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We need change in leadership – Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios

KOTTAYAM: The senior metropolitan of American diocese, Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios has demanded that the proposed Catholicos, Thomas Mar Thimothios should be consecrated as the Catholicos immediately.

Metropolitan was talking after the holy Qurbana during the remembrance festival for Vattasseril Thirumeni at old-seminary. Vattasseril Thirumeni was a person, who converted a failure into a success one. The church needs a leadership that can convert a failure into a success, not a leadership that can convert a success into a failure; Mar Makarios said. The reference of Antioch in the present constitution, when mentioning Patriarch should be removed, he demanded. There was no reference of Antioch in the 1934 constitution. That was included some time later.

Metropolitan Mar Makarios demanded that the added word of Antioch should be removed from the church constitution. We need to consecrate two Patriarchs under Malankara Catholicos. Since we do not have a Patriarch who was consecrated as per the constitution of Malankara church with the help of the Catholicos, we needed to consecrate a Patriarch at Damascus; he opinionated.

There were failures for the Malankara church in the past. Vattasseril Thirumeni has made those failures into successes. It is because of one such failure in the court that the Devalokam Aramana came into being. It is the duty of the proper leadership to point out successes in failures. Today’s leadership should be capable of doing that, Mar Makarios demanded. The proposed Catholicos lead the remembrance festival celebrations of His holiness Vattasseril Thirumeni. Philipose Mar Eusebios and Dr. Yacob Mar Irenios assisted him in the holy (moonninmel) Qurbana. It was attended by Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios, Dr. Stephanose Mar Theodosius, Mathews Mar Eppiphanios, Thomas Mar Athanasios, Kuriakose Mar Climmese and Zachariah Mar Anthonios.

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71st memorial feast of Saint Vattasseril Mar Dionysius

KOTTAYAM: The 71st memorial festival of Saint Vattasseril Mar Dionysius will be celebrated at Old Seminary Chapel, Kottayam from Feb 23 to 26, 2005.

On Feb 23 Perunal flag was hoisted by His Holiness marking the commencement of 3 day festival. At 7pm after the evening prayer the memorial speech session was inaugurated by the Catholicos Elect Thomas Mar Themothios. Bishop Elect Fr. Dr. M. C. Zachariah Ramban delivered the first day memorial speech.

On Feb 24 the Sabha Managing Committee will meet at ‘Smruthi’ Auditorium. Many important decisions are expected. At 7pm Bishop Elect Very. Fr. Dr. K .J. Gabriel Ramban will deliver the 2nd day memorial Speech.

On Feb 25 At Old Seminary Chapel His Holiness the Catholicos will lead the evening Prayer. At Cheriya Pally, Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios, Paulose Mar Milithios and Geevarghese Mar Coorilos will lead the evening prayer, from where the pilgrimage will proceed to old seminary Chapel. The pilgrims from all around the church will be received at Old Seminary by Fr. Dr. K. M. George (Principal, Orthodox Seminary) and Fr. K. V. Joseph (Manager, Old Seminary) at Old Seminary at 8pm. There after the incense prayer at the tomb of the saint will be conducted.

On Feb 28 at 8.30am the Perunal Qurbana will be celebrated. His Holiness and all the Metropolitans of the church will attend the Holy Qurbana. Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios will address the believers on Perunal day. A huge gathering of believers and priests are expected on this second anniversary of the elevation to sainthood of this blessed saint.

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Mar Osthathio’s 87th Birthday Celebrations In Bangalore

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BANGALORE: In connection with the 87th birthday celebrations of Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios, the Mission Board President of Malankara Orthodox Church and diocesan Metropolitan of Niranam Diocese, a warm reception will be given by the Bangalore Chapter of the Mission Board on Feb 20 at Kalathoor Gardens Jelahalli. Dr. Yakob Mar Irenaios, the diocesan Metropolitan of Madras diocese will preside over the meeting. Prof. D. Mathews, J. Alexander, the ex-minister of Karnataka, Giji Thomson IAS and Swami Vinaya Chaithanya will felicitate the Metropolitan on this occasion. All the faithful from nearby parishes in and around Bangalore will participate in this function.

Let Our Life Speak and It Is More powerful: Mar Osthathios

For God is so merciful, children of God also should follow the same path; Need of the hour is men of mercy. Kindness of the heart proclaims the gospel more louder. Let our life speak and it is more influential than preaching from the pulpit” said Mar Osthathios to the faithful gathered in St. Gregorios Orthodox Cathedral, Bangalore yesterday.

A large umber of priests and faithful gathered in the cathedral to hear the 87 year old Metropolitan and to seek his blessings. “Even at this age, his heart is throbbing for the downtrodden of the society .His Grace’s pioneer leadership as the mission board president made the Church so live among the society at large” said one believer.

Tonight His Grace will give message in Hebbal Mar Gregorios, informed Fr. Abraham Marett, the vicar of that Church.

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Syro-Malankara Catholic Church Elevates To Archiepiscopal Church

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THIRUVANTHAPURAM: Yesterday the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church was elevated to the status of Major Archiepiscopal Church and its Metropolitan Cyril Mar Baselios as the first Major Archbishop and Sreshta Catholicos.

Archbishop Pedro Lopez Quintana, the Apostolic Nuncio to India, read out the Papal Bull in this regard at the St Mary’s Cathedral in Thiruvananthapuram.

Thiruvalla Bishop Isaac Mar Clemis, who felicitated the newly appointed Catholicos, expressed gratitude to Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Igance Mousa Daoud, Prefect of the Apostolic Nuncio for elevating the church to an Archiepiscopal church.

Replying to the felicitations, the new Sreshta Catholicos said that a long cherished dream of the Malankara church was realized through the elevation.

After the function, the Nuncio and other Bishops visited and said prayers at the tomb of Mar Ivanios and Mar Gregorios, the late Metropolitan Archbishops of Thiruvananthapuram and the predecessors of the new Sreshta Catholicos.

In 1930 Mar Ivanios of Malankara Orthodox Church with a small faction joined Pope of Rome as a rite. They still use the Malankara Orthodox Church liturgy and clergy vestments. Russian Orthodox Church is constantly fighting against the divisive activities of Rome in recent times and this will be a major setback to Malankara Orthodox Church as a whole. This may be the first Maphrianite of Rome with a new title to its Arch Bishop.

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In 1930, a serious setback happened in the Malankara Orthodox Church. It started with the betrayal of mother- Church by Mar Ivanios (Fr.P.T.Geevarghese) of Bethany. While he was a priest he earned the confidence of St. Dionysius of Vattasseril and was appointed as the principal of M. D. Seminary High School. As a Metropolitan, in 1919 he initiated the Holy Order of Imitation of Christ at Bethany in Ranny Perunadu. By that time he was seemed to be a promising Metropolitan of Malankara Orthodox Church. Mar Ivanios secretly transacted correspondence with the Roman Catholic Church for he was afraid of the Patriarch of Antioch’s divisive actions in Malankara Orthodox Church. His transactions started with the intention of saving the Church from Patriarch. But it slipped away and finally he joined with Rome as a rite under the Popes rule by abandoning the mother Church.