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  1. Champakulam Kalloorkkadu Marth Maryam Basilica: A Jewel in the Universal Church.
  2. Champakulam Kalloorkkadu Marth Maryam Basilica and Poothara manuscript
  3. Revival of the Syriac language in worship from the grass root level : a new model of liturgical reformation in the Syro Malabar Church.
  4. The Pahlavi inscribed Processional Cross of Herat, Afghanistan and the Pahlavi Crosses of South India: A comparative Study of the Religio Cultural Traditions of the Churches of India and Parthia.
  5. MUTTUCHIRA SLIVA AND LITHIC INSCRIPTIONS- LANDMARK MONUMENTS OF SAINT THOMAS CHRISTIANS OF INDIA.
  6. Alengad Sliva- The Neglected Jewel of the ancient Christian settlement in Alengad and the most ancient Christian artefact of Malabar.
  7. Christian Communities of St. Thomas Tradition in Maharashtra and its Neighbourhood in Mid-Sixth Century
  8. Jakhs of Kutch-Were they Jacobites?
  9. Nazrani History and Discourse on Early Nationalism in Varthamanapusthakam
  10. PESAHA CELEBRATION OF NASRANIS: A SOCIO-CULTURAL ANALYSIS
  11. Saint Thomas Christians in the Shaping of Modern Kerala
  12. Ikkako Kathanar -the forgotten martyr
  13. MS Vatican Syriac 22 & MS Vatican Syriac 17: Syriac Manuscripts copied in South India
  14. Patriarchate Of India- An Appraisal Of The Evolution Of The Episcopal Hierarchy Among Thomas Christians Of Malabar
  15. Major Arch Bishop Alencheril Mar Giwargis II Bava-The Patriarch of Syro Malabar Church and The Gate of All India- A Discussion on The Historical Hierarchical Status of The Church of Saint Thomas Christians
  16. The Heathen and the Syrian - Syrian Christian Ritual and Tradition pre 1599 A.D.
  17. Nazrani Christians and the Social Processes of Kerala, 800-1500
  18. Saint Thomas Cross- A Religio Cultural Symbol of Saint Thomas Christians
  19. The Story of Joseph, the Indian; A Historical Appraisal of the Affairs of St Thomas’ Christians in the Pre Portuguese period
  20. "THE VARTHAMANAPPUSTHAKAM" written by Cathanar Thomman Paremmakkal
  21. Champakulam Kalloorkkadu St Mary's Church- The Hidden Pearl in Nasrani History
  22. “Christianity in India- a History in ecumenical perspective" by HC Perumalil and ER Hambye
  23. "Kerala, the Cradle of Christianity in South Asia"-a DVD Documentary on the cultural interface of religion and music- An eye opener to the Religio cultural identity of the St. Thomas Christians in Kerala.
  24. “The Arrival of the Portuguese in India and the Thomas Christians under Mar Jacob 1498-1552” by Dr. Mathias Mundadan
  25. Catalogue of ancient Nasrani Churches, their affiliations and population statistics in the background of division and attempts of Reconciliation- A review of Literature
  26. Sixteenth Century Churches – Churches belonging to Catholics and Syriac Orthodox ( 1818 AD-Statistics)
  27. 'The Thomas Christians' by Placid Podipara
  28. Margam Kali – History, Text, Lyrics, Theme, Early Reference and Modern Developments
  29. 'The Indian Christians of St. Thomas' by Dr. Leslie Brown
  30. 'Jornada of Dom Alexis de Menezes: A Portuguese account of the Sixteenth century Malabar' edited by Dr. Pius Malekandathil
  31. Qambel Maran- Syriac chants from South India- a review and liturgical music tradition of Syriac Christians revisited
  32. Letters of St. Thomas the Apostle to Edessa from India
  33. 'St. Thomas Christians and Nambudiris, Jews and Sangam Literature – A Historical Appraisal’, Bosco Puthur (Editor)
  34. Prelates of Nasranis till the Synod of Udayamperoor- List of early Bishops till 1599 AD
  35. Hymns of Saint Ephraem (Ephrem) the Syrian, on Apostle Thomas and India
  36. Lifestyle of Kerala Syrian Christians
  37. Kerala Nazranee Pesaha Receipes
  38. Analogical review on Saint Thomas Cross- The symbol of Nasranis-Interpretation of the Inscriptions
  39. The Syrian Christian Church - An Architectural Overview
  40. Thomas-Malabar Connection & The Jewish Heritage, A Biblical & Analytical Approach
  41. Save Syriac
  42. A Syrian Christian Family Portrait - Circa 1620 A.D.
  43. Museum- Christian Cultural Centre Golden Jubilee Museum at Pala
  44. Cheppad St. George Church
  45. What Every Nasrani Needs to Know–And Doesn’t
  46. 'The Nazranies' by Prof. George Menanchery
  47. 'East of the Euphrates- Early Christianity in Asia' by T.V. Philip
  48. Role, Characteristics, List and Tomb of Archdeacons (Arkadiyakons) of Saint Thomas Christians
  49. St.George- Geevarghese Sahada traditions and rituals among Nasranis
  50. Hindu Traditions of St. Thomas –Thondacchan and the Four Silver Coins
  51. Names, Middle Names and Last Names among the Syrian Christians
  52. The Tiger and the Syrian Christians: Tipu Sultan’s ‘Padayottam’
  53. Churches on demolition line – Ramapuram Twin Churches
  54. The Mural tradition of Kerala Churches
  55. Raja Thoma Villarvattam - King of the Nasranis
  56. History, Munnu Noyambu and Kappalottam - Marth Mariam Church, Kuravilangad
  57. The Muziris Heritage Project- News
  58. Ramapuram twin churches, Role, History & Rituals
  59. Church feast and festivals in Central Kerala-Kottayam
  60. Palm Sunday ( Kuruthola Perunnal), Maundy Thursday( Pesaha), Good Friday (Dukha Velli) and Easter among Saint Thomas Christians of India
  61. 'The Syrian Christians of Kerala, Demographic and Socio-Economic Transition In The Twentieth Century' by K. C. Zachariah
  62. SRITE- Project for Preserving the Manuscripts of the Syrian Christians in India
  63. 'Glimpses of Nazraney Heritage' by Prof George Menachery
  64. Glimpse from History-Gondophares, Roman and Venetian gold coins in India
  65. 'The St. Thomas Christian Encyclopaedia of India'- Volume II , Chief Editor Prof.George Menachery
  66. 'The St. Thomas Christian Encyclopedia of India'- Volume I -Prof. George Menachery
  67. 'Origin of Christianity in India' by Dr.Benedict Vadakkekara
  68. Familytree - Syrian Christians DNA Project Information
  69. Arrival of Thomas of Cana ( Bishop Thomas of Cana ?), History and references about Southist Community (Thekkumbhagar – Knanaya )
  70. Arrival of Mar Sabrisho and Mar Piruz, Earliest Reports, Copper Plates, Katheeshangal,Christians & Churches at Quilon
  71. The Edicts, Copper Plates and Privileges- Quilon (Tarisapalli) plates, Thazhekad edict, Iravi Kortan plate and Cana Thomman plate
  72. Early references about the Apostolate of Saint Thomas in India, Records about the Indian tradition, Saint Thomas Christians & Statements by Indian Statesmen
  73. Surviving MSS- Old Testament Manuscripts, Psalms and New Testament Manuscripts of Christians of Saint Thomas
  74. Kerala Syrian Christian, Apostle in India, The tomb of the Apostle, Persian Church, Syond of Diamper - Coonan Cross Oath, Subsequent divisions and the Nasrani People
  75. Mission of Saint Bartholomew, the Apostle in India
  76. Population Statistics and Demography of Saint Thomas Christians, Churches with historical references
  77. Ancient Churches , Stone Crosses of Kerala- Saint Thomas Cross, Nazraney Sthambams and other Persian Crosses
  78. Divisions and Rite of the Churches- Syro Malabar Church, Malankara Syriac Orthodox Church ,Malankara Orthodox Syriac Church, Thozhiyur Church, Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church, Syro Malankara Church, Chaldean Syrain Church.
  79. Traditions and rituals among the Saint Thomas Christians of Kerala

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  1. Hello,

    I am a PhD student trying to understand certain theological aspects of Indian Christianity. Will anyone be kind enough to throw light on how the concept of freewill is talked about in the Churches of Syrian origin. I am not looking for what the Eastern churches say about it but specifically how it is taught and talked about in the Indian churches. Any input on the matter will be much appreciated.

    Warm regards to everyone.

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  2. Challenges before the catholic Church
    J.M.Ovelil ( Goa)
    The Catholic Church is one of the largest, oldest and systematically organized religious institutions. Of the varied challenges facing the church today, Scandals by the clergy have become a matter of serious concern. They include the rampant instances of molestations, phidophilia, licentious life, misuse and laundering of church funds etc. This, “the fence eating the crops” situation is indeed disastrous. Nevertheless, the Holy Bible has got the answers to such problems. Jesus vehemently expresses his indignation to such priests, in Mathew 18-6:-
    “If any of you causes one of these little ones who trust in me to lose his faith, it would be better for you to have a rock tied to your neck and be thrown into the sea”.
    He showed no mercy, on those selling doves in Jerusalem temple and drove them out (Luk 19). Again, in Mathew 23, he curses the scandalous leaders:- “Woe to you, Pharisees and you other religious leaders. Hypocrites! For you won’t let others enter the kingdom of Heaven; and won’t go in yourself…..For you go to all lengths to make one convert and turn him into twice the son of hell”.
    What a light house is to a ship, is a good priest to the community. The life of a good priest is a life of great sacrifice. He guides the laity to distinguish between right and wrong and motivates them to go ahead through the right path. Hence the priests deserve respect, love and support. Nonetheless, when the angels turn devils in disguise, it preludes the greatest danger. That is why Jesus warns us in Mathew 7:-
    “Beware of false teachers who come disguised as harmless sheep, but are wolves that will tear you apart”.
    Angels were driven out of heaven, the very moment they disobeyed God and so also our first parents from the paradise. Prophet Jeremiah (23) burning in anger, shouts at the notorious leaders,
    “ I will send disaster up on the leaders of my people- the shepherds of my sheep- for they have destroyed my sheep and scattered the very ones they were to care for. Instead of leading my flock to safety, you have deserted them and driven them to destruction”.
    Hence the church should not be reluctant or embarrassed to get rid of the scandalous clergy. Quite often the Church seems to hush up scandals and the faithful get shocked and frustrated when those scandals come out in the lime light through the news papers or other media. At times such culprits are transferred secretly to a different place or post. As a result of this lenient attitude, the number of scandals goes on increasing, bringing disgrace, shame and above all, the moral and spiritual degradation of the community. The priests leading scandalous life need to be defrocked or excommunicated and punished so as to keep the clergy clean and safeguard the dignity and honour of all the good priests.

    It was a practice, to send boys for priesthood at a tender age when he is ignorant of the demands of that sacred vocation. More often than not, it was the parents or religious superiors who used to make the choice for the boys. Hence it is not surprising if such boys, later become scandalous priests. Poverty, obedience and chastity are some of the essential vows expected of the priestly life. Those who forget or ignore these vows are tempted to lead a free, luxurious and scandalous life. Unfortunately, some priests, who find the priestly life difficult, do not show sufficient courage to quit the priestly vocation, due to the stigma or fear or various other reasons.
    No doubt, shortage of good priests will lead to a spiritual crisis and it is a matter of concern for all. Celibacy is an enviable asset of a priest and allowing him to marry is not a solution to the problem. On the contrary it may even open up, a Pandora’s Box. There are a number of educated senior citizens, leading good spiritual life in every parish. Many of them are detached from worldly ambitions and responsibilities. These matured people can be picked up and trained to be good priests if they wish to do so. The training can be of short duration, learning what is most essential to be a good priest. After all, the disciples who were the first clergy were not given such long training like that of today. But the truth is that they did have the will to follow Jesus Christ. So a parish whether experiencing a shortage of priests or not can have a second line of priests to take care of the spiritual needs. When this new group of priests together with whole community, celebrate the Holy Eucharistic service, the promise of Jesus, “Where two or three gather in my name, I will be with you”, will be fulfilled. Hence, the shortage of priests, which is increasing at an alarming rate in many places, especially in the western countries – which is a matter of worry for the Catholic Church today can be solved. However, the church should continue the present practice of training youngsters with genuine vocation for priesthood provided; they are prepared to leave priesthood gracefully, the moment they find it difficult to carry on, the way the Lord expects them.
    Jesus did reiterate that those who want to follow Him should leave everything behind and should not worry to take even an extra pair of slippers or a change of clothes. This means, a total surrender of all kinds of comforts. But it is surprising that, some of the priests today, individually own, motorbikes, motor cars, properties and what not. Of course, such things should be there as the common property of the religious society or parish. It was money which tempted Judas to betray his own master. So, is it important that the church should be extremely careful in collecting funds and it’s proper utilization. Priests should not be paid for various religious services. But proper monthly salary should be fixed so that the priest can make a decent living. It should be the duty of the parish to take good care of their priests. It is better that parish committee take care of the money matters in a transparent manner and the priests, the spiritual matters.
    If the priests are bad, the community will also be bad. If they are good the community will be good and vice versa. So it is a vicious circle .It will be ideal, to form a vigilance committee consisting of the people of high integrity, selected or elected by the members of the community and authorities, to prevent all kinds of scandals. Those who have any undesirable experience from the part of the priests or others in the parish or any catholic institutions should feel free to report such matters to this committee in a confidential manner without fear. The aim should be to find out scandals if any, going on within catholic community and to take necessary steps to prevent them. The Church should be vigilant to identify scandalous persons and “Cast out such people from the fellowship of the church”, as St. Paul advices in 1 Corinthians 5,
    This may help to put a stop to the practice, of washing the dirty linen in public. Hence, it is high time for the whole catholic community to wake up and extend full support and co -operation to the Holy Father Pope Francis, who has shown tremendous spiritual courage in cleansing the Church so that the Catholic Church will become a true spiritual institution in spreading the message of peace, love and universal brotherhood.

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    Jose Mathew Ovelil ( Ex-Principal, ACDIL high school)

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