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October 17th, 2010

360 Degree 3D Panoramic Virtual Tours

360 Degree Virtual Tour

Go on 360 Degree Panoramic Virtual Tours to pilgrimage places, right on your screen.

Here we present exceptional quality panoramic images for panoramic virtual tours to pilgrimage places. It gives us the effect of actually visiting the places. The 360 degree 3D panoramic images are captured using rotational cameras with special lenses. 360virtual images are full 360 degree spherical panoramic images used in building photographic “Virtual Reality” style virtual tours. You can interactively “be there and look around” with the full realism.

Here is the presently available list of Virtual Tour Pilgrimage Places :-

1. Velankanni Church, Chennai

Click here to visit Velankanni church on a virtual tour

2. Bharananganam Church, Kerala

Click here to visit Bharananganam church on a virtual tour

3. St. Alphonsa Divine Home, Bharananganam

Click here to visit St. Alphonsa Divine Home on a virtual tour

4. Malayatoor Kurisumala, Kerala

Click here to visit Malayatoor Kurisumala on a virtual tour

5. Manarcad Church, Kerala

Click here to visit Manarcad church on a virtual tour

6. Parumala Church, Kerala

Click here to visit Parumala church on a virtual tour

7. Arthunkal Church, Kerala

Click here to visit Arthunkal church on a virtual tour

8. Vagamon Kurisumala, Kerala

Click here to visit Vagamon church on a virtual tour

9. St. Marys Forane Church, Kudamaloor, Kottayam

Click here to visit Kudamaloor church on a virtual tour

10. Puthupally Church, Kerala

Click here to visit Puthupally church on a virtual tour

11. Calicut Cathedral, Kerala

Click here to visit Calicut cathedral on a virtual tour

12. Vimalagiri Cathedral, Kottayam, Kerala

Click here to visit Vimalagiri cathedral on a virtual tour

13. Vallarpadam Church, Cochin, Kerala

Click here to visit Vallarpadam church on a virtual tour

14. Missionaries of Compassion, Hyderabad

Click here to visit Missionaries of Compassion society on a virtual tour

15. Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours, Thrissur, Kerala

Click here to visit Dolours basilica on a virtual tour

16. St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Kallooppara, Kerala

Click here to visit St. Mary’s Orthodox Church on a virtual tour

17. Manjinikara Church, Kerala

Click here to visit Manjinikara Church on a virtual tour

Go and click on the above links given, which will take you on a 360 Degree 3D Panoramic Virtual Tour to each of the above pilgrimage places mostly in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Hyderabad. I hope all of you will really enjoy the virtual tours.

Once you are on the tour page, wait for some time for the 3D image to load completely. Then move around by clicking the left-mouse button and keeping it pressed, move around the place as you like. You can zoom also by using the mouse’s scroll button. Take a look! All the best and enjoy your 360 Degree 3D panoramic virtual tours. God Bless You All.

June 9th, 2010

10 Biggest Churches in United States

Often meeting in stadiums or sprawling campuses, the biggest churches in the U.S. are known for their size, popular profile, and economic impact on the local community. They also reflect a growing diversity of people and worship methods, combining online resources and multiple locations to maximize their size. Here are the ten biggest churches at the end of 2009…

1. Lakewood Church

Location: Houston, Texas
Total attendance: 43,500
Pastor: Joel Osteen

Lakewood Church

Even compared with the other churches on this list, Lakewood is a behemoth, packing more than 40,000 people into what used to be the Compaq Center, formerly the Summit arena home of the Houston Rockets. The evangelical congregation is nondenominational, and weekly services are broadcast in local markets nationwide as well as on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

2. LifeChurch.tv

Location: Based in Edmond, Oklahoma
Total attendance: 26,776
Pastor: Craig Groeschel

LifeChurch tv

What began as a tiny congregation meeting in a garage in the mid-1990s has since become a mult-site church with a number of campuses that use satellite video to coordinate worship. There are now venues in Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, Florida, and New York, and services are also streamed online for people who wish to watch from home.

3. Willow Creek Community Church

Location: South Barrington, Illinois
Total attendance: 23,400
Pastor: Bill Hybels

Willow Creek Community Church

Located in a suburb of Chicago, Willow Creek was the first church to deploy giant HD screens in its theater to aid those who can’t quite see the action on stage. They’ve also got services across an array of locations in and around Chicago.

4. North Point Community Church

Location: Alpharetta, Georgia
Total attendance: 23,377
Pastor: Andy Stanley

North Point Community Church

Founded in 1995, North Point now utilizes three campuses for its weekly services. They’ve also planted more than 20 churches throughout the country and in Canada that serve their communities as partner churches with the flagship location in Alpharetta, a suburb of Atlanta.

5. Second Baptist Church

Location: Houston, Texas
Total attendance: 22,723
Pastor: Ed Young, Sr.

Second Baptist Church

The Young family is famous in megachurch circles: Ed Young, Sr. heads up Houston’s Second Baptist Church, while his son oversees Grapevine’s Fellowship Church. Second Baptist has five locations around the city to help reach more worshippers, with numerous groups that meet throughout the week to connect with people on a more intimate level.

6. Saddleback Church

Location: Lake Forest, California
Total attendance: 22,418
Pastor: Rick Warren

Saddleback Church

Saddleback Church, in Southern California’s Orange County, is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Founded in 1980 by Rick Warren, the church is one of the most prominent evangelical bodies in the nation, and Warren is best known as the author of the 2002 devotional book The Purpose-Driven Life.

7. Fellowship Church

Location: Grapevine, Texas
Total attendance: 18,355
Pastor: Ed Young, Jr.

 

Fellowship Church

 

Fellowship Church is tied to the Southern Baptist Convention in a very loose way, opting not to emphasize its connection in order to avoid scaring off new converts who might be uncomfortable with the SBC label. It began in 1989 as an offshoot of First Baptist Church of Irving, Texas, but a name change and more people-oriented services led to quick and steady growth.

8. Southeast Christian Church

Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Total attendance: 17,261
Pastor: Dave Stone

Southeast Christian Church

This 17,000-strong congregation in Kentucky is affiliated with the Independent Christian Churches/Churches of Christ, which differ from other autonomous Churches of Christ in the use of instrumental worship music. The church has been growing since its founding in 1962, and in 2009 opened a satellite campus in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

9. Woodlands Church

Location: The Woodlands, Texas
Total attendance: 17,142
Pastor: Kerry Shook

Woodlands Church

Located in a suburb outside Houston, Woodlands Church was founded by pastor Kerry Shook in 1993 and has since grown to be one of the biggest in the nation. The main campus in The Woodlands also supports three other campuses in the outlying Houston region. There’s also an “online campus” for people to stream sermons and worship services.

10. Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Total attendance: 15,921
Pastor: Bob Coy

Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale

The biggest megachurch in Florida has been going strong for 25 years under the direction of Bob Coy. In addition to a thriving variety of small groups for people of all ages, the church’s site archives worship services for streaming or download.

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Yes, We know it’s not the size of the church, But its health that counts! But we feature these churches in this article just for your information so that if you go past these places in future, its worthwhile to make a visit to these wonderful churches in United States.

May 24th, 2010

St. Mary’s Forane Church, Chalakudy, Kerala

St. Mary’s Forane Church, Chalakudy, Kerala is a very nice place to visit if you ever come to this Gods Own Country, Kerala in India.

St. Mary’s Forane Church, Chalakudy

St. Mary’s Forane Church, Chalakudy, is one of the 10 Foranes or deaneries under the diocese of Irinjalakuda, which was established in 1978 by the bifurcation of Thrissur Diocese. Prior to that, Chalakudy was part of Thrissur diocese, the most ancient diocese of the Syro-Malabar Church. Thrissur diocese has since been elevated to an archdiocese within which comes the Irinjalakuda diocese. There are 15 parishes under the Chalakudy forane. The people of Chalakudy, mainly in business or service sectors, belong to middle or upper-middle class families. They maintain strong family ties and hold spiritual and traditional values in high esteem. Chalakudy is one of those areas in Kerala with high concentration of Christian population majority being Syro-Malabar Catholics.

Associations & Activities

The main pious associations of the parish are Darshana Sabha, Vincent de Paul Society, SFO – Franciscan Third Order, Mothers’ Association, Christian Life Community, Catholic Youth Movement, Altar Boys Association and the Choir Group. Important activities include Family Apostolate, Catechism, Parish Bulletin, Social Action Forum, Bible Study Group and Prayer Group. The church runs a Lower Primary School that was established more than a century ago. By God’s grace and with the intersession of Blessed Virgin Mary, the church has been able to meet all the spiritual needs of the faithful and lead them in the light of faith upholding the gospel values. Besides, the church remains committed to the general causes of the community as a whole, rendering all possible assistance to the needy in areas such as housing, education, health care, social welfare, etc. with the support and cooperation of parish associations and generous individuals.

Holy Land

A beautifully made park like structure which depicts all the scenes from Jesus’s life. 16 pictures taken from the Holy Land are given above. It is a nice walk through seeing all the important events in our Lords life depicted with statues along with an on going commentary describing the scene beside each station.

How to Reach

Chalakudy is conveniently connected by air, rail and road. Located very close to the National Highway 47, it is 30 Kms south of Thrissur, 45 Kms north of Ernakulam, and 22 Kms from Kochi international airport (Nedumbassery). Chalakudy railway station is just two kilometers away.

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