Tuesday, February 22, 2005

A Case for Shifting Religions


Rekha signs the registry - -
Abe Pachikara, Copyright 2005 (click for larger image)

Sometimes one sees both a goal in the distance, AND the work needed to get there and still says, "Yup let’s do it." Even when one has the sneaky suspicion that daunting obstacles may come out of the woodwork.

So it was the case for Molly’s cousin Rekha. You see, she meets this man, and somewhere along the way, man oh man, she decides that he’s THE man.

But there was a catch – his family was (and is) Jacobite ( http://www.answers.com/Jacobite%20Church ) which in many instances would be inconsequential but… hers was (and is) Catholic. All are Christians, but it is one of those important nuances, one that matters. Particularly to the parents, who were pretty keen that each keep their current denomination – a reasonable request to expect from anyone who believes in their own faith.

As you may suspect, one converted - - in this case, it was Rekha. And after I had a chance to meet her man, Jomy, well, it seemed like an awfully good decision. We attended their marriage, my first Jacobite wedding, presided over by none other that the Bishop of Kollam (which is a big deal). And even though I didn’t really understand any of the Malayalam spoken at the function, it was still grand, solemn, and prayerful.

10 comments:

jose said...

I just read your comments on her signing the register at the Church, and feel that the assumption that she converted to Jacobite denomination is'nt true. If he was a Jacobite, there is no need for any conversion to be more exact.
The marriage took place on the basis of Jomy producing a document showing his embrace of Malankara Catholicism.

Raju Uncle

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Jomster said...

Dear santhosh!
Just went through the blog again for posterity sake. It would be great if you could send in a mail to jomyjohnjohn@gmail.com

There's some news i need to tell you guys about. I guess you'd already know it by now though. Im not able to open my rediff account and so it'd be great if you could just send in a mail to the gmail address