108th Anniversary - November 2, 2010
November 2, 2002 was the 100th anniversary of the death (Dhukrono) of Parumala Thirumeni,
the saint of Indian Orthodox Church. To commemorate this occasion, we present the following
tribute to Thirumeni. Read about Parumala Thirumeni, look at photos of thirumeni and Praumala
Church, etc. in our
Parumala Thirumeni website.
News of Interest
Malankara World Inaugurated on
Christmas Day 2010
One of the most ambitious projects
undertaken on behalf of the church, viz.,
Malankara World, was
inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Mathew Karuthalakal, Vicar of St. Mary's
Jacobite Church, Detroit and a member of the Diocesan Council of the
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church in North America.
Fr. Mathew had praised the founders of the
Malankara World for the hard
work and dedication tot he project. He said that when
reaches its full potential, estimated in about 3-5 years, it will make a
major difference for our church. The primary objective of Malankara
World is to keep people connected. This is especially needed in smaller
places like Cleveland where not enough faithful are available to form a
full church. Through
Malankara World, the church can reach and serve all
A leadership team consisting of the most
well known priests and laity from all over the world has been assembled
Malankara World to the next level. If you haven't visited
Malankara World, please do so now. It is constantly updated. So, new
information is added daily.
Malankara World is a service of
St. Basil's Syriac Orthodox Church
Sunday, Nov 8, 2009 is listed as Hoodosh
Etho in the Church Lectionary. It is the day for dedication of the
church. The previous Sunday is known as Koodosh Etho - it is the day for
purification. It was only appropriate that on the day officially
designated for dedication of church, we have a dedicated a new church
St. Basil's Syriac Orthodox Church in Cleveland to cater to all the
people who believe in Christian faith. The church will be known as
Baselios Church and was dedicated in the name of St. Yeldho Mar Baselios
who is entombed in Kothamangalam Cheria pally. Interestingly, Baselios
Church is the cheria pally in Cleveland. The valia pally honor goes to
St. Gregorios. And we are very happy to stay as the "cheria pally."
SOCM Forum News - Tuesday, Nov 10,
St Basil's Syriac Orthodox Church,
Mon Nov 9, 2009 10:38 am
The prayers of Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Christian Community in
Cleveland, Ohio came to fruition with the inaugural service of St
Basil's Syriac Orthodox Church, Cleveland on 8th November 2009 by Rev.
Fr. Roy Paul, Vettickattil with the Kalpana by His Eminence Archbishop
Mor Titus Yeldho Pathickal, the Archbishop of Malankara Arch Diocese of
the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America.
The new Church will be operating out of
the facilities of Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ Church, 14660 Alexander
Road, Walton Hills, Ohio 44146 till the Church establish it's own
Dr. Jacob Mathew 330-656-3264
Robin Roy 216-941-9656
A Sermon given by HG Dr. Mathews Mar Severios - April 27,
Inviting Jesus To Our Hearts
Sermon by Fr. Daniel Thomas on Easter 2000.
Recollections of Retreat 99
conducted by Paul Remban, Mylapra Retreat Center
The Full Set of 3 sermons
preached by Fr. Joseph:
Being Prepared to Meet God
Sermon 2: Being Prepared for God Part II: Three
Sins that Keep Us Away from God
Sermon 3: How To Attain The Kingdom of God: God can do
what men cant!
mini sermons and articles
Words You Speak can Make or Break Us
As we all know the Bible teaches us in many places how we must treat our fellow
human being with dignity and respect. One of the main God-given gifts
that separates man from beast is the ability to speak. However, words
can build a person, or if misused, destroy him!
It can sometimes be
difficult to stop ourselves from sharing some juicy gossip, or pointing
out someone's flaws, etc. The Bible teaches us, however, that by
practicing restraint in this area and speaking with holiness, we build
our spiritual muscles. Not only do we make ourselves better people, we
make the world a better place.
Don't Just Communicate, Explain
Good communicators know they need to use energy and enthusiasm to persuade their audience. Great communicators know they also need to explain what all the excitement is about. Next time you need to share something important, be sure you convey enthusiasm, but also clearly explain what is at stake and answer the question "What does it mean?" Lay out what the issue, initiative, or problem is — and be clear about what it isn't. Use metaphors only if they are helpful to your point and share details that support your claims. Then, define what you want people to do by establishing clear expectations.
Don't lose or confuse your audience with too many details, though — save those for written communications.
Source: "Great Communicators Are Great Explainers" by John Baldoni
Harvard Business School
Why Bad Things Happen to Me?
In 2007, a 23-year-old Baltimore
man slipped on a patch of ice and broke his wrist. This young man is a
professional swimmer. And the cast on his wrist kept him out of the water
for two months.
His dreams of Olympic gold medals seemed out of reach. He was devastated.
By anyone's standards, the broken wrist sounds like a bad thing. A setback.
A stumbling block.
But this young man was dedicated. He didn't want his years of training to
fall completely by the wayside. So he spent hours using a kickboard, kicking
in the pool.
Turns out, all that kicking strengthened his legs. When his wrist had healed
and he was back in the water, the swimmer used his extra-powerful legs to
beat an opponent by a hundredth of a second.
You may have already guessed that I'm talking about Olympic champion Michael
Phelps. That race - which he won by such a narrow margin - landed him a
seventh gold medal in the Beijing Olympic Games.
As you can see, a terrible obstacle turned out to be an incredible benefit
Perhaps it was even the deciding factor in his incredible Olympic win.
Good Thing, Bad Thing, Who Knows?
It is human nature to go around labeling events as "good things" or "bad
things." But - as is clear from the story about Michael Phelps - it is
entirely possible that "bad things" are actually "good things" and vice
If you can simply remove the labels from the events in your life… you can
save yourself from an enormous amount of worry and heartache.
Of course, we learned how to label "good things" and "bad things" years ago.
Today, it is probably an unconscious action.
Knowing how to transform "bad things" into "good things" is one of the keys
to Spiritual Power.
(Excerpted from an article by Dr. Srikumar Rao)
Articles of Interest
to Cope with wavering thoughts
Poem: With Jesus
Resolve the Conflict
Hear the words of Jesus
Trials Will Come
It's Fun to Know: Frankincense and Myrrh
Christmas message of Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius
Zakka I Iwas
Christmas message from Catholicose Aboon Mor
Baselious Thomas I
Christmas Greetings from Rev. Fr. Philip Jacob
Nativity Sermon by St. Isaac the Syrian
Christmas Meditation: ABBA
Why did Jesus squeeze himself into the womb of Mother Mary to take birth
as a baby? Couldn't He just appear in the world as a grown up figure and
execute His Works?
Thoughts for the Season
Let us see in Jesus, a role model, a significant other. Let us not
deviate from God even in our youth. Let us meditate on `CHRIST'
during this season and all through our life in this world, for there
is none other name under heaven given among men, where by we must be
Where the Mind is Without Fear
A vision for the
Holy Qurbana Mystery
The altar of incense is the place where saints present their prayers and
praises; and it is delightful to think of it as sprinkled with the blood
of the great sacrifice. This is which makes all our worship acceptable
with Jehovah: He sees the blood of His own Son and therefore accepts our
The zeal for thy house has consumed me
The author takes a
critical look at the worship practices employed in Indian Orthodox
conversion was not a change of religion; it was a change of heart
A testimony by Anand Mahadevan, Editor of Outlook Business
The world would call me a convert to Christianity. I have no problems
with that, though I see my faith more as a relationship with God through
Jesus Christ than as a religion. And for the record, I can truthfully
claim that no one financially induced or threatened or deceived me into
converting to Christianity.
Worship the Lord with Praise
We should pray to God to communicate with Him and to open ourselves to
the profound grace and glory of God. What more can we ever get out of
it. Or what else do we need ?. After all, to be in God is the utmost
thing in our life -- something that all saints and sinners hope for. The
joy in God, overflows in praise and worship – wherever you may be,
whatever you may be doing, God is with us. In our times of trouble or
joy, try to take the time to communicate with God.
Five Senses of Soul
From Philokalia: Volume-4, Nikita Sithatos, lesson 10
Just as in the body there are five senses so in the soul there are five senses
The Parable of the Carpenter
A great story with a great spiritual lesson.
Psalm 23 Devotional
A look at psalm 23 in
the context of other passages from the bible.
Mother Is Still Here: An Interview With Sister
It has been a decade since Kolkata's
“Saint of Gutters”, Mother Teresa went home to God. But Missionaries of
Charity, the order established by Mother in 1950, still continues to
feel her divine presence around. The moment one enters the premises of
Mother's House, one is overwhelmed by a
feeling of warmth, peace and serenity like one has never experienced
Why do Christians say, "God is good"? Because He
Why do people believe God is a bad God? Due to famines, wars, shootings
and violence that take place every day in this world, many assume that
God must be bad. They think He is allowing these events as punishment.
They believe we anger Him so He sends down tornadoes, hurricanes and
every bad thing to strike us.
The Obedience of Faith
You can see throughout the Bible where ordinary people did extraordinary
things. The one major difference between them and everybody else is that
they did something with what they had received from the Lord. They
heard, faith came, they acted, and out of their obedience to faith,
God's divine will was manifested upon the earth.
Grace is a Powerful Word
Grace is full of God’s love. That’s grace, amazing grace – a beautiful word.
Canonization of Sister Alphonsa: In Times of
Strife a Woman Saint Brings Cheer
Sister Alphonsa will become India's first woman saint when she is
canonised by Pope Benedict at a special ceremony at the Vatican on
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Strange Strategy of God
In my childhood, God the Father was for me a bearded old man and God the
son, a handsome Jesus. The Holy Spirit was a mysterious dove sending
rays of light from its beak, in an upside down position over the Father
and the Son. They were up there in heaven, watching over me and noting
my actions in a book. Susan Eapen describes her spiritual awakening in a
moving article presented here in 8 parts.
Part 1 |
Part 2 |
Part 3 |
Part 4 |
Part 5 |
Part 6 |
Prayer is the intimate relationship
between man and God. To be more precise, prayer happens when our spirit
interacts with the Spirit of God. Prayer can be loud, silent, occasional
Mariam Yeldos Aloho
Multiplicity of names,
absence of clear identification to discern relationship between each of
them and translation errors have contributed lot of confusion and gave
room for many erroneous interpretations concerning blessed Mary, the
mother of God.
we loosing our Older Generation also along with our Younger Generation?
People once considered the priests as holy men. Now when we see that
the priesthood is no better than the political caucuses, are the
people to be blamed for loosing faith? When it is this kind of priest
who performs the sacraments, then how can they believe?
house cannot stand
Without Satan's involvement no family could be broken. In other words,
behind every break-up of family, husband and wife, there is Satan.
Whatever twisted arguments and reasons one can
give; in reality, aren't all these fights in the church just for a few
buildings only? Is it worth fighting for them for this length of time,
at the cost of possibly thousands of 'crores' over the years?
More articles and Sermons
Quotes, Thought of the Day
"I will never leave nor forsake you.
Be strong and courageous...Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged,
for the Lord your God will be with where ever you go...No one will be
able to stand up against you all the days of your life".
(Joshua 1:5,7, 9)
"Do not be
afraid of them...for I am with you and will rescue you. They will fight
against you, but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will
"Start by doing what's necessary; then do
what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
St. Francis of Assisi
An American would call a Russian his
biggest enemy. A Pakistani would say his greatest enemy would be an Indian.
But a Malayalee's biggest enemy will be another Malayalee!! We just cannot
see another Malayalee being better than us. It is there in our blood!!
Dr. Nigel Kuriakose, Mangalore (ICON)
I found that my main sin was that I had
not given God the place and respect due to Him. I was willing to attend any
meeting called for by our Boss in time, but I had not been willing to attend
the call of the Church Bells. I found that this sin of mine surpassed the
rest. God gave me 24X7 hours, money, health, children, but I respected my
General Manager more than I respected God who died on a Cross for me. I
realized the hollowness of my faith. I realized that I was a worm. It was
like the prodigal realizing that he lived among pigs. I was humbled.
It is not the material things in life that
will bring you more joy. Just look around us. The greatest pleasures in life
are absolutely free.
Just for openers, think about love; marriage;
families; friends; children; grandchildren; sunsets, sunrises, moonlight
nights, twinkling stars; little babies; the gifts of touch, taste, smell,
hearing, eyesight; good health; flowers; lakes; clouds; sex; the ability to
make choices; and even life itself. These are all free.
James Hunter, The Servant
Remember that we
are all weak and are very easily overcome by passions. Therefore be meek
and patient to those who sin against you, knowing that you yourself
often suffer from the same infirmity as your brother. Forgive those who
trespass against you, so that God may forgive your trespasses
incomparably greater than the trespasses of others against you. Always
be calm, patient, kind-hearted, unsuspicious, and firm, and you will
always triumph over your enemies.
Fr. John of Kronstadt, Spiritual Counsels
More Quotes, Thoughts of Day
Useful Bible Verses To Read When You are Worried
Video Resources online that are of interest
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