Season of Lent
The passion, death and resurrection of Jesus mark the climax of His salvific acts. The seven weeks between Denha and the feast of Easter are set apart for prayer, fasting, abstinence and reparation. The basis of this lenten season is the forty days fast of Jesus. Still, we call this period ‘Anpathu Nombu’(50 days’ fasting). Probably, because St.Thomas Christians fasted and abstained from ‘pethurtha’ Sunday to Easter Sunday. The Syriac term ‘pethurtha’ means ‘looking back’, ‘reconciliation’ etc. Lent is a season set apart mainly for repentance and reconciliation.
We who became God’s children and new creation in baptism drifted away from God by committing sin. During this season we meditate upon man’s sin and its consequences, the need for repentance and conversion, the infinite love and mercy of God towards repentant sinners and the passion, death and burial of Jesus Christ. Lenten season calls our attention in a special way to the need for reconciliation with God and fellow beings. Therefore, in this period, the Church persuades the faithful to receive the sacrament of reconciliation.
The Church reminds us to spend the lenten period in fervent prayers, sincere fasting and generous almsgiving and to eradicate our evil desires. Like Jesus who conquered death and entered into life, let us also die to sin and enter into eternal life.
A Dream Come True
"How good it is, how pleasant, where the people dwell as one" Ps. 133:1
This church of ours is proof of how the dreams of a group of people united in Christ, living together in faith inherited from Mother Church, get realized through prayer and hard work!
I am blessed to be a part of this vibrant community that prays hard, works hard, and be a witness to miracles. The enthusiasm, energy, and commitment of the people of this community is not of this world, but rather, it is Heaven sent, and I thank God for it!
Now that we have our own Church, our dream for the next generation is closer to reality. Many of us are here with our strong faith and Christ centered lifestyle because of the ecclesial, liturgical, cultural, and social heritage that we received from our parents. It is now our responsibility to proclaim our faith, live our tradition, and pass these Christian values and heritage on to the next generation.
I thank everyone who has helped to make this church a reality, and invite everyone to participate even more actively in our mission.
May God Bless us all.
Fr. George Maliekal (Vicar)