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Parish Updates – Jan 10 to Jan 17

January 10, 2009 Leave a comment

The Baptism of Christ is celebrated in our Church on January 6.  We will be conducting special services on this Sunday (11 January 2009) to commemorate the event.

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Parish Updates

1. Thanks to all the youth who participated with removing all the items from the Sanctuary and upper hall on Sunday .

2. Thanks to Mr. Joby Varghese and Mr. Lijo John for completing the painting of the parsonage this past Thursday.

3. Due to the construction work in the Sanctuary, the Holy Liturgy will take place in the Upper Hall on Sunday (11 January 2009).

4. Special services will be conducted on Sunday, 11 January to commemorate the Baptism of Christ (Dhanaha) (which was on Jan 6).

5. Sunday School Midterm Exams will be held on January 29, 2009 after the Holy Liturgy.

Church Days

Jan 11- 1st Sunday after Danaha
Jan 15 – St. Mary’s Festival for Seeds

Thanks to Mr. Joykutty Detroit for the Orthodox Sabha Panchamgam.

Diocese Events
1. MGOCSM Winter Show on 10 Jan 2009 in Philadelphia at the St. Thomas (Unrah) – has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The event will be resceduled.

2. The Annual Family & Youth Conference will be held on July 15 to July 18,2009.  For more information, visit the Family Conference Web site.

3. Missions Trip – MGOCSM wants you to serve on the Missions Trip for Summer 2009.  You must be 18 and over to participate. For more information, please contact Asha at OR Anoop Thomas at

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Oath of the Koonan Cross – January 3

January 3, 2009 Leave a comment

Jan 3 is a significant day for our Church. Its when the Oath of the Koonan Cross occurred.  Keralite Christians rebel against the Portuguese invaders who wanted them to give allegiance to Roman Pope.

Our Church is founded by St. Thomas, one of the 12 Apostles of Christ, who came to India in AD 52.

When the trade routes opened to Kerala, it opened up to religious groups to come to India to convert.

The Portuguese tried to convert Kerala Christians to Roman Catholicism. The faithful objected that move. During that time, they heard that a body of a bishop who came from Persia (Antioch) was floating in the coastal waters of the city of Cochin. Hundreds and thousands of people gathered near Mattancheri and made a solemn decision to defend their faith.

They tied a large rope from the stone Cross in Mattancheri and holding the rope and they vowed to defend the faith of their Fathers and to prevent any interference from external forces. It became a historic event in the history of the Malankara Church.

More information:

History of Kerala – provided by Kerala Government

“The Indian Christian community in Malabar, however, continued to follow the Syrian version. In 1498, the Portuguese came to India, bringing with them the tenets of the RC Church. While they were happy to find an indigenous Christian community in Malabar, the Portuguese were determined to remove the influence of the Patriarch of Antioch from the Indian Church and wanted the Indian Christians to transfer their allegiance to the Pope in Rome. This caused frequent strife between the Portuguese and the Indian Christian community in Malabar. Finally, in 1599 AD, Archbishop Menezes of Goa, as the representative of the Pope in India, decided, that the main cause of the obstinacy of the Indian Christians was their interpretation of the Bible, with its differences from the RC version. So he thought the ‘Syrian Aramaic Bible’ must be destroyed.”


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