My dear SOCM Forum members,
It is always nice to read the messages sent by many of you
through this Forum.
Now, I am indeed happy to send you this message when the
Shunoyo lent is going to start on 1st August.
This lent is very old and is in memory of St. Mary. It is
interesting to see that in all the ancient Churches, this lent
is observed. Apart from our Church, the Roman Catholic, the
Byzantine Churches and several others observe this lent. That
points to the fact that this has a common origin, going back
to the times when all Churches were one.
When the British thought of giving independence to India, they
of course, in consultation with the Indian National Congress
leaders, chose August 15 as the day of independence for the
nation. In fact the day was chosen deliberately. This is the day
of assumption of St. Mary.
Now when we think of the lent, we see that it is a canonical lent,
approved and granted down through the ancient Councils, commemorating
the worldly departure of Mary. In the Church parlance or according to
the fathers of the Church she has been called Theotokos which means
Mother of God.
Her departure from this world was witnessed by the Apostolic Church
with full reverence, and the fifteen days lent began to be observed
prior to that day of her assumption. St. Mary has a unique place in
the Church. She is respected above all other Saints because her role
in the redemption of the mankind is unique. Apart from Jesus Christ,
her stature is top above all other Saints. Now when we move to the
15 days lent, let us remember that her mediation is valuable to our
mortal life. Her intercession is precious to our lives. As a person
who passed through many tragedies in this world, her life is worth
emulating, when we too come across difficult times.
Humanity is always in search of models. The traditional protestant
Churches (I mean the Lutherans, the Calvinists etc.) although do not
pray to St. Mary, in modern times they value her role in the
'Heilsgescicte', which means the history of healing or salvation.
Even many thinkers in the Women's liberation find role model in
Mary. This is a very fascinating aspect in the post-modern times.
My scribbling has become lengthy. I think I must stop now without
boring you further.
May God Almighty bless you all through the intercession of St. Mary.
Thomas Themotheos Metropolitan
St. Joseph's Cathedral
Sastri Road, Kottayam-1
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