All arrangements are completed for the Jacobite Episcopal synod
meeting on 23rd at Karingachira St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox
Church, which will be presided by the visiting Patriarch H.H.
Ignatius Zakka I Iwas. 18 Bishops, including the 3 visiting Bishops
from Syria, Mor Athanatius Elia Bahi (Patriarchal Assistant), Pathros
Mor Silvanos (Homs), Malki Mor Militius (Australia) will take part in
the historical synod meeting. The synod will decide on various
spiritual and administrative issues.
30,000 people, through closed circuit TVs arranged, can view the
Patriarch's Holy Qurbana and other services in the Church.
"The Patriarchal visit and the Episcopal Synod at Karingachira are
historical ones", said Catholicos H.B. Baselius Thomas I, in a press
conference. "The Malankara Association meeting at Mulanthuruthy
Church on 27th September will be the repetition of such an
Association meeting held 126 years ago", the Catholicos added.
"The Patriarchal visit is coinciding with the historical changes
happened in the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church and hence
the Episcopal synod convening at Karingachira, after the formation of
the new Malankara Jacobite Syrian Christian Association, will have
several implications", said the Episcopal Synod Secretary H. G.
Joseph Mor Gregorios.
The Patriarch will arrive at Nedumbasseri Airport on 20th morning,
and will attend the silver jubilee celebration of the Patriarchal
consecration on 21st at Ernakulam Marine Drive. The Chief Minister
Oommen Chandy will inaugurate the meeting and the keynote address
will be given by Major Archbishop Mor Varkey Vithayathil.
On 23rd at Karingachira Church, the Catholicos H.B. Baselius Thomas
I, Kochi Diocesan Bishop Joseph Mor Gregorius, other Bishops, Priests
and lay leaders will receive the Patriarch. After the morning prayers
and Holy Qurbana, the Patriarch will give the key message to the
people attending the service.
After completing the visit in Kerala, the Patriarch will leave for
Delhi on 28th. His Holiness will be given public reception there
under the leadership of National Christian Council of India. The
Patriarch will meet the President of India, the Prime Minister,
Congress President Sonia Gandhi and the Opposition leader.
Fr. P. P. Joseph Nadappuzha, Fr. Shammy John Eramangalath, Fr. Mathai
Kulachir, Fr. Sabu Paul Vendrappalli, Publicity Co-ordinator C. M.
Kurian etc also attended the press conference.
Source: Deepika Daily (Internet edition) 18-09-2004
In HIS Love
Thomas Daniel (Reji)
St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodx Church
Cheppaud, Alleppy (dist), Kerala, India.