Nadamel Marth Mariam Church, Tripunithura was founded around 12th century A.D. by parishioners of Karingachira Church. The church was established on land donated by Valamthuruthy Bhattathiri whose illam (joint family) was afflicted by an illness which was cured through the intercession of the Holy Virgin. For centuries, this family used to donate coconut oil for lighting lamps during the festival of Makaram 15th. Following the Koonen Kurishu Sathyam, this parish was also affected by the schism. In 1825, a group of parishioners loyal to Rome, separated from the church after obtaining a share from the church and established the St. Mary’s Forane church to the south of Nadamel church. Nadamel church was patronised by the Cochin royal family. Whenever a new Highness ascends the throne (on the 11th day after the demise of the departed Highness), he would make an offering called sharkara thattu veypu in person at the church. It was customary for the Royal Highnesses of Cochin to meet the bishops and leaders of the Syrian Christian community at the church building to the south of this church.
Despair and anxiety have always been an intrinsic part of life on Earth. In times of darkness, Christians have sought the encouraging words of scripture to provide strength, wisdom, and guidance about the love and truth of God. We are reminded of this when we seek counsel and encouragement from the Bible.
Despite the misfortunes we may experience, there is always an opportunity to choose love and rise above resentment and fear. The Bible was created to remind us of such truth and to encourage us to believe in the goodness of life and God.
- Fear not, for I am with you;
- I will strengthen you, I will help you;
- Do not fear or be in dread of them;
- No temptation has overtaken you;
If you’ve never left the church before, it’s hard to comprehend the experience. You must understand that it’s almost impossible to just “leave” the church. For most of us, the church is embedded in who we are. It’s part of our character and our identity. Mormonism is enmeshed in our values, our morals, our family relationships, and our friendships. People leave church for many reasons.
Some have been deeply hurt or offended by other members of the church. Some feel deceived and betrayed by the church because of inaccuracies. Some have been deeply wounded by the actions of leaders or official church policies that affect people they love.
Others doubt because of the imperfect actions of our founding prophet, Joseph Smith. And many just plain don’t feel like they fit in. Now you have a small glimpse into the pain most people go through when they begin to leave the church. With that in mind, consider how much more painful it would be to go through these struggles, deal with the seemingly endless wave of emotions, and suffer through these trials while.
People you’ve learned on and trusted your entire life suddenly start distancing themselves from you, avoiding you, pitying you, judging you, or criticizing your character and your choices. Some have been deeply wounded by the actions of leaders or official church policies that affect people they love. Others doubt because of the imperfect actions of our founding prophet, Joseph Smith. And many just plain don’t feel like they fit in.