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 in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
A new academic year has started on June first 2018. I take this opportunity to wish all our students and teachers a successful academic year. Let us submit our students into the mighty hands of Lord Almighty, who gives wisdom and understanding. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”- Prov.1:7. “Fear of the lord” does not indicate terror but reverence and awe towards God. In the Old Testament, the phrase, ‘The fear of the Lord’ is often used in the sense of a genuine faith which is characterised by
- obedience to God’s law (Dt.5:29)
- listening to his voice (1 Sam 12:14) and
- learning His ways (Ps.86:11).
While knowledge can be acquired from various sources, wisdom and understanding are divine gifts to human kind.
The acquisition of wisdom begins with understanding that God is holy, overwhelming, majestic, and glorious and that His glory is fully embodied in our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ. Oswald Chambers says, ‘the remarkable thing about fearing God is that, when you fear God, you fear nothing else; whereas, if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.’ St. John says in his Gospel, the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know Him- who is true…. He is the true God and eternal life.
Prov.3:7 says, ‘fear the Lord and depart from evil’. Those who fear the Lord will flee from evil. Joseph in Potiphar’s house is a splendid example to understand the efficacy of the fear of God. With the advancement of information and technology people are finding newer ways of drifting away from God. Cyber crimes, pornography etc are few examples to mention. Today’s education if it can’t instill fear of God in a child, it will be devastating for the society itself. At the beginning of a new academic year, it is important to affirm that the education should be value based rather than career oriented. Education should inculcate values in the lives of children and lead them to truth and justice that are the marks of holiness
May God bless abundantly all our students and teachers.
Yours in Christ
C Y Thomas Achen