LCD 2012 National FundraiserDescriptions of the Saints on the ICON Bracelet
St. Thomas• St. Thomas is one of the most recognized saints of the Orthodox church. He arrived in Kerala in 52 A.D. and revealed Christ within India. St. Thomas‟s revelation of the need for Christ for true purification inspired many to form the Malankara Church.
St. George• St. George was an army officer who served the emperor Diacletes during the 4th century. When Diacletes began persecuting Christians, St. George refused to serve him and left the army. As a result, he was dragged through the streets and beheaded. There is a legend that states that St. George killed a great dragon that tormented the people of a city in the name of Jesus Christ. He is honored in numerous parishes of our Church as a symbol of our Lord winning over evil. His feast is celebrated on the 23rd of April.
Eldho Mar Baselios• Eldo Mor Baselios was consecrated Catholicos by the Patriarch of Antioch, Moran Mar Ignatius Abdul Masih I. At the age of 92, he traveled to India at the request of Mar Thoma II of the Malankara Orthodox Church to reverse the effects of the Portuguese elements among Malankara Orthodox Christians. He was able to discipline the Syrian Christians and teach them the proper way of Christian life. He also provided them with proper training in the Orthodox faith. His feast is celebrated by our church on the 2nd and 3rd of October.
St. Gregorios• Born on June 15th, 1848 was one of the most dedicated figures of the Orthodox faith. Starting from a young age, St. Gregorios, who was lovingly known as Parumala Thirumeni, committed his life to Christ becoming a deacon at the young age of 10. As he moved on, he was ordained as a priest at the age of 18. Continuing on with his dedication, he was ordained to Remban at the age of 25 and later on as a bishop at the age of 29. Thirumeni‟s fervent dedication to the church serves as an example for us all.
St. Dionysius• St. Geevarghese mar Dionysius of Vattasseril was the Metropolitan of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church for twenty five years. He is known as the architect of the Malankara Orthodox Church because he established the Catholicate of Malankara in 1912 at Kottayam. He was also involved in establishing the Church Constitution of 1934. Vattasseril thirumeni was a good orator. He understood the power of words and used his speeches to the word of Christ to the faithful. During his lifetime, Thirumeni was referred to as a true living saint. Prayer and fasting were the pillars of his spiritual life. He followed Christ‟s instruction and prayed in private behind closed doors. Vattasseril thirumeni passed away on February 23, 1934 and his feast is celebrated on this day every year in churches all over the world. He was a great leader who helped shape the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church.
St. Athanasius and St. Cyril• St. Athanasius was a renowned theologian, and a fierce defender of orthodoxy against the Arian heresy. He emphasized that man was saved through God‟s incarnation and if Jesus was not God as the Arians implied, then we are not saved. As a deacon, he led the debate against Arianism at the first ecumenical Council of Nicea.• St. Cyril is best known for his eloquent defense of the title "Theotokos" (God- Bearer) for the Blessed Virgin Mary. At the Council of Ephesus (431 AD), he strongly stated Mary as “Mother of God”, instead of “Mother of Christ”. St. Cyril was given the title “pillar of faith” for his undying efforts to preserve his beliefs.
Three Hierarchs St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, St. John Chrysostom• St. Basil is best remembered in our church for the liturgy which bears his name (Liturgy of Saint Basil ). Throughout the eight years of his episcopacy, St. Basil defended the Church‟s teachings of the Holy Trinity against the attacks of Arianism. He taught us that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are of the same essence. St. Basil also had a great effect on the formulation of monasticism.• St. Gregory of Nazinzus is one of the greatest orators of the Christian Church. He became the bishop of Constantinople in 379 AD, and worked hard to remove the influence of Arianism among the people. Along with St. Gregory of Nyssa, he defended the Orthodox Doctrine of Trinity at the ecumenical Council of Constantinople (381 AD), and opposed the Macedonian heresy. He alone among the Fathers is given the title „Theologian” meaning defender of God.• St. John Chrysostom succeeded St. Gregory of Nazinzus as the patriarch of Constantinople. His oratorical skills earned him the name „gold mouthed‟ or „Chrysostomos‟. He led a simple life, helped the poor, and sought social justice. He is well known for his numerous writings, sermons, letters, treatises, and the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom .
St. Ephrem the SyrianSt. Ephrem was a major poet andtheologian. The liturgical worshipcontains deep reflections, truth, andbeautiful poetic hymns written by St.Ephrem. Though he was asked tobecome a priest, St. Ephrem chose toremained a life long deacon of thechurch. He used song and meter toinstill the doctrines and teachings ofthe Church in the minds and hearts ofthe faithful. His prolific poetry ofliturgical hymns is incomparable whichis why the church gives him the titlethe “harp of the Holy Spirit”
St. Behanam• St. Behanam was the son of Sennacherib, King of Persia. He and his sister, Sarah were killed by their own father for listening to St. Matthew and converting to Christianity. After killing his children, the king became possessed with a demon and began hurting himself. The queen begged St. Matthew to ask God to remove the demon from the king. The holy father prayed and the demon left him immediately. The whole nation, along with the king and queen saw the power of the Lord and converted to Christianity. The king built a monastery for St. Matthew in the city and placed the bodies of Behanam and Sarah within. St. Matthew lived in the monastery for a long time and God worked many healings, wonders, and signs through their bodies. His feast is celebrated on the 10th of December.