Syrian Christian Association - October 25, 2008
- Syrian Christian Association - October 25, 2008
Kochi, October 24, 2008: At the forthcoming 'Jacobite Syrian
Christian Association' meet at Kothamangalam on 25th of this month,
His Holiness Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the prince Patriarch & the
Supreme head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch & all
the East, who is also the Chief Patron of the Association, will
preside. The arrangements for the Malankara Association has already
The Program committee is presently in the process of chalking out the
schedules and other details of the 4th Apostolic Visit of the Holy
father. As per the latest information, His Holiness will arrive at
Kochi International Airport (Nedumbasserry) at 9.20 AM on October
17th and will be received to the Church headquarters at Puthencuriz
near Kochi, by His Beatitude the Catholicos, the regional head of the
Syriac Church of India, the Metropolitans and other office bearers
of the Church.
On October 19th at 4 pm, His Holiness will inaugurate the grand
public function to be held at the Marine Drive grounds in Kochi,
marking the end of the year-long Sacerdotal Golden Jubilee
celebrations of His Beatitude Catholicos Baselios Thomas I. Eminent
personalities from different walks of life are expected to
participate in that function.
On October 22, a special meeting of the Managing Committee and
Working Committee will be convened at the Patriarchal centre, the
Church headquarters in Puthencuriz, under the president ship of His
On October 23, His Holiness will offer prayers at the tomb of his
predecessor, Saint Ignatius Elias III at the Mor Ignatius Dayro,
Manjinikkara. Later the Holy father will visit the St. Mary's
Cathedral in Pathanamthitta, which is the main church of the
Thumpamon diocese. From here His Holiness will proceed to Kavumbagam
near Thiruvalla to consecrate a new Syrian Orthodox Church there.
October 24th 2008 will be an important day for the Jacobite Syrian
Orthodox Christians when the Patriarch is expected to formally
announce the beatification of Mor Koorilose Paulose Kochuparambil,
the former Malankara Metropolitan and head of the Malankara Syrian
Church. The declaration will be held at the Panampady St. Mary's
Church near Kottayam, where the late Metropolitan is entombed.
Another major program of His Holiness for the day is the consecration
of the newly built Church of the Syrian Orthodox Christians at
Puthuppally. His Holiness will also visit the 200 year-old
Attamangalam Church at Kumarakom on the same day. The evening will be
spend at the famous Marian Pilgrim Centre, the St. Mary's Cathedral,
Manarcaud. This will be the third visit of His Holiness to this
parish which has been declared a Cathedral by the holy father in
2004. Way back in 1982, it was in this 1000 year-old church that the
Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka I consecrated the Holy Moroon, which was
His Holiness' first Moroon consecration in India and the third Moroon
consecration ceremony ever held by any Church head in the Indian
The very next day on October 25, the Holy father will visit the 'Mor
Athanasius College' at Kothamangalam which is one of the oldest
higher education centers of the Church and also the St. Gregorios
Dental College at Chelad near Kothamangalam.
On October 26, His Holiness will participate in the combined meeting
of all the spiritual organizations of the Church at the Church
headquarters in Puthencuriz and will also visit the sacred tomb of
late lamented Catholicos of the East, Aboon Mor Baselios Paulos II
at Malecuriz Dayro.
During this Apostolic visit, His Holiness will also conduct the
Moroon consecration of the St. Athanasius Cathedral at Puthencuriz.
On October 27th, the holy father will return.
Program details from Mangalam daily:
For more details, visit Apostolic-Visit website: