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From the Vicars Desk

Rev. Fr. Jacob Thomas
Tel/Fax: 24312064,
6694 2888  
Email : vicar@iocq8.org

November starts with the (Kudos Edhto) Sanctification of the Church, indicates a fresh start of  a new season, which will continue till the Easter.

The Sunday that comes on or after October 30th is called Kudos Edhto  or Sanctification of Church. It is the beginning of the Orthodox Church calendar, where the first and the foremost happening is the sanctification of the Church and its constituents. i.e. that’s us. First of all we need to know what the Church is and why it should be sanctified. Church, according to St. Paul, is the ‘Body of Christ’. Church is also called the ‘temple of God’. This Church belongs to God. A temple is the abode of God and therefore it must be holy. Here St. Paul reminds us all that individual believers and the collective body of believers is the members of Christ’s body. We give due regards to our place of worship. It must be clean. As group or individuals this cleanliness has to be spiritual, physical, moral and ethical. This is a God-given requirement: “You shall be holy; for I the Lord your God am holy”. “Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy; for I am the Lord your God. Keep my statutes, and do them; I am the Lord who sanctifies you”. We have to maintain that sanctified status by following the word of God in our individual and collective responsibilities. In other words, we have to follow a sanctified behavior pattern. It is not merely our adherence to a faith that matters but our new behavior.

If we trace back the history we will find that God's usual modus operandi is to sanctify common things for his redemptive purposes, rather than to employ perfect heavenly things. He sanctified common coats of skin to cover Adam and Eve's nakedness. He sanctified a common man, Abram of Ur, in order to make a great nation. He sanctified a common bush in the Sinai desert from which to commission a man to lead Israel out of bondage. Moses stood on "holy ground" on a "holy mountain". God made Jerusalem a "holy city". In dramatic fashion, God sanctified the common womb of a common virgin girl by which to incarnate his Son. God's presence was with her. Jesus sanctified the world by his presence, "tabernacling" with us. 

As the season embarks it has a special significance for this parish as we commemorate the Feast of our Patron Saint, St. Gregorios of Parumala who has given all round dimension of the spiritual fervor, what humanity is all about. He has led his life and given us an example of how one has to sanctify his life. Let us overcome all our inadequacies in our life and move to a direction where our body, mind and soul can be sanctified. Let his intercession be a strong hold for us.

As we embark on a pilgrimage, the  10th Remembrance Year of H. G. Dr. Stephanos Mar Theodosios of Blessed Memory, the first Metropolitan of Calcutta Diocese, who will always intercede for us. A character full of self-effacement and humbleness has shown to the world what impartial human labor is. Always had this Parish in his journey for making our Diocese as what we see today.

May their prayers be a stronghold and fortress for us in the days to come.

Dr.  Zacharias Mar Theophilos of Blessed memory who was with us, last year during this time, reached eternal glory. He was known to be a messiah of the poor and the down trodden. Saw poverty and crunches very closely as the Bishop of the Malabar Diocese. We bow our heads before this great person to be our mediator in the presence of God. May his soul find rest and peace from the labor of the earth . 

Let this embankment journey starting from Kudos Edtho (Qddosh Eetho) Season be a renewed blessing to all the Parishes. May our body be sanctified and our hearts renewed as Manger to receive birth of our Savior and Lord. May Almighty God bless us all. 

Jacob Thomas Achen

 

St.Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church Maha Edavaka
P.O.Box. 80, Safat - 13001, Kuwait.

Tel/Fax: 24312064,
6694 2888  
Email : vicar@iocq8.org