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Delhi Orthodox Diocesan Council (DODC)

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Every Diocese will have a Diocesan Council. Two Priests and four laymen elected by the Diocesan Assembly and the Diocesan Secretary will be the members of the Council. Their term of office will be five years. If in the meantime any vacancy arises in the Council the remaining members have the right to co-opt another instead. The Secretary of the Diocesan Assembly will be the Secretary of the council. The Diocesan Metropolitan will convene the Council and will preside over the meeting. The Diocesan Council usually meets at least twice a year. The Diocesan Council will prepare the budget for the Income and Expenditure of the Diocese.

The Delhi Orthodox Diocesan Council is the society registered by the Delhi Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church in 1979 (Reg. No. 10502 of 1979) under Societies registration act XXI of 1860 with Registrar of Societies, Delhi. The primary objectives of the council is to provide and administer the parishes, congregations, monasteries and convents, medical and educational institutions and cater to the welfare of the humankind, especially for the upliftment of the poor and the downtrodden by means of various charitable and service oriented endeavours.

Following is the list of the Delhi Orthodox Diocesan Council (D.O.D.C.) for the year 2012-2017:

THE DELHI ORTHODOX DIOCESAN COUNCIL (REGD.)

President        :     His Grace Dr. Youhanon Mar Demetrios

Secretary        :     Very Rev. M.S. Skariah Ramban

S.No. Name Designation Contact
1. Rev. Fr. Philip M. Samuel Clergy A-2/201, Phase V,

Aya Nagar

New Delhi-110047

Mobile: 09810700130

2. Rev. Fr. M.C. Poulose

(on deputation)

Clergy St. Gregorios Medical Mission Hospital,

Parumala P.O.

Pathanamthitta, Kerala

Mobile: 09605500104

3.  

Rev. Fr. Saji Yohannan

 

Clergy Sophia Apartment

Flat No. 1, Abhay Khand-IV

Indirapuram, Ghaziabad,

UP-201014

Phone: 0120-6411621

Mobile: 9810397795

4.  

Rev. Fr. Ninan Philip

 

Clergy A-31 D, DDA Flats

Munirka

New Delhi

Mobile: 09654325901

5.  

Mr. K.G. Ninan

 

Laity St. Gregorios Orthodox Church

P.B. No. 2229, Sharjah, UAE

Phone: 00971-6-5661765

Mobile: 00971-506796755

6.  

Mr. K.C. Jose

 

Laity 85, Heera Nagar, D.C.M.

Ajmer Road, Jaipur,

Rajasthan-302024

Mobile: +91-9414820569

7.  

Mr. Sherin Mathew Varghese

 

Laity St. Mary’s Orthodox Church

Block No. X/1, Plot No. 92

Krishnapuram, G T Road

Kanpur-208007, UP

Mobile: +91-9839029584

8. Mr. Jose P. Laity House No. 5317, M.H.C.

Manimajra, Chandigarh

Mobile: +91-9988305317

9. Mr. Thomas Vaidhyan Laity JA 9D, D.D.A. Flats

Mayapuri, New Delhi-110064

Mobile: 9891474216

10. Mr. Mammen Mathew Laity S.C.-83, Sophia Appts

Abhaya Khand-4, Indirapuram

Ghaziabad, U.P.-201010

Mobile: 9818270745

11. Mr. Kochumman Thomas Laity 41-C, Pkt A-13, Kalkaji Extn.

New Delhi-110019

Mobile: 9910012210

12. Mr. Abraham Eapen Laity 42-B, Pkt.-B,

Dilshad Garden,

New Delhi-110095

Mobile: 9810213677

13. Dr. Rajan Varghese Laity B-32, Sec.- 49, Noida, U.P.

Mobile: 9911903203

14. Mr. A. C. George Laity A-99, Shivalik,

Malviya Nagar

New Delhi-110017

Mobile: 9810713267

15. Mr. Jose Kurian Laity Mobile: 9810036958
16. Mr. Jiji Thomson I.A.S. Laity Mobile: +91-9717884949
17.  

Mr. Biju Daniel

 

Laity P.O. Box: 283043

Dubai Investment Park-2, Dubai

Mobile: 00971-50-4581826

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Thought for the Month

By all accounts (narrated only in the Synoptic Gospels) the birth of Jesus is an event revealed only to a select group of people. When we put together the birth narratives we will find that those who are recipients of this birth are the poor shepherds and the Wise Men in addition to St. Joseph and St. Mary. As such it must be seen as an event that received scant attention and by and large the general public is exempt from this revelation. This is one of the reasons that the Eastern Orthodox Churches prefer to celebrate the appearance of Jesus at His baptism (Epiphany) rather than the Christmas. For, at His baptism the declaration of Jesus’ identity was clearly made public.

Why only this restricted announcement? Even with the angelic hosts announcing the event only the shepherds become aware of the significance of the child born in a stable in Bethlehem; St. Luke does not indicate that anyone else became aware of this announcement. We also have to ask why only the Wise Men in St. Matthew’s gospel? Were there no other persons who qualified for this revelation? The answer to these questions lie in the fact that these two categories of people alone met the condition who found favour with God as the angels pronounced. The shepherds were poor in spirit, which meant that their economic and social situations left them with no other support other than God. They could not avail of the subverting influence of gold or silver or political and social clout to gain a privileged positions. Their only hope was in God alone. Similarly the Wise Men sought to meet the great God who would alter the destiny of humankind and nations. They were not mesmerised by the glow of the star or of the lure of worldly wisdom. They sought the One God, and that One God alone. It is probably for these reasons that they alone were able to perceive the greatness of Jesus’ humble birth.

As we celebrate the Christmas with its joy and revelry it would be appropriate to ask ourselves if we own the necessary characteristics displayed by these two groups. Is our life based on God alone or does God come as a footnote to our power and prestige? What is it that we seek after during this Christmas season? Another fat bonus that swells our accumulated financial resources or the many gifts that provide us with fleeting joy? Let us be aware of the fact that even though the first coming of Jesus was announced to a restricted few, His Second Coming will be universally visible. And when we are called to account before our Lord and King, certainly to characteristics He will seek in us will be our complete faith in Him alone and that we have surrendered ourselves totally, body, mind and soul to Him. We have to also keep in mind the fact that at that juncture we will not have the option of either rejecting or accepting Jesus Christ.

For a moment let us imagine the scene around the crib. The birth of Jesus had the additional benefit of integrating all of creation. In addition to the Holy Family there are the angels, the Wise Men, the shepherds and the cattle. While such a scene is not found represented in the gospels it is nonetheless a familiar Christmas card picture. It certainly carries a message. Do our celebrations and services serve to unite all creation or are we isolated in commemorating the birth of Christ within our own preferred circles. The integration of all creation is an intrinsic part of the theology of the Eastern Church, yet another reason why it prefers the celebration of the baptism of Jesus as opposed to the Christmas. However, in this season of Christmas let us try to include all within the circle of our joy and happiness. Let us announce the divine birth to all so that all creation can join in the joyful celebration of our God becoming human so that we could become transformed into His likeness.

I wish you all a blessed Christmas and a joyful New Year!

Mar Demetrios