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Orthodox Christian Youth Movement (OCYM)

The Orthodox Christian Youth Movement

The Orthodox Christian Youth Movement (OCYM), the Youth-wing of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Chruch is in its 83rd year of active leadership and Christian witness in the Church and society. It contributes to the goodness and progress of the Church and community in the three-fold path of worship, study and service. It aims at moulding the minds and visions of the youth against the background of the contemporary issues.

Movement through the years

Looking back, we see the seeds of the Youth Movement planted by the visionary leaders of the church during the latter half of the nineteenth century. A spiritual organisation with the name Yuvajana Sangam was working effectively in various places and parishes along with other organisations like Sunday school, suvishesha sangam etc. They helped a lot to anchor the mother church safely in the storm created by the renewal group.

It was in the year 1933 that the attempts to bring together the local youth fellowships and to start a Parish–Centred Syrian Yuvajana Sangam, (Youth league) was materialized with the active leadership of Joseph Mar Severios Valakuzhyil Episcopos (President) and Rev. Fr. T. S. Abraham (Secretary).

The historic Conference in 1936 held at Mavelikara broadened the vision of the Yuvajana Sangam and it was established as the official wing of the Church with Metropolitan Geevarghese Mar Philoxenos (Puthenkavil Kochu Thirumeni) as its President and Clery P. E. Daniel (Later Daniel Mar Philoxenos) as general secretary.

The year 1958 was decisive for the youth in the sense that the annual conference held in Puthupally officially accepted the title ‘The Orthodox Christian Youth Movement’  and initiatives were taken to start a monthly publication with the title Orthodox Youth (now published with the title Orthodox Yuvajanam). The Movement continues its spiritual journey with broader visions and effective Christian youth leadership.

LEADERSHIP

The Movement has ever been blessed with the visionary leaders who have nurtured and nourished the movement against the challenges of the time.

Patron : His Holiness Baselious MarThoma Paulose II (Catholicose of the East & Malankara Metropolitan)

President : His Grace Yuhanon Mar Polycarpos (Metropolitan of Angamaly Diocese)

Vice President: Rev. Fr. Mathews T. John

General Secretary: Rev. Fr. P. Y. Jessen

Treasurer: Prinu T. Mathews

Delhi Diocese OCYM

President: H. G. Dr. Youhanon Mar Demetrios, the Diocesan Metropolitan

Vice-President: Rev. Fr. Aju Abraham

Mr. Samuel George Secretary
Mr. Robin Raju Joint Secretary
Mr. Saju Mathew Joint Secretary
Ms. Ashmi Ratheesh Joint Secretary
Mr. Anil V. John Treasurer
Mrs. Shoney Sam Lady Co-ordinator

easurer : Mr.Prinu T Mathews

Metropolitan's Message

In an age of instant communications and social sites it is a necessity to maintain a website to offer requisite information and guidance to the Church members and others. While the website has been in existence from the time of the late Metropolitan Job Mar Philoxenos, it has been revamped and updated to offer the…

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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