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, Issac K Joseph wrote:
Manjanikkara Perunnal festival to begin on Friday
PATHANAMTHITTA: The annual Manjanikkara Perunnal,
celebrated in memory of Patriarch Elias Mor Ignathios,
whose mortal remains are kept at Ignathios Dayara at
Manjinikara, will be held from February 7 to 13.
Addressing a news conference on Ignathios Dayara
premises on Manjinikara near here on Thursday, head
of the Manjinikara Dayara and metropolitan of Syrian
Jacobite cathedrals Benyamin Joseph Mor Osthathios
said that Patriarch representative and Mount Lebanon
Archbishop Theophilos George Sleeba would lead the
72nd perunnal celebrations.
The metropolitan said that to mark the beginning of
the perunnal, Markose Mor Coorilos would hoist the
Patriarch flag near the cross in the name of the
Moran at Omallur Cross Junction at 6 a.m on February 7.
Benyamin Mor Osthathios said that thousands of pilgrims,
including hundreds from the US and European countries,
would take part in the celebrations. Pilgrims from 600
centres, including those from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata,
Bangalore and Chennai, would participate in the
Metropolitans Markose Mor Coorlios, Yuhonnon Mor
Meelithios, Kuriakose Mor Diyaskorus, Mathews Mor
Ivanios and Geevarghese Mor Athansios would deliver
discourses on the perunnal days.
Fr Yuhannon Plavilayil, Fr Elias Kozhiparampath,
Fr Mathew P George, Fr Thomas Tharayil, Fr T G Jacob,
Fr Jacob Thomas and Fr Geevarghese Natumuriyil would
speak at the gospel meetings.
As part of the perunnal, free clothes would be
distributed to destitutes on February 11.
On February 12, the pilgrims would be given a
traditional reception at Omallur Cross Junction
under the leadership of the Patriarch representative
and the perunnal committee office-bearers at 4 p.m.
Archbishop Theophilos George Sleeba would be the
chief guest at the valedictory function of the
pilgrimage at the Dayara. Irrigation Minister
T M Jacob would inaugurate the meeting. Union
Minister P C Thomas would deliver the keynote
address. Catholicos Baselios Mar Thomas I would
deliver the benedictory address.
Francis George MP, K K Nair MLA, District Panchayat
president Mathew Kulathunkal, District Collector
Rabindra K Agarwal, Pathanamthitta municipal
chairperson Ajeeba M Sahib, Chennerkara panchayat
president P C Hari and Omallur panchayat president
M K Vasu would offer felicitations.
Holy Mass would be conducted under the leadership of
Catholicos Baselios Mar Thomas I between 5.30 a.m. and
8 a.m. on February 13 in the presence of Thomas Mor
Thimothios and Kurikose Mor Severios.
The 42nd commemoration perunnal of Mor Julius
metropolitan would be celebrated on February 18.
Programme committee general convener T. Thomas
Vilavinal, Mathew Ramban and Fr Jacob Mammen
Manapatt were present at the news conference.
Issac K Joseph
Mar Thoman Church
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