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  • Punchakonam Achen
    * Catholicate Centenary Celebration Washington DC/Maryland/Virginia Area The year 2012 is a blessed year for the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, as it is the
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 27, 2012
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      Catholicate Centenary Celebration

      Washington DC/Maryland/Virginia Area

      The year 2012 is a blessed year for the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church,
      as it is the year for the centenary celebration of the establishment of the
      Catholicate in India in 1912. The purpose of the celebration was an
      assertion of the Church's nationality, autonomy, and autocephaly and to
      provide awareness of the significance and greatness of the Catholicate to
      the growing generation. It is a rare opportunity and blessing for all the
      members of the Church to partake in this milestone.
      Five churches located in the Nation’s Capital Region (Washington D.C.,
      Maryland, and Virginia) conducted the centenary celebration on September
      23, 2012 under the leadership and guidance of His Grace Zachariah Mar
      Nicholovos, the Metropolitan of the Northeast American Diocese. The
      celebration was held at the newly built St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church
      of Greater Washington. A week-long celebration began with hoisting the
      Catholicate flag on Saturday September 15, 2012. More than 400 faithful
      members of the Malankara (Indian) Orthodox Syrian Churches in the region
      participated in the celebrations on Sunday September 23 that included the
      Holy Liturgy, followed by public meeting, magnificent luncheon, and an
      afternoon filled with entertainment programs. Because of the leadership of
      Rev. K.P. Varghese, President of the Catholicate Centenary Celebration
      (CCC) Committee of Malankara (Indian) Orthodox Syrian Church (MOSC) in the
      District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (DMV), the event was a grand
      success.
      His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, the Metropolitan of the Northeast
      American Diocese was the Chief Guest for this occasion, along with presence
      of other Clergies of the Orthodox Church community and other political
      leaders. His Grace conducted the Holy Liturgy. His Grace inaugurated the
      Catholicate Centenary celebrations by lighting the lamp. Rev. K.P.
      Varghese read the official felicitation from His Holiness Baselius Mar
      Thoma Paulose II, the eighth Catholicos of the East and Malankara
      Metropolitan since the establishment of the Catholicate in India in 1912.
      Rev. Varghese also welcomed the chief guests and participants. In his key
      note speech, Metropolitan Nicholovos reminded the majestic coming of St.
      Thomas into India for spreading the gospel, teachings of his Master, and
      converting many in to Christianity. His Grace reiterated the need to rise
      up to the occasion to support the Church and its establishments and gave a
      detailed history of the Catholicate in Malankara. He congratulated the
      faithful in the region on their continued commitment to upholding our
      Orthodox faith, the support for the Throne of the Catholicate, and the
      Diocese. He stated that this celebration shows the honor of our membership
      of a Church that is over 1960 years old; a historic event in the history of
      Christianity. The Metropolitan added that the establishment of the
      Catholicate of the East reflects international commitment of the Indian
      Malankara Orthodox Church, her autocephalous nature and proper insights on
      the mission of the Church.
      Rev. Fr. Alexander Kurien, the former vicar of St. Gregorios Indian
      Orthodox Church of Greater Washington and a Senior Staff of the current
      President Obama Administration read the congratulatory felicitation from
      the Office of the President. In his letter, the President recognized the
      leadership of His Grace Metropolitan Nicholovos and commended the faithful
      for the continued commitment to service and charities in the local
      communities.
      Rev. M. K. Kuriakose, our Diocesan Secretary congratulated the members of
      all five churches and the committee members for coordinating this wonderful
      event. State and local political representatives extended congratulations,
      citations, and felicitations for the event. The Choir under the leadership
      of Rev. Laby George Panackamattom, current vicar of St. Gregorios Church,
      did an excellent performance during the event. Rev. George Mathew, the
      vicar of St. Mary’s Indian Orthodox Church of Virginia and Rev. Reji
      Chacko, the vicar of St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church participated in the
      celebrations. After lunch, the children of all ages from various churches
      presented an impressive entertainment program for the attendees. A week
      long celebrations ended with benediction by His Grace.*

      Fr.Johnson Punchakonam
      Orthodox TV
      www.orthodoxtv.in



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