Names for the Imminent Bishops
- Come Feb 17 and as always we have the Grace of God guiding "His people" to elect "His chosen candidates" as the future Bishops of "His Church".
The Bishops are likely to officiate the following;
1) Bangalore Diocese
2) Ahmedabad Diocese
3) Delhi Diocese (Assistant)
4) Kottayam Diocese (Assistant)
5) Kunnamkulam Diocese (Assistant)
6) Honovar (a probability?)
7) Parumala Seminary (a possibility for full time bishop?)
Since the current Bishops of the Church already have the names of Orthodox Church Fathers/Saints, which are the basic names that the Church compulsorily maintains at any given period, taking care at the same time to avoid replication of names occupied, the names of any of the following Orthodox Fathers/Saints appear appropriate for the new Bishops to be ordained;
(1) Ephrem (Aprem), (2) Makarios, (3) Yulios, (4) Anthimos, (5) Cornelios, (6) Sophronios, (7) Nektarios, (8) Gennadius, (9) Silwanos, (10) Maximos, (11) Cleopos, (12) Onesiphorus,(13) Demetrios and (14) Methodius.
The list is endless with names of Orthodox fathers who Professed the true Christian faith.
A brief note on the names is given below:
1) Ephrem (Aprem)
(St. Ephrem: He was a Syrian Orthodox theologian and poet who composed hymns, poems, and sermons in verse, as well as prose).
(St. Makarios: The Great. He was an Egyptian, a Coptic Orthodox, a grand, wise teacher of the spiritual life who lived in the 4th century, and has been considered a powerful heavenly intercessor throughout the ages).
(St. Yulios: Also known as St. Julian of Antioch, sometimes called Julian of Cilicia, Julian of Anazarbus, Julian of Tarsus is venerated as a Christian martyr of the fourth century, who suffered terrible tortures and was paraded daily for a whole year through various cities of Cilicia, before facing death).
(St. Anthimos: He was a Greek monk, deeply devoted in Greek Orthodox Christianity, who built the monastery of Panagia Voithia, helping the sick and working many miracles. The monastery exists today, where the saint is interred).
(St. Cornelius: He is depicted in the New Testament as a God-fearing man who always prayed and was full of good works and deeds of alms. He was the first Bishop of Caesarea).
(St. Sophronios: He was the Patriarch of Jerusalem from 634 until his death, and is venerated as a saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Before rising to the primacy of the see of Jerusalem, he was a monk and theologian who was the chief protagonist for Orthodox teaching in the doctrinal controversy on the essential nature of Jesus and his volitional acts. Bishop Sophronius was of Arab descent).
(St. Nektarios: was a Greek, a devoted Orthodox Bishop, who was called the wonder worker as a result of his devoted Christian life. He was a Bishop of Pentapolis, Egypt).
(St. Gennadius, an abbot of Vatopedi, Mt. Athos. He was witness to the wonderful multiplication of olive oil in the empty vessels placed before the Mother of God. Mount Athos is in Macedonia, Greece, home to about twenty Orthodox monasteries. Even today only monks are allowed to live on Athos).
(St. Silwanos: one of the seventy devoted apostles, who contributed mightily to the cause of Christianity. Silvanos who is mentioned in the New Testament in 1 Peter 5.12 which reads "By Silvanos, a faithful brother .).
(St. Maximos: a venerated saint in Eastern Orthodoxy is known as the Confessor of the true Orthodox faith and the greatest defender of Orthodoxy, a monk and the abbot of a monastery in Constantinople).
(St. Cleopas: The Apostle Cleopas or Cleopos appears in Luke 24:13-27, as one of two disciples walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus. This occurs two days after the crucifixion, on the day of Jesus' resurrection. The two have heard the tomb of Jesus was found empty earlier that day. They are discussing the events of the past few days, when a stranger asks them what they are discussing. "Their eyes were kept from recognizing him." He soon rebukes them for their unbelief and gives them a Bible study on prophecies about the Messiah. They ask the stranger to join them for the evening meal. When he breaks the bread "their eyes were opened" and they recognize him as the resurrected Jesus).
(St. Onesiphorus: Onesiphorus means bringing profit. According to tradition, Onesiphorus went to Spain in the footsteps of St. Paul and then suffered martyrdom on the Hellespont, under Emperor Domitian. They were tied to wild horses and torn to pieces. Onesiphorus was mentioned in St. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy, "may the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me; he was not ashamed of my chains but when he arrived in Rome, he searched for me eagerly and from me ..May the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that Day.
Onesiphorus - A Bishop of Cyrene was named Onesiphorus).
(St. Demetrios: A Greek Orthodox saint was born in Thesaloniki in Greece and was a high ranking officer in Roman army but he considered himself a soldier of Christ first and a military soldier second. He spent most of his time as a devout missionary, preaching the Gospel at secret meetings and converting pagans to the Christian faith. At one of these meetings, he was captured and placed in front of the Emperor Maximian, who wanted to learn the truth about the conversions. Saint Demetrios proclaimed his faith by saying: "...only in Christ do I believe." He was tortured and put to death. It is believed from his tomb a beautiful scent emanated and he was named Mirovlitis or "The Myrrh Gusher").
(St. Methodius: A Saint in Eastern Orthodox Church. Cyril and Methodius were two Greek brothers born in Thessaloniki in Greece in the 9th century. They became missionaries of Christianity. Both brothers are venerated in the Eastern Orthodox Church as saints with the title of "Equals to the Apostles"- O Cyril and Methodios, inspired by God, by your life you became equal to the Apostles).
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