P: When the sinless One, of His own will, chose to suffer death for us sinners, He took bread in His holy hands. C: Bless O Lord. P: He gave thanks, blessed, sanctified and broke it and gave it to His Apostles saying, “Take, eat; this is my body given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. C: Amen. P: In the same manner, He took the cup. C: Bless O Lord. P: He gave thanks, blessed, sanctified and gave it to His Apostles saying, “Drink this, all of you. This is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.” C: Amen P: Thus as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. C: O Lord, we remember Your death. We celebrate your resurrection and we await Your second coming. May your blessings rest upon us all. (Taken from the Order of Worship for Holy Qurbana)
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
The above liturgical portions come under ‘Words of Consecration’. The word ‘Consecration’ biblically means ‘to set apart’, dedicate or ‘to be blessed.’ It is Lord Jesus who consecrates the bread and the wine. ‘What Jesus said’ as He consecrated the bread and wine, is being echoed at this place. The Biblical portions are Mt.26: 17-30, Mk. 14:12-26; Lk. 22:7-20 and 1 Cor. 11:17-34. This is also called ‘The Words of Institution.’ Through these words of Consecration we proclaim the following important aspects of our Christian faith 1. It is a remembrance and proclamation of Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death on the Cross
St. Paul says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom 6:23).” Jesus though being sinless took the sins of the whole world to redeem us (1 Peter 1:18-19, Jn. 19:4, Heb 4:15, Isa. 53:3-6). This sacrifice is once and for all. St. Paul says, “For the death that he died to sin once and for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God (Rom.6:10). Jesus of his own will chose to suffer death for the humanity who has sinned against God. Through his death on cross, He redeemed us. Jesus Christ established Eucharistic meal on the night of His betrayal. This also symbolizes that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of human beings. (Mt. 26:26-28; 1 Cor. 11:23, Jn 1: 29, 36)
2. It is the symbolic meal that Christ established and commanded us to continue till His Second coming
Lord has commanded us to partake in His meal till He comes. It is Jesus who Himself ‘blesses and sanctifies’ the bread and the wine, and gave it to his disciples. It symbolizes Jesus’ love towards us. It also reflects God’s grace towards us. In the Acts of the Apostles we read that after the resurrection of Jesus, the early church whenever they came together they gave thanks and participated in the Lord’s table (Acts 2:42). Later we find that they did this on the first day of the week (Acts. 20:7). Lord commanded that the believers should remember and celebrate this meal till His second coming (1 Cor. 11:25).
3. The bread and the wine represent Christ’s body and blood.
Jesus took bread in his hand. He broke it. Breaking of bread symbolizes Jesus giving up his body. Wine represents Jesus’ blood. Partaking in the Holy Eucharist is also an expression of our faith in Jesus Christ. It is therefore an act of complete dedication and acceptance of Jesus as the savior. As we partake in Jesus’ body and blood, we remember Christ and His suffering. It is also a symbol of our participation in Christ’s life. It is experiencing oneness with Christ, and also experiencing the fellowship with each other. It is necessary also for the edification of the Christian faith.
May the Lord God continue to bless us all as we participate in Lord’s Supper with our heart, mind and body dedicated to him who redeemed us through His death on the cross. Let us also celebrate His resurrection, which promises that those who believe in Him shall not die but have everlasting life.
May God keep us in His Warm and comforting Embrace. Rev. Shinoi Joseph Vicar
Edavaka Mission meetings are heldevery Thursday at 7:30 PM. The venues for the month of November are as follows:
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.
Operation Christmas Child Packing Party – November 6 at 6:30 PM Feed the Flame – November 20-21, 2015
YOUNG FAMILY FELLOWSHIP (YFF) Operation Christmas Child Packing Party – November 6 at 6:30 PM Monthly YFF meeting will be held on Sunday, November 22from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM. The venue will be announced later.
CHOIR Malayalam and English Choir practices will be held on Sundays immediately after the worship service at the Church.
SENIOR CITIZENS FELLOWSHIP Monthly Senior Citizens FellowshipMeetings for the remainder of the year will as follows: Friday, November 13th, and Friday, December 18th. All meetings will start at 7:00 PM at the church.