WELCOME TO CHRIST CHURCH
Christ Church, Trivandrum, which was consecrated in 1859, is the oldest church in the city. Set in sylvan surroundings, it is centrally located in the Palayam area, between the Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium and the University Stadium, and with the Kerala Legislative Complex on one side and the arterial Mahatma Gandhi Road on the other.
The Church itself is an elegant building, built in the Gothic style, with beautiful stained glass windows portraying The Good Shepherd. The windows on the walls depict the twelve disciples (and their symbols) and others associated with the life of Jesus.
Beloved in Christ,
Greetings to you all in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ
Once again we are approaching a Lenten season. Lent is a solemn observance in the christian churches that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends before Easter Sunday. The purpose of lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, repentance of sins, alms giving and self-denial. Its institutional purpose is heightened in the annual commemoration of Holy Week, marking the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus
In Lent, many christians commit to fasting as well as giving up certain luxuries in order to ‘replicate’ the sacrifice of Jesus Christ’s journey into the desert for forty days. Many christians also add a lenten spiritual discipline such as reading a daily devotion; or praying through a lenten calender, to draw themselves near to God. Throughout Christendom, some believers mark the season with the abstention from the consumption of meat, fish, milk, etc. Repentance is one of the major themes during the season. Prophet Jeremiah admonishes the people of God to mourn for the disaster fallen upon them. The Lord says, send for the mourners ! Quick! Begin your crying. Let the tears flow from her eyes… Teach your daughters to wail and your neighbours too for death has crept in through your windows into your homes. Jer 9:17-21. The wages of sin is death and it is because of their enormous sins, the Israelites were defeated and punished by God. The people of God really repent of their sins so that God in His mercy may forgive their sin. Real repentence and coming closer to God are the pre-requisites for deliverance.
St. Paul in his final admonition to the Galatian church, emphasizes the importance of clinging to the cross rather than depending upon ones own work, to receive grace and pardon. To Paul neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything. The Lenten season reminds us once again that the cross of Christ alone can save us from all our shortcomings and sins. The understanding of cross and its implications should lead us to the foot of the cross and cast all our burdens there.
While foretelling about his crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus reminds his disciples that without the cross, there is no crown. True discipleship involves ‘via Dolorosa’. He says, “if any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. Mt. 16:24. Self discipline and repentance leads us to the cross. He invites us to look at Him, love Him and follow Him. The beginning of the Lent calls us for a turning back to God. A contrite heart is the need of the hour.
May God help us to have an introspection during these days of penitance.
Yours in His Service
C Y Thomas Achen