The Indian Orthodox Church is also known as Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, a Church founded by St. Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ, who came to India in A.D. 52. St. Gregorios Church London is the first parish church of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church in the United Kingdom. and it is the mother church of all other parishes and congregations in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. Our mission is to the people of Indian origin in the British Isles, and though we are completely Orthodox in our faith and practice, we remain Indian in our ethos and in our appreciation of the Orthodox heritage. The Malanakara Orthodox Church, as part of the Oriental Orthodox family of Churches, is in communion with the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Syrian Orthodox Church, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the Eritrean Orthodox Church.But we also warmly welcome all who wish to worship and learn with us, whatever their culture.
- There will be regular sunday services at both St.Andrew-By-The-Wardrobe church, Blackfriars and St.Gregorios church, Brockley on Sunday 02 Mar 2014
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After two Sundays of great remembering of all priests and all departed, a very beautiful and romantic day is ahead - one of the most wonderful wedding ever had happened on earth, the Holy Wedding at Cana !! All wedding houses have a few things in common. Meeting of relatives and friends, tension about various managerial aspects of reception and dinner, anxiety about the future of couples, financial burdens and definitely a feeling of satisfaction for the parents and close siblings.
For the church, wedding at Cana is very much significant with the presence and miracle work of Christ. Water became a tool and medium for the revelation of God's Glory. Scarcity opened the way for God to act. Let us all think about the transforming power of Christ in our life. Let us seek His mercy to act on us. This Sunday will be the preparatory day before the Great Lent. Let us all enjoy this wonderful day and get set for the Lenten Journey.
'Shubkono' ( Reconciliation )
There will be special service of reconciliation along with the Holy Liturgy. Our Lord Jesus taught us how to pray. " Forgive us our debts as we have forgiven our debtors" . Forgiving and reconciling are prerequisites for our prayers to be answered. By just seeking reconciliation from our fellow beings , we seek reconciliation from God our Father. We never know what debts we actually have to God and to His people. Let us all find it a time to obey our Lord and genuinely attempt to reconcile with each other. It doesn't mean that we all hate each other. There could be instances of hurt, refusal, rejection, clash, tension and unfair treatment. May be we all act happy when we meet. If there is hypocrisy of double face, it is something that God hates the most. Let us be more genuine and truthful to each other. This should be a community of God's people, not a crowd of selfish minds. Absence of true love causes all the problems in life. Losing a job, getting sick or any failures in life won't be big issues if there is genuine love. Let us find some time for self analysis and seek God's mercy to act on us. Let us meet and greet each other in the Love of Christ ! Please come prepared for the liturgy of reconciliation which might be a turning point in our life. There will be a prayer and sacramental kneeling down. We are supposed to kneel down to everyone's feet and we all together kneel down to God's feet ! Hope He won't refuse any good to us !
Great Lent could be considered as the most fruitful season of the year. There will be prayer, fasting, spiritual nourishment, reconciliation, penitence and beautiful fellowship in Christ. May we all find it a good time to refresh our life in Spirit. More details and preparation tips shall be sent to you soon.
Church will be open for all at anytime on Fridays in Lent. There will be prayer, kneeling down and Holy Confession. Our members could come to church to break their whole day fasting with prayer and some simple snacks. Those who are working could observe fasting and if you wish you could come straight to church from work to make a prayer. You could lit a candle as a symbol of offering our life to the will of God.The timing of prayer shall be sent to you soon. Let us all fast for transformation. Let us fast for our families, children,relatives and friends. Let us fast for the whole creation if we have nothing personal to seek. May God shower His mercy on us ! May this place become more warm with prayer and penitence ! Let this season bring more blessings to this country as well.
Lenten Prayer Fellowship
It will be very productive if we could organise fellowship meetings in all the areas. May I request all our members to please take an effort to host meetings in your areas.
The prayer meeting of ( Leyton, East Ham ) will be held this evening (Saturday 01 March ) at Jacob and Molamma's residence ( P 112 ). The meeting will begin at 06:00 pm. I request all our members in that area to attend the meeting.
Choir / Altar Severs Meeting
There will be meeting of Choir and Altar Servers this Sunday after refreshment. I request all choir members and Altar Servers to join.
Annual Conference of Diocesan Sunday School Teachers
The Diocesan Annual Conference of Sunday School Teachers has begun at St Thomas, Hemel Hempstead this morning. Please pray for the Sunday School programmes and activities.
Yours in Christ
-02.03.2014 Rev. Fr. Thomas P John