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.
Jesus Christ resurrected and appeared to several people and assured that the disciples ‘He is Risen’, According to Paul he appeard to more than five hundred people after His resurrection. Appearences are inspirations to those who are discouraged and disappointed. Disciples were rejuvenated when they had seen the resurrected Christ. They walked, talked and ate with Him. In the first letter of John, he writes, “We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heared, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life -“1 Jn 1:1. They experienced resurrected Christ and rededicated themselves for the mission of making disciples of all nations.
He ascended into heaven on the fortieth day of His resurrection. The Ascension is an event in which Christ departed visibly and returned to His father. He came to this world as a humble baby and he left the earth as the exalted conqueror. As he promised, he sent the Holy Spirit, on pentecost (fortieth day of his resurrection) to be with His disciples. The spirit is not a vague impersonal force. He is as personal as the Lord who replaces on earth. When Jesus talks of sending another comforter (Jn 14:16) He is talking of a person. ‘Another’ who is exactly like Jesus. He will have the same compassion, the encouraging presence and the convincing authority.
The Spirit was to be present with them at all times and in all places. “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another helper, who will stay with you forever”. Jn14:16. The replacement of Jesus by the Spirit enables the Word of God to be more for reaching and penetrating. After His resurrection, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to take His place, so that the disciples would not be left alone. When we think of the Holy Spirit, we must think of him as being Christ’s presence with us. The work of the Holy Spirit is to continue the work of Christ on earth.
May the power of the Holy Spirit help us :
- To allow Lord to act in our lives
- To repose our faith upon the Lord
- To give ourselves up to the will of God.
Yours in Christ
C Y Thomas Achen