P: Weak and sinful as we are let us confess and together say: Holy is the Holy Father, Holy is the Holy Son, Holy is the living and Holy Spirit (Taken from the Order of Worship for Holy Qurbana)
Dearly beloved in Christ, Usually we think that the Nicene Creed is the only faith proclamation in our worship liturgy. But we should also understand that every liturgical prayer is the affirmation and the proclamation of our Christian faith, and the Nicene Creed is only one such affirmation. The liturgical prayers were once oral proclamation (Kerygma) of the early Christians, and later these prayers were written down so that the coming generations may know the faith and belief of the Christian community from the very inception of this path. So liturgical prayers are all ‘truth affirmations of the Christian community.’
The passage that we meditate this month is one such important faith proclamation. Here the celebrant says ‘Weak and sinful as we are let us confess and together say Holy is the Holy Father, Holy is the Holy Son and Holy is the living and Holy Spirit.” For each prayer, the community affirms the proclamation by saying ‘Amen,’ meaning ‘yes’ or ‘we agree.’
Based on this portion let us meditate on the theme, “Realization of God’s holiness leads to true realization of one’s self”
Standing in the holy presence of God enables us to realize our unholy nature. Only when we realize the true self of God, we would be able to realize who we are. God is a mirror in which we see or realize our true self. The affirmation of Church as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit as holy, point to the fact that only the ‘Triune God’ is pure and holy, in which there is no darkness and sin. The Triune God is perfect in every aspect. Before the holy and all perfect God, one realizes his/her own sinful nature (Exo.3: 3-6; Lev.11.44, 45; 20.7,26 Isa 6:3-5; Lk. 5:8; Rev.1: 17). We have nothing to boast upon other than to seek God’s mercy and grace as we are sinners and fall short before His divine glorious presence (Lk. 18:9-14). The truer sight of God’s holiness leads us to the truer sight of our corruption. Psalmist says, “Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth! (Psalms 96:9). Worship leads you and me to the holiness of God. St. Peter says, “But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16).
We confess that ‘We are weak and sinful.’ Repentance is the true spirit of worship. Repentance is not only a heart broken for sin, but as we truly repent, God asks us to abandon what God has forgiven. Turning away from sin is not enough but one should also turn to God for salvation, which is only through the grace of God.
This year we enter into Holy Week (Hasha azcha) from March 29. This week is also called Passion Week. The Holy Week starts with Jesus’s triumphal entry to Jerusalem and culminates on Easter Sunday (Day of Resurrection). Here we remember the last week of Jesus Christ’s life where he reveals His Passion for the whole world by willingly taking up the cross for the redemption of our sins. On Palm Sunday we sing/say ‘Hosanna’ meaning “save us, O Lord.” God saved the world through His son Jesus Christ who died for our sins. The believing community symbolically follows Jesus on His way to the cross during this week. Passion Week is therefore a call to suffer for the cause of Jesus Christ, as Jesus suffered for us. It is in only following Jesus’ way, His passion and crucifixion, does Easter, or day of resurrection, becomes meaningful. It also signifies that resurrection of all believers in Christ at the second coming of Christ Jesus where He makes us join the heavenly feast. May God keep us in His Warm and comforting Embrace.
Rev. Shinoi Joseph
“Wishing you all a meaningful and a Blessed Easter – the Feast of feasts.” (Achen and Family)
1. Sunday school starts every Sunday at 9:00AM. 2. Little Children’s Ministry (Ages: 3 – 6) will be held on all Malayalam Holy Communion Service Sundays from 9 AM – 9:45 AM. 3. Spring Fest will be held on Saturday, April 11 from 9:30 AM to 1 PM at the church. Registration is free, and is open to all students from Pre-K to Grade 12. The theme is “Renewal of Minds” based on Ephesians 4:23-24. 4. Sunday School Final Exam will be held on Sunday, April 26, 2015.
After Easter, Edavaka Mission meetings will resumeevery Thursday at 7:30 PM. The venue of the meetings will be announced later in the church.
Mr. & Mrs.
Thomas Paul, 214-09 Hillside Ave, Queens Village
Mr. & Mrs.
Mammen Samuel, 5 Country Court, Hicksville
Mr. & Mrs.
Joseph K. Mathew, 1557 Rosser Ave. Elmont
Mrs. Shinoi Joseph, Parsonage
Edavaka Mission Activities
Thoma Voluntary Evangelist's Association was found by our late
Metropolitan Most Rev. Abraham Mar Thoma out of his strong conviction
that each Mar Thomite is an Evangelist. Evangelism
is the utmost mission of this Organization. The Parish level unit is
known as the Edavaka Mission and at the Long Island Mar Thoma Church,
New York, we give stress to the seven fold activities such as
Intercessory Prayer, Bible Study, Sharing of Experience, House Visit,
Visiting the Sick, Group Activities etc
Edavaka Mission regular
meetings are conducted every Thursday at 7.30 PM at the Church as well
as Members' houses with prior announcement at the Parish on Sundays.
Fasting Prayer meetings are conducted once every month at the members' houses either the last Saturdays or Thursdays depending upon members and Achen's
convenience with prior announcement at the Parish on Sundays.
Edavaka Mission also support various Mission projects such as sponsorship of students at St. Thomas School,
Visakhapatanam, India. Sponsoraship of an Evangelist in India. Medical
and financial aid to different individuals and families based on
requests received by Achen time to time. Edavaka Mission welcomes
donations from members for the above mentioned activities and
sponsorship. For details, please contact our Achen Rev. A. B. Binu, Mr.
Mammen Samuel or Achamma Jacob.
1. April 4 – NERYF one-day conference from 8 AM - 4 PM at LIMC. 2. April 10 – Praise Night from 7:15 PM – 9:30 PM at LIMC. 3. April 17 – Men’s and Women’s Fellowship from 7:15 PM - 10 PM. 4. April 25 – Youth Fellowship Outreach Event – venue and timing TBD.
YOUNG FAMILY FELLOWSHIP (YFF) 1. Monthly YFF meeting will be held on Sunday, April 26th from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM. Venue for the meeting will be announced later. 2. On Saturday, April 11, from 2 PM – 3 PM, YFF will host a basketball free-throw competition for kids (boys and girls ages 9+) and for adults at the LIMC gym. Registration fee is $10. Prizes will be awarded.