Monday, 28 June 2010

Some hidden information contained in famous logos

This logo doesn’t seem to hide much at first sight, but it gives you a little insight in the philosophy behind the brand. First of all, the yellow swoosh looks like a smile: want to have the best customer satisfaction. The swoosh also connects the letters a and z, meaning that this store has everything from a to z.
This is probably one of the best known logos with a hidden meaning. If you look closely, you’ll see an arrow that’s formed by the letters E and x. This arrow symbolizes speed and precision, two major selling points of this company.
Continental is a manufacturer of tyres. You could actually see this in their logo, because the first two letters create a 3-dimensional tyre.
Toblerone is a chocolate-company from Bern, Switzerland. Bern is sometimes called ‘The City Of Bears’. They have incorporated this idea in the Toblerone logo, because if you look closely, you’ll see the silhouette of a bear.
Baskin Robins
The old logo of Baskin Robbins had the number 31 with an arc above it. The new logo took this idea to the next level. The pink parts of the BR still form the number 31, a reference to the 31 flavours.
Sony Vaio
Sony Vaio is a well known brand of laptops. But did you know that the name Vaio logo also had a hidden meaning? Well, the first two letters represent the basic analogue signal. The last two letters look like a 1 and 0, representing the digital signal.
Carrefour is one of the biggest European retailers, and it’s also French for “crossroads”. The logo symbolizes this word via two opposite arrows. They also added the first letter of the name, because if you look closely you’ll see the letter C in the negative space between the two arrows.
Unilever is one of the biggest producers of food, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products. They produce a huge amount of different products and they wanted to reflect this in their logo. Each part of the logo has a meaning. For example: the heart represents love, care and health - feeling good, a bird is a symbol of freedom. Relief from daily chores – getting more out of life.
Formula 1
At first, this logo might not make much sense. But if you look closely, you’ll see the number 1 in the negative space between the F and the red stripes. I also love how this logo communicates a feeling of speed.
Sun Microsystems
The Sun logo is one of the most famous ambigrams in the world. You can read the brand name in every direction; both horizontally and vertically. This logo was designed by professor Vaughan Pratt of the Stanford University.
The NBC (National Broadcasting Company) is one of the biggest American television networks. I think most of you have already seen the peacock in this logo. The peacock has 6 different tail feathers, referring to the six divisions at the time that this logo was created. The peacock’s head is flipped to the right to suggest it was looking forward, not back.

Abune Melketsedek verstorben

Seine Heiligkeit Abune Melketsedek, Erzbischof von Kembata, Hadiya, Gurage und Silte ist letzten Samstag verstorben.

Unter seiner Heiligkeit fand das tausendjährige Mehur Eyesus Kloster zu neuem Glanze. Er liess es ausbauen und um Bildungseinrichtungen erweitern. Zudem reiste er häufig durch Europa, um Spenden für seine unzähligen humanitären und geistlichen Projekte zu sammeln.So kam seine Heiligkeit auch mehrmals in die Schweiz und nahm auch zweimal an der Orthodoxen Vesper zu Ehren der Stadtheiligen Felix, Regula und Exuperantius in Zürich teil.

Unermüdlich setzte er sich für Waisenkinder ein, denen er ein neues Zuhause gab und ihnen eine Schulbildung ermöglichte.

Die Debre Gennet Qiddist Maryam Kirchgemeinde in Opfikon-Glattbrugg wurde von seiner Heiligkeit mehrmals mit einem Besuch beehrt, wodurch über die Jahre eine enge Verbindung zu ihm entstanden ist.

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Picture of the Week (featured theme: self-determination)

(Featured theme: Self-determination)
The highest manifestation of life consists in this: that a being governs its own actions. A thing which is always subject to the direction of another is somewhat of a dead thing.
(Thomas Aquinas)

Sunday, 27 June 2010

St. Mary's MSOC Vienna conducted their annual Grill(BBQ) and Sports day

St. Mary's MSOC Vienna conducted their annual Grill(BBQ) and Sports day on the 12th of June 2010.

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Tuesday, 22 June 2010

SOC Youth Convention In North America, Canada

This years Syriac Orthodox youth convention in North America will be in Toronto Canada. The time of this event is 1st of July to 4th of July. The activities for the whole wekeend are among others workshops, seminars, gala party, cruise, a Holy mass and farewell lunch. The theme of this years convention is “You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world…”

May God enlighten our youth to go the right path in their lives.

This is the formal invitation of the convention written by Fr. Stephanos Issa.

To the Syriac Orthodox Youth of North America:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! By God’s grace, it is an honour for me to invite you to join us in the 2010 Syriac Orthodox Youth Convention at St. Barsaumo Church in Toronto, Canada, from July 1 to July 4, 2010. Our Youth Convention Committee and church members have planned a time of spiritual refreshment and enjoyment for you to participate with fellow worshippers from Canada and the United States.

This year’s Convention Theme is found in Matthew 5:13-14, “You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world…” As Christians, we are members of Christ and represent His message and teachings through our lives. As Christ lives within us, His light shines through us and spreads His message to open the eyes of those who do not know Him, for the praise of our Father in Heaven. It is an indescribable blessing to let the Lord work through us and give meaning to our lives and the lives of others.

I am very excited to have you join us and hope to spend time together learning more about the Lord’s desire and giving praise to Him. Among spiritual gatherings and workshops, this will also be a time of fun and laughter together as we have many activities planned for you. I pray that you will have a safe trip in July and that the Lord blesses you always.

Yours truly in Christ,

Very Reverend Father Stephanos Issa

Determination and Persistence

This is a real life story of engineer John Roebling building the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, USA back in 1870. The bridge was completed in 1883, after 13 years.

In 1883, a creative engineer named John Roebling was inspired by an idea to build a spectacular bridge connecting New York with the Long Island. However bridge building experts throughout the world thought that this was an impossible feat and told Roebling to forget the idea. It just could not be done. It was not practical. It had never been done before.

Roebling could not ignore the vision he had in his mind of this bridge. He thought about it all the time and he knew deep in his heart that it could be done. He just had to share the dream with someone else. After much discussion and persuasion he managed to convince his son Washington, an up and coming engineer, that the bridge in fact could be built.

Working together for the first time, the father and son developed concepts of how it could be accomplished and how the obstacles could be overcome. With great excitement and inspiration, and the headiness of a wild challenge before them, they hired their crew and began to build their dream bridge.

The project started well, but when it was only a few months underway a tragic accident on the site took the life of John Roebling. Washington was also injured and left with a certain amount of brain damage, which resulted in him not being able to talk or walk.

“We told them so.” “Crazy men and their crazy dreams.” “It’s foolish to chase wild visions.”

Everyone had a negative comment to make and felt that the project should be scrapped since the Roeblings were the only ones who knew how the bridge could be built.

In spite of his handicap Washington was never discouraged and still had a burning desire to complete the bridge and his mind was still as sharp as ever. He tried to inspire and pass on his enthusiasm to some of his friends, but they were too daunted by the task.

As he lay on his bed in his hospital room, with the sunlight streaming through the windows, a gentle breeze blew the flimsy white curtains apart and he was able to see the sky and the tops of the trees outside for just a moment.

It seemed that there was a message for him not to give up. Suddenly an idea hit him. All he could do was move one finger and he decided to make the best use of it. By moving this, he slowly developed a code of communication with his wife.

He touched his wife’s arm with that finger, indicating to her that he wanted her to call the engineers again. Then he used the same method of tapping her arm to tell the engineers what to do. It seemed foolish but the project was under way again.

For 13 years Washington tapped out his instructions with his finger on his wife’s arm, until the bridge was finally completed. Today the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge stands in all its glory as a tribute to the triumph of one man’s indomitable spirit and his determination not to be defeated by circumstances. It is also a tribute to the engineers and their team work, and to their faith in a man who was considered mad by half the world. It stands too as a tangible monument to the love and devotion of his wife who for 13 long years patiently decoded the messages of her husband and told the engineers what to do.

Perhaps this is one of the best examples of a never-say-die attitude that overcomes a terrible physical handicap and achieves an impossible goal.

Often when we face obstacles in our day-to-day life, our hurdles seem very small in comparison to what many others have to face. The Brooklyn Bridge shows us that dreams that seem impossible can be realised with determination and persistence, no matter what the odds are.

How the poor live

One day, a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”

“It was great, Dad.”

“Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked.

“Oh yeah,” said the son.

“So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father.

The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden, and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden, and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard, and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on, and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us; they have friends to protect them.”

The boy’s father was speechless.

Then his son added, “Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are.”

MJSSA Essay Competition for sunday school students

Monday, 21 June 2010

WCC mission body to revamp ecumenical understanding of mission for the 21st century

H.G Dr. Mor Coorilos Geevarghese as the moderator represented Universal Syriac Orthodox Church

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission on World Mission and Evangelism has launched a process aimed at an overhaul of the ecumenical understanding of Christian mission.

Two key steps in the process will be a mission event scheduled for March 2012 and a new affirmation on mission and evangelism to be submitted to the upcoming WCC 10th Assembly, which is due to take place in Busan, Republic of Korea (South Korea) in 2013.

The WCC Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME) took these decisions at its 7- 10 June meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland, which followed the Edinburgh 2010 conference commemorating the hundredth anniversary of a landmark 1910 World Mission Conference in the same city.

For the WCC, the authoritative missiological text is currently the document Mission and Evangelism - An Ecumenical Affirmation adopted by the WCC central committee in 1982. This landmark document draws on insights from Protestant, Evangelical, Orthodox and Roman Catholic mission theologies. It keeps a fruitful tension between the commitment to the proclamation of the gospel and the prophetic role of the churches.

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Picture of the Week (Featured theme: Music)

(Featured theme: Music)

“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.”

Friday, 18 June 2010

An interview with His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas

The Patriarchal Youth Organization, , has recently published the first and only EXCLUSIVE interview with His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch and Supreme head of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch and all the East!

In this unique interview His Holiness reflects upon his life and his journey from childhood all the way to being ordained as Patriarch. H.H also speaks about his role as Patriarch and how a normal day is lived as the shepherd of the Syriac Orthodox Church.

"If I preach, first of all I preach (to) myself, then I preach (to) the people."

"The main thing for us, the clergy, is to fear God, to be in faith and to love one another. To love God, love our Lord Jesus Christ, and love our neighbour. And to serve our church, and to serve anyone that needs our service, in a sacrifice way, not to be selfish. To deny ourself for the benefit of our church and humanity."

'We are proud of Melthodhaye which, in a short time, they took their position in the church as young people, the faithful, and holding (the) doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ. And trying to set themselves (as) a good example to our youth. I want them and pray for them to continue working for the benefit of the church... And I want all our youth to be like them and love the church, God, and their neighbours."

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Ten commandments on marriage

Commandment 1
Marriages are made in heaven.
But so are thunder and lightning.

Commandment 2
If you want your wife
to listen and pay strict attention
to every word you say;
talk in your sleep.

Commandment 3
Marriage is grand
-- and divorce is at least 100 grand!

Commandment 4
Married life is very frustrating.
In the first year of marriage,
the man speaks and the woman listens.
In the second year,
the woman speaks and the man listens.
In the third year,
they both speak and the neighbours listen.

Commandment 5
When a man opens
the door of his car for his wife,
you can be sure of one thing:
Either the car is new or the wife is.

Commandment 6
Marriage is
when a man and woman become as one.
The trouble starts
when they try to decide which one.

Commandment 7
Before marriage,
a man will lie awake all night
thinking about something you say.
After marriage,
he will fall asleep before you finish.

Commandment 8
Every man wants a wife
who is beautiful,
economical, and
a good cook.
But the law allows only one wife.

Commandment 9
Marriage and love are purely matter of chemistry.
That is why wives treat husbands like toxic waste.

Commandment 10
A man is incomplete until he is married.
After that, he is finished.

എടുക്കെടാ ശംമ്പളം......

Where is your salary?

Touching Moments of Father with their kids

Why always Mummy............ Daddy dis time:)

Touching Moments of Father with their kids..

Very cute pictures of fathers with their children. It is something usual to see a mother with her child on a picture, but when you see a father so loving and caring, it is someway even cuter. And sometimes, when they play with their children, they also remind big kids themselves :

At 4 Years
My daddy is great.

At 6 Years
My daddy knows everybody.

At 10 Years
My daddy is good but is short tempered

At 12 Years
My daddy was very nice to me when I was young.

At 14 Years
My daddy is getting fastidious.

At 16 Years
My daddy is not in line with the current times.

At 18 Years
My daddy is becoming increasingly cranky.

At 20 Years
Oh! Its becoming difficult to tolerate daddy. Wonder how Mother puts up
With him.

At 25 Years
Daddy is objecting to everything.

At 30 Years
It's becoming difficult to manage my son. I was so scared of my father
When I was young.

At 40 Years
Daddy brought me up with so much discipline. Even I should do the same.

At 45 Years
I am baffled as to how my daddy brought us up.

At 50 Years
My daddy faced so many hardships to bring us up. I am unable to manage
A Single son.

At 55 Years
My daddy was so far sighted and planned so many things for us. He is
One Of his kind and unique.

At 60 Years
My daddy is great.

Thus, it took 56 years to complete the cycle and come back to the 1st. Stage. Realize the true value of your parents before it’s too late.

Concelebrated Divine Liturgy of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the U.S.A

12 June 2010, Teaneck, New Jersey. The Annual Concelebrated Divine Liturgy of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the USA took place in St. Mark’s Syriac Orthodox Cathedral, Teaneck, New Jersey On June 12th, 2010. The Liturgy was celebrated this year according to the ancient rites of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church, presided by H.E. Archbishop Abuna Zecharias, Primate of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church Archdiocese of North- Eastern U.S.A. Participating in the Divine Liturgy also were the following Hierarchs: His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Orthodox Church in America, His Eminence Archbishop Mor Titus Yeldho of the Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America, His Eminence Archbishop Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim of the Syrian Orthodox Church for the Eastern USA. Present also were the Ethiopian Orthodox Archbishop of Trinidad, His Eminence Abuna Thaddaius and the retired Armenian Archbishop, His Eminence Yeghishe Gizirian. His Eminence His Grace Bishop David of the Coptic Orthodox Church was unable to participate due to his travel overseas. The Liturgy was served by several priests and deacons from the sister Oriental Orthodox Churches. A big crowd of parishioners from the Ethiopian Orthodox Church showed up with their choir and their traditional drums.
All the clergy walked in a procession to the church, amid clapping and chanting of the parishioners. Everybody enjoyed their chanting and music, which started them into worship. There was a great joy in the Church, especially after receiving Communion, which spread the feeling of oneness among the congregation. The Liturgy lasted over three hours. It was concluded by some warm thanksgiving words given by Archbishop Karim, in which he thanked His Eminence Zecharias and his clergy for agreeing to conduct the liturgy and for choosing our Cathedral for the celebration assuring them that they are always welcome. His Eminence also thanked the Hierarchs, the clergy and the parishioners for their presence and participation in this year’s Concelebrated Holy Liturgy.
After the conclusion of the celebration of the Holy Eucharist all participants were invited to a delicious Lenten Lunch provided by our sister Ethiopian Church

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Annual feast at the St. Mary's Knanaya Church at Lawala, Italy


Centenary Celebration of Metropolitan Ordination of St. Athanasius Paulose, 'Valiya Thirumeni of Malankara'

ANGAMALY: Centenary Celebration of Metropolitan Ordination of St. Athanasius Paulose, 'Valiya Thirumeni of Malankara' concluded at Akaparambu Mor Sabor Afroth JSO Cathedral on June 13, Sunday. H.B Catholicose Dr. Baselios Thomas I lead the Holy Penta Mass at the Cathedral. Metropolitans Their Graces Dr. Mor Severios Abraham, Dr. Mor Ivanios Mathews, Dr. Mor Theophilose Kuriakose, Mor Athanasius Elias, Mor Aphrem Mathews, Mor Eusebios Kuriakose, Dr. Mor Clemis Kuriakose & Mor Philaxinos Zacharias assisted. Lots of priests and thousands of faithful attended the function.

The public meeting was inaugurated by H.B Catholicos Dr. Baselios Thomas I. Dr. Mor Severios Abraham presided over the function. Honourable Minister S. Sharma inaugurated the distribution of endowment. Mor Athanasius Elias, UDF convenor Commander P. P Thankachan, K. P Dhanapalan MP, Church Secretry Bar Etho M'hero Thampu George Thukalan, Block Panchayath President K. J Issac & Vicar of Catholic Church Rev Fr. Thomas Pynadath spoke during the occasion. Rev Fr Poulose Arakkaparambil, Vicar of the Cathedral, Rev Fr. Varghese V Areekkal, Jacob Kooren & T.I Elias Thombra coordinated the function.

Annual general body meeting of MJSSA

PUTHENCURIZ: The annual general body meeting of MJSSA held at Puthencuriz on 12th of June. President of MJSSA & Metropolitan of Simhasana churches H.G Mor Dioscorus Kuriakose presided over the meeting. Catholicos H.B Baselios Thomas I delivered the keynote address. Students who scored high marks in the exams from class VI to X are awarded with prizes. Sunday school teachers who have completed 50 years in their service were also felicitated.