P: Holy things for Holy people C: Holy is the one Father. Holy is the one Son. Holy is the one Spirit. P: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. C: One from the beginning, forever, and ever. Amen (Lifting up of paten and chalice)
Dearly beloved sisters and brothers in Christ, the above prayers come under “Lifting up the paten and the chalice.” This month let us briefly try to understand the significance and the meaning of these prayers.
1. Lifting up the paten and chalice is an act of reverence, and is also the promise of eternal life through Christ Jesus’ death on the cross The celebrant lifts or elevates the paten and chalice above his head when he says these prayers. The worshipping community can see this elevation of the paten and the chalice. The biblical portions for this elevation are Jn.3:3-5; 8:28; 12:32; Lk.22:18-20; Mt.26:27. Jesus says, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up (Jn.3:28).” The Bread and the wine are the body and blood of Jesus Christ, who is the true Lamb of God (Jn. 1:29; Rev.12:11). In lifting of paten and chalice, the celebrant is therefore lifting the broken and shed body and blood of Jesus Christ. Therefore, this is an act of reverence.
In the book of Numbers we read God becoming angry at the Israelites in the wilderness, for they had spoken against God and Moses. God sent venomous snakes, causing many Israelites to die of snake bites. As a result, the Israelites came to Moses and confessed their sins. They understood that God has punished them because of their unbelief. They pleaded for mercy. Moses then prayed for the people. God then told Moses to make a snake and put it up on a pole, and anyone who is bitten can look at the snake and live. So, Moses made a bronze snake and put it on a pole. Then any snake-bitten person who looked at the bronze snake was able to live (Num.21:6-9).
Jesus says, “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life in Him (Jn3:4-5).” The sinful humanity will be healed and will experience eternal life only when they look at Christ Jesus, lifted up on the cross, as Jesus Christ is raised and lifted up by the Heavenly Father for the redemption of the world. So when the celebrant lifts up the paten and the chalice, it is Jesus the savior that is being lifted up. In Jn.8:28 we read Jesus saying “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.”
2. We are ‘set apart’ and ‘consecrated community’ who partakes in the holiness of the Triune God. God is Holy (Isa. 6:3; 1 Sam 2:2; Isa.57:15). When we say “Holy is the one Father, Holy is the one Son and Holy is the one Spirit”, we mean God is ‘without blemish’, ‘perfect’ ‘pure’, and ‘sacred.’
But what does it mean when we say “Holy things for Holy People?” Holy things refer to the Holy elements, and ‘Holy People’ points to our identity as God’s community in Christ Jesus. In the Bible, the Hebrew word ‘qadesa’ or the Greek word ‘hagios’ are used for the word ‘Holy.’ Hagios means ‘different’ or ‘being different.’ In this context it means ‘different from the world’ or ‘set apart from the world.’ From the biblical point of view ‘holy’ means ‘set apart from the world for God.’ So ‘holy people’ means a community that is set apart, consecrated, dedicated, or sanctified. In the same way, the words ‘Holy Church’, ‘Holy Bible,’ ‘Holy things’ or ‘Holy Elements,’ all mean consecrated and set apart for God.
We are sinful and have fallen short before His divine glory (Rom.3:23). 1 John 1:8 says, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” Ecclesiastes 7:20 says, “Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.” We as a part of a set-apart community are called to partake in the holiness of God. In the book of Leviticus, we read, “Thus you are to be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy; and I have set you apart from the peoples to be mine. (Lev.20:26).” So God has called us to be holy. And this holiness we have received in and through Jesus Christ, as our sins and transgression are forgiven in Jesus Christ who is the righteousness of God.
St. Peter says: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people to be his very own and to proclaim the wonderful deeds of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God. Once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy (1 Pet.2:9-10).” “Pursue peace with all men, as well as holiness, without which no one will see the Lord (Heb.12:14).
Therefore, the prayer “Holy things for Holy People” means that the Holy Elements are for the consecrated (i.e. for the set-apart community). The worshipping community partakes in the sacredness of the Triune God through the Holy Qurbana.
So in partaking in the Holy Elements let us be mindful that God has set us apart and consecrated us to be His in His world, and has invited us to partake in His Holiness.
May God keep us in His Warm and comforting Embrace Rev. Shinoi Joseph Vicar
• Sunday School starts every Sunday at 9:00AM • Little Blessings Ministry (ages 3-7) will be held on all Malayalam service Sunday’s at 9:00AM • Local Talent Festival will be held on Saturday, June 4th o Details are listed below o The bible quiz will be given on Sunday, June 12th • Senior Class Graduation will be held on Sunday, June 5th • Junior Senior Conference will be held from Thursday, July 7th – Sunday, July 10th at Ramapo College, NJ for children Grades 5 and up • VBS will take place from July 12th - 17th. All students and parents of students in Sunday School from grades pre-k - 10th grade are encouraged to register. o Registration fee is $25 till July 10thand then will increase. Registration will take place in the auditorium lobby every Sunday immediately after service. Contact Benson Babu, Blessy Thomas, or Jibu Abraham with any questions • VBS teacher's training will take place on June 17that 7PM in the church sanctuary. This meeting is mandatory for all teacher's and volunteers. Contact Benson Babu, Blessy Thomas, or Jibu Abraham with any questions
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.
• Youth Fellowship meetings will be held on Friday, June 3rd, 10th, & 17that 7:00PM at the church • Youth Retreat will take place from July 22nd- July 24th at Refreshing Mountains, Pennsylvania. All youth members from ages 13-35 are encouraged to register and attend. Registration will take place every Sunday in church immediately after service in the auditorium lobby and the cost will be $115 (till June 26th, afterwards in which there will be a late fee) which includes food, transportation, activities and youth fellowship dues. For any questions, contact a committee member
YOUNG FAMILY FELLOWSHIP • Monthly meeting will be held on Sunday, June 26th, at 3:30PM • YFF will be hosting a joint fellowship bowling event with other local YFF groups on Sunday, June 12th, from 3:30PM-5:30PM at:
AMF Sheridan Bowl 190 E. Jericho turnpike Mineola NY 11501
We will be using this opportunity to strengthen our ties with other YFF groups in the Mar Thoma community, and also to join with SAMAR(organization that aids in medical costs in the south Asian community for bone marrow matching).
For any questions or more information please reach out to: Mr. Sabu Abraham-YFF VP Mrs. Gina Shobin-YFF Secretary Mrs. Roshin Thomas-YFF Treasurer
• SAMSON AT SIGHT AND SOUND THEATERS! o Show Time: Friday, July 29th at 2:45PM o Experience this Bible story in jaw-dropping scale as it's brought to life by a world-class cast, spectacular special effects and live animals. It's an unforgettable, uplifting thrill ride that literally brings the house down!
• Monthly meeting will be held on Sat., June 11th at 10:00AM at the church • Center “A” Sevika Sanghom North East Region prayer meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 8th at 10:00AM at the church • North East Regional Sevika Sanghom meeting will be held on Saturday, June 18th at 9:30AM at Carmel Mar Thoma Church, Boston. Please contact the Sevika Sanghom Office Bearers for more information