H.B.Baselius Thomas I given a rousing welcome in Germany
The Catholicose of India of the Syrian Orthodox Church has started
his Apostolic Visit to the european parishes on 23.10.04.
He was welcomed at the Apron of the Munich Airport by the Mayor of
the city of Munich himself and was escorted through the VVIP exit.
He was driven to the City of Göppingen with ecsort of hundreds of
cars and police vehicles. There he was accorded a state of hounour
welcome by the city authorities. Thousands of Syrian Orthodox
beleivers from the different parishes sorroundings of Göppingen
attented the Hoy Qurabana clebrated by the Maphrian on 24.10. Today
the Catholicose is meeting different state authoriites in Berlin.
There will be a Holy mass as well in Berlin today. The coming days
the Catholicose will be welcomed in different cities by the
believers coming together from the 52 Syrian Orthodox parishes in
The catholicose will inaugurate the aniversary celebrations of the
St.Mary's Malankara Syrian Orthodox Congregaion in Zurich and Basel
on 07.11.04 and attend many programmes there. 10-15 he will be in
Vienna as the guest of the Vienna Archbishop and Pro-Oriente. on
11.11.04 He will address Pro-Oriente and on 12.11. he will attend a
mass in the central cathedral of vienna "Stephansdom" and following
that participate in the lunch arranged by the Vienna Archbishop to
honour the catholicose. on 13.11 he will lead the Ecumenical
Convention conducted at the St.Mary's Malankara Syr.Orth. Church. on
14.11.04 he will celebrate the holy mass in the church and many
Social and Religious dignitaries will speak in the receptin
following the meeting to falicitate the catholicose.
On 20.11.04, 17hr H.B. will inaugurate a Malankara Syrian Orhtodox
parish in Germany at Herne and celebrate the mass in the Syrian
Orhodox Church at Herne.
In his european visit H.B is being escorted by H.G. Dr. Kuriakose
Mor Theophileos, the Metropolitan of the Malankara Syrain Orthodox
European Diocese and V.Rev.Dr. Adai Jacob Corepiscopa, the principal
of the M.S.O.T. Seminary.
With Love and Prayers
Fr.Dr.Biji Chirathilattu , Vicar, St.Mary's Syrian Orthodox
Thomas Daniel (Reji)
St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church
Cheppaud, Alleppy Dist, Kerala, India.