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Vicar Message - St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church
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Vicar Message

 

From the Vicar’s Desk…

 

Dearly beloved in Christ,

Greetings to you all in the matchless name of our resurrected Lord Jesus Christ.

Holy week is the week between Palm Sunday and Easter. it is also the last week of Lent. Holy week is observed with special solemnity as a time of devotion to the Passion of Jesus Christ. This week is also called ‘Great week’ because, great deeds were dome by God during this week. Holy week officially starts  with Palm Sunday. It is the celebration of the arrival of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem prior to his crucifixion. Holy week includes Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. Maundy Thursday  commemorates the foot washing  and last supper of Jesus Christ with His disciples. During this week we meditate upon the death of the Christ on the Cross. Cross is the word through which God has responded to evil in the world. Fulton J Sheen said ” Unless there is a Good Friday in your life, there will be no Easter Sunday. The famous Bible scholar ‘Ravi Zacharias said that, “outside the cross of Jesus Christ, There is no hope in the world. That cross and resurrection at the core of the Gospel is the only hope for humanity”. Cross is an expression of divine sacrifice of Christ for me and you. Cross is the place where heaven’s love and heaven’s justice meet.
The resurrection of Jesus is essentially the foundation upon which the Christian faith is built. Easter meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal and new life. The first Easter conveyed two great messages to this world that life never ends and love never dies. The resurrection of Christ is the fundamental faith of the church. St. Paul rightly said “If Christ has not been raised from dead, you faith is futile” (1 Cor. 15:17). Christ himself made this claim. He said, “I am the life and the resurrection”(Jn. 11:25). What has happened through resurrection? We are adopted into God’s family. Our old status lies in His tomb and a new status is achieved through resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus changes the face of death for his people. Death is no longer a prison but passage into God’s presence. Let the lent and holy week enlighten our vision of God’s marvelous plan for this earth and love towards the entire creation.

Month of April is the beginning of a new accounting year. Office bearers of the New Year, both the parish and organizations are getting ready to take on their respective duties. I tale this time to appreciate the outgoing office bearers for their commendable services. May God almighty strengthen the new office bearers to carry out their duties with utmost faithfulness. May Almighty God bless us all abundantly.

At this moment I would like to thank God, for enabling me to do His service to this parish for the past 33 months. I extent my deep gratitude to each and every family for your support and prayer throughout this duration. On behalf of me and my family I would like to thank each one of you for your services extended to my family. Rev. Eapen Varghese is the new vicar assigned to this parish. Kindly extend your whole hearted support to Achen and family.

Here’s to hoping this Easter brings your family health, happiness and lots of love.

Yours in Christ

Solomonachen


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