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Martha Mariam samajam

Marth Mariam Vanitha Samajam
(Women's Wing of Orthodox Church of India)
 

 A Brief History
St Mary's Orthodox women's League of India ( Marth Mariam Samajam Is the Women's wing of the Malankara Orthodox Church of India. It is one of the major spiritual organization of the church combining all the female members. It is spread throughout the world in all the 24 Dioceses and functioning in all parishes of the church.

The organization was founded in 1920 aimed at the spiritual progress of women. The founders named it "Marth Mariam Samajam"after the Blessed Virgin Mary whom they accepted as their interceding saint. It was started under the patronage of the Late Very Rev. M.C.Kuriakose Ramban and with the leadership of K.M Annamma. and co-workers.

Administration 
There is a central committee with all the 24 Dioceses of the church. The Diocesan Metropolitan is the President of diocesan committee and the vicars that of the branches. Each Diocesan Samajam has a secretary, elected from the committee members who in their turn represents the group or districts into which each diocese is subdivided. The Group secretaries encourage the branch samajams and make members ever more loyal to the faith and practices of the church. The diocesan and the organizing secretaries are expected to visit the branches at times.. Retreats, Bible Classes, Competitions etc are held both on Diocese and Parish levels.
There is a Leadership Training Camp held annually for 5 days during summer holidays. The Annual Conference is held in May. Annual examinations are conducted based on prescribed text books of church faith, Bible portions and liturgical hymns
Present concerns and Future Prospects 
  1. Preparing women to have theological training. Hundreds of women are now undergoing the Divyyabodhanam course of the Orthodox Seminary, Kottayarn
  2. Preparing Church Choir- Mistresses. The samajam is now co-operating with Sruthi the School of liturgical music of the Orthodox Seminary Kottayarn.
  3. Training women to have social awareness, participation in political activities., Decision-making at every level.
  4. Concientization program for women who are generally denied basic human hood in the family.
  5. Attempts to find out women's potentials to a greater extent.
  6. Training women to conduct We~t prayer groups, to lead prayer, Bible classes, fellowship meetings and to preach the gospel.
  7. Preparing cell to solve the problems of working women.
  8. Seek solidarity with women's action groups on local and national level .Encouraging more participation in ecumenical gatherings.
  9. To enhance spiritual practices observing lent, and other religious practices, bringing up children etc
  10. Attempts to find out more Sunday school teachers with a commitment to Christ.
  11. We are continuing the struggle against dowry system and other social evils and To persuade the authorities that woman should be provided with equal opportunities and recognition.
  12. Also efforts are done to get participation for women in the administration of the church-membership in Parish committee, Managing committee, working Committee. Advisory committee etc
Achievements
The Samajam was in the fore-front of the struggle to achieve equal ancestral property right for Christian women of Karalla.
Besides the central administrative office at Kottayam, almost all the Dioceses have their own headquarters and conference centers. There are vocational guidance centers, Nursery schools and self-employment projects.
Recently many changes occurred in the life of the Church with the humble persuasion. of this Samajam. During Baptism, the Girls are also permitted to enter the sanctuary and kiss the alter. The tradition that only boys are baptized just after the feast of Epipany is now changed. Females are allowed to read the Bible during liturgy. Nuns are allowed to serve at the alter during the worship services and Holy Liturgy in the convents. Women are now elected as members and office - bearers in the administration in some churches.
Head Quarters 
M V S Central Office
Kanjikuzhy, Kottayam 4
Karalla State, India
Phone:0481-2571840
 
 
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