REV. ANISH THOMAS THOMAS
FROM THE DESK OF THE VICAR
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and en- ficed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”(James !:12-15)
Dearly Beloved in Christ,
Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
As we all know world is going through a pandemic age and human beings are struggling to overcome this issue. This is a
new experience for all of us. The Churches are closed, and we can’t feel the prayers and the liturgy. This may be the first time in our lives that the Holy week, Passover, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, we all are spending me in our home only without going to Church. In this situation churches all over the world are wrestling with this reality and trying to rediscover what it means to be the body of Christ in a context where we are forced to stay at home practicing social distancing.
Theological fields are trying to develop a new theology in the context of Pandemic. Theologians have different opinion regarding this issue. Some of them argue that without Eucharist Church can’t existence. They are not accepting television broadcasting.
Dr. Mark Roosien, in his article “Fasting from Communion in a Pandemic,” offers a profound theological explanation. “At this time of pandemic, deprivation from Christ’s Body and Blood can help us remember how God has joined in solidarity with us in our human condition. Jesus knew divine absence. On the cross, He cried out,” My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Staying home from church and abstaining from Communion may be a necessary sacrifice for the good of the other”. So, in this Holy week we can also take some efforts for goodness of others.
In this difficult me, we can pray to God for His mercy. During this time, let us pray for all those who work in the medical field day and night throughout these days. Likewise let’s pray for all the rulers worldwide to provide them wisdom in taking wise and apt decisions.
As a Christos family we all are also going through this difficult situation. Church will remain closed till 30th April 2020. All services and prayers will be conducted alternatively online. Request everybody’s prayerful participation. Wish that everybody stays safe at their respective places and pray for each other. Trust and hope we shall overcome this situation. Stay safe and stay healthy.
Rev. Anish Thomas Thomas Vicar
Rev. Anish Thomas Thomas
CHRISTOS MAR THOMA CHURCH
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