Exploiting communication technology to enrich prayer life, Syrian Orthodox Church, a prominent non-Catholic segment in Kerala, on Friday launched a prayer app named ‘Qleedo.’ The prayer app would be available for the faithfuls across the world both in Android and iOS platforms, supported with all user languages. The project was funded by the youth ministry of North American Archdiocese of the Church. Fr. Zacharia Varghese, who conceptualized the prayer app, said Qleedo provides a new facet to the richness of Orthodox prayer
Luke 1:26-38 As we enter the week of Thanksgiving here in the USA, and many prepare for festivities, let us consider the most remarkable apparition to St. Mary, the Mother of God. We celebrate the Annunciation, the event that heralded the birth of our Lord. A few points: Life has its bumps and bruises, but God serves us peace. St. Mary must have been absolutely shocked to hear that she was going to carry the Son of God, yet she knows: To do God’s
This week’s theme shows how special and significant is the birth of John the Baptist — announced in the temple to the boy’s father, a priest. But it also has lessons for us as disciples. Zechariah certainly lives his life to follow the God he loved, but his faith falters. What can we learn from his faith that we can apply to our own? The story begins carefully placed in geography and time. Luke relates this not as a timeless
Luke 19:47-20:8 Two leaders are contrasted in the passage. The first type, the Jewish chief priests, lawyers, scribes, etc, question by what authority Jesus can do the things He does. In life, those who don’t understand our God given mission will raise questions. Can we defend the actions we take based on our faith? Do we need to prepare to do so? Do we have actions in life that are based in faith? Are we willing to persevere despite not having
This is the new-year day of the Church’s Ecclesiastical calendar. The Church is preparing to receive her Lord by consecrating herself with purity and holiness. The consecration or purification of the Church does not mean the cleaning of the parish building, rather the purification and consecration of its members, the faithful people. We all are to be cleansed ourselves to receive the Lord as we approach the Nativity. That is why the Church has set the Nativity Fast, beginning from
What a great time with our sister churches in the Southern Region! For the first time, the St. Mary’s Womens’ League and the St. Paul’s Mens’ League (Southern Region) conducted their semi-annual meeting in Austin! Please enjoy the pictures. Thanks to our committee, members, students, and all volunteers for creating a successful program. We received very positive feedback for everything, including the wonderful food served. Looking forward to our next gathering!
As our beloved Archbishop, His Eminence Mor Theethose Yeldho, formally welcomes our new Patriarch His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II to our Archdiocese, we are blessed to formally launch our parish ministry blog! Thanks for visiting our internet home. Resources to nourish the Orthodox spirit will be posted regularly. We aim to post for all ages and backgrounds. The culture of Malankara, from where the majority of our members hail, will be a prominent feature. To kickoff, let me relate the