Need for preserving sanctity of Manarcaud church stressed
KOTTAYAM: The need for maintaining a peaceful atmosphere and preserving
the sanctity of the famous St Mary’s church, Manarcaud, was stressed
at a public meet on Wednesday, held in connection with the eight-day
lent and the Feast of Nativity of Mother Mary.
Inaugurating the meet, Markose Mar Koorilose, metropolitan of the Kollam,
Niranam and Thumpamon dioceses of the Syrian Jacobite church, noted that
all visitors to Manarcaud church have gone back enriched and that this has
contributed to the growth of the pilgrim shrine over the years. The services
rendered by the church to the poor was noteworthy and the involvement of
more non-Christians in the festivities than Christians, makes it a shining
example of faith, communal amity and brotherhood.
Kottayam diocese supremo Thomas Mar Theemothios, in his presidential address
called upon all concerned, to follow the path of Christian love and faith and
to resist attempts from all quarters to taint the name of the famous church.
The Manarcaud church acts as a magnet for devotees, cutting across caste, creed
and religion and faithfuls are keen to have their prayers in the holy precincts
of the church for long hours, he noted.
K Suresh Kurup MP, said that religion had become a double-edged tool and that
conscious efforts were needed to make it a tool to acheive peace and communal
harmony. Kottayam Municipal Chairman Sunny Kaloor also spoke on the occasion.
�Ponnadas" was presented to four elderly persons. Church vicar Rev Mathew P
Eliyas Cor Episcopa presented the keys of the house constructed for the poor.
Rev E T Kuriakose Cor Episcopa welcomed the gathering and church secretary
K V Skaria proposed the vote of thanks.
Septemebr 5, 2002