*Check EVENTS Page for Lenten Prayer Schedule
MAR 25 | English Choir Practice [1:30-3.30 PM]
MAR 25 | MTC United [CMTC]
MAR 26 | Easter Play Rehearsal
Worship Service Times
MAR 26 | English Holy Communion (10 AM)
APR 02 | വിശുദ്ധ ആരാധന (10 AM)
APR 09 | English Holy Communion (10 AM)
APR 16 | വിശുദ്ധ ആരാധന (9 AM)
APR 23 | English Holy Communion (10 AM)
APR 30 | Divine Serivce
Dearly Beloved in Christ
The Great Lent season is spread over seven Sundays from Pethurtha to Kemta. St.Thomas Christians fasted and practiced abstinence for the period ‘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. 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 exhorts the faithful to receive the sacrament of reconciliation.
Feasts and fasts are part of the tradition and practice of all religions. The life and ministry of Jesus Christ has been considered as significant liturgical acts of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church. The church observes fifty days as the Great Lent, which includes the forty days fast ending with 40th Friday, symbolizing the forty days fast of Jesus Christ in the desert and with an extension of ten more days inclusive of palm Sunday (the royal entry), passion, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Thus, the great lent season spreads to 7 weeks with a total fifty days. The Church enters in to this season of the Great Lent in the month of February or March each year, as calculated based on the lunar calendar.
The venerable American Catholic bishop Fulton John Sheen explains the expectations of observing lent - "We can think of Lent as a time to eradicate evil or cultivate virtue, a time to pull up weeds or to plant good seeds. Which is better is clear, for the Christian ideal is always positive rather than negative. A person is great not by the ferocity of his hatred of evil, but by the intensity of his love for God. Asceticism and mortification are not the ends of a Christian life; they are only the means. The end is charity. Penance merely makes an opening in our ego in which the Light of God can pour. As we deflate ourselves, God fills us. And it is GOD’s arrival that is the important event."
During these fifty days , we use special liturgical prayers for services and we consider some days as special in its liturgical importance.
This year we are planning to conduct special lent prayers during the season. Especially, this year we like to introduce the lent liturgy in English also. Every Friday evenings we will take English liturgy for lent prayers and the Youth fellowship members will lead meditation. I request all your supports in this venture.
The traditional Lenten disciplines of prayers, fasting and almsgiving help people to repent and return to God. Lent is the time to strengthen our spirit and nourish our souls as we prepare for Jesus’ Passion, Death, and Resurrection. It is the time of transformation for the people and the faith community through Prayer, fasting and almsgiving. May God Bless us to fulfill the meaning of lent.
Rev. Dr. Salomon Kalarikkal and Family