the
brother and sister of the boy to be working overseas.
Their son (32, 5'3" 55 Kg) is a Vet. surgeon in Kerala Government
Service, posted within few kilometers from home, fair, clean
habits, soft spoken, thin built and God fearing. His has an elder
brother and younger sister, both married. Genuine enquiries may be
posted to varkod@...
Matrimonial; code # 012/04
Proposals invited from parents of god fearing BSc nurses for a
handsome Jacobite boy, hailing from Kolencherry, 29/168 Graduate,
only son, working as Marketing Executive for a reputed Co. in
Kuwait, active in church matters and having family visa status. He
has two sisters and both of them are well settled. The girl will
have good job prospects in Kuwait. Interested please respond to:
"Be free, though you are bound in a body, and for Christ's sake show forth
obedience in your freedom. But also be prudent in your simplicity, lest you be
plundered. Love humility in all your activities, that you be delivered from the
imperceptible snares that are always found outside the pathways of humble men.
Do not reject afflictions, for through them you will enter into the knowledge of
the truth; and do not fear temptations, because therein you will find precious
things. Pray that you enter not into the temptations of the soul, but with all
your strength prepare yourself for those of the body. Without these you cannot
draw nigh to God, because divine rest is laid up within them."
St. Isaac the Syrian.
"Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is
written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord." Romans 12:19
Grace, Mercy and Peace of our Lord Jesus be with you and your loved ones!
"But you do see; you take notice of trouble and suffering and are always ready
to help. The helpless commit them selves to you; you have always helped the
needy." Psalms 10:14
Assuring you our prayers
A Perfect Friend - [A Bible Devotion]
24 There are friends who pretend to be friends, but there is a friend who sticks
closer than a brother.
Would you like to have a perfect friend?
A friend who loved you no matter what you did.
A friend who would always be there when you needed them.
A friend who knew you intimately yet still loved you.
A friend who always encouraged you and never put you down.
A friend who was smart but not conceited.
A friend who had no personal problems to distract them.
A friend who was powerful and famous, yet down-to-earth and approachable.
A friend who is righteous yet merciful to others.
A friend who never makes a mistake.
A friend who enjoyed having a good time and sharing a laugh with you.
A friend who had the knowledge and ability to help you with everything.
A friend who is not too good to wash your feet or clean your shoe, yet talented
enough to be the best at everything.
A friend who puts your interests ahead of their own.
A friend who loves you more than you love yourself.
A friend who would be willing to die for you.
There is only one. His name is JESUS, and He wants to be your friend.
JESUS is OUR friend.
New Patriarchal-Vicariates for Germany
On February 18, 2007, Raban Hanna Aydin was ordained Metropolitan by name Mor
JULIUS by His Holiness the Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Zaka I Iwas at a solemn
ceremony held at the St. Peter & St. Paul Cathedral in Maarat Saydnya, Damascus.
Metropolitan Mor Clemis Daniel Malak Kourieh was also ordained Metropolitan
along with Mor Julius.
Later His Holiness appointed Mor Julius Hanna Aydin as Patriarchal vicar for
Central Germany and Mor Clemis Daniel Malak Kourieh as Patriarchal vicar for
Biography of Mor Julius
Biography of Mor Clemis (Yet to update)
At the outset let me say I am grateful for the response.
I am amused by the statements on the theological maturity of the people in the
south. Before the whole issue of Petrine position was raised the other side
raised the issue of St. Thomas' Throne. Now they say we raised it! It reminds me
of their using MARTHOMA which the Marthoma Church was aggrieved about though in
their decency they did not make an issue of and later complaining about Baselios
Cyril using the title of Catholicos as if they have a copyright on the "trade
mark". What disparaging statements came from scholars including some who taught
in the Seminary!
I agree that the Petrine supremacy does not make him a demigod and or place him
above other apostles.However Peter and his faith are inseparable. There are many
studies on the issue. Oscar Cullman is not a Catholic but there are others who
are Catholics who have written on the subject.Cullman himself admits that Peter
had a special place.I admit that the Petrine theology of MALANKARA has undergone
a change over the last 30 years. When I was a sunday school boy the teaching was
not what some of the MALANKARA Patriarch faction today make it to be.We hardly
had any St. Peter's Church those days, it was almost always Ss. Peter and Paul.
The Patriarch himself has dedicated his new church in Mara Sadnaya Seminary
campus to both together.Personally I have come to hold the view that Peter from
whom his faith is undetachable is the Rock.In fact Moran Zakka still holds that
it is the faith confessed by Peter. With the freedom an indulgent father gives a
grown up son we have often discussed (considering the personal equation I should
not use the word ARGUE!) this matter which always ended by Moran saying lightly
that he was telling what he heard from his teachers especially Aprem I and I was
influenced by the writings of subsequent theologians in English!My limited point
here is that the concept of Petrine Supremacy had undergone an evolution in
Malankara, and not the least of the reasons therefor is the Thomas claims
Two more comments are warranted.
One is about the use of the word UNIVERSAL. It does not mean geographical
universality.After Peter we had two Patriarchs, one for the Jewish and the other
for the gentile converts. When Igantius Noorono became the only one the others
(denomination would not be an accurate expression today since now that word has
derived a different meaning) said they would also accept him as patriarch. So he
became Patriarch for the universal church which only means church with Jews and
Gentiles.It should not be a matter of offence any more than the Catholicose of
the East reaching America by crossing the Pacific and avoiding the Atlantic: you
go on and on eastward and you have USA also under THE East!
The second point is about the Constituiton. I have never ridiculed it. I may
have made light-hearted comments about the way it is being projected as if it is
EVANGELION and misinterpreted as EVANGELION has been through the centuries. I
have great regard for the brains that understood the need for it and the brains
that drafted it which even took into account a repetition of AbdulMasih/ Abdulla
type situation. The US War of Independence started as a struggle within the
British Empire and the French Revolution began on issues of democratic
philosophy. Yet the French revolutionaries dethroned a blue blooded King and
made a petite corporal from Corsica an Emperor while USA matured into a stable
democracy.The American achievement was possible because the founding fathers had
the vision to put in place a constituion.
Therefore do not for a moment think that I am aginst the Constituion, my only
grievance is that you cannot distort the constituion to accept what suits you
ONLY.There is no need to compare the SOC Constituion since the environments are
distinct.I also agree that the so called 2002 byelaws of the JSCC which is the
legal entity headed by Thomas I who is CATHOLICOSE and not Catholicose of the
East and who is not Malankara Metropolitan but only the Metropolitan Trustee
would not have been the springboard of challenge if the Devalokam faction had
followed the 1934 Constituion IN TOTO. The advice fo Shanti Bhushan is only that
for those churches which accepted the Constituion after 1958 it would be binding
ONLY if the position of the Patriarch is accepted by the other side in the
spirit in which the founding fathers meant it. Well, this is a debatable point.
Let the courts decide.
To my mind the whole issue will begin to reflect the light at the end of the
tunnel if Didimos Bawa responds to the Patriarch's bull accepting the SC
verdict. I am requesting the SOC Forum to republish it so that the sheep on the
Devalokam side would appreciate the gravity of the blunder committed by their
THEN leadership in ignoring the Patriarch. It has been in the air for a decade
and more. Had that opportunity been grabbed then the subequent story would have
unfurled in a different, and hopefully more Christian, way. Then, as indeed now,
the Devalokam group is the source of strength for the extremists on the
Patriarchal side. Many may not know that the internal politics of that side have
a big role in lighting up the Thrikunnathu Semianary issue again.
Let us pray for guidance. In the meantime let none be judged guilty by his own
conscience. As for my conscience it does not hurt, at least not yet!
--- In IndianOrthodox@yahoogroups.com, Thomas P, CA wrote:
>Re: Trivandrum Incident - Article by Dr. Babu Paul
>Read the article by Dr. Babu Paul about the recent Trivandrum incident and
>Joji Vazhuvadi's observation and reply.
>Dr. Babu Pauls' Article:
>Joji Vazhuvadi's observation and reply:
>Dear respected Babu Paul.
>I respectfully disagree with the observations of Babu Paul regarding why
>Southern regions experience more peace. In my opinion it is not an issue of
>majority, rather the people of the Orthodox faction were taught by bishops
>and priests in the right way - giving more importance to Orthodox faith.
>Kindly read the works of Metropolitans and priests from the Orthodox Church
>- they consistently stress only what is important in the Orthodox faith.
>The kind of extremism about throne, supremacy, Petrine Primacy we see in
>Jacobite bishops is not seen in Orthodox bishops and priests. Examine all
>writings over so many years, you can observe this. We also see many
>Jacobite side bishops in history who worked to unite the Church based on a
>consensus about our is important in Orthodox faith. We honor St. Peter as
>chief Apostle like all Orthodox Churches, but that is not used to divide
>people and establishing a supreme universal rule.
>In Northern regions (perhaps due to the influence of RC), a strong faith in
>Petrine supremacy and associated extremism developed. This is a key issue.
>I am sure Dr. Babu Paul is also attracted to RC because of this aspect. It
>was people from North ( I don't want to reveal a matter because of a
>promise given to Babu Paul sir few years ago) who pressurized the Patriarch
>to impose a supremacy based on Pertine supremacy.
>Agreeing that St. Peter is specially honored in the Orthodox Church, if
>Bishops and leaders from North Kerala can teach only what is important in
>Orthodoxy setting aside extremism based on throne, universal rule etc., the
>situation will dramatically improve.
>I would like to mention one more thing, not meant to offend any one. SOC
>also has a constitution which was amemded many times. I have the 1998
>version. In that "Malanakra' is in the list of dioceses of SOC- last or
>second to last in the list. Is Malankara just a Diocese? I have read many
>articles in which Dr. Babu Paul making fun of the constitution of the
>united Malankara Church. How can a person like you experienced in
>administration ridicule the constitution of the Church? What is your
>attitude towards SOC constitution which was modified many times? Kindly
>show some respect when you write about the Church, rather than adopting the
>same style as extremists from North. This is what we expect from people
>like you with influence in state administration. I grew up in the Jacobite
>faction and over many years my understanding is that the whole issue is
>based on misleading ordinary people about faith. If possible kindly reject
>RC teachings and help our people to learn the unity taught by Orthodox
>Church fathers in Diptych #5. Orthodox Churches are in dialogue with RC. We
>can wait to develop fanaticism (if needed) about throne and supremacy.
>Let us first accept the VISIBLE Malankara Metropolitan who is legally valid
>and them think about the suprme universal rule of an invisible Patriarch.
>Parumala Thirumeni accepted the legal Malankara Metropolitan. Kindly show
>that humility and we can together decide the nature of our relationship
>with the Patriarch of SOC and Pope of RC.
Thomas SJ CA
IOC Delhi Bishop is running to meet CPM leaders, whom they regularly called
'ungodly people', in Delhi. It means the Bishop is trying to stop the TVM
episode's police investigation. If investigation continues, may be their guilty
will reveal. otherwise they can blame against Jacobites. So we have to
concentrate the IOC games.
10x & regards
"God is my saviour; I will trust him and not be afraid." Isaiah 12:2
After the notorius IOC hooliganisms at Trivandrum, if you look through the
responses of IOCeans from USA & other foreign countries, it is very interesting
to see that they ONLY SAW the police 'atrocities' and NOT THEIR OWN destructive
actions infront of all media, which the whole world saw!!! There are now
several IOC 'padanayakans' from USA, including clergies, who are sending daily
3-4 e-mails to all their e-groups 'condemning' police actions, shedding
crocodile tears and giving FREE e-mail advises to their fellow members in
Kerala, what to do next (like to sue against the Kerala Government etc)!!!! But
NONE OF THEM are ready to come to Kerala, and participate in their advise
implementation or to become a "padanayakan" for IOC!!!!!! However, there are
some rays of hope as well. SOME meaningful messages from 1-2 laity appeared in
their forums, lamenting on their own fall from spirituality to hooliganism. See
the comparison of such lamentations of laity Vs Clergy.
Regards Varkey Titus
Member Id # 879
The Trivandrum Incident? Who has got the courage?
Dear Malankara Christian brethren, shame on all of us, shame on every
household, shame on every individual among us. I am afraid, we all have lost
direction. The true Christian values are long forgotten. We have somehow
degraded ourselves so much so that political parties stay at a level above us.
We have proved once again to the whole world of believers and unbelievers alike
that we are mere namesake Christians and nothing more. We do not have the right
to use the name of Jesus Christ who has given his life for the sake of all
mankind. We do not have the right to wear the Cross of the Savior, which is the
sign of suffering. We do not have the right to sermon on Love, that is all what
is about Christianity.
We build "Churches" and establishments with brick and concrete all over the
nation and abroad. We are proud of our Church buildings and Cathedrals. We are
proud of our heritage and the monuments of the past. We struggle to own and
maintain "Churches" and establishments at every nook and corner of the earth. We
have been asked to spill the last drop of our blood for the sake of "Churches".
But dear Malankara Christian brethren, we have forgotten our "Church", which is
the true body of our Savior. We have forgotten the members of the "Church" who
are our brethren. When are we going to realize
Who is responsible? Is it the Clergy or the Laity? Let us sit down and think
with a clam and clear mind. Where are we going? We had been
struggling for ages; we had been fighting since ever we can remember. Could we
find any solution? I do not thing we can find any solution even if we fight for
another thousand years. Court orders or any success in litigation will not alter
the course of history.
The simple reason is we have lost direction since so long. Let us
turn-around and correct our course. It is high time. Let us do it now. Let us
show to the world that a fraction of the true Christian virtues are still
remaining within in us. Who will lead this initiative? Again, the Clergy or the
Laity? Who has got the courage to lead the Church in the correct course?
Let us face material loss. Yes, let us lose some of the "Churches", but be sure
we will end up saving the "Church". Who has got the courage? Who has got the
courage? Is there any spirituality left? Do we have any wisdom left? Do we have
any Love left?
The Great Lent is on the door. Can we fast for the "Church" not for the
"Churches"? Can we fast for the "members of the Church", not for the "members of
the Churches"? The need for a correct solution is ever more compelling and is
indeed the need of the time. Let us not lose our younger generation. For God's
sake, Clergy and Laity, who has got the courage to act? Now?
M. P. Syriakutty
A member of St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church
What happened today at Trivandrum in front of Secretariate is what no christian
should ever do. Some people participated in the procession were abusing even
priests who was trying to control the crowd. Even Thirumenis were shouted down
at the meeting place. Public properties were damaged and people were put to
great inconveniance. Police Officials beleiving the leaders, were in small
numbers. One thing is very clear. They are worse than people belonging to
Patriarch faction. An organisation which can not control its 'faithful
followers' will not have much future.
I am sure that more than 90% of orthodox christians who are sincerely praying
for the church will agree that it is time for calling off all this agitations.
We should realise that none of the people who is behaving like outcast, whether
it is a layman, priest or thirumeni is going to join christ in his second
coming, but will be sent to hell, as their behaviour is totally not expected
I think let us not leave the church to few extremists who wants to make our
church like Punjab in eighties.
Only God can save our church and all of us pray and fast for the same on this
occasion of entering to great lent.
Shaji Zachariah, St.George Orthodox Cathedral, Trivandrum
The Trivandrum incident was very sad and unfortunate. This is not
the time to throw mud at each other, but take it as a challenge, stay together,
pray together to strengthen our Mother Church. We have to strongly support our
Bava Thirumeni in every respect.
The members of the Orthodox Church all over the world have to show
our concern in this incident, to the government authorities.
I feel that, if possible, at least each parish should meet together
under its Vicar, pass a resolution and send to the Chief Minister of
Kerala, The Prime Minister of India and the President of India, to
express our concern and protest in this regard.
God Bless us all.
Yohannan Sankarathil Cor-Episcopa
Clergy Association Secretary, American Diocese
New York. February 15, 2007
Indian Union Budget Highlights
* No change in securities transaction tax
* No changes in STT, Capital gains tax rates
* Cash withdrawal tax limit hiked to withdrawals over Rs 50,000
* 2007-02-281% secondary education cess
* Free samples, displays excluded from payment of FBT
* ESOPs brought in FBT ambit
* Dividend distribution tax raised to 15% from 12.5%
* Capital Gains Tax imposed on invst in works of art
* Pass-through status for VC investments in research in new chemical entities
* Pass-through status for VC invsts in dairy, poultry, bio-fuels
* MAT: IT cos to pay 11.22% of adjusted book profits
* Pass-through status for VC investments in Biotech, IT, nanotechnology
* 11.22% MAT on IT companies
* MAT extended to IT companies
* Tax benefit on R&D extended by 5 years
* Tax benefit of 36(1)(8) to be given to co-operative banks
* Personal tax exemption limit for senior citizens Rs 1.90 lk
* Threshhold limit for Sr citizens hiked to Rs 1,95,000
* Surcharge on Corp IT removed for cos earning less than Rs 1 cr
* Corp Tax: No change, surcharge removed for SMEs
* No change in corporate tax rates
* Personal tax exemption limit hiked to Rs 1.1 lk cr
* Exempt service tax for resident welfare associations
* Income tax:: Threshold for women Rs 145000
* Exempt clinical trials for drugs from service tax
* Excise duty on cement costing below Rs 190/bag down to Rs 350/Tonne
* Extend svc tax to devt of telecom advertising
* Svc tax extended to renting of immovable property for commercial uses
* Excise duty on cement sold above Rs 190/bag up from Rs 400 to 600/mt
* Excise duty on cement costing over Rs 190/kg hiked to Rs 600/t
* Excise duty on cigarettes hiked by 5%
* Excise duty on cement costing less than Rs 190/kg cut to Rs 350/t
* To levy export duty on iron-ore concentrates of Rs 2,000/tonne
* Excise duty abolished on all ready-made food mixes
* Excise duty abolished on biscuits costing less than Rs 50/kg
* AD Valorem duty on Diesel and petrol cut to 6%
* No change in CENVAT and Service Tax rate
* Duty of Rs 300/tonne on iron ore exports imposed
* To cut peak customs rate down to 10%
* No change in service tax rate
* Specified pharma, biotech machinery duty cut to 5% from 7.5%
* General custom rate on medical equipment 5%
* Customs duty on sunflower oil cut by 15 %
* Cut customs duty on DMT/PTA to 7.5%
* CVD on crude, refined edible oil cut to 4%
* Cut custom on cut, polished gems to 3% from 5%
* To cut peak rate for non-farm products to 10% vs 12.5%
* All coking coal exempt from Customs Duties
* Customs duty on DMT, PTA, MEG cut to 7.5%
* Customs duty on polyester fibre and yarns cut from 10% to 7.5%
* Customs duty on plastics reduced to 7.5%
* Duty on seconds & defectives of steel from 20% to 10%
* Govt targets FY08 revenue deficit at 1.5% of GDP
* To cut peak rate from 12.5% to 10%
* Tax-GDP ratio up from 9.2% in FY04 to 11.4% in FY07
* Intends to keep tax rates moderate, stable:FM
* FY08 total spend at Rs 2.05 trillion
* Revenue deficit target at 1.5% of GDP
* Fiscal Deficit target at 3.3% of GDP
* CST to go down from 4% to 3% from Apr 1, 2007
* Fiscal Deficit target at Rs 1,50,94 cr
* Revenue Receipts estimated at Rs 4,86,422 cr
* To allow creation of mortgage guarantee cos
* Addl 24 lk hectares of irrigated area to be created in FY08
* To examine Parekh Panel recos on using forex reserves for infra devt
* Total grants & loans to states in FY08 at Rs1,06,987cr vs Rs90,521 cr
* Govt spending on E-Governance hiked to Rs 719 cr from Rs 395 cr
* Central Devolution to state at Rs 1,42,450 cr in FY08
* Govind Vallabh Pant to get Rs 50 cr as recognition of excellence
* Defence allocation hiked to Rs 96,000 cr for FY08
* To give Rs 50 cr for Youth Commonwealth Games in Pune
* To give Rs 350 cr to Delhi Govt for Commonwealth Games
* To provide Rs 150 cr for Min of Youth Affairs for Commonwealth Games
* Investment in tourism infra to be hiked to Rs 520 cr from Rs 423 cr
* Foreign trade growing at double of domestic growth
* Govt to set up expert panel to study impact of climate change
* Govt Debt Mgmt to be separated from Monetary Management
* To upgrade 300 more ITIs by August 2009
* FY08 defence allocation of Rs 96,000 cr
* Rs 750 cr allocated to upgrade 1,396 ITIs via PPP
* Scheme to use forex reserve for infrastructure dvpt
* ITIs to be upgraded via Public-Pvt Participation
* FDI inflows at USD 5 bn; portfolio invsts at USD 5 bn in FY06
* To make public panel report to make Mum financial hub
* MFs to launch dedicated infrastructure funds
* Better utilisation of foreign exchange reserves with RBI
* To allow delivery based short-selling by institutions
* Two financilal funds to get Rs 500 crore
* To set-up special fund for rejuvenation of plantation crops
* All indicators point to accelerating rate of investment
* RIDF -3 corpus hiked to Rs 12000 cr from Rs 10000 cr
* Farm credit growing at satisfactory rate
* 31.6% increase in allocation Bharat Nirman prog
* Additional 24 lakh hectares of irrigated area to be created by FY08
* FY08 target for farm credit hiked to Rs 225000 cr from Rs 175000 cr
* Two more ultra mega power projects to be approved by December
* Funds for feritiliser subsidy hiked to Rs 22452 cr from Rs 17253 cr
* Gross Budgetary support raised to Rs 205100 cr from 154939 cr
* TUFS scheme to be continued in the 11th plan
* Economy at a stronger position than before:FM
* Avg agri growth during 10th plan below desired level
* Farm credit growing at satisfactory rate
* Allocation to sanitation schemes hiked to Rs 920 cr from Rs 754 cr
* Higher outlay for seed procurement to benefit agri-based companies
* Supply constraints in certain commodities has led to increase in prices
* Outlay for irriagation at Rs 11000 cr
* Tax planning to harness Rs 7000 cr for expenses
* Rural bonds worth 5000 cr to be issued will be eligible for tax exemption
* Allocation to sanitation hiked from Rs 720 cr to Rs 974 cr
* Rs 1800 crore allocated to NABARD
* Education allocation hiked by 34.2% at Rs 32352 cr
* Monetary trends may have put pressure on prices
* Confident of moderating inflation:FM
* Monetary trends may have put pressure on prices
* 10th plan target of 8% nearly achieved
* Per capita income FY06 at 7.6%
* High rates of growth can be continued in the current yr too
* Until Feb 2007, forex reserves was USD 180 bn
* GDP growth target of 10% for 10th plan
* Revenues are bouyant in third year in sucession
* Govt to appoint expert committee to study fwd trading in commodities
* Panel set up to probe future trades in food items
* GDP growth of 10% in 11th plan
* Farm sector top agenda for policy makers
* Coffee, rubber to get similar fund benefits as tea industry
* Short term crop loans at Rs 1677 cr
* 4% growth in agriculture targeted , achieved 2.3%
* Short term crop loans at Rs 1677crore
* Emphasis on agriculture, Rs 225 Lakh cr for rural credit
* High rates of growth can be continued this year too
* Allocated Rs 4000 crore for rural roads
* 10th plan target of 8% nearly achieved
* Govt to double secondary education spending to Rs 3794 crore
* To substantially increase Budgetary support for 11th plan
* Improvement in revenue collection helps govt. to raise allocation
* Government to double secondary education spending
* Global high prices exerted pressure, supply constrains wheat pulses, edible
* No new forward contracts in wheat and rice
* Education thrust to benefit paper & stationery industry
* NREGS to get Rs 12000 crore to cover 230 Districts
* Inhanced allocation for Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Renewal Mechanism
* Health a primary concern- subsidy allocation increased
* Agri invst to go up 2%
* Agri focus to benefit rural income & FMCG compnaies
* Average agri growth below desired level in 10th plan at 2.3%
* 15000 villages connected via phones
* Per capita income for FY06 is 7.6%
* High rates of growth can continue in the next year also
* Farm supply imbalance can disrupt growth
* Education to be given allocation in excess 49%
* Global commodity prices have exerted pressure on local prices
* Agriculture focus to benefit rural income & FMCG companies
* Agriculture investment to go up by +2% of GDP
* Govt is concerned over inflation: FM
* Average Inflation for FY07 estimated at 5.2%-5.4%
* Govermentt commited to fiscal prudence
* Manufacturing main driver of growth,up from 8.7% to 11.3%
SOCM News Bureau - New Delhi
"Among the virtues some are practical, others are natural, and others are divine
and conferred by the Holy Spirit. The practical virtues are the products of our
resolution, the natural virtues are built into us when we are created, the
divine virtues are the fruits of grace."
St. Gregory of Sinai.
"Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
My heart said to You." Psalms 27:7, 8
Grace, Mercy and Peace of our Lord Jesus be with you and your loved ones!
"If you are stingy in giving to the poor, God will be stingy in giving to you.
Give according to what you have. The more you have, the more you should give.
Even if you have only a little, be sure to give something. This is as good as
money saved. You will have your reward in a time of trouble." Tobit 4:7-9
Assuring you our prayers
Mr. Thomas Mann,
You have brought up an important issue within our church today. In my
liturgical theology course, we've been discussing and studying the problem of
modern day practices of the Eucharist. As you ask, what is the point of
I know of people who don't take the Eucharist at all. They nonetheless attend
Kurbana as spectators. As our professor said, it's like being invited to a
dinner, and not eating! We come to the banquet table of Christ for the main
reason of partaking His body and blood.
Much time, energy, and work has been spent on the transformation of the bread
and wine into His body and blood. It's been asked how exactly is bread and wine
transformed into Christ's body and blood. When does it happen? How does this
miracle take place? In asking and focusing on these kinds of questions, we miss
the entire point of the Eucharist. The greatest miracle of our Kurbana is NOT
the bread and wine becoming the body and blood of Christ, BUT the miracle of the
Eucharist transforming the one who takes it! Because Christ lives in us and we
in Him, we are no longer the same person. This is THE miracle.
We must of course prepare ourselves beforehand to receive Him. This comes
through the practice of fasting and confession, especially during the Great
Lent. These practices are different forms of prayers that we offer to God to
cleanse ourselves before receiving Him. As Mary was cleansed by the Holy
Spirit, we too need this cleansing for Christ to be born in us.
Let us not forget the awesome transformative power given to us in the
Eucharist as we come prepared and ready.
Dear Fellow List members,
I have just upgraded the Syriac pages on my website. In particular the
following areas have changed:
1. Two of the Syriac chronology and history pages have been upgraded,
(chrontabs 6 and 7).
2. I have also added more pages with some new textual examples from my
primitive Syriac gospel recovery project.
Be sure to use the refresh button if you wish to see the latest
revisions rather than the contents of the your browser cache.
Any comments and corrections would be most welcome.
The website addresses for my Syriac related pages are as follows, (the
two sites are kept identical):
5th Syriac Studies Symposium
Toronto, June 25-27, 2007
1) We have received several requests to extend the deadline of submitting
registration and reservation forms and titles and abstracts of papers. With
pleasure we extend the deadline to March 31, 2007 at the latest.
2) Some asked if they could give papers not directly related to the
Symposium's theme (Syriac as a Bridge Culture), and we would like to confirm
that such papers are also welcome. All papers are subject to the approval of the
3) We have received a number of papers on Syriac Christianity in modern times.
Given the circumstances now in the Middle East, more of such papers are
4) The symposium will start on Monday June 25, 9 am, and will end with a Mass
and dinner at the Cathedral Church of St Mary (Assyrian Church of the East), on
Wednesday June 27 in the evening. If you do not live in or near Toronto, you
ought to come to Toronto at least one day earlier and leave at least one day
We look forward to welcoming you all at the Symposium
The Organizing Committee.
Recent incidents in TVM by a section christen are shameful act for entire
christen community especially for JSC and IOC. This type of acts in both
churches will help others to gain victory for those who want ruin the
spirituality of Syrian Christans. As per my observation very few people from
the southern part of Kerala know the history of Syrian christen thus their
spirituality have been diluted with materialistic world. They have been
deviated the main stream of Syrian Christanity and trying in vein to exist.,
that is why more often we find reformer churches/split groups / pentcostal
churches in sothern kerala. Most of the followers of Syrian christen does not
know the tradition/system hence most of the history have been filtered/carved
for their own convenience by vasted interest.
I strongly feel that the episode in TVM have been dramatized by event managers
to show the strength of particular section. It might have high political stir up
in these events which has been miserably failed and back fired.
I sincerely appeal MJSOC leader ship not to divulge in any political affirmity
but to seek a honest and honorable/amicable settlement of church dispute. In
the event of any dilution of politics in church matters, we may end up with loss
of spirituality and degrade our church. As a caution, if we give a change to mix
our spirituality with politics, we will land up in trap of power greedy
politician and at last we remain as govt governed body - like Devasom Board
at Kerala. There are good chances of our laymen wither away to other churches.
Let me add, my fellow SOCM/MJSOC members not to be joyous of others fall (on the
above incident)and let us pray for them in this Holy Lent and forgive them as
a christen way. I would like to remind you all 28th wise saying of King
“ Don’t be glad when your enemies meet disaster, and don’t rejoice when they
stumble. The Lord will know if you are gloating and he will not like it; and
then perhaps he might not punish them” Proverbs Ch. 24 : vers 17
I am fully confident that neither the verdict of a court nor a group of persons
can remove Syrian christen spirituality/connection to Antioch. That is why MJSOC
have survived earlier schisms. It will go strong day by day when we face more
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