MALANKARA SYRIAN CHURCH GAVE GRAND RECEPTION TO THE SUPREME HEAD OF THE CHURCH A
- MALANKARA SYRIAN CHURCH GAVE GRAND RECEPTION TO THE SUPREME HEAD OF
THE CHURCH AND FELICITATED THE CATHOLICOS.
Kochi, Oct. 19 : The year-long sacerdotal Golden jubilee celebrations
of the Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I, the regional head of
the Syrian Christian Church of India, came to an end today with a
grand reception given to His Holiness the Patriarch and His Beatitude
the Catholicos at the Marine Drive grounds in Kochi. As many as
1,00,000 faithful attended the function held, to welcome His Holiness
the Patriarch on his 4th Apostolic visit to India and to facilitate
the Catholicos on his sacerdotal Golden jubilee.
The program started with the prayer song followed by the welcome
speech by H.G. Mor Gregorios Joseph, the Secretary of the Malankara
Synod and the Chairman of the celebration committee. Sr. V S.
Achuthanandan, the honourable Chief Minister of Kerala State
delivered the presidential address.
The grand meeting was inaugurated by the His Holiness Ignatius Zakka
I Iwas, the Patriarch of Antioch & all the East and the Supreme Head
of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, by lighting the ceremonial
lamp. The Patriarch, who profusely praised the contributions made by
the present Catholicos to the growth of the Malankara Syrian Church,
decorated him with icons and a ring as a mark of recognition and
Speaking on the occasion the Patriarch said that the growing
materialism and selfishness in the present world were destroying the
bonds of love and tolerance, which previously existed among different
nations and people. His Holiness added that ''some nations and people
were becoming richer and richer and some poorer and poorer, and this
had given rise to conflicts between nations and within a country.''
The world was changing very fast and the advancement in the field of
science had enabled people to communicate easily creating more
materialism and took people away from the path of God, he said. "The
increased knowledge in science and technology should not take us away
from God, but rather, take us closer to God who blesses us with such
knowledge,'' he noted. The Patriarch exhorted the political and
religious leaders, social workers to play a positive role by
promoting and ensuring better understanding, better unity and co-
operation among all people.
Before addressing the faithful, the Patriarch moved through the
middle of the capacity gathering to give apostolic blessings to the
people on a vehicle. Slogans of "Long live the Malankara-Antioch
relation" rend the air as the Patriarch gave his blessings.
Shri. Shivraj Patil, the Union Home Minister, Government of India
delivered the key note Address. In his speech he said that the people
has recognized the great service rendered by the Christian Church. It
did the work of providing education and imparting fortitude to people
to face the ups and downs of life. He also added that India is the
land of philosophy of pluralism and Indians saw divinity in
everything in the universe. While religions should unite, in some
cases, it tended to divide people. These were occasions created by
people who did not understand the essence of religion.
Representing the sister Episcopal churches, H.E. Dr. Daniel
Acharuparambil, Archbishop of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of
Varapuzha and H.E. Dr. Thomas Samuel, the bishop of the Church of
South India spoke.
The other speakers were the honourable Ministers of State, Shri.
Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Shri. S Sarma, Shri. Mons Joseph, Shri. M A
Baby and Shri. Binoy Viswam, the Opposition leader & the former Chief
Minister of Kerala Shri. Oommen Chandy, KPCC President Shri. Ramesh
Chennithala, BJP leader and former Union Minister Shri. O. Rajagopal
and the honourable City Mayor Mrs. Mercy Williams.
At the end of the public function, His Beatitude the Catholicos Aboon
Mor Baselios Thomas Ist, delivered the reply speech in which he
thanked all for their love and sincerity to the Holy Church. The vote
of thanks was made by Shri. Thambu George Thukalan, the Church
The function organized inside a massive 'pandal' and attended by
scores of faithful ended by around 8.00 pm.
SOCM News Bureau