The Sunday School Centralized Written Competitions will be held Sunday, October 20th. The competition topics and guidelines are below for your reference. The drawing competition will be from 9am - 9:45am so please arrive early. All the other categories will be held after the Holy Qurbana.
A Holy Qurbana is scheduled for Wednesday, August 14th at 6:30pm to end the Shunoyo Fast (Assumption of St. Mary). Please plan to attend with your family.
The Theotokos had now reached an advanced age. Her fervent and
unceasing desire was to leave the body and be with her beloved Son and
God. The Mother of God did not fear death, nor did she seek to avoid it.
She knew that death had already been overcome by her Son and God. At
that time she still lived in the house of John the Evangelist on Mount
Sion. She often went from there to the Mount of Olives to offer fervent
prayers. As she was thus praying on the Mount of Olives that the Lord
quickly take her to heaven, there appeared before her the archangel
Gabriel and disclosed to the Theotokos the following: “Thus says your
Son: The days are approaching when I will take My Mother unto Me”. Thus
the Virgin heard those much longed for words which she received with
The 2019 OVBS will be held at our church from Friday, August 9 to Sunday, August 11. Please see schedule below. All volunteers please contact Fr. Samuel Varghese or Mr. George Mathew (Madhu), Principal. If any parents would like to sponsor meals during the event, please let Madhu know. Theme: “Let's Choose Good” - St. Luke 10:42 Schedule: Friday - 9:30am - 4:30pm Saturday - 10:00am - 4:30pm Sunday - After Holy Qurbana
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.
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
12:00pm - Public Meeting
12:30pm - Lowering of Flag
12:45pm - St. Thomas Day Feast
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.
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.
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.
St. Thomas Malankara Orthodox Church of Los Angeles is sponsoring a fascinating Malayalam
drama, “PERUNTHACHAN”, by famous author M.T. Vasudevan Nair, to raise funds for church
building renovation. The story is based on Perunthachan of the Parayi Petta Panthirukulam, a legend in Kerala folklore.
The Drama will be performed by Sargavedi Theatre, San Francisco, who vouches that this will be a truly unique experience, for all those who attend and guarantees that you won’t be disappointed.
Childcare will be provided for children between the ages of 5 and 12 years of age.
Vattasseril Geevarghese Mar Dionysius is popularly known as Malankara Sabha Bhasuran (The Great Luminary of Malankara Orthodox Church) which our Church has bestowed on him in recognition of his rich contribution to Malankara Orthodox Church. Vattasseril Thirumeni was a man of prayer, determination and dynamism. He was a saint who never stooped before falsehood.
As our Church pays its profound respects to the sacred memory of Mar Dionysius VI, it should dedicate itself to follow his example and build on what he had begun. May the remembrance of his saintly life be a blessing to the Church as a whole and to its members individually.
H.G. Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios
He was instrumental in the growth of our church and have been part of many of our lives. Let us all pray and remember the great things he has blessed us with on this special day. May his memory live with us forever.
Holy Qurbana will be celebrated by Fr. Samuel Varghese, on Friday, February 1st at 6:30pm. This will be a teaching Holy Qurbana where we will stop at certain points to explain what is happening and it's importance. Please begin fasting at 2pm if you plan to take the Holy Qurbana. Please join us with your family!