REV. ANISH THOMAS THOMAS
FROM THE DESK OF THE VICAR
"Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceit-ed, provoking and envying each other". (Galatians 5:24-26)
Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
We are entering third month of the new year, let us thank God for all his providence and guidance. Last month Maramon convention went through successfully. Next year will be the 125th session of the Maramon Convention as members of the Mar Thoma church we have to start our prayer for the blessings of the 125th session of the Convention. This year as we all know the time schedule of the convention was changed. Evening conventions included all people. That was a very wise decision from our Synod. World Mar Thoma Women's meet went well at Maramon. Few members from our church also attended this meeting.
We are entering in to the period of Great Lent season. As a church, these days, we must meditate upon His fast and passion. Lent
is a period of 50 days. For many people it commemorates Jesus' fasting in the wilderness plus the 10 days of His passion. This year great lent is starting on March 3rd Sunday. As in previous years we are con-ducting lent prayers at houses and in church too. Those who are inter-est these prayers please do let us know as early as possible. Self-denial is the main thrust of His passion, as a church we must meditate upon us for the self-denial. Those who are planning to take lent please prepare yourself and take this as a serious discipline. When we meditate in this Lent by "giving up certain things" as a part of prayer and fasting, we should set apart a portion of these for some charity works and for helping some in need. During this lent time, we should be more conscious about denial of worldly things and make our lives a Christ centered life.
May God Bless You All
Your's in Christ
Rev. Anish Thomas Thomas
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