“Be 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!
God 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.
My 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.
New Year’s Message
Revd.Sukhendu Biswas, The Presbyter
As 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.
The 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.
The 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 grave.
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 2011. May this year fill your hearts and homes with Devine Mercy asnd Grace.