Thursday, 31 December 2009

For a Blessed New Year


The year is just ending. It was a fine year with many blessings from God, lot of love shared, lot of lives touched, lot of challenges faced, graces and gifts shared. And lots of sorrows,too, however, gifts fom God..

We shall kneel before the Almighty Father who has led us through each day to Jesus who walked with us as Emmanuel and to the Spirit who put thoughts and words and inspirations into our hearts.
WELCOME to the New Year which is His precious gift to us. May God be with you in this New year. He has opened a new account for us with a huge opening balance of love, compassion and care. We shall draw freely and spend lavishly on all those who come into our lives in 2010.

We do not know what all things are in store for us in the New Year. But we believe that God, the author of the Universe knows whatever will happen to the Universe as a whole and to us puny little humans in particular. But we believe in what St. Paul said: “Everything works for good for them that trust in God” (Rom. 8: 28).

With this faith let us face 2010 boldly and with great enthusiasm and expectations.

warm regards
Dn.Aji George, Rome

Christmas Message 2009 Competiton Winners

It's time to announce the winners of our Christmas Message Competition 2009, which we have conducted for the members of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Youth Association in the Middle Europe. Amazingly, we got a lot of good Christmas messages from different Middle European Countries such as Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Sweeden etc. I am grateful to all of you for sending us your Messages, for visiting our blog and encourging us.

With out any further introduction, dear Friends, please meet the winners of the Christmas Message Competition 2009:

1st Place: Jasmin Mathew of St.Mary's JSO Youth Association, Switzerland (48 Points)

2nd Place: Muthu Kakkattu of St.Mary's JSO Youth Association, Switzerland (43.5 Points)

3rd Place: Shiny Thadathil of St.Mary's MSO Youth Association, Vienna, Austria.(43 Points)

My dear winners, congratulations! Your Prize will be handed over at the venue of our next family conference.

We all are waiting for you to see your good messages and other literal contributions in our blog. I would like to extend my sincerest thanks and appreciation to Rev.Fr.Dr.Thomas Jacob, Germany, Rev.Dn.Aji George, Rome, and Mr.Binu Raveendra Nath, Austria who were the judges of the competition.

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Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Sheikh and Rajappan

A Sheikh was admitted at the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai for a heart transplant, but prior to the surgery the doctors  needed to store his blood in case the need arises. As the gentleman had a rare type of blood, it couldn't be found locally. So the call went out to a number of  countries.

Finally a malayalee named Rajappan
  Trichur , Kerala was located who had a similar type of blood.
Rajappan willingly donated his blood for the Sheikh. After the surgery, the Sheikh sent Rajappan as appreciation for giving his blood, a new Toyota Prado, diamonds, lapiz lazuri jewellery, and a Million Dinars.

Once again the Sheikh had to go through a corrective surgery. His doctor telephoned Rajappan who was more than happy to donate his blood again.

After the second surgery, the Sheikh sent Rajappan a thank you card and a jar of Almond halwa sweets.

Rajappan was shocked to see that the Sheikh this time did not reciprocate Rajappan's kind gesture as he had anticipated.


He phoned the Sheikh and said "This time also I thought that you would give me Toyota Prado, Diamonds and Jewellery... .
But you gave only a thank you card and a jar of Almond sweets.

At this the Sheikh replied:

" Mone I have a malayalee's blood in my veins!"

Friday, 25 December 2009

christmas Message 2009

Un angioletto che viene giù da caminetto,
l'ho mandato di nascosto per far luce in ogni posto...
che porta festa e tanto amore alle persone che ho nel cuore... Auguri di Buon Natale 2009.

Jithin Sabu

christmas Message 2009

E' un Natale di pace per tutti .... spero che questo 2010 sia il piu' bello e divertente giorno della nostra vita.... vi auguro un Natale di tante luci, rosso come il fuoco, come la candela, e bianco come la neve... Buon Natale e Buon Anno a tutti :)

Justin Joseph

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Christmas Message 2009

Dear Friends,
Let this Christmas be a period of reflection

on our past and project to better them 
the years before us, 
let us show greater love 
and care for one another more in this year

With Greetings   

Subin Poomkottayil
Vienna, Austria      

Christmas Message 2009

Wishing you the Light of Hope 
that keeps the Future Bright ,
Wishing you a Christmas 
Touched with God´s  Eternal Light.

                   HAPPY NEW YEAR

Sunu Poomkottayil
Vienna, Austria

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Christmas Message 2009

 Die Heiligen Drei Könige

Sie frugen in jedem
Städtchen: 'Wo geht der Weg
nach Bethlehem , ihr lieben
Buben und Mädchen?' Die
Jungen und Alten , sie
wussten es nicht , die Könige
zogen weiter , sie folgten
einem goldenem Stern , der
leuchtete lieblich und heiter.
Der Stern bleibt stehen über
Josefs Haus , da sind sie hin
eingegangen; das Öchslein
brüllt , das Kindlein schrie ,
die heiligen Drei Könige

Fröhe Weihnachten

Gelmin Kakkattu, 
Vienna, Austria

Christmas Message 2009

May the birth of Christ, 
lead us to spiritual revival, 
enable us to receive joy 
and peace within ourselves, 
dedicate our lives to the service of others,
let us practice the heavenly 
quality of love and make room for Jesus in our lives.

 Shiny Thadathil,
Vienna, Austria

Monday, 21 December 2009

A Magic House

This is something really interesting... try it out!

Can anyone describe how this works?

Christmas Message 2009


                      Wünscht Sandra Palpathu

                                                    Österreich Wien  

Christmas Greetings

Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.

Christmas Message 2009

ഇലകളാല്‍ സമൃദ്ധമായ മരങ്ങള്‍ മഞ്ഞുകാലത്തില്‍ അവ  പൊഴിക്കുമ്പോഴും,
  ടാനന്‍ വൃക്ഷങ്ങള്‍ സമൃദ്ധമായ പര്‍ണ്ണങ്ങളാല്‍ പ്രശോഭിക്കുന്നതുപോലെ,
വെളിച്ചം പൊഴിഞ്ഞ ലോകത്തിനു ജീവന്‍റെ ആര്‍ജ്ജവവും, പ്രത്യാശയും,
രക്ഷയും നല്‍കാന്‍ ദൈവത്തിന്‍റെ പുത്രന്‍ മനുഷ്യനായി പിറന്ന
ക്രിസ്മസ് സുദിനം.

മാലാഖവൃന്ദം അന്നാരാവില്‍  ആലപിച്ച സ്വര്‍ഗ്ഗീയ ആശംസ 
 ഞാന്‍ നിങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് നേരുന്നു.

"ഭൂമിയില്‍ ദൈവപ്രസാദമുള്ള മനുഷ്യര്‍ക്ക്‌ സമാധാനം"

ഒത്തിരി സ്നേഹത്തോടെ

 മുത്ത് കക്കാട്ട്

Christmas Message 2009

Es fallen Flocken auf den Weg,
mal sehen wie es weiter geht.
Ein Hase hoppelt hin und her,
dem Weihnachtsmann fällt es so schwer,
   all Kinder hier auf dieser Welt ein Geschenk
zu machen das ihm gefällt.
Ja so ein Abend der ist toll der Weihnachts-
markt der ist voll.
    Sie kaufen einmal hier und da,
                  wir freuen uns aufs nächste Jahr. 

 Sandra John, 
Syrian Orthodox Youth,

Christmas Message 2009

നമ്മളെല്ലാവരും സ്തുതിക്കുന്ന നമ്മുടെ യേശുവിന്റെ പിറന്നാള്‍,
 യേശുവിന്റെകൂടെ  എല്ലാവരും കുടുംബത്തോടെ ഒത്തുചേര്‍ന്ന്
സന്തോഷത്തോടെ ആഘോഷിക്കുന്ന ഒരു ദിവസമാണ് ക്രിസ്മസ്.

ലോകത്തില്‍ വെളിച്ചം നിറഞ്ഞു.
ക്രിസ്മസ് രാത്രിയില്‍ താരകങ്ങള്‍ കണ്ണ് ചിമ്മുന്നു.
യേശു സന്തോഷിക്കുന്നു. താരകങ്ങള്‍ സന്തോഷിക്കുന്നു.
ലോകം സന്തോഷിക്കുന്നു.
ഞാനും എന്റെ കുടുംബവുംകൂടെ സന്തോഷിക്കുന്നു.

നിങ്ങളും നിങ്ങളുടെ കുടുബവും സന്തോഷിക്കാന്‍
എല്ലാവിധ ക്രിസ്മസ് ആശംസകളും നേരുന്നു.

നിമിഷ കക്കാട്ട്

Christmas Message 2009

ക്രിസ്തുമസ് എന്നത് 
സന്തോഷത്തിന്‍റെയും നന്‍മയുടെയും നാളുകള്‍ ആണല്ലോ. 
മാനവകുലത്തിന്‍റെ  രക്ഷക്കായി മന്നില്‍ പിറന്ന ദൈവപുത്രന്   
മാലാഖമാര്‍ പാടിയതുപോലെ നമുക്കും പാടാം. 
അത്യുന്നതങ്ങളില്‍  ദൈവത്തിനു മഹത്ത്വം. 
ഭൂമിയില്‍‍ സന്മനസുളളവര്‍ക്കൂ  സമാധാനം. 
ഇതാ വീണ്ടും ഒരു ക്രിസ്തുമസ് ആഗതമായി.  
ക്രിസ്തുമസ് സമ്മാനങ്ങളും പുല്‍ക്കൂടുകളും ഒരുക്കി 
ബേത് ലഹേമില്‍  നമുക്കായി പിറന്ന ലോകരക്ഷിതാവിന്‍റെ  പിറവിയെ നമുക്ക് ഒരിക്കല്‍  കൂടി വരവേല്‍ക്കാം. എല്ലാവര്‍ക്കും  സന്തോഷത്തിന്‍റെയും സമാധാനത്തിന്‍റെയും 
ക്രിസ്തുമസ് ആശംസകള്‍ നേരുന്നു.
Happy Christmas

Tijitha Mathew, Switzerland

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Christmas Message 2009

ഒരു ദൈവീകമായ അനുഗ്രഹം പോലെ,
നിര്‍മലമായ ഒരു മഞ്ഞുതുള്ളിപോലെ,
സ്നേഹത്തിന്റെയും, നന്മയുടെയും, സമാധാനത്തിന്റെയും, പ്രതീകമായ
ഒരു നല്ല ക്രിസ്മസ്കാലംകൂടി വരവായി.
അപ്പൂപ്പന്‍താടിപോലെ പെയ്തുവന്ന മഞ്ഞിന്‍തുള്ളികള്‍
എന്നോട് ചോദിച്ചു: "എന്താണ് ക്രിസ്മസ്?"
"നക്ഷത്രങ്ങള്‍ പൂത്തുലഞ്ഞരാവില്‍ മനുഷ്യരക്ഷക്കായി ബേത്ലഹേമിലെ
കാലിത്തൊഴുത്തില്‍ ജനിച്ച ക്രിസ്തുവിന്റെ പിറന്നാളാണ്   ക്രിസ്മസ്.
സകുടുംബം ഒത്തൊരുമിച്ചു സ്നേഹവും, സംപ്രീതിയും, പങ്കുവെച്ചും,
കൈനിറയെ സമ്മാനങ്ങള്‍ നല്‍കിയും,

ദൈവവഴിയിലൂടെ സഞ്ചരിച്ചുവേണം 

നാം ക്രിസ്മസ് ആഘോഷിക്കാന്‍", ഞാന്‍ പറഞ്ഞു.

ബിബിയ കക്കാട്ട്

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Christmas Message 2009

മഞ്ഞിന്‍  തൂവെളള നിറം പോലെ വിശുദ്ധിയാര്‍ന്ന  ഒരു ക്രിസ്തുമസ് സുദിനം കൂടി വരവായി.  
കണ്ണിനു കുളിര്‍മ്മയേകുന്ന നക്ഷത്രവിളക്കുകളുടെ പൊന്‍പ്രഭയില്‍  വഴിത്താരകള്‍ മുങ്ങി നില്‍ക്കവെ....
കരോള്‍ ഗാനങ്ങളുടെ ഈരടികള്‍ ശ്രവിക്കവെ....
മനസിനു സന്തോഷം പ്രദാനം ചെയ്യുന്ന സുഖകരമായ ഒരനുഭൂതിയില്‍  നമ്മള്‍ക്കു അലിഞ്ഞു ചേരാം.
ഉണ്ണീശോയുടെ പ്രകാശം സ്പുരിക്കുന്ന പുഞ്ചിരി 
ലോകത്തിനു സന്തോഷവും ശാന്തിയും സമാധാനവും ഏകട്ടെ 
എന്നു പ്രാര്‍ത്ഥിച്ചു കൊണ്ട് 
ഒരായിരം ക്രിസ്തുമസ് പുതുവത്സരാശംസകള്‍ നേരുന്നു.


 ജാസ്മിന്‍ മാത്യു, സ്വിറ്റ്സര്‍ലണ്ട് 

Friday, 18 December 2009

Christmas Message 2009

I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world.

May your Christmas be filled with joy and happiness. Best wishes for now and the coming year

With Greetings
Sherin Scaria, Sweden

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Christmas Message 2009

A song was heard at Christmas
To wake the midnight sky
A saviour's birth, and peace on earth
And praise to God on high.
As you celebrate Christmas, may you experience true love. 

Jesus is the reason for the season and he is the epitome of true love.
Merry Christmas 

By Tilja Mathew, Syrian Orthodox Youth, Switzerland

Christmas Message 2009

മനുഷ്യരക്ഷക്കായ്‌ സ്വര്‍ഗത്തില്‍ നിന്ന് നീട്ടപ്പെട്ട കരമാണ് യേശു.
സ്വര്‍ഗത്തില്‍നിന്നു നീട്ടിയ യേശുവിനെ ഹൃദയത്തിലേക്കു നാം സ്വീകരിക്കണം.
അവിടുന്ന് നമ്മുടെ ഹൃദയത്തില്‍ ജനിക്കണം. അവിടുത്തെ അമ്രിതവച്ചസുകള്‍ നമ്മുടെ
ഹൃദയത്തിലും ജീവിതത്തിലും പതിയണം. അവിടുത്തെ ശാന്തിയും സമാധാനവും സ്വീകരിക്കുവാന്‍ നമ്മുടെ ഹൃദയവും മനസ്സും അവിടുത്തെക്കായ്‌ തുറക്കണം.
എങ്കില്‍ മാത്രമേ ഏതു ക്രിസ്മസ് ആഘോഷവും അര്‍ത്ഥപൂര്‍ണമാവൂ.
എല്ലാവര്‍ക്കും എന്‍റെ ക്രിസ്മസ് ആശംസകള്‍ 

ഒത്തിരി സ്നേഹത്തോടെ ബിനു

Monday, 14 December 2009

Prize Winner of the Youth Carol Contest

St. Mary's Youth Choir Vienna won second Prize in the Ecumenical Carol Singing Contest 2009. The Ecumenical Prayer and Carol Singing Programme was orgnized for the Malayalee Pravasi Christians in the Vienna City in order to encourage ecumenical relationships among the Syrian Christians from Kerala and to deepen their indian christian spirituality as well as the Malayalam language. This programme was held at Pfarre Maria Lourdes Meidling, Hasckagasse 5, 1120 Wien on on Sunday 13th December, 2009 and about 18 teams were participated in the Competition. St.Mary's Youth Association, Vienna participated in A type Competition, which means competition for music without accompaniment. It is the second time that our team in this Competition achieving this prestigious trophy.

Vienna St.Mary's MSO Church got three Prizes in this Competition and First Prize for the Senior Group and First Prize for the Junior Group are the rest of the Winners for Church. Ms. Blessy Mol Ulloorikara, Ms. Sunu Poomkottayil, Ms. Sandra Palpathu, Ms. Claudia Anjeril and Master Nirmal Thuruthummel were the members in our St.Mary's Youth Choir for this Carol Competition.


Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Pastoral message of the month - December 2009

Holy Night, but a Silent Night?

    In the year 1818, on the eve of the Christmas day, a song heard for the first time in St. Nicholas church, a village church in Oberndorf, near Salzburg, Austria. The assistant priest Rev. Fr. Joseph Mohr and the choir director Franz Xaver Gruber composed a song and sung with the accompaniment of Fr. Mohr’s guitar. There comes into bloom an ever-green carol song, “Silent Night Holy Night” (Stille Nacht Heilige Nacht), which still stands the best amidst the test of the times.

    On that “Holy Night” the Son of God incarnated for the human liberation from clutches of bondages, however, was that night really “Silent Night”? On that night when Christ came down from heaven to earth, the soldiers were running to behead the young babes, while the shepherds were running to kneel down at the manger. On that night, the cries of mothers were echoing around the manger seeing the blood of their babes, on other side the king’s patience was running out due to the birth of the King of Kings.

    Today’s night too, not that silent still, as it was in 2000 years ago. The cries of natural world due to heavy misuse of resources are at its zenith, the cries of starving millions, including babes are too in its heights, due to lack of living avenues. Millions of people are still running, some to save their lives from the destructive forces and destructive weapons, others to meet their both ends and some to grab other’s fortunes to amass wealth. The “cries and runnings” are still flowing without any stubborn hindrance.

    We have come to a juncture, to re-think ourselves in order to qualify our Christian lives in the midst of life-threatening structures of today. The pertinent question I would like to ask in this context is: Can we pose for a moment to have a deliberate thinking over the “Cries and Running” which break the “Silence” amidst “Holiness”? Can we ponder over Christian values in order to bring its essence for wiping out “Cries and Running”?  Can we post Christian Praxis in our lives to transform “Cries and Running” to “Happiness and Peaceful Living”?

   Youth, a vibrant age in our life time, has the strength to act as a catalyst to bring positive changes among the negative forces. Let this year’s “Holy Night” gives an impetus to you all to promote “changes in attitudes” in order to labor for fullness of other’s life too, for Christ’s incarnation rooted in “… have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). Let us strive hard in one accord to bring back that “Celebration of Life” in the Eden Gardens to this Earth Gardens. Let me conclude with Mor Ephrem’s prayer from Hymns on the Nativity 1:95. He sings,

On this day a gift came out to us without asking for it;
let us then give alms to those who cry out and beg from us.

With heartfelt wishes of a joyful and blessed “Holy Night”, let me sum up this “silent thought”.

Fr. Jomy Joseph, Switzerland

If Columbus was married!

Clever guy.. he remained bachelor! He he...!

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Carol Service in Vienna (Day 1 - 05 Dec 2009)

On 5th December, 2009, on the eve of St. Nicholas Day, we have visited many of our houses in Veinna singing Christmas Carol Songs, giving special gifts, conveying Christmas Greetings etc. Our Christmas carol reflects the very popular Malankara tradition (Kerala, India) where Carol bands are visiting all the houses with different musical instruments on the Christmas Eve. It was in last year that we have started  the Christmas Carol Service here in Vienna which was under the leadership of St.Mary's Malankara Syrian Orthodox Youth Association. That Carol Service was a great success and brought us a lot of appreciation. In this year, we are conducting our Carol Services both on 5th and 19th December, 2009. Last Saturday, we have covered most of the areas of Vienna City, and on 19th December, we are planning to visit the remaining houses in and outside Vienna. This year's Carol Service is a joint effort of the Managing Committee and the Youth Association of our Church and  that helped us to experience a magical team spirit which reflects  great warm and tender feelings of the youngsters as well as elders during the advent time because Joy of Carol knows no age limits. In order to create an intimate and happy atmosphere and to convey the message of Jesus's birth in different way, we have organized a competition for Christmas trees. This helped us to provide our Church members a lot of fun and quality time to prepare Christmas trees and to think about the baby Jesus' birth. Many of them decorated their houses with strings of lights, decorated Chrimas Trees, shining stars etc and many are in preparation. For them as well as for us, the spirit of Christmas has to light everyone's hearts and to bring a smile on their neighbour's faces.

To view more Carol Photos, please visit.... Album 1, Album 2 and Album 3

Report by: Fr. Biju Parekkattil, St. Marys MSOC, Vienna

മലയാളം കാരോള്‍ ഗാനങ്ങള്‍ (Malayalam Carol Songs)

Download Malayalam Carol Songs' Lyrics 
Click here to download the file
See below the list of songs.

  • Song No 01 - Yahoodiyayile oru graamathil
  • Song No 02 - Kaaval maalakhamaare, kannadaykkaruthe
  • Song No 03 - Doore ninnum doore..doore..ninnum
  • Song No 04 - Paithalaam yeshuve
  • Song No 05 - Puthiyoru pulari vidanrnnu mannil
  • Song No 06 - Rathri Rathri Rajatha Rathri
  • Song No 07 - Unaroo manassee…pakarooo gaanamritham
  • Song No 08 - Kunjilam umma tharaan naadhan koodevannu
  • Song No 09 - Kanyaka Suthanayi Innu ravil
  • Song No 10 - Christmas raavanja neram
  • Song No 11 - Kurunnu Paithaley, Kurunnu Paithale
  • Song No 12 - Thaarame, Pontharame
  • Song No 13 - Oru Dhivyatharam Vanil Udhichu
  • Song No 14 - Israyele Sthuthicheeduka
  • Song No 15 - Vinniluyarnnoru Santhi than Geetham
  • Song No 16 - Kanya Nanthana Vanthanam
  • Song No 17 - Innitha Vinsudhan Jathanayi
  • Song No 18 - Rajavin Rajav ezhunnellunnu
  • Song No 19 - Kathukalle Kelkunnuvo
  • Song No 20 - Mizhikal Chimmum Tharakallum

Monday, 7 December 2009

Your best Christmas photo

Dear Friends,

Send your Christmas photo, which you think is the best, to, we will add to our Christmas gallery!


Thank you very much!

MSOCME Youth Blog
"... where friends get together in HIS name."

Christmas message competition

Dear Friends,

On behalf of MSOCME Youth Blog we are conducting a Christmas message writing competition for its' members.

Compose your message with not more than 50 words in English/Deutch/Malayalam and send to with a nice photo of you. The message should reach us not later than 22nd December 2009. The winning message will be posted on the blog on 24th December 2009 and the prize will be handed over at the venue of next family conference.

Note the following points again:

1. Participant should be a member of MSOCME Youth
2. Only one message per participant

3. Message with photograph should reach on or before 22 Dec 2009
4. Message should not be more than 50 words

Thank you very much!

MSOCME Youth Blog
"... where friends get together in HIS name."

Christmas card 2009 by MSOC Vienna

Carol Service 2009 by Youth MSOC Switzerland

On Saturday, 5th December 2009, we had our Carol service in Switzerland. 3 years ago, our loving His Grace Theophilose Mar Kuriakose Thirumeni blessed us and gave us a good start for on the carol service and we are following it with all its values. Now our 4th Carol has been passed with great success like in the last years. We were 12 members from our Youth Association along with our leader Fr. Jomy Joseph, Benny uncle (Benny Kakkattu) and Anil uncle (Anil Korah).

Our Carol Service flagged off in Bern and continued our journey through Basel, Luzern, Frauenfeld till Zürich. All of us were treated with very delicious food and responses in every house we visited. We, The Syrian Orthodox Youth Switzerland are really thankful to Mr. Benny Kakkattu and Mr. Anil Korah for their great support and help which they have given us on this day and of course for our Vicar Fr. Jomy Joseph for all his support and guidance. A big Thanks deserves Master Christopher Padickakudy and Master Naveen Palamootil for being our Santa Claus. They did a great job as well. All together we had again an unforgettable Weekend. Last but not the least all the Youth members would like to appreciate the hard work of our Youth Committee Members Secretary Miss Jasmine Mathew, Treasurer Mr. Jeevan Mathew and PRO Miss. Tijitha Mathew. Hats off to you guys!!!! Looking forward to our next Carol...

See more photos at: Photo Album- Carol 09 - MSOC Switzerland

Report by: Tilja Mathew, Youth Association, MSOC Switzerland