Report on HG Mar Makarios-First part of the funeral services held in London
- From: Saji Varghese
On Friday,29th February, the faithful and devoted children of malankara
orthodox church in London gave a gracious farewell to their beloved father
HG Thomas Mar Makarios.
The members of the St.Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church London under the able
guidance of vicar Rev Abraham Thomas managed to arrange a dignified and
respectful occasion for the first part of the funeral services.
HG Geevarghese Mar Coorilos was the chief celebrant.
Priests and laymen in hundreds from different part of the UK, Europe, Canada
and the USA visited the London church to pay their final tribute to our
Friday morning at GMT 1100hrs with special prayers the mortal remains had
been adorned with holy vestments by HG mar Coorilos
The body reached St.Gregorios church London at GMT1600hrs.
The public viewing of the body created heart breaking moments for the
beloved children of the departed church father.
The first part of the funeral service lead by HG Geevarghese Mar Coorilos
started at GMT1800 hrs.
The church choir made a significant contribution to the liturgy by a
meaningful and touching performance.
All the Oriental Orthodox Churches were present at the occasion represented
by Bishops and clergy of the respective Churches. Bishop Angaelos of the
Coptic Orthodox Church who is also the President of the Council of the
Oriental Orthodox Churches in the UK and Ireland, Bishop Nathan of the
Oriental Orthodox Church, Bishop Antonious of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church,
Bishop Abba Seraphim of the British Orthodox Church and Bishop Christopher
Chessun representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury were the esteemed
dignitaries who attended the first part of the Funeral Services.
The condolence letter from the archbishop of Canterbury HG Rowan Williams
was read out on the occasion by the representative of the archbishop. In the
letter HG expressed his heartful sorrow to the members of the Malnkara
Orthodox church, who lost one of her great warriors of the eminent tradition
By GMT 2300hrs, the first part of the funeral services concluded and the
mortal remains had been taken to airport for the final journey to Devalokam
where the interment to be taken place on Monday.
Saji Varghese, London