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The CSI Immanuel Cathedral, Ernakulam (formerly known as CSI Immanuel Church under the Diocese of North Kerala of the Church of South India ) was dedicated more than 110 years ago. The site, originally comprising 56 cents, was bought in 1905 by Rev. J.H. Bishop and the original church was built largely through his efforts, in memory of Rev. E.B. Russel who was a missionary of the Church of England in
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Dear friends warm greetings,
Once again Church is entering into a Lenten season. ‘Lent’ in its literary meaning is ‘newness of life’. The word ‘Lent’is derived from a Latin word ‘Lentus’ which means ‘spring season’. It is obvious that in spring season, trees prepare for renewal by dropping its old leaves, and bringing new shoots and new sprouts. In Christian perspective, Lent season is time of preparation for beautification and renewal of Christian life, a time for spiritual cleansing, a time for taking spiritual inventory, and then cleaning out those things which hinder our corporate and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer to renew life, through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial. Lent was not observed by the first century Church. It was first addressed by the church at Rome during the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325, when Emperor Constantine officially recognized Christian Church, as the Official State Religion of Rome. In A.D 360, the Council of Laodicea officially commanded Lent to be observed. Originally, people did not observe lent for more than a week. Some kept it for one or two days. Others kept it for 40 consecutive hours, falsely believing that only 40 hours had elapsed between Christ’s death and resurrection. Eventually, it became 40 day period of fasting or abstaining from certain foods, following the examples of Moses, Elijah, and our Blessed Jesus Christ.