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Friday, February 28, 2014

Most Rev.Dr. Kurien Kaniamparambil

മലങ്കര സഭയുടെ എഴുത്തച്ഛന്‍ - കൂറോസോ ദശ്‌റോറോ ഡോ.കുരൃന്‍ കണിയാം പറമ്പില്‍ ആര്‍ച്ച്‌ കോര്‍  എപ്പിസ്‌കോപ്പ അച്ചന്‌ ജന്മദിനാശംസകള്‍.....

Most Rev.Dr. Kurien Kaniamparambil 


ARCH COREPISCOPO Most Rev.Dr. Kurien Kaniamparambil, who turned 102  on 27th February 2014, is a living legend.His academic contributions in various domains of the Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, and the spiritual thoughts that he expounded from the depth of his heart is unparalleled in the history of the church.

He is one among the very few living authorities of Syriac, ‘the language spoken by Our Lord’.

He is a shining star of the Universal Syrian Church,and equally loved by the Patriarchs, the Catholicose's and the prelates. He is not only a Friend and guide to the clergy and laity but also a Loving and devoted husband, affectionate father and grand & great grand father.

He has been a pillar of Jacobite Syrian Christians of Malankara (India) for the last seventy years.His greatest achievement in life is the translation of the complete Holy Bible, from ancient Pshitho Syriac text to Malayalam for the very first time. It was released in August 1994.

Our Most revered Ressh Corepiscopo is God’s gift to India, particularly to the Syrian Orthodox Church and to all the lovers of Syriac heritage. His literary works has built up a lasting legacy to all those who want to familiarize themselves with the study of Syriac language, history of Syriac Churches and the biblical traditions of the Churches of Syriac heritage. The Syriac scholars and the Heads of Syriac Churches have shown a great apprecia immensetion for his literary services and achievements.

In recognition of his contribution to the Holy Church and the Syriac language and the Malayalam literature,the Supreme head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, H.H. Ignatius Zakka-I Iwas, elevated him  to the position of REESH EPISCOPO (ARCH EPISCOPO),

At the grand function held on Saturday 25th February 2012 at the Syrian Church headquarters of India at Puthencuriz, Kochi, His Holiness also conferred on him the title MTARGMONO D EETHO and awarded the ST. IGNATIUS MEDAL and CERTIFICATE to the Very Rev. Curien Kaniamparambil.

The Church presented him a STAFF & CROSIER, (used only by the Metropolitans of the Holy Church, The Catholicos and the primate of the Syriac Christian Church in India)

These decorations and awards were given to Most Reverend Curien Kaniamparambil,by His Beatitude Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas-I on behalf of His Holiness the Patriarch in the presence of the Malankara Synod secretary Mor Gregorios Joseph, Metropolitans, clergy and dignified guests.

This is the first time a married priest is elevated to the position of ARCH COREPISCOPO, thereby recognizing his incomparable contributions in the last 70 years.

PATRIARCH MORAN MOR IGNATIUS ZAKKA I IWAS

PATRIARCH OF ANTIOCH AND ALL THE EAST
Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church
122nd successor of St. Peter in the Apostolic See of Antioch


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Fresh start


FRESH START

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect 
in weakness. 2 Cor. 12:9



Friday, February 21, 2014

Our True Nature

Our True Nature

“The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race.  From his throne he observes all who live on the earth.  He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do.”  Psalm 33.13-15 (NLT)

The other day I saw a bus that looked perfectly normal until it turned the corner. I was surprised to find that one side has been completely ripped off! 
Have you ever wondered that most people are like that bus?  While we have a good side to project for all around us to see, there is also a very dark side that we consciously hide from others.
We can see such a person in Mathew chapter 19, where a young man comes to Jesus wanting to learn how he could attain eternal life. When Jesus tells him he must obey the commandments, he proudly tells Jesus that he has obeyed and practiced all of them since his childhood. He was showing of his good side to Jesus.
He then asks Jesus what else he must do. Jesus then exposes the dark side of his heart and advises him, “. . . go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me.”  (Mt. 19:20-22)
Projecting only our good sides comes very naturally to us, but we have to remember that God can see our inside out, and we cannot hide our dark nature from Him. But when we pray asking Him to show us our own “dark natures,” and meditate on the saving grace that Jesus can offer us, and present all our sinful nature to Him, our Lord will work on us and we are sure to witness the progress in our lives. let us remember that Jesus can change our entire self both the good and the bad. While this process of change can be a big challenge and will be a big struggle that cause us great pain, very soon the beauty of our nature will be exposed.
Are we willing to surrender our heart to Jesus and allow Him to work on us and bring out a beautiful nature in us?

Monday, February 17, 2014

Do we find the Sunday worship tiresome ?

Do we find the Sunday worship tiresome ?

Are we one of those who find Holy Qurbana (worship) on Sunday morning to be dull and tiresome?

Are we one of those who spend the service thinking about all those things we could have done if we were not at the church?

It is not late to repent for those times we have not devoted proper attention to the Lord in worship.

Let us remember that He is truly present in our midst when we gather together.

"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”(Matt. 18:20) So let this be our motivation to delight in Him in the presence of His people.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Passion of Christ is Rated R

The Passion of Christ is Rated "R" 
Tim Stevenson

The "R" of course is because of the violence, the gore.

In movie terms "R" stands for RESTRICTED

but in this movie "R" stands for RELEVANT

for REALISTIC

for it REALLY happened

for a REASON

because we were REBELLIOUS 

we needed a REDEEMER

we needed to be RECONCILED, 

we needed to be RECOVERED, 

we needed to be REGENERATED. 

Jesus needed to be REJECTED 

so that we could have a RELATIONSHIP

not just a RELIGION

The "R" is to REMIND us to REMEMBER 

what Jesus did to REMOVE our sin

to RENDER Satan powerless,

to RESCUE us from eternity in hell.

The "R" rating is to show that Jesus was RESPONSIBLE 

for giving you REST. 

As a RESULT of his death

Jesus RETIRED your debt.

The "R" rating means that some will be REPULSED

some will REFUSE to believe,

some will be RELUCTANT, 

some will think you are RIDICULOUS

in believing that a death was REQUIRED.

The "R" rating means that the RESULT of sin

has been REVERSED 

and now through faith in Christ your REWARD is eternity

and you are now RIGHTEOUS before God

because you have RECEIVED him

as the RULER of your soul.

What a REVOLUTIONARY 

and RADICAL solution

to REDEEM mankind.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Jesus came to call sinners to repentance

Jesus came to call sinners to repentance
               
I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:32 (NIV)

Those who sit in darkness get to see the light, not those who think they are in the light already. Jesus came to call sinners to repentance, not the righteous (Luke 5:32).

This does not mean that there are some who are righteous in themselves.

It means that He saves only those who confess their darkness and admit their need of His light.

Do you understand your desperate situation apart from God’s grace?

Source - Bible Gateway (Tabletalk Magazine)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

God will meets us right where we are.

God will meets us right where we are.

One of the greatest truths of the Christian faith is that God will meet us right where we are. It means that we don’t have to punish ourselves to have an appointment with him nor do we have to do anything or adhere to any set rules to please HIM or make Him love us, just because we are HIS children. Do we stop loving our children because they have done something wrong ?
The story of Naaman in the fifth chapter of 2 Kings of the Old Testament makes it clear. Naaman, who was a commander of the Aramean army had thought that Israel’s God was just like all the other god of his country. He got healed of his leprosy through the prophet Elisha. This miracle broke Naaman’s arrogance to pieces and made him realize that the Lord was the only true God.
When he went to the prophet Elisha for healing, he had expected that he would be asked to do something great, to please the God of Israel and receive his favor. But he was asked to do only something as simple as bathing in the Jordan River. We find that he was even angry at this suggestion. But we can see that this God more than cured his decease. There was also a change in his nature because Naaman vowed to worship only the Lord, and he would never again worship any other god.
This story illustrates how God who is so rich in mercy can heal us in spite of our sins and what we really are and ready to meet us right where we are.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

“Don’t be afraid. Trust me first.”

“Don’t be afraid. Trust me first.”
Source - Bible Gateway NIV Devotions

According to the locals, weather over the Sea of Galilee in Israel can be equally unpredictable. A squall can rise up at a moment’s notice, hitting with such a fury that fishermen in the area must be quick on their feet and ready for anything. At least four of Jesus’ disciples—Peter, Andrew, James and John—made their living as fishermen. Certainly they knew of Galilee’s infamous storms. Yet as Jesus slept in the ship’s bow, even these seasoned sailors panicked when the storm rose. After waking Jesus from his slumber, they pleaded, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” (Matthew 8:25). Imagine a storm so intense that even hardened fishermen cowered in fear.

Jesus responded with a rebuke: “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” (Matthew 8:26). As the disciples faced the greatest storm Galilee had ever thrown at them, Jesus expected them to trust him first. And then he calmed the storm.

Life often seems to rise up against us when we least expect it. A dark spot shows up on an X-ray. A pink slip lands on our desk at work. A quarterly report reveals a serious downturn in revenues. Suddenly our deepest fears rise to the surface. So we look to the sky and plead, “Lord, save us!”

And Jesus responds, “Don’t be afraid. Trust me first.”

The next time the turbulence of life’s trials blows into your life, remember what Jesus asks. Trust him first, no matter how overwhelming the storm appears.