This video contains my talk at the training of the Acolytes of Thrissur diocese conducted on August 24th 2016 at Unity Chapel of Orthodox Bishop's House Mannuthy. There are four points in the talk. One, one of the good things about the Western culture is that they have a systematic way of doing things. We need to learn that cultural element in every thing we do in our life and particularly in worship. There is nothing in worship that it can be done this way or that way, only the proper organized way. Two, the purpose of history which is to learn from history; three, why Uzza died when he tried to support the Ark of Covenant while it was taken by King David to his city and when the cart carrying the Ark was about to turn aside (2 Sam. 6:6, 7); and four, why Simon who supported the cross of Jesus did not die (Matt. 27:32; Mk. 15:21; Lk. 23:26)? My reply to the last two questions was, Uzza was trying to protect the Ark which is the symbol of the presence of God. God doesn’t need any support or promotion by humans. But He needs humans to support the cross which is the symbol of the message of God’s love and salvation toward His creation. This is what Simon was asked to support. He was asked to participate in God’s plan to save His creation and not God himself. God doesn’t need any advocate, rather He needs people to support his cause. These points are related to the first, the purpose of history. The lesson from these two historical events will tell us that we need to support and spread the Good News of the cross and not support the identity or existence of God Himself which is God’s job to do. Our job is to be the witness to the message of the cross.
We conduct this training programme twice a year. Each acolyte is to attend at least one training programme every year for him to be eligible to be in the Alter continuously. We also have published a hand book with every single detail of the duties of an acolyte in the Alter. This handbook was translated in to English by St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church, Toronto. Malayalam book can be had from diocesan office and soft copy of English version can be had from the metropolitan.