Once prophet Isaiah was praying in the temple and he hada vision. He saw the Lord seated on a throne. The hem of his robefilled the entire temple. Abovehim stood the seraphim; eachhad six wings; with two he covered his face and with two he covered his feet and with two heflew. And one called to another and said “Holy, holy, holy is theLord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.”  And the foundations of the thresholdsshook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke (Is. 6:1-4). This vision of Isaiah is one that reveals God's holiness.
                                          God is holy and it was to this holiness that Israel was called. Israel is the holy people of God. The same is true of the Church, the new Israel. Holiness is the fundamental characteristic of the Church  Paul, the apostle, in his letters often addresses Christians as those who are holy in the Lord or those who are called to holiness in the Lord (1 Cor. 1:2, Rom 1:7).

    All are Called to Holiness


                                       It is God's will that we all become holy. We read in Leviticus: “Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: you shall be holy, for I the Lord,your God am holy”(Lev. 19:2). Apostle Paul reminds us:“For God did not call us to impurity, but in holiness” (1 Thess. 4:7). God created us to share in His holiness as weread in Ephesians: “…..Just as He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love” (Eph 1:4). Again St. Peter reminds Christians: “…Instead, as He who called is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct”(1 Pet. 1:15); Hence we are all called to holiness and we should be so. 

    The Church is Holy, and yet to be Sanctified


                                                 The Church is at once holy and yet to be sanctified. She is constantly being sanctified through repentance and conversion. (LG 8).The Church is a community called by the most high God, who is Holy, and dedicated to His service. The holy one,God, is dwelling in the Church. The Church is being led by the Holy Spirit The Church isalso enriched by the presence of so many holy people in it. All these factors account forthe holiness of the Church. However we should not forget that members of the Churchare also sinners and weak mortals. In the letter to the Hebrews we read: “Pursue peacewith everyone, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that noone fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble, and through it many become defiled” (Heb. 12:14-15). This word of God refersto the importance and need for keeping holiness in our lives.

    Sanctification through Jesus


                                 In the Old Testament, the Blood of the lamb that was sacrificed in expiation of sins could sanctify the temple, the altar and the people the New Testament, Jesus, the Lamb of God, purifies us through his blood. It was his sacrifice on the cross that liberated us from the power of the evil one, sanctified us from sin and made us God's children It was to lead us to the holiness and perfection of the Father that Jesus became the sacrificial lamb.

    Sanctification through the

    Word of God


                                     The Word of God has the power to sanctify us. Jesus said: You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you.” (Jn. 15:3). A leperwho came to Jesus for healing said: “Lord, if youchoose, you can make me clean.” Seeing his faith, Jesus said to him: “Be made clean.” (Mt. 8:3). Any onewho heard and paid heed to the words of Jesus became clean both physically and spiritually. Before leaving this world and going to the Father, Jesus prayed to his Father for all of us: “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” (Jn 17:17).


                                     “Is not my word like fire, says the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks a rock inpieces?” asks God (Jer. 23:29). Gold is purified in fire. The longer it melts in fire the purerit becomes. In the same way when we receive the Word of God, which is like fire, andcarry it out in our lives, we become purified and clean. “All scripture is inspired by Godand is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.”(2 Tim. 3:16-17)  The members of the Church can walk on the path of holiness by reflecting on the Word of God prayerfully everyday and living it out during the course ofthe day. 

    Sanctification through the Sacraments


                                      Sacraments are the means for the sanctification of the Church. They are the streams of divine life established by Jesus.  God sanctifies every phase of human life through various sacraments. He specially sanctifies our bodies and souls through the holy sacrifice of the Qurbana everyday.  The fathers of the Church teach us that, just asGod sanctified the prophet Isaiah, who cried out to Him that he was unworthy, with aburning coal taken from the altar, we are sanctified by the burning coal that is the Holy  Eucharist. The Church Father St. Ephrem says:  “Those who receive the Holy Eucharist are filledwith the Holy Spirit and fire and consequently they are sanctified.” 


                                        The Altar is the symbol of Holiness in aChurch. The priest, during the celebration of theEucharistic sacrifice, announces to the people, that the holy Eucharist is meant for those who are holythemselves and the people in response affirm thatonly the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit areholy. This response of the worshiping community isindicative of the unworthiness of the people on theone hand and on the other, their participation in theholiness of the Triune God.  


                                        On occasions when we get away from God's holiness on account of our sins, we should receive the sacrament of reconciliation and regain the divine life and the strength to keep away from sins.

    Sanctification through the Sacramentals


                                          The Sacramentals help us to grow in holiness  They prepare us to receive God's love and kindness and assist us in our growth in holiness. The sacramentals arerituals that sanctify the members of the Church, in their varying states of life, situations, places and things they use.

    Sanctification through Prayer, Fasting and Abstinence


                              Prayer, fasting and abstinence are also means for sanctification. In prayer we meet God; we come to know His will for us Through prayer we can confess our weaknesses and limitations before the Almighty God and gain strength and confidence. Anyone who prays sincerely is greatly strengthened against falling into sin or in case of failure, he gets back to the path of holiness quickly through repentance Through fasting and abstinence we make amends for our own as well as for others sins.Fasting gives us the strength to keep away from the situations of sin.

    Sanctification through Our Vocations


                                           Perfection of love is attained and holiness is achieved, by fulfilling faithfully theduties pertaining to each one's state of life. Any state of life in the Church is a divine vocation  Whatever is the state of life, when one moves forward on the path of perfectionof love according to his / her state of life and inspire others to grow in holiness, theholiness illuminates (LG 39). In a way the works entrusted to one's care can also be seen as a divine call. Through this we get an opportunity to participate in the creative,redeeming and sanctifying works of God. They become means of holiness for us whenwe lovingly co-operate and creatively respond to the call of God and the works entrusted to us.


                                           Thus we become holy when we are nourished by the Word of God, thesacraments, the sacramentals, prayer, fasting and abstinence and live according to our divine call.

    Word of Godto Read and



    Jn. 17:15-26

    Word of God to Remember


    Instead, as he who called you is holy, be
    holy yourselves in all your conduct;
    (1 Pet. 1:15).

    Let us Pray


    Jesus, you called us to holiness.
    Now help us become really holy

    My Resolution


    As I am called to holiness,I shall do my best to be holy
    To Think with the Church

    To Think with the Church

    It is therefore quite clear that all Christians in any state or walk of life are called to the
    fullness of Christian life and to the perfection of love, and by this holiness a more human
    manner of life is fostered also in earthly society. In order to reach this perfection the faithful
    should use the strength dealt out to them by Christ's gift, so that, following in his footsteps
    and conformed to his image, doing the will of God in everything, they may wholeheartedly
    devote themselves to the glory of God and to the service of their neighbour. Thus the
    holiness of the People of God will grow in fruitful abundance, as is clearly shown in the
    history of the Church through the life of so many saints.
    (Vat. II, The Church, No. 40)

    To Know the Mother Church


    After the death of Kariyattil Ouseph Metropolitan, Paremmakal Thomma Kathanartook over the administration of the Church as the Governador. During hiadministration efforts were made to restore the identity of the Church. One of theimportant steps in this direction was the gathering of eighty-four church men atAngamaly on the 1st of February 1787. They prepared a document called'Padiyola', in which they enumerated the entire sacrifices made by the Mar ThomaChristians ever since the death of Mar Abraham.