Warm reception for Metropolitan Elias Mor Athanasius
- Warm reception for Metropolitan Elias Mor Athanasius
Warm reception for Metropolitan
(Correspondent, The Hindu)
NEDUMBASSERY: Metropolitan Kozhiparambath Elias Mar Athanasius who
returned from Damascus after receiving `Susasthikon' from Patriarch
Ignathios Zaka I was accorded a reception at the Cochin
International Airport on Tuesday morning. He arrived here by the
Qatar Airways flight.
In a show of devotion and belief, hundreds of faithful thronged the
airport premises to receive the newly consecrated Bishop.
He was accompanied by Jacobite Church Synod Secretary Metropolitan
Joseph Mar Gregorios.
Lonappan Nambadan MP, Jose Thettayil, MLA, district panchayat
president P.S.Shyla, CIAL General Manager Jiji Ramesh, church
spokesperson Varghese Kallapara,block panchayat president K.J.
Issac, Sunday School Association deputy director C.Y. Varghese were
He was later taken in a procession to his parish Mar Sabore and
Afroath Church at Akaparambu where he was received by Vicar Poulose
Arackaparambil and trustees P.V. Gerogekutty and J. Jacob.
Elias Mar Athanasius was consecrated as Bishop by Catholicos
Basselios Thomas I Bava of Jacobite Church at Patriarchal Centre in
Puthencruz on January 1, after which he left for Damascus.
In his address to the faithful, he vowed to function in accordance
with the teachings of the Catholicos Thomas I and for the uplift of
He further promised to strengthen the ecumenical movement.
He reminded the believers of Patriarch Zaka I's call to respect the
Indian Constitution and the democratic norms enshrined in it.
He called for the settlement of all outstanding issues through
consensus and by upholding the faith of the church.
Plea to Government
Meanwhile, he urged the Government to allow at least Catholicos
Thomas I, Synod Secretary Joseph Mar Gregorios and himself to
perform `Doopa prayer' at the tombs of the Metropolitans in the
Thrikkunnath seminary in Aluva during the `Orma Tirunal' on January
He was accorded a civic reception by the Nedumbassery grama
panchayat at the entrance of its office.
Metropolitan Mar Athanasius was also accorded a warm reception at
Simhasana Church, Thuruthussery, where he had been residing to serve
as the manager of the school. Later, he left to Puthencruz to meet
Catholicos Thomas I.