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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 

FROM OUR VICAR

Dear Friends in Christ,

Warm greetings in the matchless name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ!!

As far as our Diocese is concerned, the month of April is very important for we are about to elect the Pastorate committee members and Diocesan Council members on 25th of this Month. Therefore, in this news letter, I would like to share a few thoughts regarding the Biblical understanding of Elections. There are two concepts of elections in the Bible. First concept is God’s Election of His people. In this election, the only criterion is the Grace of God. “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth”. (Deuteronomy 7:6) As we all know Christian community (Church) itself is a chosen community (elected community) (Ephe: 1:4). For God it was a very costly business, because God gave His only son for our redemption. The Holy Bible says in 1st Peter Chapter 1 verse 18 , “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as Silver or Gold that you were redeemed from the empty ways of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”  We are elected to be the children of God, which is the Church, the body of Christ.

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