Fw: [IOIF] 2002 Lenten Message of His Holiness the Catholicos of the East
- Dear Members,
See this letter from kottayam catholicose
He calls himself Malankara Metropolitan.Then why association?
Can't he wait till association is over.This shows their real motives.
Now they are writting in our forum and try to confuse
our memebrs also.We are fighting Satan and his army..
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2002 6:34 PM
Subject: [IOIF] 2002 Lenten Message of His Holiness the Catholicos of the
> In the Name of the Holy and Glorious Triune God,
> Self-Existent, Eternal and Perfect in Substance!
> [May He be praised], Amen.
> Baselius Mar Thoma Mathews II,
> By God's Grace and Mercies, Catholicos of the East
> And Metropolitan of Malankara;
> Seated on the Apostolic Throne of St. Thomas,
> The Apostle of India
> Grace and Mercies be upon all that listen to these words, Clergy and
> gathered together!
> Beloved in Christ:
> The Great Lent, which provides spiritual life and vitality, begins this
> on Monday February 11. Our Lord has shown that by His great example. May
> lent be a blessing to all of you and our Church as a whole.
> Our Lord prepared himself for his public ministry with forty days of being
> alone with God in fasting and prayer. The Apostles and the Holy Fathers of
> the Church were glorified by prayer and fasting. We need to arm ourselves
> with fasting and prayer in order fight and defeat the evil forces, to
> the fruits of the Spirit in us and be renewed in our spiritual and social
> life. Fasting, prayer and participation in the life giving Body and Blood
> our Lord are the means given by the Lord and His Church for our spiritual
> sustenance and growth. The Early Church Fathers have described 'fasting
> prayer' as the heavenly way of life and 'the means to attack hades.
> Presenting ourselves -- our body, mind and spirit in God's presence
> fasting and prayer will reward with the heavenly experience of joy and
> May we enter the Great Lent this year for these blessings!
> However, for some Lent is a time of starvation. Depriving oneself of food
> and drinks is not fasting. During lent, we should find time for more
> prayer, soul searching and repentance in addition to fasting from food.
> Fight for justice. Live Godly and do kindly activities. May our fasting be
> an offering of sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving? Flee from all
> uncleanness. Give to the poor everything that you save by fasting.
> Lent began in the Garden of Eden with the prohibition, "And the Lord God
> commanded the man, saying, You may freely eat of every tree of the garden;
> But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and blessing and
> you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely
> [Genesis 2:16-17] The Old Testament means of learning to control oneself
> seen here. The forty days of fasting of Moses and Elijah, the three days
> fasting of Esther and the Jewish people and the three days fasting of the
> Ninevites are all Old Testament examples of fasting and prayer. In the New
> Testament our Lord has given us his own example. Jesus also taught us that
> "this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting." [Matthew 17:21]
> Therefore, Dearly Beloved Children:
> Let us observe the lent this year from the very first day to the Glorious
> Resurrection of our Lord on Easter Sunday. Everyone in our Church should
> renew himself by observing this lent. Make your confession and participate
> in the life-giving Body and precious blood of our Lord in the Eucharist.
> Let us thus worthily participate in the Blessed Resurrection. Pray
> earnestly for the establishment of lasting peace and unity in our Church.
> Beloved of the Lord:
> We earnestly desire peace in our Church. The Supreme Court decision of
> and later is to be executed. We have an advisor appointed by the Supreme
> Court to help and expedite the process. With his help. We are convening
> Malankara Association on March 20, 2002 in Parumala. Pray for its
> and just outcome so that our Church may enjoy peace and harmony. May the
> Association be a means to establish lasting peace in the Church? We want
> remind you of the importance and relevance of the Lent because these
> are taking place during the Great Lent.
> May the grace and blessings of Almighty God increase in you through the
> prayers of the Mother of God, and the Patron saint of India and our great
> intercessor, St. Thomas the Apostle and all the saints.
> Our Father, who is in heaven---
> Baselius Mar Thoma Mathews II
> January 15, 2002
> Catholicate Aramana, Kottayam, Kerala, India
> Moderators' Note:
> We thank Fr. Dr. Mathew C. Chacko for translating the original message in
Malayalam and forwarding it to us.
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