strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed:
for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9
Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ!
doesn’t change, but He’s constantly changing methods & modes &
tactics & even people! If you’re without changes, then you fear not
God! Keeping this in mind it gives me immense joy to share with
you the website of St. Mary’s Church at 45 Elgin Road. The Church
today is filled with innovative people, youth and modern
visionaries. In order to connect with this nouveau congregation
and a modern society of the 21st century, a website becomes a powerful tool for the Church to spread its good work and reach out to the masses.
best wishes to the St. Mary’s Church in this newest effort of theirs in
the ministry of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Yours in His Service!
The Rt. Rev. Ashoke Biswas
Bishop of Calcutta Diocese,
Church of North India.
Revd.Sukhendu Biswas, The Presbyter
we stand at the threshold of a new year and a new decade the world
celebrates the beginning of a new year with a great mood and spirit.
practice of the celebration of the first day of the new year in joy and
festivity dates back to 4000 years.The Babylonians initiated the new
years celebration.It was spring time.The fields were filled with
flowers and crops. The festivity would go for eleven days. In the
earlier days Romans celebrated the new year in the month of March in
honour of God Mars, the God of war.But later in 153 B.C. the Roman
senate passed a law that 1st January would be the first day of a new
year.Afterwards it was Emperor Julias Ceaser in the year 46
B.C. introduced the Julian calender passing a Royal Decree that
1st January is ‘the Day’ to be celebrated in honour of Janus, the God
of all beginnings and the gatekeeper of heaven.New year then celebrated
with much glamour and gaity, with cheers and charity, with gladness and
goodeness. It was a time for sharing of the gifts and greetings.
new year is a time to ring out the old and ring in the new.Much later
it was Emperor Constantine made it a day of prayer and fasting, purging
oneself by confessing sins and making a new beginning in the moral and
spiritual life. Today let us celebrate the new year with greater faith
and understanding in Jesus Christ. St. Paul writes in the second
letter to the Corinthians (5:17), “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things
have become new.” Today is the day to put away the old, and with all
the humility of our hearts, let us lift our arms to Jesus, and “walk in
newness of life” (Romans 6:4). St. Paul encourages us to “walk
circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because
the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16).Men are often trapped in
Self-Sufficiency, Self-Will, Self- Seeking, Self-Righteousness which
lead mankind to estrangement from God, from others and from one’s
own-self.The mark of a Chrstian new beginning is leaving the past
life or old baggages, leaving one’own dead body, and leaving one’s own
May we treat
every day of the new year with Jesus as a “new experience, a brand new
opportunity and a new hope” to leave the old things behind and walk
steadfastly in the newness of life.Let us approach The Lord Jesus
Christ with a spirit of adoration.Let us bring to Him the best gift-
the gift of loving and obedient heart.
Wishing you and your family a very blessed 2018. May this year fill your hearts and homes with Devine Mercy asnd Grace.