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Mar Gregorios Church , NOIDA consecrates its new shrine

NOIDA: On December 15, 2012 Holy shrine on the premises of Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church , NOIDA was consecrated by Dr Youhanon Mar Demetrios, Metropolitan, Delhi Diocese and assisted byDr Abraham Seraphim, Metropolitan, Banglore Diocese.

The Shrine was designed keeping the rich Orthodox Church traditions. The exteriors have three levels whereas the interior has only one level.

At the first level has the icon of Mother Mary and baby Jesus. Col. Joseph Arulraj who is resident of the same sector where the Church is locatedisthe artist of this ICON. On the second level there are portraits of Ascension of our savior Jesus Christ, St George and St Gregorios (Parumala Thirumeni).

News reported by: Rajan Varghese

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Sincerely follow life of the saviour, is Christmas message :Chaldean Bishop

MUSCAT : “Jesus Christ was a real saviour for the mankind and He led by example,” said Mar Yohannan Yoseph Episcopa, Bishop of the Holy Catholic Assyrian Church of the East in India (Chaldean Syrian Church) in his Christmas message at the Ecumenical Christmas Carol 2012.

“We all have our shortcomings but our real capability lies in overcoming and transforming them to worthiness thereby striving to make our lives different,” the Bishop of the Chaldean Syrian Church remarked as the chief guest during the Ecumenical night at St Thomas Church in Oman, Ruwi.
Mar Yohannan Yoseph Episcopa mentioned that true ecumenical Christian unity was similar to what St Paul had said like different parts of one body. “I will be who I will be and let us accept. Let us adhere and change to the saying of Late Dr Poulose Mar Poulose Episcopa,” he pointed out. The Bishop delivered Athyunnathangalil daivathinu mahathwam in Syriac

Mar Yohannan Yoseph Episcopa who received the Episcopal Consecration in January 2010 from Maran Mar Dinkha IV, has a Masters in Syriac Language and Literature and presently is a research student of Mahatma Gandhi University in Syriac Language and Literature.

Rev Mathew P Thomas, Vicar, Mar Thoma Church in Oman delivered the presidential address, Fr Joji George Koickalethu, Vicar, Muscat Mar Gregorios Maha Edavaka made the welcome speech and opening prayer was by Rev Mathews P Oommen, Vicar, St James CSI Church. Fr Mathew Erathil, Asst Parish Priest, Ss Peter and Paul Catholic Church offered the offertory prayer and closing prayer by Fr Ninan Thomas, Vicar, St Mary’s Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church.

The highlight of the evening along with carol singing was the Maargam Kali by Knanaya Jacobite Church. The offertory carol was on “Aattidayar Raathrikaale”.

Fr Binu John Thomas, Associate Vicar, Muscat Mar Gregorios Maha Edavaka, Fr Varghese George, Fr Jiji Punnose, Knanaya Jacobite Church, Fr Gigi V Mathew, St Paul’s Mar Thoma Church, Ghala, Dr Chona Thomas also attended.

E I Rajan, Joint Convenor (Treasurer), presented a memento to Mar Yohannan Yoseph Episcopa.

John Thomas (Santhosh), Secretary, Ecumenical Committee, proposed a vote of thanks. The programme ended with benediction.

photograph by C T Thomas, Keerthi Studio

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Ahmedabad Diocese Launches Kidney Foundation and medical awareness camp in Baroda

AHMEDABAD : Ahmedabad Diocese under Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios has launched the Diocesan level programmes of Kidney Foundation which was inaugurated with a kidney health awareness programme and camp on December 9, 2012.

The programme was organised at Mar Gregorios Orthodox Valyapally, Baroda at 10.30 am.

The Holy Episcopal Synod of the Malankara Orthodox Church had decided to start a Kidney Foundation to serve the Indian Orthodox Community with awareness and preventive programmes for kidney.

Hence Ahmedabad Diocese also decided to have a Diocesan level Committee to organise and coordinate these programmes.

Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios has in a Kalpana No 73/2012 dated December 5, 2012 notes that the Ahmedabad Diocesan Council and
the meeting of the clergy entrusted charge to Rev Fr Varghese Thomas, Vicar of Mar Gregorios Orthodox Valyapally, Baroda, under the direct inspection of the Diocesan Council.

Roy Abraham from Bengaluru and Dr Georgi Abraham from Chennai Medical Mission Hospital along with a team of specialised doctors in kidney, clinical and paramedical participated in the launch programme with a full-day medical camp.

The Metropolitan has urged Diocese vicars and church committees to take the issue seriously and conduct awareness and prevention programmes at all parishes as soon as possible in consultation with Diocesan Kidney Foundation Committee.

The Kalpana further notes that almost 250 thousand people die of kidney failure in India every year and is the third largest killer after malignancy and heart disease.

Millions suffer from some form of kidney disease and many of them, particularly in India cannot afford the cost of treatment or care. A person suffering from kidney failure can survive only when he or she undergoes dialysis or kidney transplantation.



Catholicate & Baselios Geevarghese I- Speeches

Catholicate & Baselios Geevarghese I- Speeches conducted at Vallikkaattu Dayara on 12-9-2012

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A Prayer for the Victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre, Newtown, CT


28 dead, including 20 kids, in Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting: Gunman Adam Lanza, 20, kills teacher mom in her Newtown home, drives her car to her school and opened fire before killing self

A Prayer for the Victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre, Newtown, CT – By Fr. Alexander J. Kurien, Washington, D.C.

Heavenly Father our Benevolent Lord, Creator and Sustainer of us all, hear us, Your children, at this time of unbearable pain during this Holiday Season. We come to You because You are our Savior and Benefactor Who grants peace and solace to those who suffer. It is only You that can heal our wounds and ease our pain, especially of those crying families of those Children and Adults died in this massacre. We here by pray that you comfort the citizens of Newtown, CT at this time of terrible tragedy of trial and crisis. Shield them and us under the shadow of Your Cross. Grant to us, especially those friends and families in Newtown, Your peace, Your love and assistance. Bestow solace and strength to the families of the innocent victims of the barbaric acts of violence. Christ our eternal King and God, You have destroyed death and the devil by Your Cross and have restored man to life by Your Resurrection; give rest, Lord, to the soul of Your children who have fallen asleep in this tragedy, in Your Kingdom. Touch and heal those surviving young children of the Sandy Hook Elementary school, their siblings, parents, relatives, the teachers, and other employees. Work through the doctors, nurses, and emergency crews helping those injured and their families. We also pray for the emergency responders, the heroes of today, the school teachers protected the children, the local and federal law enforcement personnel, and the government officials responded and assisting the Victims. Help us and people throughout the world to comprehend that we are all your children. We are all brothers and sisters created in your image and likeness. Guide us to live in harmony with one another, respectful of each other’s human rights and human dignity. We ask this of you; for You are a benevolent and loving God and to You do we ascribe glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Amen

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Mathews Mar Barnabas : A Tribute


A tribute to the Late Lamented Mathews Mar Barnabas (1924-2012) by Elizabeth Joy , Deputy Secretary, Desk of Spiritual Organisations in UK

I have never met you
Yet, have heard so much
About you as a teacher
A very good preacher
Who needed few words if any
As you are witnessed to by many

A caring shepherd who could lead
An inspiringleader to sow the seed
Seed of Love, humility and sincerity
Filled with deep Spirituality
I wish we could embrace and share
Even a bit of what you were

Your love for God and for people
Would ring aloud from the tallest steeple
It will be heard by generations to come
Pray that your life of simplicity
Be reflected in every home
They’re hallmarks of a great Spirituality

It is sad to say bye to a Role Model like you
We adore your saintly life & wish to renew
Our own life styles, to be simple and true
Pray for us, help us to follow you
We take note of your struggles and strife
We rejoice in your birth and your life!

You will forever live in our hearts
As generation after generation departs
As we specially observe Human Rights Day
You show the possible way
To address and wipe out poverty
To bring about true liberty

Your wooden cross, staff and simple attire
Are symbols of our faith that we admire
There within the wooden staff and cross
We find the Saintly Bishop moving across
Time and space to preach God’s love
May we commune with you from ‘here and now’.

Go in peace dear Shepherd and lead
From now on, please intercede
May we choose the simple life-style
Be willing to walk another mile
As we live out the Gospel
That you’ve lived amidst your people!

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MGOCSM Global Conference 2012 : Online registration closes today

MUMBAI: Just a few hours to the close of the registration for a historic event, the 104th Global Conference of MGOCSM to be held at Roha, Maharashtra.

Those interested can register here before 15th December midnight.

“In case anyone face problems with the site kindly drop in a mail to or feel free to call at +918793151334. For those yet to register please complete your registration here”. informed Lijo Joy, CONFERENCE -PR today to IOH

The GLOBAL CONFERENCE 2012 of MGOCSM will be held from Dec 26 – 30 at the the Gregorian Community center, Rohaa. The center is located 100 kms away from mainland Mumbai.

The theme for the conference will be “Towards heavenly treasures in earthern vessels” (2 Cor 4:7)

H.H. Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, the primate of Malankara Orthodox Church, Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, Dr.Zachariah Mar Theophilos, Dr. Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Dr. Abraham Mar Seraphim and many other clergy from around the world will attend the Global Conference. The public function held as a part of the conference will be inaugurated by. P.J. Kurien, Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha, India

Highlights of the GLOBAL CONFERENCE will be Interactive sessions on the theme, Seeking answers through discussions, Cultural evening, Pilgrimage – cum – tour, Gregorian worship (an innovative worship with prayers, chants, soulful music and meditation), Interactive song sessions and spiritual music. Evening meditation will be conducted at the river side and hill top will be an added experience.

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Foundation Stone Laid

LUCKNOW: Laying of the foundation Stone for the new building of St. Thomas Mission High School and 60th birthday of Dr.Youhanon Mar Demetrios had been celebrated on 14 Friday 2012 at School premises.

The Metropolitan presided over the fuction and led the foundation stone laying Ceremony.

Students of St.Thomas family give 60 rose flowers to Mar Demetrios on his birthday. Fr. M. S. Sakariah Ramban, Diocesan Secretary, and Fr .Pathrose Joy, Manager attended the Program.


Book release- Mar Barnabas Autobiography

Book release- Mar Barnabas Autobiography

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Ecumenical Christmas Celebration in Noida on Sunday, December 16

UTTAR PRADESH: Noida Christian Welfare Association will celebrate its 18th Ecumenical Christmas, on Sunday, December 16, 2012.

Dr Yuhanon Mar Demetrios, Metropolitan of Delhi Diocese, Malankara (Indian) Orthodox Church will be the Chief Celebrant for the prayer service.

Various Christmas floats by participating churches and individuals starts from Christ Church, Sector 29 and end at Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church, Sector 51

The ecumenical Christmas procession will commence at 2 PM from Christ Church. While the procession reaches at Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church, A 97/3, Sector-51, NOIDA, where the celebration takes place.

All the Churches/institutions shall be participating for the float procession with themes related to birth of Jesus. The float will pass through all the Churches of Noida by covering various sectors of Noida and assemble at Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church.

NCW Association consists of Catholic, Orthodox, Marthoma, Methodist, CNI parishes in Noida.

For more information contact:
Rev. Kamal Mall (President: 9968682474), Rev. Fr. Stephen (Vice-President : 9278402025), Rajan Varghese (Secretary: 9650991252), K M Abraham ( Joint Secretary: 9650353711), Y. Rajan (Treasurer: 9818005218), K. C. Mathews (Joint Treasurer: 9868182556), Francis Walter( PRO: 9811421056)

News Reported by: Rajan Varghese