dear respected and blessed,
my humble greetings to all.
by the grace of God i could make another pilgrimage to
'God's own country' our homeland recently. i was so
pleased to see the swelled gathering in every church,
i visited for holy querbana on sundays. every where i
had to remain as an 'out standing' attender. the
courtsy of our faithfuls towards the new attandants
was so warm as they didnot want to happen to them any
harm inside the church. every where the services were
so colourful, harmonius and pleasing to auditon.
PRAISE TO THE LORD.
in one church i was sitting on the ground outside to
listen the sermon. it was so thought provoking to me.
the sermon was on the 'vajanippu to mary'. achan with
every strong word discribed the pregnancy as illegal
hence punishable. the greatness of St.Mary was that
she accepted the above blame for God's sake.i was
listening such words against Holy Mother in an
orthodox church for the first time. Mary asked Angel
how can it happen as she had no contact with a male.
the reply was 'the Power of Holy Spirit will come on
her'. our holy fathers explained it as incarnation of
WORD. they discribed it ' karnathal avane
kaikonduthare peri...........' therefore it could not
be a natural pregnancy. St Mary nurtured the
incarnated WORD in her virgin uterus to complete the
gestation period and allowed the full grown infant to
come out without damaging her 'kanya mudhra' it is a
mystery to the world. therefore, Mary became the most
blessed in the world. i felt very sorry to listen such
dishonouring words on mother of God. was it owing to
the compromise to the learned protastant schollar's
i would appreciate knowing more about our church's
view on this with out accusing St.Mary -Yeldod Alho.
Dr.P George K John
Dubai, St.Thomas orthodox Syrian Church