H.B. Catholicos Mor Baselious Thomas 1st was on a 4 day visit to Amsterdam on his way to Mor Ephrem Syriac Orthodox Monastery in Losser, Netherlands. His beatitude has come to the Netherlands to be part of the memorial service of Late Lamented Mor Julius Yeshu Cicek, the first Archbishop of Holland, which is being celebrated in the monastery on the 28th of Oct. The Catholicos arrived in Amsterdam airport on 18th Thursday. He was received by the 3 parishes in Amsterdam led by their respective Parish vicars and other church members. H.E. Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin, Archbishop of Holland, H.E. Mor Theophilos Kuriakose, Resident metropolitan of MSOT Seminary and Rev. Dr. Adai Jacob Corepiscopa were also present to receive the Catholicos at the airport. The next day, the Catholicos visited parish members of the churches in Amsterdam and conducted evening prayers at one of the Faithfull's house in Amstelveen. On 20th, saturday, his beatitude participated in the holy qurbana for the youth. The youth of the St. Mary's Syriac Orthodox church in Amsterdam organised a function to welcome the Catholicos. The Catholicos also lead the evening prayers at st. Sharbil church in Amsterdam West. The various church choirs from the churches in Amsterdam including the Malayalam choir participated in the "Shahro" night organized in honor of the visit of their Mafryono.
On Sunday, his beatitude was the chief celebrant at the holy qurbana at the St. Mary's Syriac Orthodox church in Amsterdam. The holy qurbana was attended by members of all the parishes in Amsterdam. After the holy qurbana a lunch was organised at a nearby hall where the syriac choir sang hymns and people met the Catholicos to seek his blessings. His beatitude left to the Syriac Orthodox monastery in Losser the same day evening.
Photos of the visit are available at the below link
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