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Souharda Christmas 2011 held at Milagres Hall mangalore

MANGALORE: The Mangalore Christian Council, MDEC, and the Karnataka Christian Forum for Human Rights (western zone) organized Sauharda Christmas 2011 at Milagres Hall Mangalore on Dec 6 Tuesday. Dr. John S. Sadananda, the bishop of CSI, Karnataka Southern Diocese, delivered the benedictory address.

Yakob Mar Elias, the metropolitan of Brahmavar Diocese of Malankara Orthodox Church spoke on the immortality of Jesus Christ, His power to unite the entire world. The Metropolitan urged the faithful to focus on peace and harmonious living during this Christmas season.

Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza, the bishop of Mangalore, Dr. Lawrence Mukkuzhi, and Dr. Geevarghese.also spoke on the occasion.

A CD of devotional songs was also released on this occasion.

Dr. Honeymol Cabral, the principal of Karnataka Theological College, delivered the welcome address, Dr. Frederick Anil Kumar proposed the vote of thanks.

Suneetha and Mervin Manuel were the MCs of the event.

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St Andrews Valiyapally, Secunderabad celebrates Saint Andrews Feast, Diamond Jubilee

SECUNDERABAD: St Andrews Orthodox Valiyapally, Secunderabad, celebrated St Andrews Feast on December 4, 2011.

The Valiyapally also held its Diamond Jubilee celebrations, completing 60 glorious years, which has been earmarked as Charity Year.

Dr Yakoob Mar Irenaios, Metropolitan of Kochi Diocese led the Holy Qurbana in the presence of Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim, Metropolitan of Bengaluru Diocese and Valiyapally Vicar Fr Koshy Thomas and Fr Moncy P Chacko.

The Valiayapally comes under Bengaluru Diocese.

A public meeting was held after the qurbana in which leading personalities were felicitated.


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Clergy meeting of the Diocese of Brahmavar was held on December 5

MANGALORE: 4th Clergy Meeting of the Diocese of Brahmavar was held on December 5, 2011 at the Diocesan Aramana, Mangalore. The Diocesan Metropolitan Yakob Mar Elias presided over the meeting.

Around, 20 priests from all over the Diocese attended the clergy meet. The Metropolitan took a class on “Good and Wicked Shepherds”.

The Newly Introduced ‘Identity Cards’ for Priests were distributed to all of the clergy at the meet. Election for various posts was held. General Issues and Concerns of the diocese were also discussed.

Dates for various Diocesan programs were also decided. The meeting ended with a General Photo Session.

In the Afternoon, the Diocesan Council Meeting was held.

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Daniel Monteiro, a Konkani Orthodox community member to enter Guinness Record

BRAHMAVAR: Daniel Monteiro, internationally renowned philatelist and a proud member of St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Cathedral, Brahmavar, seeks to enter “Guinness Record” by displaying about 5,000 postal stamps of birds of over 170 species in the exhibition ‘Birdpex–2011’held on Dec 7, at St. Mary Syrian Orthodox Cathedral community Hall. It’s a solo exhibition that is held for the first time in Asia. The exhibition features some of the rare postal stamps from Monteiro’s collection.

Deputy Commissioner of Udupi Dist. Dr M T Reju inaugurated the exhibition. The occasion was graced by Vicar General of St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Cathedral and OSC Educational Society correspondent, Fr. Ramban G M Scaria. SMS College principal Professor K Narayan presided over the program. the guest list included SP Dr Ravikumar, Mangalore Urban Development Authority commissioner Ajit Kumar Hegde ,Brahmavar Little Rock English Medium School principal Professor Mathew , Dakshina Kannada Philatelists’ Association president M K Krishnayya and Kudremukh Wildlife Division–Karkala deputy conservator of forests Prakash S Natalkar

‘India Book of Records’ adjudicator Dr Ramachandran felicitated Monteiro for creating a new record.

Stamps of waterfowls, herons, songbirds, woodpeckers, cuckoos, bustards, water birds, birds of prey, owls, hornbills, pelicans, terns, and other birds were displayed along with relevant information. Some of the stamps are over a century old and are very precious.

This exhibition has created Limca record for a second time and also the India Book of Record, for his International level creditable achievements in the field of birds’ philately

Daniel Monteiro – profile

Daniel Monteiro is a resident of Kumaragodu near Brahmavar in Udupi taluk and an ardent stamp-collector.

An employee of the SMS College, Brahmavar, Daniel has been a keen bird-watcher and lover of the Environment. With a staggering collection of 8,000-plus stamps on birds, he has taken part in over 150 philatelic exhibitions in different parts of India as also countries like Singapore, Austria, Indonesia, Belgium, China, South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong and South Africa.

Daniel has won ten silver and bronze medals at the global level and 30-plus gold and silver medals at the national level for his collection. A large part of his collection has birds and ornithology as their theme. His collection of 8,000 stamps exclusively on birds won accolades at the ‘Featherpex 2009’. He has been honored by over 30 organizations and institutions so far.

A passionate stamp-collector for over two decades, he has taken part as resource person in many workshops on the Environment and also philately.

He has also participated in wildlife awareness program held by the department of forests in Udupi, Karkala, Moodbidri, Madikeri, Bhadravati and Shimoga. His write-ups on birds have appeared in many newspapers, periodicals and souvenirs.

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Con-celebration marks maiden Holy Eucharist at New Burbank Church

Boost to ecumenical ties as Mar Milithios leads mass along with Cor-episcopos Dr Joseph Tarzi
Metropolitan assures Syriac Community of constant support from Malankara Church
Hails faithfulness, commitment to the cause of justice and truth by the congregation

BURBANK, Los Angeles: The maiden Holy Eucharist at the newly-bought Church by St James Syrian Orthodox Church of Los Angeles, a mission of the Malankara Orthodox Church under the Episcopal care of Dr Yuhanon Mor Milithios, Metropolitan of Thrissur was held on December 4, 2011.

This was as per the decision of the Holy Episcopal Synod of Malankara Orthodox Church, and by the order of HH the Catholicos of the East.

The remodeling of the new Church is yet to be completed. However, for the convenience of Dr Mar Milithios, the first-ever service was conducted in the adjacent hall. Cor-episcopos Dr Joseph Tarzi (Vicar) participated in the con-celebration.

The Metropolitan later congratulated the congregation for finding a Church of their own to worship in the path of the ancient fathers of the Church and to hand it over to the coming generations. He also assured the continued support of Malankara Church for the spiritual development of the congregation.

“I am happy that the Holy Synod of Malankara Church entrusted me with this mission and appreciated the able leadership Cor-episcopo Dr Tarzi has been rendering to the congregation. It was for this reason that I wanted him to co-celebrate with me during the first-ever service in the new Church,” said Mar Milithios.

In his reply, Cor-episcopos Dr Tarzi thanked the parishioners for their support in making this possible and also expressed the congregation’s gratitude to Malankara Orthodox Church and to Mar Milithios for the spiritual guidance and support. “He hoped that this relationship will grow and strengthened further. The consecration of the Church will be held some time in May 2012 while the main sanctuary will be ready for worship towards the end of the year.”

In his sermon Mar Milithios likened the present situation to a reading from the Gospel passage dealing with the occasion of the birth of John the Baptist.

It is our responsibility in this world to understand the will of God and to accomplish it in our lives under any challenge that may arise from the world around. When John was to be named, relatives and friends of Zechariah suggested the name ‘Zechariah.’ But Elizabeth, who was aware of God’s will, did not yield to this, but asked to name him as ‘John.’

“We may wonder how did she know of the will of God which was only revealed to Zechariah who was since then mute and could not speak. This is where the mutual understanding of husband and wife comes into concrete test. Words are not needed to share ideas between husband and wife if there is true union between them. They can look at each other and understand each other. That is the result of mutual love, trust and understanding. Language may some times become hindrance to effective communication. It was Elizabeth’s refusal to the suggestions of the people that made them ask for the opinion of Zechariah. He also did not listen to the people when there was already the word of God. Thus the will of God was fulfilled through John. Otherwise, John would never have become John. So the patents’ response to the will of God regarding each child becomes the identity and personality of the child,” Mar Milithios explained.

“It was the will of God that people should stand firm when questions of justice, peace and love were raised in the Syriac Orthodox Community in Burbank. Some times, it is quite unfortunate that these questions come from the responsible people in the community itself as happened in the case of John. But those who really know the will of God have to disregard that and go ahead with responding to the plan God sets.”

Mar Milithios further appreciated the faithfulness and commitment to the cause of justice and truth by the congregation. Metropolitan warned that earlier no one would have thought that this was possible with the congregation. “People may have thought you will fast disintegrate and will be forgotten. But God had plans with you just as he had with John. When people saw the things happening at the time of the naming of John, they wondered, “What this child shall become”. That is an exploration in the plan of God without any prejudice or preconception. Now after you have accomplished this, after having a mute talk, people who were against you and suggested that you change your name and your ways of upholding truth and justice, would wonder “what this congregation shall become,”? he concluded.

The new Church is in Sunland and located not very far from Burbank.


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Bengaluru Diocese’s annual carol singing contest on Dec 11,2011

Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim, Metropolitan, inaugurating Zamar 2010 -file photo

OCYM to hand over charity fund for Eluru Mission
Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim delivers presidential address;
Play back singer K G Markose is chief guest

BENGALURU: If its nativity time, can the Bengaluru Orthodox church choristers be left behind. Bengaluru Dicoese OCYM & MGOCSM presents its second edition of ‘Zamar 2011’ (Hebrew word meaning to worship god with instruments and voice). A Christmas carol singing competition to be held on December 11, Sunday. St Baselios Church, Marthahalli, is hosting the musical extravaganza at Christ University campus.

Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim, Bengaluru Dicoesan Metropolitan, will deliver the presidential address while Fr Saji Daniel, Vice President, OCYM & MGOCSM will give the welcome address.

The highlight will be the presence of noted play back singer K J Markose who as chief guest will deliver the inaugural address. The Bengaluru Orthodox Choir will also sing Christmas carols on the occasion.

In keeping with the occasion of sharing and giving, the OCYM & MGOCSM will be handing over a charity fund to the Eluru Mission (AP), a charity project of the Diocese. In June last, a charity month was held at church level and a substantial amount of money raised through breakfast sales and donations.

Winners of the singing contest will be awarded the annual K O Koshy Memorial Rolling Trophy and stand to take home a cash prize of Rs 5,000. The runners up will benefit from Rs 3,000.

Vicars of all Bengaluru parishes are expected to take part in the five-hour long programme.

Eluru Mission in Andhra Pradesh was established in 2004 under the aegis of Dr Yacob Mar Irenaios, with the purpose of spreading spiritual footprints and social activities of the Orthodox church across the state.

In July, Dr Mar Seraphim inaugurated two tailoring schools in the villages of Chattaparru and YSR colony in Venkatapuram of Eluru town during his visit. The school will provide tailoring classes for the underprivileged women freely. Efforts to set up a candle making unit and computer classes are also being planned in future.

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Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church at Jamshedpur consecrated

JAMSHEDPUR: “Church is the body of Christ ” said Dr.Joseph Mar Dionysius, Metropolitan of the Diocese of Calcutta

The Metropolitan was speaking after the Consecration of the newly-built Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church at Kadma, Jamshedpur.

Consecration and dedication of the Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church , Jamshedpur, took place on Friday and Saturday, 25th and 26th November 2011.

Sounding prelude to the Church Consecration ceremony, members and their families of the Jamshedpur Parish accorded a grand reception to the Metropolitan in the traditional style with lighted candles and devotional hymns, on 25th November, 2011. To mark the commencement of the ceremony, Metropolitan Mar Dionysius cut the ribbon and entered into the newly-built Church, thereby declaring the Church open to the goodness and to the humanity at large.

Fr. P.S.Varghese, the Vicar, welcomed the Metropolitan by handing over a lighted candle and the Metropolitan then lit the oil lamp. After this ceremony, the first part of the Consecration began with evening prayers . The first part of consecration also included laying of the foundation-stone of the Church. The evening function concluded with a gathering of food and fellowship for all who attended.

On Saturday, November 26 , 2011, Morning Prayer started at 6.30 a.m. sharp, followed by the second part of the Consecration including Holy ‘Qurbana’ (Mass), Procession and Benediction.

Metropolitan Joseph Mar Dionysius was the chief celebrant. Fr.Geevarghese Ramban, Fr. P.T.Thomas, , Fr. Shaji Mukudiyil,, Fr. Jacob Skariah, Fr. T.S.Mathai, Fr. Joby Peter, Fr.Varghese Joshua, Fr.Shaji Joshua, Fr.John Jacob, Fr.Lijo, Fr.Aju.K.Varghese, Fr.Kurian, Rev.Toms Ninan were also present and assisted in the consecration service. The Consecration service was followed by a lunch-time gathering of all participants.

The public meeting held in the evening from 5.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m., also attended by a number of distinguished guests, was presided over by Metropolitan Joseph Mar Dionysius. In his presidential address, Metropolitan provided a detailed and informative explanation of the significance of Consecration of a Church.

Most Rev.Felix Toppo Bishop Of Jamshedpur R.C Diocese, Dr. J. J. Irani, former M.D. & Director, Tata Steel, Mr.A.P.R. Nair, Chairman of Kerala Samajam Schools also spoke on the occasion.

Fr. P.S.Varghese was honored for his exemplary leadership with a plaque. Plaques were also handed over to all members of the Construction Committee, the Managing Committee and the Souvenir Committee, and the building contractor Mr.Md.Zahoor, who completed the construction in record time. A Souvenir brought out on the occasion was released by the Metropolitan by handing over the first copy to the Chief Guest.

Melodious singing from the Sunday school students added color to the proceedings.

The Vicar, Fr.P.S.Varghese, welcomed the gathering. K. S. Mathew, General Convener of the Consecration Committee, proposed the vote of thanks. Sam Mathew, Sheelu Sam and Liba Shibu were the masters of the ceremony.


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Dr Mar Seraphim takes part in rally for World Aids Day held by Dayabhavan

BENGALURU : On the occasion of World Aids Day (December 1), St Gregorios Daya Bhavan organised a rally and a public meeting at Kunigal near Tumkur.

Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim, Metropolitan, Bengaluru Diocese, flagged off the rally and addressed the gathering.

Earlier, the rally began from Sri Sapthagiri Hospital and concluded at the Shikshakara Bhavan in Kunigal. All those present in the hall undertook an oath to donate blood for a cause. Around 1,500 students from different institutions from Tumkur and nearby areas took part actively in the function.

Fr Jinesh K Varkey, Director of Daya Bhavan, organised the programme.

An attempt was made to create an awareness about Aids and a blood donation conducted on the theme “Getting To Zero.”

Later, in the main hall, Dr Mar Seraphim along with a Hindu sage lighted a ceremonial lamp to inaugurate the programme.

St Gregorios Dayabhavan is an initiative of Malanakara Orthodox Church Mission Board. It is a registered society under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960. The Mission Board of Malankara Orthodox Church began its battle against HIV/Aids by establishing the institution to advocate equitable access to quality HIV prevention, care and treatment services to all people living with or at risk.

While there are multiple projects being executed at Dayabhavan, the one that deserves special mention is the Dayabhavan Care and Support Centre for PLHA (People Living with HIV/Aids). Established in May 2006, the Dayabhavan Care and Support Centre have facilities to provide medical care, counseling services and rehabilitation for 10 PLHA.

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