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St.Euphrasia Eluvathingal

St.Euphrasia Eluvathingal



        The "mother who prays", aka Eluvathingal Sister Euphrasia of the Sacred Heart, is saint. The announcement has been made public after the Pope Francis' decision, who this morning held the ordinary public consistory for the canonization of Sister Euphrasia and five other blessed. The Pope decreed that the blessed will be enrolled among the saints on November 23 2014, the Feast of Christ King of the Universe.
The new saint was born Rosa Eluvathingal on 7 October 1877 in a Syro-Malabar Catholic Nasrani family in the village of Kattoor, near the city of Thrissur in Kerala, India. Rosa was the eldest child of wealthy landowners, Cherpukaran Antony and Kunjethy Eluvathingal. She was baptized on 25 October 1877 in the Mother of Carmel Church in Edathuruthy. Her mother was a devout Syrian Catholic, who taught her to pray the rosary and to participate in the Mass. At the age of nine, Rose is said to have experienced an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which led her to make a commitment never to marry, and to commit her entire life to God.
As she grew older, Rose desired to enter the Sisters of the Mother of Carmel, who follow the Rule of the Third Order of the Discalced Carmelites. Her father opposed this as he wanted to arrange a marriage for her with the son of one of the other prosperous families in the region. Seeing her resolve, her father finally relented, and himself accompanied her to the convent. When she was ten, she entered the boarding school attached to the first indigenous Carmelite community in the Syro-Malabar Church, founded by Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Rev. Leopold Beccaro 1866 at Koonammavu in Ernakulam district.
In 1897, Mar John Menachery, the first native Bishop of Thrissur, established a Carmelite Convent in Ambazakad (now belonging to the Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Irinjalakuda). On May 9 he brought from Koonammavu all who belonged to his Diocese including Rosa. The next day Rosa was received as a postulant, taking the name Sister Euphrasia of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and was admitted to the novitiate of the congregation on 10 January 1898. The constant ill health she experienced, however, threatened her stay in the convent, as the Superiors considered dismissing her.
Sister Euphrasia made her solemn profession on 24 May 1900,[1] during the blessing of the newly founded convent at Ollur. After she took her perpetual vows, she was appointed assistant to the Novice Mistress. Though frail in health, Euphrasia exhibited rare moral courage, and a very high sense of responsibility and in 1904 she was soon appointed Novice Mistress of the Congregation in which position she worked for nine years. In 1913 she was made Mother Superior of St. Mary's Convent, Ollur, where she was to live the rest of her life, serving as Mother Superior until 1916.
Despite these duties, she endeavored to lead a life of constant prayer and of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, becoming known by many people as the "Praying Mother." Mother Euphrasia spent much of her day in the convent chapel before the Blessed Sacrament, to which she had a strong devotion. Mother Euphrasia died on August 29, 1952 at the Ollur Convent. Her tomb at the convent has become a pilgrimage site as miracles have been reported by some of the faithful.
Mar Joseph Kundukulam, the Archbishop of Thrissur instituted the Diocesan Tribunal for the Cause of Mother Euphrasia in 1987 by declaring her 'Servant of God'. On July 5, 2002, Pope John Paul II, recognized her heroic virtue of Euphrasia, declaring her 'Venerable'. A miracle attributed to her intercession and approved by the Vatican in June 2006 concerned the apparent healing of a carpenter from bone cancer. On December 3, 2006, she was beatified in St. Anthony's Forane Church, Ollur, Thrissur, with the declaration of the Major Archbishop, Varkey Vithayathil on behalf of the Pope Benedict XVI. On 3 April 2014, Pope Francis authorised the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decrees concerning the miracle attributed to Evuprasiamma' intercession. This confirms Pope's approval of Evuprasiamma' canonisation. The canonisation ceremony will be in November, 2014.

ADUKALUDE VILAYARIYUNNA NALLA IDAYAN

ADUKALUDE VILAYARIYUNNA NALLA IDAYAN

Documentary  Film

ADUKALUDE VILAYARIYUNNA NALLA IDAYAN
Blessed Kunjachan Documentary Film
Blessed Kunjachan was a priest who dedicated himself to the spiritual and temporal welfare of a marginalised set of people who were poor and exploited for generations. Blessed Kunjachan son of Mani and Eliizabeth Thevarparampil, was born on 1 April 1891, at Ramapuram He stayed in his own parish, St.Augustine's church Rampuram as on among the three assistant parish priests for more than 40 years, working specially for the uplift of the Dalits (suppressed people) the untouchables. kunjachan led a very simple life for the poor and wished to be with them even after death. He spent everything he had for the poor. After a brief period of serious illness Kunjachan died on 16 October 1973 at the age of 82. At his death the children and others told that 'a saint has passed away'. Kunjachan had the reputation of a holy man even while he was alive. People irrespective of caste and religion, used to approach him in their manifold needs and they got favours through his prayers and blessings. Within a few days after his death his tomb at Ramapuram became a centre of pilgrimage for people from far and wide.

MAHAPRESHIDHAN

MAHAPRESHIDHAN

Documentary  Film

"MAHAPRESHIDHAN"
(The life history of Blessed Dhaivasahayam pillai in malayalam)

Devasahayam Pillai was a person who had boldly reproached the command of the King, and had accepted the Christian faith, during the period when it was against the law for the upper-cast people to change their faith. Subjected to the wrath of the King, Devasahayam Pillai had to end his life in a very pathetic manner. He had to undergo several unspeakable torments since the day he accepted the new faith. This CD narrates the sacrificial story of this Blessed Devasahayam Pillai.

January 14 – Blessed Devasahayam Pillai

Devasahayam Pillai (named Neelakanda Pillai at birth) was born into an affluent Nair-caste family at Nattalam in the present-day Kanyakumari District, on 23 April 1712. His father Vasudevan Namboodiri, hailed from Kayamkulam, in present-day Kerala state, and was working as a priest at Sri Adi Kesava Perumal temple in Thiruvattar in present-day Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu. His mother Devaki Amma hailed from Thiruvattar in Kanyakumari District. In the Nair matriarchal traditions of the day, Devasahayam Pillai was raised by his maternal uncle, and was inculcated with Hindu beliefs and traditions early on.
Devasahayam’s family had much influence in the royal palace of Maharaja Marthanda Varma, king of Travancore, and Devasahayam went into the service of the royal palace as a young man. His capabilities and enthusiasm did not go unnoticed in the palace, as he was soon put in charge of state affairs as an official under Ramayyan Dalawa, the Dewan of Travancore.
In 1741, Captain Eustachius De Lannoy, a Dutch naval commander, was sent on command of a Dutch naval expedition by the Dutch East India Company to capture Colachel, a port under the control of Travancore, and establish a trading post there. In the battle (Battle of Colachel) that followed between the Travancore forces and De Lannoy’s men, the Dutch forces were defeated and the men were either killed or captured. Eustachius De Lannoy, his assistant Donadi and a few other Dutch soldiers were captured and imprisoned.
De Lannoy and the Dutchmen were later pardoned by the king, on condition that they serve in the Travancore army. De Lannoy later earned the trust of the king and went on to become the commander of the Travancore armed forces, winning many battles and annexing various neighbouring territories to Travancore.
It was during their influential roles under the King of Travancore that Devasahayam Pillai and De Lannoy became well acquainted. De Lannoy’s Christian faith interested Devasahayam and De Lannoy enlightened him on the faith, leading to his conversion in 1745.
On Devasahayam’s acceptance of the Christian faith, he was baptized at the Roman Catholic Latin Rite church at Vadakkankulam village (in the present Tirunelveli District of Tamil Nadu), where the Jesuits had a mission under Rev. Fr. R. Bouttari Italus S.J. Neelakanda Pillai, his name at birth, was then changed to Lazar, although he is more widely known by the Tamil & Malayalam translation Devasahayam (meaning God’s help). Pillai was married by this time to Bargavi Ammal of Travancore. She was also persuaded and converted to Christianity by her husband. His wife was given the baptismal name of Gnanapoo Ammaal (equivalent to Theresa in Tamil & Malayalam). Fearing reprisal in Travancore against her religious conversion, she chose to be a migrated-resident of this village. Some of Devasahayam Pillai’s immediate family members also received baptism later, after being converted to Christianity.
Church chroniclers say that the Brahmin chief priest of the kingdom, the feudal lords, members of the royal household and the Nair community brought false charges on Devasahayam to the Dewan, Ramayyan Dalawa. Pillai was divested of his portfolio in the administration and was later accused of treason and of divulging state secrets to rivals and Europeans. He was later arrested and tortured for three years. After his execution orders were passed, he was initially ordered to be taken on a buffalo to Kuzhumaikkad, where he would be executed. But the original Royal order was altered later to finally to be taken on a buffalo back to Aralvaimozhy border for a meaningful punishment of banishment after carrying out a series of tortures by ten different karyakkars on the advice of the ministers.
Devasahayam Pillai was marched from Padmanabhapuram Palace to Aralvaimozhy by soldiers, over the period of a few days. Pillai was treated like a cruel criminal and as was customary in those days for very cruel criminals, his body was painted with red and black spots, and was intentionally marched through populated areas, sitting backward on top of a water buffalo (the mythical vehicle or vahana of Yama, the lord of death in Hinduism) through the streets of South Travancore. As a method of torture, he was beaten everyday with eighty stripes, pepper rubbed in his wounds and nostrils, exposed to the sun, and given only stagnant water to drink.
While halting at Puliyoorkurichi, not far away from the Padmanabhapuram Palace of the Travancore king, it is believed by Christians that God quenched his thirst by letting water gush through a small hole on a rock, the very place where he knelt to pray. The water hole is still found in the compound of a church at Puliyoorkurichi, about 15 km from Nagercoil.
It is also believed that the leaves of a neem (Margosa) tree in the village of Peruvilai, to which he had been tied while being marched to Aralvaimozhy, cured illnesses of sick people in the village and around. Many more miracles are attributed to Devasahayam Pillai.
In 1752, the original order of the King and his Dewan was to deport him from Travancore, into the Pandya country, at Aralvaimozhy. He was let off in the forested hills near Aralvaimozhy. There, he is believed to have begun deep meditations, and the people from the adjacent villages began visiting the holy man. Christian sources allege that at this time, high caste Hindus plotted to do away with Devasahayam.
The soldiers went up the forested hills and tried to shoot Devasahayam, but were unable to fire; after which he took the gun in his hands, blessed it and gave it back to the soldiers to shoot him to death, if they wished to. The soldiers took the gun back and fired at him five times. His body was then carelessly thrown out near the foothills at Kattadimalai.
It was at Kattadimali in Kanyakumari district that Devasahayam Pillai died on 14 January 1752. His mortal remains were interred near the altar inside St. Xavier’s Church, Kottar, Nagercoil, which is now the diocesan Cathedral.
Since the days of the interment of the mortal remains of Devesahayam Pillai many Christian pilgrims visited his tomb and offered prayers.
He was beatified on 2 December, 2012, and is the first lay person to be elevated to the rank of “Blessed” in India.

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Blessed Devasahayam Pillai (Tamilமுத்திப்பேறு பெற்ற தேவசகாயம் பிள்ளை(1712–1752), born Neelakanta Pillai in southern India, is a beatified layman of the Latin Catholic church. Born into a Hindu family in the 18th century, he converted to Christianity and is considered a martyr of the Christian faith. Pillai was an official in the court of the king of Travancore, Maharaja Marthanda Varma, when he came under the influence of Dutch naval commander, Captain Eustachius De Lannoy, who instructed him in the Catholic faith. He is believed to have been killed by the then Travancore state for upholding his Christian faith.

In 2004, at the request of the diocese of Kottar, Tamil Nadu Bishops' Council (TNBC) and the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) recommended Devasahayam Pillai for the process of beatification to the Vatican. Some Hindu groups objected to this initiative on the grounds that there was no evidence of religious persecution in Travancore during that period, and that Pillai was executed for sedition. However, documents dating back to the period of Devasahayam Pillai show that conversion of court officials to Christianity was not tolerated.

On June 28, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate a decree regarding the martyrdom of Devasahayam Pillai and he was referred to as "Venerable".

On 2 December 2012, a ceremony of beatification and declaration of martyrdom was held in Nagercoil, in the Roman Catholic diocese of Kottar in Southern India, presided over by Angelo Cardinal Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, acting as papal delegate. Devasahayam Pillai is the first layman to be elevated to the rank of "Blessed" in India (the step preceding raising a person to Sainthood under the Canon Law of the Catholic Church).

Lay Martyr Devsagayam Pillai’s 300th Birth Anniversary Observed

Kottar (UCA News)

April 23 marks the 300th birth anniversary of Devsagayam Pillai, a Catholic convert from Hinduism who the Church claims was martyred for his faith. Special prayers were held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Aramboly, a parish under Kottar diocese that has a shrine dedicated to the layman who is now a Servant of God. In a rare gesture eight years ago, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India endorsed his canonization cause. That was the first official attempt to have an Indian layperson declared a saint. It was also the first time the bishops’ conference directly took up a canonization cause.

All Indians who have been declared blessed until now were Religious or priests. Kottar diocese in Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari district, where Pillai was born, initiated his canonization cause and set up a diocesan tribunal for the process in 1984. In 1990, the diocese sent to Rome the case of a lame Hindu boy, who walked after seeing a vision of Pillai, to speed up the process.

However some historians have challenged the bishops' move, saying the Church based its case on "historical inaccuracies." According to Church accounts, Pillai's conversion upset King Marthanda Varma, who ordered his arrest and imprisonment. When three years of torture failed to make him abandon his new faith the king ordered his execution in 1752. He was executed at a place that now comes under Kottar diocese.

Historian A. Shreedhara Menon, who claimed to have studied the king’s 29-year reign, dismissed the Church version as a "concocted story" and "figment of imagination." He said he found no evidence of religious persecution during King Varma's rule. Another historian, M.G.S. Narayanan, said there was no army chief with the name Pillai during Varma’s regime. He urged the Church leaders not to "tamper with history for the sake of making someone a saint." P. Parameswaran, another Hindu historian, said the king executed Pillai for tampering with palace records, but not for converting to Christianity,

The hero of many Tamil folk dramas, Devasahayam was born Neelakanta Pillai into a Hindu high-caste Nair family on April 23, 1712.His tryst with Christianity began after he met a Dutch general, who was the king's military adviser. Pillai was baptized Lazarus in 1745, but people called him its Tamil term, Devasahayam (God's help).

According to Father B. Wilson, a researcher into Tamil folk drama of the 19th century, Pillai identified with the poor and oppressed and challenged the unjust social order.

After his arrest, Pillai was taken around the villages on an old buffalo and daily given 30 strokes with a bamboo stick. They filled his eyes and nostrils with pepper and forced him to stand in the sun and drink polluted water. He was executed on a small hillock on Kanyakumari-Tirunelveli border.

According to tradition, at the time of execution a rock fell and produced a sound similar to the tolling of a bell. Reportedly, the rock still produces that sound when struck with a stone. After his death, villagers took Devasahayam's body to St. Xavier's Cathedral near Nagercoil and buried it there. The tomb remains in the church center.

Some 1,000 pilgrims from various religions, most of them Hindus, visit his shrine daily, according to diocesan officials. The pilgrims pour oil and milk over a stone cross erected on the spot where Pillai was martyred.


Devasahayam Pillai and Puthenparampil Thommachan are the only lay people from India being considered for sainthood.

Pope Benedict XVI recognized Devasahayam Pillai, an 18th century Hindu convert to Catholicism in Tamil Nadu, as a martyr for faith and made him a venerable, the second stage in the Catholic Church’s four-tier canonization process.

On the same day, the Vatican congregation approved Changnacherry diocese in neighboring Kerala state to start the canonization cause of Puthenparampil Thommachan that allows him to be called the Servant of God.

Pillai and Thommachan are the only lay people from India being considered for sainthood. Six nuns and priests have reached the third stage, where a candidate is declared blessed.

Only two Indians have reached sainthood – Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception, a Franciscan Clarist nun who died in 1946 aged 36, and Gonsalo Garcia, who was martyred in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1957 at the age of 40.

Pillai, according to the Church records, was executed in 1752 for refusing to abandon his new faith.

He was killed at a place which is now under Kottar diocese Kanniyakumari district that initiated his canonization cause in 1984.


To speed up the process, the diocese in 1990 sent to Rome the case of a lame Hindu boy, who walked after seeing a vision of Pillai.


In a rare gesture ten years ago, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India endorsed his canonization cause, the first official attempt to have an Indian layperson declared a saint. It was also the first time the bishops’ conference directly took up a canonization cause.

However some historians have alleged that the Church case is based on "historical inaccuracies." According to the Church accounts, Pillai's conversion had upset King Marthanda Varma, who ordered his arrest and imprisonment.

Historian A. Shreedhara Menon said his studies could find no evidence of religious persecution during the king’s 29-year reign and dismissed the Church stand as a "concocted story" and "figment of imagination."
The other candidate for sainthood, Thommachan, was the father of two in Changanacherry archdiocese and was known as the Kerala Assisi for popularizing the Franciscan Third Order in Kerala. He died in 1908 at the age 72.
He began leading a life of piety at the age of 28 and gathered a group of lay people who prayed for sinners and engaged in charitable works.


Directed by    Jinto Joseph
Produced by   Ebenezer Creations
Written by   Jinto Joseph
Music by  Eby Thomas
Cinematography   Eldho Issac
Edited by   Suneesh Sebastian
Production company  Dreamline Movies
Distributed by  Maranatha Media Center
Release dates   04 July  2014
Running time  38 minutes
Country  India

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When a family who were trapped in worldly pleasure, realised value of life. the result of their rethought was a child who became light of the world. This album is a warning for those who runs to abortion clinics to kill innocent life. This film is a strong message to those who are advancing towards clinics for abortion; and to those who bargain on the lives of married couples... !

Directed by    Jinto Joseph
Produced by   Ebenezer Creations
Written by   Jinto Joseph
Music by  Gireesh Peter
Cinematography   Eldho Issac
Edited by   Suneesh Sebastian
Production company  Dreamline Movies
Distributed by  Maranatha Media Center
Release dates   04 July  2014
Running time  39 minutes
Country  India
Language  Malayalam


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Avar Daivathe Sehionil Darshikkum

Avar Daivathe Sehionil Darshikkum

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Avar Daivathe Sehionil Darshikkum (God of Gods on Sehion) Released in 2012 February
“Sehion”,carries out a number of ministries and services,  in complete surrender and Apostolic blessings of Mar Jacob Manathodath, the Bishop of Palakkad. Fr.Xavier Khan Vattayil is the founder and  director of Sehion ministries Sehion , through its diversity of ministries, enable the people to lead a sacramental and Church oriented life. The vision and mission of Sehion ministries is to reach out to the millions with the Word of God and illumine their lives with the mighty anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Directed by    Jinto Joseph
Produced by   Ebenezer Creations
Written by   Jinto Joseph
Music by  Daison
Cinematography   Joseph Sehion
Edited by   Saif
Production company  Dreamline Movies
Distributed by  Maranatha Media Center
Release dates   02 February  2012
Running time  55 minutes
Country  India
Language  Malayalam