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.
Dearly Beloved in Christ,
Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ !
Festival of Lights !
Deepavali, the Indian Festival of Lights falls on 22 October. This festival has been observed by Hindu, Jaina, and Zikh communities. Diwali or Deepavali is the Festival of Lights celebrated in autumn. This festival conveys the message of victory of light over darkness. It is the victory of knowledge over ignorance, good over evil and hope over despair. The main festival time is the darkest night which would be fully illumined with thousands of lamps fill roof tops, roads, temple premises and everywhere. Houses will be cleaned, renovated and decorated. People put on new clothes and best outfits. There will be special prayer at home. It is an official holiday in India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia ... etc
Atman ( soul ) in every human is the pure and eternal and invisible constituent of our being. It has to be unveiled and kept illumined through the unending process of knowing. In ancient philosophy, knowing leads to self-realisation ( Realisation of a person that he/she is an Atman or Soul). It is the realisation that there is a reality beyond physical body and mind. Ignorance could keep the soul veiled or masked. Actually this is the personality development in secular terms !
Jesus Christ, the Illumined One, said : " I am the light." After a while He pointed to His disciples, who have been in constant contact with 'that 'Light', and said : "You are the light." It is our call and response to keep ourselves illumined and to illumine the surroundings. Keeping connected to the source of Eternal Light is the way. Every faithful, irrespective of religion, has this lighting role in this world. The second Sunday in November will be the Church Festival of Lights ( Hudos Eetho, Feast of Dedication ). Let us be illumined "By Thy Light" O Lord!!! Diwali Greetings to All !- Read more...
- There will not be service at St.Andrew-By-The-Wardrobe church, Blackfriars on Sunday the 19th oct 2014.
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