D: O Lord, at your command death held its sway. You abolished death through your resurrection from the death. Therefore, we praise and exalt You. O Lord every mouth shall sing Your praise. O Lord, who gathers up the children of Adam from everywhere, bless us and help us.
C: O Son of God, Your death has changed our death into life. Raise us from the dust so that we may ever praise You. God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, is worthy of glory and worship forever. From the beginning and from generation to generation, may He be praised, Hallelujah.
(Taken from the Order of Worship for Holy Qurbana)
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Liturgy is our proclamation of faith and hope in Christ Jesus. Last month we meditated upon the liturgical prayer that says, "Our days are like grass and we bloom like the flowers of the field. Bless us O Lord.” This month's liturgical prayer is in line with the same thought.
This liturgical prayer is significantly important as it declares our faith in eternal life through Jesus Christ. The liturgical action associated with this prayer also reveals this declaration of our faith: The celebrant knees before the Holy Altar, then rises up, and then, after removing the Kablana (small cloth) from the Chalice and Paten, partakes in the Holy Elements. All these have symbolic meanings.
Kneeling symbolizes dedication. Raising and partaking in Body and Blood (Bread and Wine) symbolizes our faith that God will lift us (save us) to His eternal glory, and that He will enable us to partake in the heavenly feast. It is therefore a moment where the community not only recalls the mystery of the passion, death, resurrection, and the second coming of Jesus, but also prays to God to raise the believers from the dust, so that they may also continue to offer praise and glory to God.
In partaking the Holy Elements we confess our hope of eternal life in and through Jesus Christ. By being redeemed, justified, and forgiven through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we have the hope of eternal inheritance. But eternal life is the gift of God – we cannot earn it as we have all fallen short before His divine glory. Through Adam death first came into the world, and through Jesus Christ we have victory over death, and thereby the opportunity for eternal life. Jesus, through his passion, death and resurrection, has purchased our death. Salvation is through Christ Jesus who saved us from spiritual death.
God, the creator of this world, is never an abandoning God. His utmost care and love is reflected in the redemptive gift that He gave the world, by sending His only begotten son Jesus. Jesus, by being truly obedient to His Father, gave His life as a sacrifice (atonement) for our sins. St. Paul says, "the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” What St. Paul is saying is that eternal life is the free gift of God, and one cannot earn eternal life through his or her merit, as we all have fallen short before the glory of God.
Martin Heidegger (a Christian philosopher) in his book Being and Time says, “As soon as man comes to life, he is at once old enough to die.” The day we are born, we are destined to die. But this death is physical death, which every living being is destined to encounter. But Jesus’ death and resurrection has brought us hope, as we are now justified before God. Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, death and its sting have been defeated. Christ being the first fruit of the resurrection has promised the resurrection of all who die in Christ Jesus. St. Paul says, “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive.”
Sin separates and alienates us from God. Sin also leads to our spiritual death. But God through Jesus Christ is gracious, as He will never abandon those who trust Him. So let us continue to dedicate ourselves as we participate in the Holy Qurbana.
May God keep us in His warm and comforting Embrace, Rev. Shinoi Joseph Vicar
• Little Blessings Ministry (Nursery-2nd) and Junior Blessings (3rd&4th) will be held on all Malayalam & Divine Sunday’s at 9:00AM • Sunday School Classes will begin on September 4th at 9:00 AM. Parents please remember to bring your children on time • Regional Talent Festival is on September 17, 2016 from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM at St. Thomas MTC, Yonkers, NY • Last date to register for LIMC Girl Scouts (kindergarten to 8th grade) is Sept. 25th for the 2016-17 academic year. Please contact Mrs. Leena Mathew or Mrs. Sarah Jacob for details
Weekly Bible Study classes will be held every Thursday at 7:30PM at the church
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.