Question And Answer


This is an edited version of two episodes combined of the talk show "Janakeeya Kodathy" recorded on Monday April 1, 2019 and telecasted on April 21st and 28th, 2019 by Channel 24, of Media City. The subject was the feud between Malankara Orthodox Church and Jacobite community and the court orders on the matter. I represented the Orthodox Church and H.G. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos of Niranam diocese represented the Jacobite community. I express courtesy to Channel 24 and the host Dr. Arun Kumar. Let the viewers review and decide merits of the matter.


Here are my notes of few questions I received since last posting of questions and clarifications:

Question 1. Dear Thirumeni

Hope thirumeni is fine. I have a doubt regarding the 8 day lent in September .I have studied in sunday school and heard from others one of the major difference between orthodox churches and catholic churches is on the theological topic whether St. Mary is a saint by birth or not .Orthodox churches oppose it. So lent of Aug. 1-15 is accepted by us and other is not accepted by us....


Question 1

Dear thirumeni,


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Dear thirumeni,


Here are my answers to some of the questions I received recently


Q. 1 I think in the Catholic Church, priests are allowed to conduct Feet Washing. Is there a tradition like that in our church, or has it been always the bishops? Would it be a nice idea to rethink the current practice, so that more people can experience it?


Dear Thirumeni,

My new questions are;

1. The meaning of 'let the dead bury their own dead (St. Math 8:22). Is it a proverb in Hebrew?

2. Should we sell all the properties and give it to poor to become true X'ians?

3. How the kingdom of god is related to non X'ians? We read all the nations will be gathered before our Lord and will be judged according to their works.

4. The meaning of 'shubaho veekkoro u segutho u rabisiyo yuso....' in the morning prayer.

5. The name in Syriac for the arch works in front of the thronose like in Manarcadu church.


Dear Thirumeni,
Hope you are doing well and in good health.


Here are few questions and my answers:

Question 1

Respected  Yuhanon Mar Meletius Thirumeni....


Question 1

Kindly let me know whether we can do engagement function on Wednesday, if yes, any restriction in food for all?. The function will be conducted by C.S.I people (bride’s family) and groom from Orthodox.

Thank you Tirumeni.

Answer 1


Here are my answers to some of the questions I received

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Dear Thirumeni

"Salvation is attained through the Holy church only; despite exceptions also is a possibility that again is determined by God".

Could you please define the Holy church?




Reply 1.

Dear Shibu

Church according to Orthodox understanding “is a community of faithful called together by God where the body and blood of Jesus Christ is shared under the supervision of a validly ordained episcopos and guided by the Holy Spirit”


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