P: Let us pray to the Lord for His Blessings and Mercy C: O Lord who is the Source of all Blessings, help us and bless us. P: O Lord help us continually to offer praise and thanksgiving to you . . . all the days of our lives. (Taken from the Order of Worship for Holy Qurbana)
This portion is called the Promeon. The Greek word Promeon means ‘Introduction or Preface.’ Promeon is an introduction to Sedra which is series of prayers and supplications. Promeon and Sedra are very significant liturgical prayers. It is found in all sacraments and worship orders. These prayers inculcate within us a sense of deep devotion to God.
Through Promeon, we seek God’s grace and mercy in our lives. Here the Celebrant by saying “Let us pray to the Lord for His blessings and mercy” is asking the congregation to pray to God ‘wholeheartedly.’ We are called to pray to Lord in body, mind and spirit. We here beseech Christ’s grace and mercy. In relation to Promeon let us meditate on the following thoughts:
1. Through Promeon we are reminded to offer praise and glory to Lord continually:
We are to offer praise and thanksgiving to God continually. As worship is a continuing act, so is praise and thanksgiving to God. One should offer praise and thanksgiving to God not just in Church worship service but one has to praise and thank God every moment in his/her life (Psalms 89:1; 34:1, Rom 12:1). Why the Bible asks us to praise God continually? We should praise and thank Lord continually for ‘who He is’ and for ‘what He has done in our life.’ We should praise God for his deep love that made him sacrifice His only begotten Son. We should praise Lord for the sacrificial death on Cross. It is through Jesus Christ, our sins are absolved. Jesus Christ by his own blood obtained eternal redemption for us (Heb. 9:12). He paid for our debts on the Cross (2 Cor 5:21). In Christ our sins are forgiven (Rom 5:1; 8:1). Psalm 92:1-2 says: "It is good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises thy name, O most High. To shew forth thy loving-kindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night."
2. Through Promeon we are reminded of God’s promise of acceptance and forgiveness (Mt 7: 7):
We are reminded that God receives the penitent and rejoices in the return of sinners. The Bible often reminds us God yearns in the return of the sinners. True joy one experiences only when he/she returns to God (Heavenly father) with a penitent heart. The parable of the lost son recorded in Luke 15 is one of the best examples. The other references are Psalms 22:26; 51; 68:3; Isa 44:22; Hos 14:2; Lk 18:10-14; Lk 23:41-43; Jn 21; 1 Pet 3:19). God has promised the forgiveness of sins who truly repent before God (Heb. 9:22, 28, Rom 5:6, 18, 32; 1 Pet 1:18-20). The joy of worshipping community has its basis on ‘what God has done in our lives,’ ‘what he is doing in our lives’ and ‘what promises he has made to us.’ Only God deserves all Glory, honor and worship (Ex 20: 3, 4; Mk 12:30, 31; Psa 29:2; Mt 4: 9, 10). As everything that we have and everything that we are going to receive is God’s goodness and blessings towards us.
As we experience everything through God let us seek and worship Him wholeheartedly. The forgiveness, the acceptance, the redemption, the peace and the joy that we receive in and through Jesus Christ should enable you and me to be ever thankful to Him and continually offer our honor, glory and worship to ‘Him and Him alone’ as He alone is the source of all blessings and goodness.
May God keep us in His Warm and comforting Embrace.
Edavaka Mission meets every Thursday at 7:30PM at the following locations:
Address & Phone
& Mrs. Joseph K Mathew
1557 Rosser Ave., Elmont, NY 11003
& Mrs. V.G. Abraham
260-19, 81st Avenue
Floral Park, NY 110043
& Mrs. Yohannan Varughese
25 David Avenue
Hicksville, NY 11801
& Dr. Shinoi Joseph
2350 Merrick Avenue
Merrick, NY 11566
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.
Meetings date/time to be announced in Church and via e-mail.
LIMC Element 26 will be hosting “Love Conference 2014” from Friday, November 14th, 2014 – Sunday, November 16th, 2014 from 7:00PM – 10:00PM at Long Island Mar Thoma Church. All youth are encouraged to attend.
If you would like to receive e-mail notifications about dates/times of upcoming meetings, please contact Mr. Alex Thomas @ email@example.com.