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  Catholicose, Metropolitans and Faithful from all parts of Malankara offered prayers at the sacred Tombs of the Holy Fathers..... Honorable High Court of Kerala ordered to handover the keys of Thrikkunnath St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church to Ernakulam District Authorities..... The proud son of Syriac Orthodox Church Shri. T K Kurian is the new Wipro CEO.... Malankara Jacobite Syrian Sunday School Association (M J S S A) published the JSSLC & Plus II results.... Jacobite Church calls for Opening Trukkunnath Seminary Church.... Death of Sabarimala pilgrims: His Beatitude Catholicos Baselios Thomas I condoled.... His Holiness decorated Archbishop Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim with Grand Cross of St. Ignatius of Antioch... Knanaya Syrian Orthodox Church started Holy Qurbono in Baharin.... SOCMNet wishes all our readers, Happy New Year .................  
   

 

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Report of The eighth meeting of the International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches


 

31 January 2011, Vatican: The eighth meeting of the International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches took place in Rome from January 25 to 28, 2011. The meeting was hosted by His Eminence Cardinal Kurt Koch, the new President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. It was chaired jointly by Cardinal Koch and by His Eminence Metropolitan Bishoy of Damiette, General Secretary of the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

Joining delegates from the Catholic Church were representatives of the following Oriental Orthodox Churches: the Antiochian Syrian Orthodox Church, the Armenian Apostolic Church (Catholicosate of All Armenians), the Armenian Apostolic Church (Holy See of Cilicia), the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church, and the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. No representative of the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church was able to attend.
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Mor Coorilos Geevarghese attends the WCC-Vatican consultation on a Code of Conduct on Conversion


 

31 January 2011, Bangkok: Metropolitan of Niranam diocese and Patriarchal vicar of Churches in U.K Mor Coorilos Geevarghese participated in a three day consultation on a Code of Conduct on Conversion, jointly organized by the Interreligious Department of World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, Vatican. The Consultation was held at Hotel Arnoma in Bangkok from 25-28 January, 2011. Mor Coorilos was part of a high level delegation of the WCC. Top officials from the Vatican and representatives from the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) also attended the consultation. This was the last of a series of consultations. The earlier ones were held in Lariano, Italy and Toulouse, France. The Bangkok meeting finalized the code of Conduct on Conversion and it would be officially launched soon.


Nilackal Ecumenical Church a symbol of unity - Mr Oscar Fernandez, MP


 

30 January 2011, Nilackal, Pathanamthitta: The St. Thomas Ecumenical Church stands as a monument of unity among Christian Churches as well as that of religious tolerance and communal harmony, said Mr. Oscar Fernandez, MP, chairman of the Parliament Committee on Human Resources.

Mr. Fernandez was inaugurating the silver jubilee celebrations of Nilackal St. Thomas Ecumenical Church at the Ecumenical Center at Angamoozhy on Sunday afternoon.

According to him, St. Thomas Ecumenical Trust showed the world how to bring in unity among different churches, giving due respect to the interests and sentiments of other religious faiths.

The message given by the Nilackal St. Thomas Ecumenical Church was that of love, fraternity and peace, Mr. Fernandez said.

Presiding over the meeting, Archbishop Mar Joseph Powathil who is also the chairman of St Thomas Ecumenical Trust, said the Nilackal ecumenical movement has shown the society how to win over divisions through sacrifice.

Mar Powathil said Nilackal St Thomas Church was the symbol of unity among various Churches in the State.

Major Archbishop of Syro-Malankara Church, Baselios Cleemis Catholicos, delivered the keynote address.

Swami Golokananda, president of Sree Ramakrishna Ashram in Thiruvalla, Metropolitan of Malankara Mar Thoma Church Joseph Mar Thoma, Bishop Geevarghese Mor Barnabas  representing Catholicose Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I of Jacobite Syrian Christian Church, Archbishop of Malankara Knanaya Archdiocese of Syriac Orthodox Church Kuriakose Mor Savarios, Archbishop of Syro-Malankara Kottayam Archdiocese Mar Mathew Moolakkatt, Bishop Thomas Samuel of Church of South India, Archbishop of Syro-Malankara Kanjirappally diocese  Mar Mathew Arackal, Nilackal diocese Bishop Joshua Mar Nicodomos of Malankara Orthodox Church., Mavelikkara diocese bishop Joshua Mar Ignatheos of Syro-Malankara Church, Rajya Sabha member Prof P.J.Kurien, Member of parliament Shri. Anto Antony, Member of Kerala legislative assembly Shri. Raju Abraham, and World Council of Churches director Dr Mathew George, also spoke.


Ecumenical worship of Denmark held at Copenhagen


 

25 January 2011, Copenhagen, Denmark: One of the biggest ecumenical worship in the history of Denmark was held at Copenhagen on 25th of January 2011. The worship was named as `Church Travel in City´. Bishops, priests and layman belonging to different Churches in Denmark took part in the procession and Prayers as a part of the program.

 

 

Rev. Fr. Eldose Vattaparambil, Vicar of St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, Denmark participated in the worship representing the Syriac Orthodox Church along with Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Russian Orthodox, Jerusalem Methodist, Coptic Orthodox, Ukrainian Orthodox, Anglican and Swedish Churches. This was the 57th year of Ecumenical celebration in Denmark.

 

 

 

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Pope encourages talks with Oriental Orthodox churches


 

January 28, 2011, Vatican City : Pope Benedict XVI met on January 28 with members of a joint commission for dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox churches. The Pontiff expressed appreciation for their work and confidence for the future of the ecumenical dialogue.

The Oriental Orthodox churches are those Christian bodies that broke away with Rome in the wake of the Council of Chalcedon in 451, over disagreements on the Christological doctrines affirmed by that council. The Oriental Orthodox churches include the Armenian Apostolic, Syrian, and Coptic Orthodox—but not the larger Russian, Greek, and other Orthodox churches of the Byzantine tradition.

Since the commission was established in 2003, the Holy Father observed, the group has reached a basis for agreement on the nature of the Church. The Pope observed: “We can only be grateful that after almost 1,500 years of separation we still find agreement about the sacramental nature of the Church, about apostolic succession in priestly service and about the impelling need to bear witness to the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the world.” The commission has now moved on to discussions on the communion among Christian churches prior to the Council of Chalcedon, and the role of monasticism in early Christianity.

In addressing the Orthodox members of the panel, Pope Benedict noted that many “come from regions where Christian individuals and communities face trials and difficulties that are a cause of deep concern for us all. “ He emphasized that all Christians have a moral obligation to work for justice and to support each other in such times of need.

Today in the Vatican, the Holy Father received thirty members of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches.

Syriac Orthodox Church is represented by Metropolitan of Tur Lebanon & Secretary to the Holy Synod Mor Theophilos George and Resident Metropolitan of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Theological Seminary Mor Theophilos Kuriakose

The commission was founded in 2003 as the result of an initiative by the ecclesial authorities of the family of Eastern Orthodox Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

The first phase of dialogue, between 2003 and 2009, "resulted in the common text entitled 'Nature, Constitution and Mission of the Church'", said the Holy Father. "The document outlined aspects of fundamental ecclesiological principles that we share and identified issues requiring deeper reflection in successive phases of the dialogue. We can only be grateful that after almost fifteen hundred years of separation we still find agreement about the sacramental nature of the Church, about apostolic succession in priestly service and about the impelling need to bear witness to the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the world.

"In the second phase, the Commission has reflected from an historical perspective on the ways in which the Churches expressed their communion down the ages", the Pope added continuing his English-language remarks to the group. "During the meeting this week you are deepening your study of the communion and communication that existed between the Churches until the mid-fifth century of Christian history, as well as the role played by monasticism in the life of the early Church.

 


"We must be confident that your theological reflection will lead our Churches not only to understand each other more deeply, but resolutely to continue our journey decisively towards the full communion to which we are called by the will of Christ", he said.

"Many of you come from regions where Christian individuals and communities face trials and difficulties that are a cause of deep concern for us all", Benedict XVI concluded. "All Christians need to work together in mutual acceptance and trust in order to serve the cause of peace and justice. May the intercession and example of the many martyrs and saints, who have given courageous witness to Christ in all our Churches, sustain and strengthen you and your Christian communities".

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Mor Theophilose George Saliba, Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Mor Philoxenos Mathias Nayis to participate in the 79th Dukhrono of Saint Ignatius Elias III  as Patriarchal Delegates.


 

28 January 2011, Manjanikkara: Mor Theophilose George Saliba - Metropolitan of Mount Lebanon & Secretary of the Holy Synod, Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh - Metropolitan of Beirut and Mor Philaxinos Mathias Nayis - Patriarchal Assistant & Director of St. Ephraim Seminary will participate in the 79th Dukhrono of Saint Ignatius Elias III at Manjanikkara as delegates of Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas Patriarch, informed the press release from St. Ignatius Dayaro - Manjanikkara.

 

 

The 'Dukhrono' will be held from February 6th to 12th. Mor Dionysius Geevarghese - the Metropolitan of Simhasana Churches and Abbot of St. Ignatius Dayaro and Mor Athanasius Geevarghese - Asst. Metropolitan of Simhasana Churches informed that all arrangements for the reception of the pilgrims and the Patriarchal delegates have been completed. The Patriarchal delegates will be received at Omalloor Shrine on Feb 11th under the leadership of the ' Dukhrono celebrations Committee' and St. Stephen's Jacobite  Syrian  Orthodox Cathedral, Manjanikkara. Later, the Patriarchal delegates will bless and receive the pilgrims reaching Manjanikkara from different parts of Malankara on foot. The Patriarchal delegates will participate in the 'Pilgrims Convention' on February 11th evening and in the Holy Tri - Mass on February 12th at 08.30 am.


February 6, Sunday will be celebrated as the 'Patriarchal Flag Day'. The Metropolitans informed that, on that day, the Patriarchal Flag should be hoisted in all Churches in Malankara. On that day, a Holy Tri - Mass will be celebrated at St. Ignatius Dayaro Church by  Mor Meletius Yuhanon, Mor Athanasius Geevarghese & Mor Theodosius Mathews. The Patriarchal Flag will be hoisted at St. Ignatius Dayaro in the morning and at the Omalloor Shrine later in the evening.


Enhancing Cooperation between Syriac, Greek Churches


 

26 January 2011, Ma'arat  Sayyidnaya, Damascus: Minister of Awqaf (Religious Endowments) Mohammad Abdul-Sattar al-Sayyed on Tuesday said Syria has had a significant role in building the human civilization and adding to its prosperity.

Al-Sayyed's remarks came during a meeting with Moran Mor  Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch an All the East, Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, and His Beatitude, Ieronymos II, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, at St. Ephraim Patriarchal Monastery here.

The Minister highlighted the importance of spreading the culture of dialogue and exchange of ideas and strengthening the concept of religious fraternity and its role in spreading peace, security and stability in the world.

"What brings the Syrians together is their love for homeland and honest commitment and loyalty to its principles," said al-Sayyed, noting that this was further consolidated through the values and beliefs of Islam and Christianity.


Patriarch Iwas, for his part, underscored the importance of the visit of Archbishop Ieronymos II in activating cooperation relations between the churches in Syria and Greece.

Archbishop Ieronymos II, in turn, agreed with Patriarch Iwas on the significance of enhancing dialogue and sharing ideas between the churches in the two countries in a spirit of amity to serve the interests of their friendly peoples. 

 

 

On the evening of Tuesday 25 January 2011, His Beatitude Ieronymos-II, the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece and the accompanying delegation were given a warm welcome at the St. Ephrem Syriac Orthodox Monastery in Ma’arat Saydinnya, Damascus.

 

 

His Holiness Ignatius Zakka-I Iwas the Patriarch of Antioch & All the East and the supreme head of the Universal Syriac Church, along with the Metropolitans and clergy of the holy Church received the delegation at the Monastery hall. Later the delegation was welcomed to the St. Peter & St. Paul’s Cathedral where a special meeting was convened in honour of the visiting Archbishop. His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Abdul-Sattar al-Sayyed , Minister of Awqaf (Religious Endowments) who arrived there on a special invitation from His Holiness was accompanied by a galaxy of Muslim scholars and directors of various institutions and colleges in Damascus.

 

 

The Ambassador of Greece to Damascus, bishops and heads of Christian communities in Damascus, and some of the elders of the Syriac community in Damascus also participated in the meeting. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister H.E. Mohammad Abdul-Sattar al-Sayyed recalled the significant role of Syria in building the human civilization adding to its prosperity. The Minister highlighted the importance of spreading the culture of dialogue and exchange of ideas and strengthening the concept of religious fraternity and its role in spreading peace, security and stability in the world.

 

 

Welcoming the delegation His Holiness the Patriarch emphasized the importance of the visit of Archbishop Ieronymos II in activating warm relations between the churches in Syria and Greece. His Holiness requested for further cooperation between the Churches so that wider ecumenical forum can be formed. Archbishop Ieronymos II, in turn, agreed with Patriarch on the significance of enhancing dialogue and sharing ideas between the churches in the two countries in a spirit of amity to serve the interests of their friendly peoples.

 

 

H.B. also recalled the historical relations between the two Churches and stressed the need for continuous interaction. Metropolitans Their Eminences Mor Osthatheos Matta Rohum, Mor Silwanus Petrus, Mor Titus Yeldo, Mar Philexinos Mattias Nais, Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Mor Dionysius Yuahnon Kawaq, Mar Ivanios Paulos, and Mar Dionysius Behnan Jajawi, and a large number of priests and monks and students of the Faculty of Theology were also present during the meeting.

 

 


Source: Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate


Abhayam –Palliative care centre for cancer patients inaugurated


 

26 January 2011, Chennai: Mor Osthatheos Ishaq, Metropolitan, Mylapore Diocese inaugurated Abhayam on January 26, Wednesday. In his inaugural speech , he expressed the hope that Abhayam should be some solace for the patients in the form of palliative care ,some comfort of love and care. Earlier while inaugurating he went around the rooms arranged for patients. Fr. Aby Alias, Managing Trustee of St. Thomas Charitable Trust had welcome the gathering . Fr. KJ John and Fr. Mathews Manalechira and Fr. Aby Paul gave felicitations . Mr. KM Thomas , Trustee, St .Thomas Charitable Trust proposed vote of thanks.

 

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Proud Son of Syriac Orthodox Church Major General Yohannan Chacko Tharakan honoured with Vishisht Seva Medal


26 January 2011, New Delhi: Proud son of Syriac orthodox Church, Major General Yohannan Chacko Tharakan (Southern Command Head Quarters) honoured with Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) on the eve of Republic Day by Her Excellency The President Smt. Dr. Prathibha Patil. Major Tharakan VSM is a member of St. Mary's Jacobite Syriac Orthodox Soonoro Cathedral Gothra Edavaka, Kundara (Kollam Diocese).

 

Vishisht Seva Medal (or VSM) is a decoration of the Indian Armed forces. It is awarded to recognize "distinguished service of an exceptional order" to all ranks of the Indian armed forces.

The award may be granted posthumously and subsequent awards are represented by a bar worn on the ribbon. The award carries with it the right to use "VSM" as post-nominal letters. The medal was originally established as the "Vishisht Seva Medal, Class III. It was renamed to its present name on 27 January 1967. The design of the medal remained unchanged and the change be reflected only in the records.

From 1980, the Yudh Seva Medal was introduced to recognize exceptional services in an operational environment. Since then the VSM has been restricted to non-operational service.


India’s cultural diversity, military might on display at Republic Day parade


Marching contingents at the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi Photo: R. V. Moorthy

 

26 January 2011, New Delhi: Colourful tableaux depicting the country’s cultural diversity, a vibrant performance by students and armed forces in full battle regalia — the Republic Day parade on Wednesday had a ‘mini—India’ in itself.

 

A tableau by the Kerala State during the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi . Photo: R. V. Moorthy


Marching down from the Raisina Hills to Red Fort, the parade showcased India’s ‘unity in diversity’ and the military might as thousands of spectators along the eight km long route cheered the marching contingents and the mechanized columns.


Pinaka Missile launchers being displayed during the Republic Day parade at Rajpath, in New Delhi, on Wednesday. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt 


The well turned out and synchronized military and police contingents led by General Officer Commanding (Delhi) Maj. Gen. Manvendra Singh marched proudly to the tunes of bands through the Rajpath where resident and Supreme Commander of Armed Forces Pratibha Patil took the salute.


Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Republic Day chief guest Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono along with president Pratibha Patil

 

The march—past was watched by the Republic Day chief guest Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Defence Minister A. K. Antony and the country’s top political and military brass.

Minutes before the parade began, Dr. Singh, Mr. Antony and chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force laid wreaths at ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’, the British—era World War—I memorial at India Gate, where an eternal flame burns in memory of those who laid down their lives while defending the nation’s frontiers.

 

Indian soldiers march during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.


The parade began shortly after Ms. Patil and her Indonesian counterpart arrived at the Rajpath escorted by the President’s 46 bodyguards riding well—trained and impeccably— bedecked horses.

 

A Tejas, India's first indigenous combat jet, is displayed during Republic Day parade.


After the President unfurled the tricolour and a customary 21—gun salute, an Army doctor Major Laishram Jyotin Singh was awarded posthumously the highest peacetime gallantry award — the Ashok Chakra — for his bravery while fighting militants during an attack on Indians in Kabul. He was the first Army doctor receiving Ashok Chakra.

 

Children offer prayers before a picture of Mahatma Gandhi, the‘Father of the Nation’, during the Republic Day celebrations at Gandhi Bhavan, in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, on Wednesday. Photo: Nagara Gopal


Four Mi—17 helicopters then zoomed in from the western skies and showered flower petals on the spectators, signalling the beginning of the parade followed by the winners of the Param Vir Chakra and Ashok Chakra and mounted columns of 61 Cavalry.

 

Indian army Brahmos missile launcher passes on a flotilla towards the India Gate memorial during the Republic Day parade.


The Army showcased its impressive weaponry which included advanced Brahmos Launcher System, T—90 Bheeshma tanks, Brahmos Launcher System, Multi Barrel Rocket System ’Pinaka’ and Tactical Control Radar ‘Reporter’

They also displayed NBC (Nuclear- Biological-Chemical) Reconnaissance Vehicle, indigenous Pontoons Movable Section Bridge, Integrated Network Platform and armoured troop carrier Prahar 510.

Showcasing its air power, the Army also conducted a flypast of three advanced light helicopters Dhruv in arrowhead formation.

The Army contingent from Punjab Regiment, Rajputana Rifles, Rajput Regiment, Sikh Light Infantry, Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry and Gorkha Rifles marched to the tunes of ‘Gangotri’, ‘God of War’, Pragati and ‘Vir Bharat’

The next to follow were smartly—dressed 148 Navy personnel and then the Air Force marching to the tunes of Jai Bharati and Sound Barrier. While the Navy showcased aircraft carrier INS Viraat, IAF’s marching contingent showcased the tableaux of Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AWACS) and Aerostat Radar.

 

A child participates in the Republic Day celebrations with her family at Khammam police parade ground, in Andhra Pradesh, on Wednesday. Photo: G. N. Rao

The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) brought the Active Phased Array Radar, which is a ship borne multi—function radar, and Naval Underwater Weapon System at the parade for the first time along with the trainer version of Light Combat Aircraft Tejas.

87-year-old M. M. Shukla, the flying officer of Royal Air Force based in Rawalpindi during the World War II, who is the oldest participant in this year’s parade, then led the ex—servicemen contingent to a huge applause from the spectators.

 

A school band participates in the Republic Day parade at the Marine Drive, Kochi, Kerala, on Wednesday. Photo: H.Vibhu

Other marching contingents were those of camel-mounted BSF, Assam Rifles, Coast Guard, CRPF, ITBP, CISF, SSB, RPF, Delhi Police, NCC and NSS.

 

Schoolchildren participate in the cultural programme during the Republic Day parade in Bangalore. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy


Following the country’s armed and police forces came the country’s rich cultural diversity in full display in 23 tableaux — 13 from States and ten from ministries. This time, the number of tableaux has risen to 23 from last year’s 21 to provide a kaleidoscopic view of the vibrant cultural heritage.
 

High Commissioner Ashok Kantha reviewing a guard of honor at the India House lawns on Republic Day in Colombo. Photo: R.K. Radhakrishnan


The first to be rolled out was the one on ‘Gurudev’ Rabindranath Tagore by Culture Ministry and Sangeet Natak Akademi to commemorate the Nobel laureate’s 150th birth anniversary.

Source: The Hindu, MSN


New Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Congregation started in Malaysia


23 January 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The first Holy Qurbono of Jacobite Syriac Orthodox Congregation in Malaysia was held at Anglican Church, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Mor Osthatheos Pathrose celebrated the Holy Qurbono and blessed the congregation. After appointed as the Patriarchal Vicar of Kingdom of Bahrain, Singapore and Malaysia by Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka Iwas I, Patriarch of Antioch and All the Easts, this was His Eminence's first visit to Malaysia. Faithful from different parts of Malaysia and from Singapore Parish took part in the service. His Eminence appointed Rev. Fr. Saji Nadumuriyil, Vicar of Singapore parish as the Patron for Malaysian congregation until further orders. And metropolitan appointed few members from the congregation for coordinating the faithful all over Malaysia, also appointed Singapore parish Committee members as well wishers for the upcoming parish.


Catholicose, Metropolitans and Faithful from all parts of Malankara offered prayers at the sacred Tombs of the Holy Fathers.


 

25 January 2011, Aluva, Kerala. Catholicose Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I entered the Thrikkunnath Seminary, Aluva and offered prayers at the sacred Tombs of the Holy Fathers. Metropolitans Mor Severios Abraham, Mor Gregorios Joseph, Mor Ivanios Mathews, Mor Eusebios Kuriakose, Mor Aphrem Mathews, Mor Ireneous Paulose, Mor Antonios Yakoub, Mor Osthatheos Ishaq and Mor Barnabas Geevarghese also entered the Thrikkunnath Seminary and offered prayers. Faithful are thronging to Aluva Thrikkunnath Seminary from all parts of Malankara.

 
 

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Honorable High Court of Kerala ordered to handover the keys of Thrikkunnath St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church to Ernakulam District Authorities.


Honorable High Court of Kerala ordered to handover the keys of Thrikkunnath St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church to Ernakulam District Authorities. Main doors of the Church will be keep opened and faithful will be allowed to offer their prayer from outside facing the Holy Altar. But entry to the church will be restricted due to the bad shape of the church as the renovation work has not happened for long time.

Catholicose and other metropolitans are allowed to enter the tombs area and offer prayers and incenses.

 

Mor Ousebious Kuriakose hosted flag on 23 January marking the beginning of the perunnal (feast)

 

 

Detailed Report on the verdict


1. The Application filed to keep open the Thrikkunnath St Mary's Church, Aluva for conduct of Holy Qurbono by religious dignitaries of both the Malankara Church and Jacobite Church came up for consideration before Justice M.N. Krishnan today,

2. A separate Writ Petition challenging directions of the District Collector, Ernakulam, to the extent of keeping the Church closed also came up for consideration,

3. The Orthodox Church vehemently argued to keep the Church closed. For thispurpose they came with Senior Counsel Mr. Kelu Nambiar and Senior Advocate Mr. Krishnan Unni. Such vehemence to continue keeping the church closed even after thirty three years of closure without proper maintenance!!!!!

4. The Jacobite Church was represented by Senior Counsel Mr.  K. Ramkumar and Advocate P J Philip with the assistance of Advocate Jaiby Paul who is a parishioner of St Mary's Church, Aluva,.

5. The Commissioner who visited the Church last year had reported that the roof of the Church requires urgent repairs. An attempt was made by the then Judge to appoint a Committee to conduct repairs. It was not allowed due to non-cooperation by the Orthodox Church.

6. District Collector took the stand that without proper maintenance no one can be allowed entry into the Church,

7. Today, Senior Counsel for Orthodox Faction argued for keeping the Church closed whereas the Jacobite Church lawyers wanted it to be kept open not only for prayers but also Holy Mass during the timings allotted to them on 25th and 26th of January,2011,

8. Justice Krishnan took the view that it is not safe to allow entry of people of either faction to enter the Church . However, The Judge decided to keep open the Church building on the two days so that the faithful members who come there can have a feeling of spirituality,

9. District Collector had already allowed entry of Bava, metropolitans etc for Doopa Prarthana and prayers inside the Sepulchre Room where the Tombs of the deceased Bishops are situated. It is approved by the High Court,

10. At this stage the question as to who will open the Church came up for consideration. Mr. Kelu Nambiar submitted that it will be done by the " Custodian ". According to him , Metropolitan Mar Polycarpus is the Custodian,

11. Mr. P J PHILIP, Advocate, submitted that the keys should be handed over to the District Collector for opening the Church because no one is permitted inside the Church. This was agreed to and allowed by the Court in its order,

12. One of the counsel for Orthodox Church wanted to restrict the prayers to only one day the 25th of January because the District Collector had passed directions for only one day. The Court disagreed with this submission and allowed for both days,

13. Senior Counsel of Orthodox Church, then, insisted that there should be a direction to District Collector to return the keys. The Court has passed such an order also,

14. The Appeal Suit 262 of 2003 has been posted for further consideration to 28.1.2011.

Last year there was great publicity with photographs of the Polycarpus Metropolitan of Orthodox faction opening the door of the Church one of the cheap games of one upmanship being played at Aluva at the cost of the faithful members of the Church,

This year God almighty has worked out justice the "So called Custodian" who got the keys by an accident of church history And keeping it closed for thirty two years loses custody for the most important days. These are the only two days that there is spiritual activity in the St. Mary's Church, Thrikkunnath.

I will post the copy of the order as soon as I get it.

Chevalier Adv. P J Philip


St. Mary's Jacobite Syriac Orthodox Church, Kelampakkam, Chennai consecrated


 

23 January 2011, Chennai: Metropolitan Mor Osthatheos Ishaq consecrated new Church under Mylapore Diocese, in the name of St. Mary, the Mother of God in Kelampakam, Chennai on January 22, Saturday. Mor Osthatheos celebrated Holy Qurbono on January 23, Sunday, assisted by Rev. Fr. T M Mathews and Rev. Fr. George Varghese. Rev. Fr. T M Mathews is appointed as the vicar for the new church. There will be service in the new Church on every other Sunday. The Morning prayer starts at 8 AM and the Holy Qurbono at 9. The Vicar can be contacted at  9444467740. 


The proud son of Syriac Orthodox Church Shri. T K Kurian is the new Wipro CEO


21 January 2011, Bangalore: India's software major Wipro Ltd Friday announced the appointment of T.K. Kurien (TK) as the chief executive officer (CEO) of its global IT business and executive director of the company. TK runs some of the critical growth engines in the organization's overall business plans. He has led multiple initiatives in various capacities including being the Chief Executive of Wipro's Healthcare & Life Sciences business, and the Telecom Service Provider business. He was adjudged the BPO CEO of the year by IQPC in 2007.

TK is a member of the Wipro Corporate Executive Council.

Before joining Wipro, TK served as the CEO of GE X Ray from October 1997 to January 2000 and prior to that was the CFO of GE Medical Systems (South Asia).

The proud son of Jacobite Syriac Orthodox Church, Shri. Thekkethalakkal Kurian Kurian, a Chartered Accountant by profession, hails from Puthanangadi, Kottayam, and is the member of St. Ignatius Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Simhasana Cathedral, Kottayam. He currently attends in St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Cathedral, Bangalore.


Malankara Jacobite Syrian Sunday School Association (M J S S A) published the JSSLC & Plus II results


Puthencuriz: Malankara Jacobite Syrian Sunday School Association (M J S S A) has published the JSSLC & Plus II results. The rank-holders list is as given below.

 

JSSLC:

RANK CANDIDATE MARKS SUNDAY SCHOOL
I Chinchu John 97 St. Jacob's SS, Allapra, Angamaly Diocese
II Joseph Samuel 96 St. Thomas SS, Manthalir, Thumpamon Diocese
III Malu Kuriakose 93 Mor Kauma SS, Vengoor, Angamaly Diocese

PLUS TWO:

RANK CANDIDATE MARKS SUNDAY SCHOOL
I Elizabeth Paul 91 St. Mary's SS, Karimattom, Angamaly Diocese
II Annu Prakash 80 St. Mary's SS, Vadavukode, Kochi Diocese
III Ally Paul 73 St. Mary's SS, Pothanikkad, Angamaly Diocese

Complete Rank List and results are available at MJSSA.org


Meeting of the Unity Octave Held at St. Mary's Jacobite Church,
Mazhuvangadu, Tiruvalla


 

20 January 2011, Tiruvalla, Kerala: The week for Church Unity, jointly organized by the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Church Unity, Vatican was observed at St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Church, Mazhuvangadu, Tiruvalla on 20th January 2011. Geevarghese Mor Themotheos of Malankara Catholic Church inaugurated the prayer meeting. Rt. Rev. Dr. Sam Mathew delivered the message and metropolitan Mor Coorilos Geevarghese of the Jacobite Syrian Christian Church presided over the meeting which was attended by several priests, nuns and lay people repenting various churches in and around Tiruvalla.

 

 

 

 


His Eminence Archbishop Joseph Absi visits Holy Father


 

16 January 2011, Ma'arat  Sayyidnaya, Damascus: His Eminence Archbishop Joseph Absi, the Assistant to the Patriarch His Holiness Gregory III Laham of Greek Melkite Church of Antioch on January 16, Sunday. His Eminence was received by Metropolitan of Patriarchal Curia, His Eminence Mor Dionysius Youhanon Kawaq at St. Ephraim Patriarchal Monastery here. Archbishop Joseph extended the greetings of Patriarch Gregory III Laham to His Holiness and seeked the blessings and prayers of His Holiness.

Source: Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate


His Excellency the French Ambassador to Syria visits Holy Father


 

15 January 2011, Ma'arat  Sayyidnaya, Damascus: His Excellency Mr. Eric Chevalier, the French Ambassador to Syria visited His Holiness at St. Ephraim's Patriarchal Monastery here on January 15, Saturday. His Excellency was accompanied by the first secretary in the French embassy. The meeting was attended by  Mor Dionysius Youhanon Kawaq, the metropolitan for Patriarchal Curia. His Holiness blessed Mr. Eric and extended all support of the Syriac Orthodox Church. His Excellency promised His Holiness all his support towards the Syriac Orthodox faithful.

Source: Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate


The full text of the petition filed in the HIGH COURT OF KERALA to open Thrikkunnath St Mary's Church.


The following is the full text of the petition filed in the HIGH COURT OF KERALA to open Thrikkunnath St Mary's Church. It came up today and the concerned Judge adjourned it to 24th January,2011.


Thrikkunnath St Mary's Church

Thrikkunnath St Mary's Church front view

 

BEFORE THE HON’BLE HIGH COURT OF KERALA
I.A NO 226 OF 2011
IN
A.S NO 262 OF 2003
BETWEEN
ELIAS & ORS
PETITIONERS/APPELLANTS
VS
YUHANON MAR POLYCARPUS & ORS
RESPONDENTS/RESPONDENTS

AFFIDAVIT
I, Varghese, aged 58, Son of Issac, residing at Puthiyamadathil House, Near St Mary’s Church, Aluva do hereby solemnly affirm and state as follows, viz;

1] I am the fourth Appellant/fourth petitioner herein. I know the facts stated herein. I am swearing this affidavit on behalf of the other petitioners also as instructed by them,

2] The accompanying Application is filed for directions to keep open the plaint church, St Mary’s Church, Thrikkunnath,Aluva, during the annual remembrance day of the bishops who are entombed in the Sepulchre room attached to the said Church, for the conduct of Holy Qurbana and prayers by religious dignitaries[ Catholicos, Metropolitans, Vicars, Priests etc] of both the rival parties to the Appeal. Every year this festival is conducted in January. This year it is scheduled for 25th and 26th of January,2011,

3] This Hon’ble Court had passed orders dated 22.1.2010 in I.A No 248 of 2009 in A.S No 262/2003 directing that the St Mary’s Church, Thrikkunnath, Aluva, be kept opened for two days ie; on 23rd and 24th of January, 2010, for offering prayers by both factions on alternate timings.

True copy of the order of this Hon’ble Court dated 22.1.2010 in I.A No 248 of 2009 in A.S No 262/2003 is annexed herewith as Annexure A. A commissioner was appointed to verify and report the events taking place in the Thrikkunnath Seminary on 23rd and 24th of January, 2010.

4] Accordingly the Plaint Church was opened and believers of both factions and people in general entered the said church and offered prayers peacefully. Every single member of the Syrian Christian Community was happy to see the Church opened after thirty three years. The Advocate Commissioner has reported the peaceful nature of conduct of prayers in the St Mary’s Church, Thrikkunnath, Aluva. True copy of the Said Report by the Commissioner is annexed as Annexure B [ Without the annexures].

5] This year also several discussions were held in the presence of the District Collector, the fifth respondent herein, for peaceful conduct of Annual festival in connection with the remembrance day of the deceased Bishops entombed in the Sepulchre Room attached to the plaint Church. The Faction represented by respondents 1,2, 7 to 10 prevailed upon the fifth respondent not to open the St Mary’s Church, Thrikkunnath, Aluva, on the 25thand 26th of January, 2011. This was finalised in the discussions held on 10.1.2011 making it clear that St Mary’s Church, Thrikkunnath, Aluva, was opened in 2010 by Court orders only .Copy of the proceedings before the Fifth Respondent dated 10.1.2010 has not been made available to the petitioners till now,

6] It is submitted that it is only fair and just to keep the St Mary’s Church, Thrikkunnath, Aluva, at least on the two days, viz; the 25th and 26th of January, 2011, and allow the religious dignitaries of both
the rival parties to the Appeal to conduct Holy Qurbana [ Holy Mass] therein on alternate timings fixed by this Hon’ble Court. It will enure to the benefit of the lakhs of faithful members/Citizens of this Country who come to the plaint church to offer prayers and see Holy Qurbana being offered by the religious dignitaries.

7] The respondents 1,2, 7 to 10 and the faction represented by them are not prejudiced in any manner if the Church is kept opened and both factions are allowed to offer Holy Qurbana on alternate timings. Their objections in this regard is unfair, unjust and not conducive to the desire of the lakhs of faithful members who visit the plaint church annually. The respondents 1,2 and 7 to 10 have forcefully prevented the Church from being kept opened for conducting prayers and Holy Qurbana.

In the above facts and circumstances of the case this Hon’ble Court may allow the plaint St Mary’s Church, Thrikkunnath ,.Aluva, to be kept open on 25th and 26th of January,2011 and allow religious dignitaries of both the rival faction to conduct Holy Qurbana , prayers, Doopa Prarthana therein and in the Sepulchre Room attached to the said Church in the interest of justice by allowing the accompanying Application. Otherwise the petitioners, the faithful members of the Syrian Christian Community irrespective of factionalism will be put to irreparable harm, loss and injury.

All the facts stated above are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.

Dated this the 16th day of January,2011

Deponent

Solemnly affirmed and signed before me by the deponent who is personally known to me in my office at Ernakulam on this the 16th day of January,2011.

Advocate

BEFORE THE HON’BLE HIGH COURT OF KERALA
I.A NO OF 2011
IN
A.S NO 262 OF 2003

BETWEEN
PETITIONERS/APPELLANTS

1]Elias, Son of late Paulose, Moozhayil House, Near Thrikkunnath St Mary’s Jacobite Syrian Church, Aluva,
2] Alexander, Son of Paulose, Puthenpurackal House, , Near Thrikkunnath St Mary’s Jacobite Syrian Church, Aluva,
3] Varkey, Son of Pylee, Thenunkal House, Asokapuram, Aluva,
4] Varghese, Son of Issac, Puthiyamadathil House, Near St Mary’s Church, Aluva

VS

RESPONDENTS/RESPONDENTS

1] Yuhanon Mar Polycarpus , Claiming as Metropolitan of Angamaly Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church, Thrikkunnath Seminary, Aluva,
2] Fr Mathai Edyanal, St Mary’s Seminary Church, Thrikkunnath Seminary, Aluva,
3] Thomas Mar Dionysius,[Basselios Thomas-I], Catholicos ,residing at Valiapally, Kothamangalam [ now at Patriarchal Centre, Puthencruz, Ernakulam,]
4] Rev Fr Ouseph, Son of Paulose, Pathikkal House, Perumbavoor,
5] District Collector, Collectorate, Kakkanad, Ernakulam,
6] Marthoma Mathews-II, Devalokam, Kottayam [ now dead],
7] FR Boby Varghese, Son of Varghese, Kaithakudiyil House, Airapuram, Kunnathunadu taluk,
8] Fr Jacob Thomas, Manager, Thrikkunnath Seminary, Aluva,
9] Fr Jacob Mannaraprayil, Chembakasserikadavu, Aluva,
10] M.O Varghese, Mekkamalil House, Thottakkattukara, Aluva

Application submitted by the petitioners under Section 151 of the
C.P.C,1908

For the reasons stated in the accompanying affidavit, this Hon’ble Court may be pleased to issue directions to the fifth respondent to keep open the Plaint Thrikkunnath St Mary’s Church, Aluva on the 25th and 26th of January,2011, for conduct of Holy Qurbana, Prayers, Doopa Prarthana therein by the religious dignitaries [ Catholicos, Metropolitan, Vicar, Priests, Deacons etc] of both the rival factions on alternate timings that is fixed by this Hon’ble Court in the interest of justice.

Dated this the 16th day of January,2011
Advocate

Source: Cheviliar Adv. Philip John


Pilgrimage to the Holy Tomb of LL Mor Dionysius Michael (The Roaring Lion of Malankara) held


 

17 January 2011, Kottayam: The pilgrimage to the Holy Tomb of Late Lamented Mor Dionysius Michael (The roaring lion of Malankara) held under the auspices of JSOYA, Kottayam Diocese, on January 17, Monday, as a part of the 55th Dukhrnono of the metropolitan. Metropolitan of Kottayam, Mor Themotheos Thomas blessed and inaugurated the pilgrimage at St. Joseph's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Cathedral, Kottayam. Hundreds of faithful participated. Metropolitan Mor Osthatheos Ishaq and priests welcomed the pilgrims at Panampady Church. Mor Osthatheos will celebrate Holy Qurbono today at Morth Mariyam Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, Panampady. The dukhrono will conclude with a public meeting, followed by nercha and benediction.

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Source: Malankara Syriac Voice


26th Dukhrono of Mor Philoxenos Samuel (Malankarayude Soorya Thejas) observed at Meenangadi


 

17 January 2011, Meenangadi: 26th Dukhrono of Late Lamented Mor Philoxenos Samuel (Malankarayude Soorya Thejas) concluded at St. Peter's & St. Paul's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Cathedral, Meenangadi, on January 17, Monday. Metropolitan of Malabar, Mor Philoxenos Zacharias led Holy Tri Mass. Cor Episcopas, Priests of the diocese assisted Metropolitan. The pilgrims from different parts of the diocese were welcomed at the cathedral at 9.00 AM. Mor Philoxenos inaugurated the public meeting followed by the Holy Qurbono. Rev. Fr. P C Paulose presided over. Rev. Dr. Jacob Michael Pulliyattel, V. Rev. Paulose Cor Episcopa Narakathuputhanpurayil, Fr. A P Mathai Athirampuzhayil, Fr. James Vanmelil, Fr. Baby Elias Karakkunnel, Prof. Dr. George Varghese spoke on the occasion. Metropolitan handed over the key of Samuel Mor Philoxenos Bhavan to Shri. Mathai Pottayil. Shri. Babu Paul Vandanathil, Master Brismo C Benny, Kum. Libina Elias were honored. Dukhrono concluded with Nercha.

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Source: Public Relations Directorate, Malabar Diocese


Elamkulam St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Soonoro Patriarchal Cathedral consecrated


 

17 January 2011, Elamkulam, Kochi: St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Soonoro Patriarchal Cathedral consecrated. Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I led the services. Metropolitans Their Graces, Mor Athanasius Geevarghese (Simhasana Churches & Institutions), Mor Yulios Kuriakose (Simhasana Churches & Institutions), Mor Themotheos Thomas (Metropolitan of Kottayam), Mor Gregorios Joseph (Metropolitan of Kochi & Holy Episcopal Synod Secretary), Mor Theophilose Kuriakose (Resident Metropolitan, MSOT Seminary & Patriarchal Vicar of Middle Europe), Mor Ivanios Mathews (Metropolitan of Kandanad), Mor Athanasius Elias (Working President - AVSS), Mor Clemis Kuriakose (Metropolitan of Idukki), Mor Dionysius Geevarghese (Reesh Dayaroyo, Manjanikkara Dayaro), Mor Osthatheos Ishaq (Metropolitan of Mylapore, Delhi), Mor Irenios Paulose (Metropolitan of Kozhikode), Mor Gregorios Kuriakose (Knanaya  Archdiocese), Mor Ivanios Kuriakose (Kananaya Archdiocese), Mor Anthonios Yaq`ub (Metropolitan f Mangalore & Honnavar Mission) assisted His Beatitude.

 

The consecration of the Cathedral took place on January 14 (Part-1 of the Consecration Service) and January 15 (Part-2 of the Consecration Service). It was led by Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas and assisted by Mor Athanasios Geevargis as the Metropolitan of the St. Mary's Soonoro Patriarchal Cathedral, Elamkulam, and other Metropolitans of Holy Church in India.

 

There was a Public Meeting on January 14 after the Evening prayers and Part-1 of the Consecration Service was conducted immediately after that Public Meeting. Hon'ble Minister Vayalar Ravi inaugurated the meeting which was presided over by His Beatitude the Catholicos. As the Metropolitan of the Cathedral Mor Athanasius Geevarghese welcomed the gathering, and Very Rev. Raban Benyamin Mulerickal, as the Chief Vicar of the Cathedral proposed the Vote of Thanks.

 

Part-2 of the Consecration Service led by the Catholicos was conducted on January 15 morning. Following that there was an Holy 'Anchinmel' Qurbono with H. B. the Catholicos as the Chief Celebrant and Their Graces Mor Severios Abraham, Mor Athanasius Alias, Mor Osthatheos Ishaq and Mor Athanasius Geevarghese as the co-celebrants. Immediately after the Holy 'Anchinmel' Qurbono there was another Felicitation Meeting presided over by H. B. the Catholicos and Mr. Oscar Fernandes M. P. & A. I. C. C. General Secretary and Mr. P. C. Chacko M. P., among others, spoke on the occasion. Mor Athanasius Geevarghese  welcomed the gathering and Rev. Fr. Greger R. Kollannur the Assistant Vicar of the Elamkulam Cathedral proposed the Vote of Thanks.

 

On January 16, Sunday, also there was an Holy 'Anchinmel' Qurbono led by Mor Athanasius Geevarghese and Very Rev. Raban Benyamin Mulerickal, Very Rev. Raban Gabriel, Rev. Fr. Greger R. Kollannur and Rev. Fr. Noby Parambi were the co-celebrants. Immediately after that there was another Meeting at which the Sunday School Head Master Mr. M. Johny was given the decoration of 'Chevalier' and the St. Aphrem Medal (Certificate and Medal from His Holiness the Patriarch). Chev. M. Johny has been rendering sincere and self-less service as Head Master of the Elamkulam Sunday School for the past twelve years. Commander George Mathew Thekkethalakal, the President of the St. Mary's Soonoro Syrian Orthodox Congregation, addressed the Meeting acknowledging the cooperation of all who contributed in one way or other to the construction and completion of the new Cathedral. Mor Gregorios Joseph the Secretary of the Regional Episcopal Synod of India blessed the Meeting with a benedictory address. Very Rev. Raban Benyamin Mulerickal welcomed the gathering and the Meeting ended with a Vote of Thanks from Rev. Fr. Greger R. Kollannur. And this Meeting on January 16, Sunday, marked the conclusion of the three-day Cathedral Consecration Ceremony.
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Photo Courtesy: Mangalam Daily


Jacobite Church calls for Opening Trukkunnath Seminary Church


17 January, Aluva: The Working Committee of the Jacobite Syrian Christian Church requested the government authorities to make necessary arrangements to celebrate Holy Qurbono at Trukkunnath Seminary Church (St. Mary's Church) on the perunal (feast) day. The Working Committee held at Aluva Mor Athanatius Study Centre sighted last year's High Court verdict to open the Church on perunal day and also requested the authorities to consider opening the Church on a permanent basis.

The Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselius Thomas I requested the authorities to take action to vacate the unauthorized people staying in the seminary. "The Malankara Orthodox Church's present stand to keep the Trukkunnath Seminary Church closed is against Christianity.", the Catholicos said in the press statement.


Let Jacobites build church at Parumala- Joint Christian Council


18October 2010, Kochi: The Joint Christian Council has said that the JJacobite faction of the Malankara Church should be allowed to build its own church on a plot of land close to the St. Peter's and Paul's church at Parumala. A statement issued by the Council here on Sunday said that the move to prevent the Jacobite group from building its own church on land it had bought close to the present church should be condemned. The statement also said that the Jacobite-Orthodox feud was the result of machinations by vested interests, which wanted to control the riches of the church.

 

Proposed Saint Gregorious Jacobite Church, Parumala

 

Source: The Hindu

 


Saint Elias III Seminary, the Diocesan Centre of Thumpamon Diocese consecrated


 

16 January 2011, Manjinikkara: The Consecration and blessings of the Bishops House for Thumpamon diocese was held at Manjinikkara on 16th January at 3 PM (The Coonan Cross Anniversary Day). The Koodasa was led by Mor Gregorios Joseph, Episcopal Synod Secretary. Metropolitans Their Eminences Yuhanon Mor Militheos, Geevarghese Mor Dionysius , Mathews Mor Theodosius, Geevarghese Mor Athanasius were co celebrants. This was followed by a public meeting, inaugurated by Shri. Anto Antony MP. Shri. K Sivadasan Nair MLA, Adv. M Suresh Kumar, Pathanamthitta Municipal Chairman, Adv. C N Somanathan Nair, NSS Union Vice President, Shri. K Padma Kumar SNDP Union Chairman, Shri. MG Kannaan , Member Jilla Panchayat, Shri. P Ramachandran Nair, President, Grama Panchayat. Smt. Anu Moni, Member Grama Panchayat made felicitations. The Patriarchal Bull declaring the name of the Bishops House Complex as Saint Elias III Seminary was read by Mor Gregorios.

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26th Dukhrono of Mor Philoxenos Samuel (Malankarayude Soorya Thejas) started 


 

16 January 2011; Meenangadi: 26th Dukhrono of Late Lamented Mor Philoxenos Samuel (Malankarayude Soorya Thejas) started at St. Peter's & St. Paul's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Cathedral, Meenangadi. Vicar Rev. Fr. P C Paulose Puthanpurakkal hoisted the flag on January 16, Sunday. Rev. Dr. Jacob Michael Pulliyattel (Chairman, Publicity), Rev. Fr. Aju Chacko Aruthamamoottil, Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Puthupady, Shri. Babu Paul Vandanathil (Secretary, JSOYA, Malabar), Shri. Anil K Jacob Keecherril (Convenor, Publicity), Office bearers of the cathedral and faithful were present. Metropolitan Mor Philoxenos Zacharias led the evening prayers at the cathedral. Metropolitan Mor Philoxenos Zacharias will lead Holy Tri Mass today the 17 January. The pilgrims from different parts of the diocese will reach at cathedral at 9.00 AM. Mor Philoxenos Zacharias will hand over the key of Samuel Mor Philoxenos Bhavan and various endowments in the public meeting which will be held followed by the Holy Qurbono

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Source: Public Relations Directorate, Malabar Diocese


Death of Sabarimala pilgrims: His Beatitude Catholicos Baselios Thomas I condoled


 

15 January 20111, Puthencurizu, India: Death of Sabarimala pilgrims - Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I expressed deep grief and sorrow and condoled the loss of lives. His Beatitude said, he joins with the members of the bereaved family and wished speed recovery to those injured.

President Pratibha Patil today condoled the death of Sabarimala pilgrims in a stampede at Pullumedu in Kerala’s Idukki district.

In a letter to the Kerala chief minister and governor, she expressed grief over the tragedy.

Patil wished a speedy recovery to all those injured in the incident that took place yesterday.

 

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday expressed shock over the death of Sabarimala pilgrims in a stampede in Kerala's Idukki district and announced a compensation of Rs one lakh each to the kin of those killed.

He expressed condolence to the bereaved families and spoke to Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan about the tragedy.

Singh sanctioned a relief of Rs one lakh each to the next of kin of those killed in the stampede and Rs 50,000 to those injured from the Prime Minister's relief fund.

About 60 people were killed in a stampede triggered by an accident near Sabarimala late Friday. More than 100 people were reportedly injured. The accident occurred when a vehicle lost control and ran into a group of pilgrims who were returning after witnessing the Makarajyothi. (PTI quotes Sabarimala shrine spokesman Rahul Eeshwar that at least 86 people were killed and 90 injured).

According to the police, the accident occurred around 10 p.m. on Friday at Pullumedu off Vandiperiyar on the way to Vallakkadavu in Idukki district of the State.

The Kerala government has launched a major relief operation following the accident. The authorities have opened a control room (phone numbers: 04869-222049, 252244) at Kumily police station to provide information on the victims.

Relief operations have been hampered by darkness, traffic jams and remoteness of the accident site at Pullumala, near the hill shrine. Rescuers are also facing lack of communication facilities as the place is beyond the reach of mobile services.

Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan has asked the Chief Secretary to take all efforts towards rescue and relief. The Director General of Police and Director of Health Services have already left for Sabarimala to supervise the operations. Devaswom Minister Kadannappally Ramachandran is also rushing to Sabarimala.

 

Expressing grief over the accident, the Chief Minister said that the collector had been asked to submit a detailed report on the stampede.

Pilgrim flow to Sabarimala was increasing year after year and it was unfortunate that an incident of this magnitude had occurred. Additional Chief Secretary K. Jayakumar was coordinating the relief activities.

 


Mor Osthatheos Pathrose given a warm welcome at Singapore on his maiden visit as the Diocesan Metropolitan


 

14 January 2011, Singapore: Mor Osthatheos Pathrose, Metropolitan of Singapore, Asst. Metropolitan of Bangalore & Patriarchal Vicar of Bahrain Dioceses, was given a warm welcome at Changi Airport, Singapore. This is his first visit to Singapore after His Eminence has taken charge. Vicar of St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Church, Singapore - Rev. Fr. Saji Nadumuriyil, Managing Committee members and others were present.


10th Anniversary of the consecration of Metropolitan Mor Ivanios Mathews celebrated


 

14 January 2011, Kandanad, Kerala: The 10th Anniversary of the metropolitan consecration of Mor Ivanos Mathews of Kandanad celebrated at St. Sakrallah Mor Baselios Centre at Kandanad. Mor Ivanios celebrated Holy Qurbono earlier, in the morning. Sabha Secretary Bar Etho Nasiho Shri. Thampu George Thukalan, Very Rev. Sleeba Paul Vattavelil Cor Episcopa, Very Rev. John Punnachalil Cor Episcopa, Fr. Roy Mathews Meppadom, Shri. Reji P Varghese, Shri. Paul V Thomas spoke on the occasion. 

 

Source: Malankara Syriac Voice


8th Dukhrono of Very Rev. K.P.Thomas Corepiscopa observed 


 

14 January 2011, Kallumkathra, Kottayam, Kerala: 8th Dukhrono of Very Rev. K.P.Thomas Corepiscopa was celebrated. Mor Severios Kuriakose - Archbishop of the Knanaya Syrian Jacobite Archdiocese was the chief celebrant. Archbishop inaugurated the Medical Camp at the public function which was held after the Holy Qurbono. Shri. Jos K Mani MP, Shri. Thomas Chazhikkadan MLA and others spoke on the occasion. 

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Meteorologists fail to explain descending of the cloud on supposed place of the Lord’s Transfiguration


 

Moscow, January 11, Interfax – Science cannot explain a mystery of the cloud, that every year descends on the Mount Tabor where, according to the Bible, the Transfiguration of the Lord took place.

Sergey Mirov, a participant in the research organized this summer by the working group on miraculous signs at the Synodal Theological Commission, the investigation was conducted by Russian and Israeli meteorologists, the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily writes.

According to him, summing up the results, the experts concluded that fog cannot be generated in such dry air and temperature.

Mirov stressed that “descending of the blessed cloud” takes place only in a territory of the Orthodox monastery. He said that during a festival service (miraculous phenomenon happens on the Orthodox feast of Transfiguration IF) a glaring sphere rushes over believers, then the cloud appears above the cross of the Transfiguration Church, it grows in dimensions and descends on believers, covering them and pouring life-giving moisture over them.

In his turn Pavel Florensky, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences academician and head of the working group on miraculous signs, said that his team examined appearance of the Holy Fire at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Easter eve with the help of modern highly accurate equipment.

“The conclusion is simple: the appearance of fire is accompanied with powerful piezoelectrical phenomenon in the church and adjacent territories similar to those that take place during thunderstorms, but there was no thunderstorm… Thus, it means that this event can be considered miraculous,” he believes.

Source: InterFax


Pope Shenouda urges State to address Copts’ problems


 

11 January 2011, Cairo: The patriarch of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Shenouda III, has urged the government to find a solution to the problems facing Egypt’s Copts. In an interview on state-run television, Shenouda warned that “failure to solve these problems will prompt some people to behave in a certain way only to attract attention.”

Yet Shenouda stressed he was not pointing only to Coptic problems, but also to issues such as unemployment and high prices which he described as national concerns. “We are all sons of these lands, and God will judge us for our deeds and ask us whether we served the citizens or not,” he added.

Pope Shenouda urged legislators to enact laws that accommodate all sectors of society without discrimination and indicated that national unity can be best achieved through unity in action, thought, and sentiment. He added that Muslim-Coptic unity must be reflected on the level of political parties.

Shenouda said although the state also has a duty to try to resolve the problems of Copts, problems are best solved with calm and communication, not with anger and emotions. Shenouda accused “elements and political bodies with certain orientations” of infiltrating Coptic protests to pursue their own interests.

In an interview with Egyptian Television on January 3, Shenouda said not all members of the recent Coptic protests were Copts and that several people have joined in the name of sympathy. “They have nothing to do with the problem, though,” he said.

Some of the slogans chanted were not proper and could not possibly be uttered by a well-mannered Christian or Muslim, Shenouda said.

“We cannot prevent people from expressing their sorrow, yet I ask them to express their feelings without violence. I am glad that many Muslims joined in the protests, which shows that all are against terrorism and sectarian violence.”

He said the attack has brought Egyptians together, and Egyptians must unite against the enemy that aims to weaken the Egyptians’ bonds.

Source: Bikyamasr.com


It's Christmas Day for band of Armenians 


January 6, 2011, Kolkata, India: Rev. Father Khoren Hovhannisyan, pastor (priest) of Armenians in India, is earnestly preparing himself for the Christmas Mass on Thursday. Yes you heard right. Christmas is on Thursday for the 150-odd Armenians in Kolkata.

And this Christmas, mind you, is steeped in tradition and ritual. The Armenian Orthodox Church still reckons its year by the Julian Calendar and celebrates the birth of Christ on January 6 (also known as Old Christmas).


the Armenian Holy Church of Nazareth at Armenian Street off Burrabazar.
"Jesus Christ was born on January 6 and not on December 25. The later Christians changed the date at their own convenience," said the priest, adding, "The Christmas Eve Mass is the same as our Easter Mass which will coincide with the Catholic Easter. But the Christmas mass or the Divine Liturgy is very special." The venue for the congregation: the Armenian Holy Church of Nazareth at Armenian Street off Burrabazar.

On Christmas Day, the church that is barely attended by 15 to 20 people on a Sunday, will be choc-a-bloc with 150 or more Armenians. The grand altar will be decorated with flowers and candles and the bell will toll proclaiming the birth of the King, Jesus Christ.

The priest spoke of some salient features of the Christmas service. "The congregation stands instead of sitting on the pews. We fast an entire week starting December 30, the week preceding Christmas," he said. During this period, meat is best avoided and a light meal a day is the order. On January 5, families attend church and celebrate the Christmas Eve Divine Liturgy. The next day is the Feast of the Theophany (the Manifestation of God).

On the agenda is the special Christmas dinner where one can dig into dolma minced meat and baked potato pudding served with brown rice. The spices and herbs are special, often imported from Armenia. The lavash or bread is similar to naan. Also on the platter is kuku pilaf rice cooked with greens and omelette.

The Armenians say historians are a dwindling community. But they have kept returning to Kolkata in search of their roots (the city, they say, was founded by them and has the most number of Armenians in the country). Said Artur Marusevich (20), who came to the city a decade ago to study at the Armenian College here, "We have kept the Julian calendar alive. On December 25, we celebrated with our Roman Catholic and Protestant friends. On Thursday, we will be celebrating our own Christmas." Echoed Tatevik Tadevosyan (21), "It's double Christmas celebration for us."

After the holy mass, the priest conducts the water blessings in the holy (silver) bowl . "And then I shall do the bread-water-salt blessing. Everyone must eat the bread and the salt and drink the holy water," said Rev Hovhannisyan. The hymn is in the Armenian language.

The morning prayers over, the action shifts to the lawns of the Armenian Sports Club at the Maidan and people show up in their Sunday best to exchange greetings. It's also an opportunity to meet up, sing and dance because many have returned to Kolkata just to attend Christmas.

 

By Ajanta Chakraborty, TNN,

Source: Times Of India

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The author has the info wrong about Aremnians & the Julian Calendar; the Armenians follower the older tradition of celebrating on the Epiphany.  Still interesting to know about Armenian Christians in India. Like the Jews in India, traders and merchants in older times. 


Intercession of St. Mary for seeds started at Nadamel Morth Mariyam Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church


 

12 January 2011, Thrippunithura, Kerala: Feast of intercession of St. Mary for seeds started at Morth Mariyam Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, Nadamel on January 12, Wednesday. Metropolitan Mor Gregorios Joseph hoisted the flag. Vicar Very Rev. Geevarghese Thomas Kandathil Cor Episcopa, Fr. Shammy John, Fr. Darly Edappangattil and hundreds of faithful were present. Mor Gregorios will celebrate Holy Qurbono on January 14, Friday. Metropolitan of Malabar, Mor Philoxenos Zacharias will lead the Holy Tri Mass on January 15, Saturday, the main day of the feast.

 

 

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Mor Coorilos Geevarghese visits children of "Theeram" in Cheemeni, Kasargodu and attends a seminar on Endusulfan


 

11 January 2011, Cheemeni: Mor Coorilos Geevarghese along with Very Rev. Kuriakose Moolayil Corepiscopa visited the "Theeram" centre in Cheemeni, an Endosulfan affected area in Kasargodu district. They spent a day with the mentally challenged children and their parents. Mor Coorilos also inaugurated a seminar on Endosulfan and it's Evil Effects. Very Rev. Kuriakose Moolayil Corepiscopa, Director of Theeram presided over the meeting and Mr. Aneesh Kumar delivered the key note address. Several members of the Panchayat and leaders of Merchant's Association participated in the seminar. New year gifts for the children were also distributed.

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Source: Theeram press release


Their Excellencies Ambassadors of Syria to Sweden and Germany visits Holy Father


 

11 January 2011, Ma`arat Sayyidnaya, Damascus: Their Excellencies Mr. Miladh Athieh, Syria's new Ambassador to Sweden and Mr. Lufti Radwan, Syria's new Ambassador to Germany visited  Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas at Mor Ephraim Patriarchal Monastery here on January 11, Tuesday. Their Excellencies seeked the blessings and prayers of His Holiness before taking the charge at respective nations. His Holiness wished them all success in their new assignment and requested the support from them for the Syriac Orthodox faithful in respective countries. Metropolitan of Patriarchal Curia, Mor Dionysius Youhanon Kawaq was also present.

Source: Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate


The Papal Message of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III For The Feast of Nativity


My beloved children in the lands of immigration, both clergy and laity.

Peace to you and grace. My congratulations for the Feast of Nativity of our Lord, to Whom is Glory.

Be all well, shepherded by God who keeps you. May we hear all good about you. May you have contemplations in the Glorious Nativity and its happenings.

As for us, I want you not to worry about us - we are well......

The painful circumstances that happened to us have brought compassion upon us from all sides, as well as extreme care and eagerness in protecting the churches, as well as care for our cause. Also, tribulation, by its nature, makes the soul closer to God. And we believe that God is the Protector and Helper, and that "unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain." We also believe the promise of the Lord to His Church, that the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. Therefore all are in peacefulness.

Be calm all of you, assured of the work of the Lord, and all of you to rejoice in this Feast, for it is the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, and I mean, His Incarnation was the starting point for all the good that graced humanity till it was crowned with redemption. As well, the Incarnation was proof of the love of God to us, and the reconciliation that was fulfilled between heaven and earth.

Rejoice in the Lord my dear children, and again I say rejoice. In all
circumstances that pass by you, say "it’s all for good."

Finally, my love to you all.

Be absolved from the Holy Spirit.

A blessed season to you all.

Shenouda
Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark
January 2011


“The birth of Jesus of Bethlehem is the Christian message of love, justice and reconciliation” - His Holiness Aram I 


On Thursday 6 January 2011, His Holiness Aram I celebrated the Christmas Liturgy at the Cathedral of St. Gregory the Illuminator in Antelias. The President of the Republic of Lebanon, H.E. Michel Sleiman and the Speaker of the House H.E. Nabih Berri were represented respectively by the Minister of State Jean Oghassabian and Member of Parliament Hagop Pakradouni.

 

In his sermon, His Holiness Aram I said that the purpose of Incarnation was to proclaim the Kingdom of God based on the values of love, justice and reconciliation and make disciples to live out their faith based on these values. He then showed what would such a discipleship mean to the Church, to the Armenian people everywhere and particularly in Lebanon, and finally to Christian presence in the Middle East.

 

 

“To be Church” he said “means to continue Christ’s mission to establish the values of love, justice and reconciliation through its outreach.” Addressing the Armenian people, he said: “We were the first nation to accept the message of Jesus in 301 AD. Throughout our history of persecutions we have remained truthful to our Christian faith. We shall continue our journey of faith based on love, justice and reconciliation wherever we are.”

 

 

Catholicos Aram I then addressed the people in Lebanon and said: “Lebanon is the country of co-existence, which means a life together based on commonly agreed values such as mutual love and respect, equality and justice. I thank the Almighty today that we do not have religious conflicts. However, we should overcome our political sensitivities for the sake of the sovereignty and integrity of Lebanon.” He then continued, “all the confessional communities and political parties in this country are fully Lebanese. I am confident that their positions and claims aim at safeguarding Lebanon. We should not depend on the ‘other’, but work together to establish peaceful co-habitation in Lebanon because our primary allegiance goes to Lebanon.”

 

Referring to Christian presence in the Middle East, His Holiness Aram I said: “Christianity was born in the Middle East. Jesus was born in Palestine, and he began his public ministry in Palestine. Christianity spread out to the world from Jerusalem. Christians have made the history of the region and contributed to the creation of Middle Eastern Civilization through their faith, their thoughts and their martyrdom. We therefore, denounce all acts of violence against Christians and churches that are happening in Iraq, Egypt and other places. Irrespective of all difficulties, as people of the region, and based on the values of love, justice and reconciliation that Christ has shared, Christians will remain in the Middle East. Christian-Muslim relations are founded on shared values of love, justice and reconciliation; these relations are the product of thousands of years of life together. Therefore, Christians and Muslims will continue to seek together justice peace and prosperity in the region.”

 

 

During the next few days His Holiness Aram I received religious and political leaders, as well as representative of civil society organizations congratulating him on the occasion of Armenian Christmas.

Source: Armenian Orthodox Church The Catholicosate of Cilicia


Message of His Holiness Karekin II supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians on the feast of the Holy Nativity and Theophany


 

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen

 

“Today in the town of David
a Savior has been born to you;
he is the Messiah, the Lord.”
Luke 2:11

Beloved faithful Armenians in the homeland and the diaspora, Once again today our hearts are filled with joy and exultation with the celebration of the Holy Nativity and Theophany of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was with the baby Jesus that God’s love became incarnate and lived among men. God dispersed His countless blessings on mankind, and opened the path to salvation for all.

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” This joyful news was first given to the shepherds of Bethlehem more than two thousand years ago, and the bright star in the night sky of Bethlehem guided the wise men of the East, who set out to find the Lord and found the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes in a manger, and recognized Him as the Lord – the Savior of the world.

The birth of Christ today is once again an invitation to us, to all men and peoples, to go seek the Savior – the benevolent and loving God – just as the Magi and shepherds did. The psalmist says, “Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.” Psalm 34:10. To seek the Lord is to walk toward God, to accept His saving Will and to follow Him. To seek the Lord is to meet and see Him feeding the hungry, healing the sick, consoling the heartbroken, granting hope, faith and love, admonishing hypocrisy and falsehood, and leading men on the paths of justice, righteousness and peace. Those who meet the Lord on these paths shall be strengthened, their hearts shall be at peace, happy and joyful, they shall not falter in their faith, and they “shall not lack any good thing.” God sent His Only Begotten Son to the world for the love of mankind, through which He bestowed the greatest examples of love, care and attention; to share their gifts with one another and to rely on the graces of heaven. The righteous, the prophets and the apostles, the martyrs for the faith, the pious and the saints, lived by this blessed and righteous life, and as a lighthouse, have illuminated the path to God for mankind.

The modern century, which is noted for its greater materialism and secularism, has a greater need for spiritual inner-strength, resolute faith, and a return to the spiritual-moral values taught by Christ, through which life has meaning and its aim established – on a path toward God. Lasting and eternal are spiritual values that have illuminated and strengthened the lives of peoples, have developed cultures, and have reformed societies. Today as well, without spirituality and without God, social and economic reforms, scientific and technical developments and all efforts of humanity aimed at progress are condemned to fail. Truly, mankind will be able to find peace, prosperity, wellbeing and all good things through a renewal of spirituality and morality. Just as the apostle James teaches us, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.” James 1:17.

Dear and beloved faithful in Armenia, Artsakh and the Dispersion,
We have a great many concerns in our homeland and national life as well, that we shall be able to address through the graces that come from our faith, through the power of love, honesty, devotion and vigilance for one another; a spirit of patriotism and love of nation. Let us not be intimidated by difficulties or challenges, for the Lord has transformed all manner of sadness into happiness for us, has granted us many victories, through which our souls are encouraged
today. Let us guard ourselves against faltering in our responsibilities and obligations, let us disdain injustice and dishonesty, and to the same extent, indifference. Let each of us – the official in his position, the soldier in his service and the clergyman in his, the farmer and the manufacturer in their labors, the teacher, the scientist, the physician and the artist in their calling – be greater diligent, be ready to take on greater responsibility and display greater devotion, so that we may gather the beneficial bounty and increase the Lord’s graces in our lives. With a renewed national and spiritual life, and in strong unity, we shall beautify our homeland, make our people’s life prosperous, defend our just rights, keep our country’s stability unshakeable, and keep our optimism for the future unwavering, so that the sons and daughters of our nation do not depart from the homeland, rather they return; so that Armenian families and children in those families proliferate in Armenia and the Diaspora. May the difficulties not become obstacles to increasing the population of our villages and settlements, and may the joyful yelps and cries of children multiply in Armenian homes.

The Son of God was not born in splendor, comfort or wealthy surroundings. Our Lord came to earth in a humble family – one that had faith in God and submission to His Will. New hope is born with each new child – a new prospect for the advancement and prosperity of our nation. The future of our people is in their hands. They shall be the ones to continue the free life of our reborn homeland, the path of our people among the family of nations – in peace and happiness – with an unyielding faith of a world filled with hope in God. Let us take care, dear sons and daughters, that our children grow and strengthen with the Word of God, and to keep them from the danger of falling into the trap of soul-destroying ideologies that are foreign and unfamiliar to our people. Let us firmly establish them in the faith and hope in Christ and the promise of our Lord that “rivers of living water will flow within” their souls. John 7:38. And according to the words of the prophet, “They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.” Isaiah 61:3-4.

On this soul-renewing occasion of the Lord’s Holy Nativity and Theophany, and with Christ-bestowed love, we greet the incumbents of the hierarchal sees of our Holy Apostolic Church: His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia; His Beatitude Archbishop Torkom Manoogian, Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem; His Beatitude Archbishop Mesrob Mutafian, Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople; His Excellency Serzh Sargsian, President of the Republic of Armenia and all state officials of the Armenians. We extend our greetings to His Excellency Bako Sahakian, President of the Republic of Nagorno Karabagh. We convey our pontifical love and blessings to the oath-bound ranks of our clergy and to our sons and daughters dispersed throughout the world. Wishing for God’s most abundant graces for them, we greet the heads of our sister Churches and the leaders and representatives of the diplomatic missions accredited in Armenia.

Dear brothers and sisters, today the glad tiding of the angel resounds in our souls: “…a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Let us go to meet the Lord, as the Magi and shepherds did. Let us transform our souls into the manger of Bethlehem to receive the baby Jesus. Let us offer prayers to heaven before the cradle of the newborn Savior, so that peace and goodwill among men be strengthened on earth through heavenly graces. May the power to feel the presence of God in our hearts and recognize Him in our souls never diminish, so that our souls always rejoice and that our lips exclaim with glory the grace-bestowing good news:

CHRIST IS BORN AND REVEALED!
BLESSED IS THE REVELATION OF CHRIST.

May the Grace, Love and Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us and will all.
Amen. 

Source: Armenian Church, the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin


Three men charged in northern Germany attack on Mor Julius Hanna


09 January 2010, Paderborn, Germany - Prosecutors in the German city of Paderborn have charged three suspects in a brutal attack nine months ago on a Syriac Orthodox bishop Mor Julius Hanna Aydin, they announced on Sunday.

 

A 36-year-old Syrian, as well as two 33-year-old from Turkey and Sri Lanka, are accused of attempted murder, robbery and assault.

 

Bishop Julius Hanna Aydin was attacked in his office last April. The
perpetrators gagged and hit the cleric, who is affiliated with the Warburg monastery, and cut off his long white beard.

 

All three accused are from the city of Wiesbaden, east of Frankfurt.

Source: MonstersAndCritics.com


His Holiness decorated Archbishop Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim with Grand Cross of St. Ignatius of Antioch


 

09 January 2011, Aleppo, Syria: Patriarch Moran MorIgnatius Zakka I Iwas decorated Archbishop Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim, the Archbishop of Aleppo & Environs, with Grand Cross of St. Ignatius of Antioch and certificate, considering the contribution of the Archbishop to the Holy Syriac Orthodox Church and society in general. Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim took the charge of the diocese in 1979, and many projects have been come up in the diocese by the effort of H.E. His Eminence is a popular face in the Ecumenical and social field too. Mor Gregorios represents Syriac Orthodox Church in various Ecumenical bodies.


Metropolitans Mor Philoxenos Mathiyas Nayis, Mor Dionysius Youhanon Kawaq, monks, priests, nuns and thousands of faithful were present.

Source: Office of the Archbishop, Aleppo, Syria


Aleppo receives Holy Father


 

06 January 2011, Aleppo, Syria: Morn Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, The Prince Patriarch of Antioch & All the East reached the Province of Aleppo on January 06, Thursday for his historic Apostolic visit. His Holiness was received at the entrance of St. Ephraim's Syriac Orthodox Cathedral by Archbishop of Aleppo, Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim, Fr. Joseph Shafu, Dr. Elias Samao (Vice President, Mijili Millis), Er. Albert Manouk, hundred of nuns and monks and thousands of faithful.

 

 

 

 

 

The scouts of the Archdiocese gave Guard of Honour to His Holiness. A delegation comprises of Metropolitans Mor Philoxenos Mathias Nayis (Patriarchal Assistant & Director of St. Ephraim's Seminary), Mor Dionysius Youhanon Kawaq, nuns and monks, doctors is accompanying His Holiness. Later at the Cathedral, His Holiness was the chief celebrant for the feast of Nativity of our Lord. Metropolitans and priests assisted.

The Aleppo Chamber of Commerce members visited His Holiness Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, at the Archdiocesan Centre here on January 06, Thursday. The Chamber of Commerce President, Dr. Hassan Zeido welcomed His Holiness to the historic place, on behalf of the Chamber and wished a pleasant stay. His Holiness enquired about the functioning of the Chamber and blessed its members. Archbishop Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim of Aleppo was also present.

 

 

 

The heads of various government departments, including His Excellency Ali Ahmed Mansour, The Governor of Aleppo, Mr. Abdel Moniem, General Yasir Shrouf, the Police Chief, Mr. Ibrahim Jalal, Attorney General of Aleppo, Heads of Security Forces, Rear Admiral of Aleppo, Commander of North Province visited His Holiness Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas who is on an Apostolic Visit in the Archdiocese, at the Archdiocesan Headquarters here. Archbishop Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim welcomed the guests. Metropolitans Mor Philoxenos Mathiyas Nayis, Mor Dionysius Youhanon Kawaq, Cor Episcopus were present.

 


Source: Office of the Archbishop, Aleppo, Syria


Knanaya Syrian Orthodox Church started Holy Qurbono in Bahrain


08 January 2011, Manama, Bahrain: The first Holy Qurbono by the Knanaya Syrian Orthodox Church was celebrated on Saturday, 8th January 2011, at the National Evangelical Church premises.

Fr. Monai K. Philip, the Priest In-Charge, celebrated the Holy Qurbono at 7 pm, which was attended by the around 150 community members from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.


The Kalpana from Arch-Bishop Mor Severios Kuriakose, appointing Fr. Monai K. Philip as the Priest In-Charge for Bahrain, was read after the Holy Qurbono.  "As soon as Arch-Bishop Mor Severios arrives in Bahrain, the formal consecration and naming of the Church will be done", it was announced by the Vicar.

Love feast was also arranged after the Holy Qurbono, for all people who attended it.

Regular Holy Qurbono will be celebrated on every Saturday at 7 pm at N.E.C Church, near American Mission Hospital. The Vicar's parsonage, also located near American Mission Hospital, will be consecrated on Monday, 10th January 2011 at 7.30 pm, after the evening prayers.

More details of the Church can be had from the Vicar Fr. Monai K. Philip on 00973-39432506 or from the General Convener/Church Secretary Mr. K.M. Cherian on 00973-39600369.


Rev. Fr. Sleeba Paul Vattavelil elevated as Cor - Episcopos by Holy Father


 

05 January 2010, Ma'arat Sayyidnaya, Damascus: Rev. Fr. Sleeba Paul Vattavelil elevated as Cor - Episcopos by Patriarch Moran Mor  Ignatius Zakka I Iwas on 05 January at Ma'arat Sayyidnaya.


"Danaha Perunnal" concluded at Piravom Valiya Pally


 

05 January 2011, Piravom, Kerala: Danaha Perunnal concluded at Piravom Valiya Pally. On January 05, Wednesday, Metropolitan Mor Barnabas Geevarghese celebrated Holy Qurbono at St. George Chapel under Valiya Pally. On January 06, Holy Tri Mass held at Valiya Pally. Perunnal concluded with Rassa and Nercha.

 


Catholicose consecrated Navajeevan Ashramam


 

04 January 20111, Meenangadi, Kerala: Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I consecrated the new building of Navajeevan Ashramam at Kolambetta, near here on January 04, Tuesday. Metropolitan of Malabar Diocese, Mor Philoxenos Zacharias presided over the public function which held after the consecration. Metropolitan of Kozhikode Diocese, Mor Irenios Paulose delivered benedictory speech. Rev. Dr. Jacob Michael Pulliyattel (Navajeevan Ashramam Director), Bro. Varghesekutty Puramadom (Prathyasabhavan Director), Bro. Shaji (Navajeevan Ashramam), Shri. Subin Methrattayil, Shri. Thomas Manakkalkarett spoke on the occasion.


Diocesan Day & First Anniversary of Metropolitan Consecration of Mor Philoxenos Zacharias observed


 

04 January 2010, Meenangadi, Kerala: The Diocesan Day of Malabar Diocese and First anniversary of the consecration of Metropolitan Mor Philoxenos Zacharias held on January 04, Tuesday at St. Gregorios College of Education here. Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I inaugurated the public meeting. His Beatitude officially inaugurated the functioning of Family Units in the diocese.

 

Metropolitan of Kozhikode Diocese, Mor Irenios Paulose inaugurated the official website of the diocese, MalabarDiocese.org , designed by Shri. Nibu M John Chennithala. Shri. P Krishna Prasad MLA inaugurated MANNA, the social and charity wing of the diocese. Shri. K L Paulose (Dist. Panchayath President) inaugurated the Ambulance Service of the diocese. Shri. K E Vinayan (Vice President, Sulthan Bathery Block Pancayath), Shri Assainar (Meenangadi Panchayath President), Smt. Beena Vijayan (Member, District Panchayath), Smt. Mini Saju, Rev. Dr. Jacob Michael Pulliyattel, Chev. Prof. K P Thomas, Fr. James Vanmelil, Chev. A I Kuriakose Adukalil and others spoke on the occasion. As a part of the celebration, Patriarchal flag was hoisted on all churches in the diocese on December 02, Sunday.


Consecration of Mylapore Diocesan Bishop's House and First anniversary of Metropolitan consecration of Mor Osthatheos Issac held at Avadi, Chennai held


 

04 January 2011, Avadi Chennai, India: Mor Osthatheos Issac offered Holy Qurbono at St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox  Church at Avadi at 7.30 AM followed by the consecration ceremony of the Diocesan Bishop's house. His Eminence laid the foundation stone of the "Kurishu Palli" dedicated to St. Mary, the Mother of God.


Rev Fr. K J John, Vicar, St. Mary’s  Church, Permabur & Reteri, Rev. Fr. Alias Pakaloamattom, Rev. Fr. Dr. George Varghese, Asst. Prof. Gurkul Theological College, Kellys, Chennai, Rev Fr. Aby Alias Secretary, Mylapore Diocese & Vicar, St. Thomas Church, Annanagar, Rev. Fr. Aby Paul, Vicar, St. George  Church, Avadi, Chennai, Rev.Fr. Mathews, Kelampakkom  Church, Rev. Fr. Mathew, Panachickal,Vicar, St Gregorios Church, Mettuguda, Seconderabad, Rev Dn. John Koshy, Rev. Dn. Bazil,Valara ,Secretary to Thirumeni were in attendance. Mr. Alex, son of Mr.& Mrs K P Paulose was ordained as Samrono and named Geevarghese. A large number of faithful attended the function. 


Catholicose inaugurated 4th Thrissur diocese convention


 

03 January 2011, Thrissur, Kerala: Catholicose Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I inaugurated 4th Thrissur diocese convention. Diocesan Bishop Mor Ousebious Kuriakose presided over the function. Mor Crisostomose Markose delivered the key note on the inaugural day. All the priests of the diocese and about 5000 faithful participated in the 1st day of the convention. 


The Christmas & New Year celebrations and the 'Kudumba Sangamam - 2011' held at St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox  Church, Ahmedabad


 

02 January 2011, Ahmedabad: The Christmas and New Year celebrations of the St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, Ahmedabad were conducted with much fervor and gaiety. The Carol singing Group under the leadership of Vicar Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Kollannur and Rev. Fr. John Mathai visited residences of all the members of the Parish.

Christmas service and Holy Qurbono was celebrated at Ahmedabad by Rev. Fr. John Mathai and at Kutch by the Vicar, Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Kollannur.

The Annual get-together (Kudumba Sangamam - 2011) of the Parish was celebrated on Sunday, the 2nd January, 2011. Rev. Fr. John Mathai presided over the cultural meeting, along with the Vicar, Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Kollannur. A 'Sneha Virunnu' (Love Feast) held as a part of the celebrations. The children, Youth and the Vanitha Samajam actively participated in the various cultural programs staged. Mrs. Susan and Mr. Ignathiose George were selected as the Best Couple of the Parish after a written test conducted by the Vicar and were honored accordingly.

Elders of the Parish who completed 70 years of age and Couples who completed 25 years of married life were honored in the meeting by presenting Shawls and Mementos.

The Parish also conducted a sports event and an 'Auction' in connection with the Annual get-together (Kudumba Sangamam - 2011).

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Delegation from Malankara Celebrated New Year with Holy Father in Damascus


 

01 January 2010, Ma'arat Sayyidnaya, Damascus: Mor Gregorios Joseph, Mor Ivanios Mathews, Mor Aphrem Mathews and Mor Coorilos Geevarghese from Kerala along with Bar Eatho Breero Dr. Babu Paul IAS had the rare privilege of celebrating the New Year 2011 with the Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas at the Patriarchal Headquarter in Damascus.

 

His Holiness had dinner with bishops, clergy and relatives in the New Year's Eve and cut the New Year Cake. His Holiness also enjoyed the singing of Syriac and Malayalam songs by bishops, clergy, nuns and lay people. New Year gifts were also distributed. For every one who attended the celebrations, it was the most blessed experience to end the year 2010 and to begin the new year 2011 in the Holy presence and with Apostolic blessings of His Holiness, the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East. Rev. Fr. Mathew Karimpanackal (Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs) also was present for the occasion.



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