St. Thomas Orthodox Church Elevated to Valiyapally Status

His Holiness Moran Mar Beselius Mar Thoma Paulose II, Catholicose of the East & Malankara Metropolitan elevated  St. Thomas Malankara Orthodox Church, Los Angeles, to the status of “Valiyapally” (Great Church) on July 14, 2019.


St. Thomas Day Perunal - July 13 and 14

The St. Thomas Day Purunal will be held on July 13 and July 4.  The following are the schedule of events for the weekend.

H.G. Dr. Zacharias Mar Aprem, Assistant Diocesan Bishop, will be will be the Chief Celebrant for Holy Qurbana and the St. Thomas Day Perunal.  His Grace will be meeting with various church organizations on Saturday and a retreat in the afternoon concluding with evening prayers.  He will be celebrating the Holy Qurbana on Sunday.


Please don't miss any of the activities and plan to attend with your family.

Saturday, July 13
  2:00pm - Sunday School & BBS Meeting
  3:00pm - Retreat
  5:30pm - Flag Hoisting 
  5:45pm - Evening Prayer
  7:00pm - MMVS Meeting
 
Sunday, July 14
 8:30am   - Morning Prayer
 9:30am   - Holy Qurbana
                - Rasa
 12:00pm - Public Meeting
 12:30pm - Lowering of Flag
 12:45pm - St. Thomas Day Feast


Feast of Pentecost - Sun., June 9th @ 9am

The Holy Feast of Pentecost will be celebrated on Sunday, June 9th.  The morning prayer will begin at 9am followed by Holy Qurbana sharp at 9:45am.  Please plan to attend early with your family.


Bala Balika Samajam Meeting
A meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, June 9th after the Holy Qurbana.  Please encourage your children to attend and participate.


Feast of Ascension Holy Qurbana - Wed., May 29th @ 6:30pm

A Holy Qurbana will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 29th at 6:30pm to celebrate the Feast of Holy Ascension.  Please make every effort to attend the Service and pass the information to our members in your area.

The Church celebrates the feast of Ascension on the 40th day after the resurrection of our Lord from the dead. The Ascension feast is one of the seven Major Feasts of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Ascension feast is where our Lord Jesus Christ ascended by His own divine power into heaven. He ascended in the flesh in a glorified manner to the highest heaven and sat on the right hand of the Father—at the right hand of the power of God.


MGOCSM Meeting - Sun., May 26th 12-2pm

MGOCSM will be having a meeting this Sunday, May 26th after the Holy Qurbana from 12-2pm. 

Please remind and encourage our youths to participate and help them to make a difference. For more information, please contact Mr. Stanley Thomas, MGOCSM Coordinator.

Mid-Lent Service - Tue., March 26th @ 6:30pm

There will be a Mid-Lent Holy Qurbana on Tuesday, March 26th at 6:30pm. Please make every effort to attend this Special Service.

This is the day we erect the Golgotha in the middle of the church. There are several significances to the erection of Golgotha.

The Bible Reading says: "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3: 14-15. Jesus predicted his eventual crucifixion to his disciples in this verse.
Moses lifted up the bronze serpent in the middle of the desert (wilderness) around the middle of the Exodus, the journey of the Israelites from slavery to their promised land. He lifted up the serpent so that those who are bitten by the snake might look at it and have life. Similarly the cross (Jesus) is lifted up in the middle of the church so that we are reminded that those who are bitten by sin can look at Jesus and gain eternal life by the Him.

The Golgotha and erection of cross in the middle of the church also signifies that God came down from heaven and dwelt among us in this world. This is why the Golgotha is in the middle of the church with us, the common folks, and not in the Madbaha as we normally expect to find it. It is going to be in the middle of the church till Good Friday (representing the Public Ministry of Jesus) when it will be taken to Calvary and then buried. On Easter, Jesus will rise from the dead and then the cross will be placed in the Madbaha for another 40 days till the Feast of Ascension. Between the Easter and Ascension, Jesus only revealed to selected people (no public ministry as earlier), so the veiled cross will be seen only in the Madbaha during this time.

Holy Qurbana for Feast of Annunciation of St. Mary - Mon., March 25th @ 6:30pm

A Holy Qurbana will be held to celebrate the Feast of Annunciation to St. Mary on Monday, March 25th at 6:30pm.   We request everyone to attend the special services and pass on this information to others.

Lenten Holy Qurbana - Sat., March 9th @ 8am

Holy Qurbana will be celebrated on Saturday morning at 8am.  Please join with your family.