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OCYM hosts elocution contest on Jan 24 in Muscat

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MUSCAT: ‘Prophet of Love’ Late Lamented Geevarghese Mar Osthathios (1918-2012) had placed Indian Orthodox community on the global stage due to his simple life and missionary zeal.

To commemorate his memory and vision, Muscat Mar Gregorios Orthodox Christian Youth Movement (OCYM) is hosting the first-ever inter-church rolling trophy elocution competition on January 24, 2013 at the Maha Edavaka.

The topic of the elocution competition will be on ‘Religious Harmony’ and ‘My Grace is Enough for You (2 Corinthians 12:9)’

The first winner will take home cash prize of RO 50, a rolling trophy and a certificate and the runner up will receive a trophy, cash prize and RO 25, and a certificate. All participants will also receive certificates.

The medium of communication will be Malayalam and the age criteria for entering the contest will be between 18-45 years. Those interested should obtain letters of consent from the vicar of respective parishes and register their names before January 18.

For further details contact:
Joji John, MGOCSM Secretary GSM: 92194377, Byju Babu John, Convener GSM: 92815861

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Dallas parishes jointly observed the 30th day of the demise of Mar Barnabas

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DALLAS: The thirtieth day commemoration of LL Mathews Mar Barnabas was celebrated by all of the Orthodox churches in Dallas at St. Mary’s Orthodox valiyapalli, Farmers Branch on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

Kuriakose Mar Clemis, Metropolitan of Thumpamon diocese, was the chief celebrant for the Holy Qurbana. All other priests of the area were co-celebrants with the Metropolitan.

Thereafter, a public meeting was held in memory of LL Metropolitan Mathews Mar Barnabas. Metropolitan Kuriakose Mar Clemis presided over the function.

Fr. Rage Mathew gave the condolence message for the Dallas clergy association and Fr. Matt Alexander gave the condolence message for the Dallas youth organizations. Thomas Rajan (Sabha managing committee member), and Elson Samuel (diocesan council member) gave condolence messages as well.

Fr. John Kunnathusseril welcomed the gathering and Fr. Raju M. Daniel proposed vote of thanks.
Nercha and Adiyantharam Sadhya was served to all those who attended. A slide show presentation of Barnabas Thirumeni was shown in the auditorium.

The faithful from all the Orthodox parishes in the Dallas area participated in this event

News Reported by: Aby John

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St George Church, Nashik conducted Kidney Disease Detection Camp

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NASHIK: St George Orthodox Church, Nashik had conducted a Kidney Disease Detection Camp, on Sunday, January 13, 2013 after the Holy Qurbana.

The medical camp was led by Dr. Urmila Anandh, a well-known Nephrologist of Asia, from Kolila Ben Hospital, Mumbai.

Dr. Urmila Anandh, the chief medical officer at the camp told 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.

“The Holy Episcopal Synod of the Indian (Malankara) Orthodox Church had decided to start a Kidney Foundation to serve the Indian Orthodox Community with awareness and prevention program for kidney and related ailments. The Diocesan Metropolitan of Bombay, Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, urged the Diocesan vicars and church committees to take the issue seriously and to conduct awareness and prevention programs at the parish level. Nashik Church is one of the first Parishes of Bombay Diocese conducted this program” . said FrThomas Philipose, the vicar of the Nashik Church

News reported by: Varghese George

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St. Thomas Church Sunderland celebrates Parish Day

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Sunderland, North East: St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church will be celebrating the Parish Day and the memorial feast of its first Metropolitan LL Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios on February 2, 2013.

The Holy Qurbana would begin at 10am at St. Joseph’s Church Millfield, SR4 6HP, Sunderland and followed by Rasa. Fr Happy Jacob (Vicar) will be the chief celebrant. Bishop Antony of Coptic Orthodox Church will also be attending the Holy Qurbana.

Afternoon program will begin with Love feast at 1pm and continue with a Cultural Show at 3:00PM. St Aidan’s Catholic School Hall, SR2 7HJ Sunderland will be the venue for the cultural show.

Right Revd Seamus Cunningham, the Catholic Bishop of Hexham & Newcastle will inaugurate the Public meeting. Mayor of Sunder Cllr Ian Kay, Cllr Bob Price, Cllr Lynda Scanian and Mrs. Babara & Cedric Sharp Will be the chief guests of the event. Sunday School Students, youths and adults will perform at the cultural show.

For further information contact: Reji Thomas Kottarakara (Convenor) 07962200998, Paulose C Ninan (Secretary ) 07853286106 and Sabu Kadavanthanam (Trustee) 07859833078.

Reported by: Reji Thomas Kottarakara

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Annual conference of the teachers of MOC Colleges concluded

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SULTANS BATTERY: The Annual conference of the teachers of MOC Colleges was held on January 5, 2013 at St. Mary’s college, Sultans Battery.

H.H Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, the Catholicos was the the keynote speaker for the conference. Dr. Abraham Mar Epiphanios the Metropolitan of Malabar Diocese presided over the function.

His Holiness in his speech emphasized the need of hard and dedicated services of teachers to serve the learning community by maintaining a spiritual life.

Dr. Paulose O.T of Rajagiri School of Social Sciences handled the technical session. More than 200 teachers of various colleges under the MOC Management participated in the conference. MOC Secretary Prof. Jacob Mathew, George Mathai (Secretary – St. Mary’s College Governing Board) Nooranal, Principal Prof. Sunny Mathew and Principals of all colleges under the management spoke on the occasion.

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Symbolic enactment of Koonan Cross Oath conducted in Abu Dhabi

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ABU DHABI: OCYM unit of the St George Orthodox Cathedral, Abu Dhabi celebrated the 360th anniversary of the great Koonan Cross Oath, the first reported independence movement against colonization, by a symbolic enactment of the Koonan Cross Oath on January 4, 2013 at the Cathedral premises.

Fr. V.C Jose, Vicar – St George Orthodox Cathedral Abu Dhabi gave the introductory speech. P.S Baby, the Cathedral Secretary spoke on the occasion.

The Oath of Allegiance to the Catholicate was administered by Fr. V.C Jose in the presence of Asst. Vicar Fr. Cherian K Jacob and Cathedral trustee P.A Abraham.

The program concluded with Catholica Mangalaganam, Prayer and benediction.

The celebration was under the auspices of the Cathedral managing committee and other spiritual organizations of St George Orthodox Cathedral Abu Dhabi.

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Church To Observe the 30th day of demise of Mar Barnabas in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA: The Northeast American Diocese will observe the 30th day of demise of its former Metropolitan LL Mar Barnabas on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia.

The observance will begin with Morning prayer at 9:00 a.m, followed by Holy Eucharist, a public meeting and lunch.

Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Prelate of the Arminian Orthodox Church in New York, Thomas Mar Eusebius, Syro-Malankara Catholic Exarchate in the United States, and Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius, Bishop of North America and Europe of the Mar Thoma Church will be the chief guests on the occasion.

The proposed project for a Counseling Center in memory of Mar Barnabas will be be announced by the Diocesan Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos at the public meeting.

The St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church is located at 1009 Unruh Avenue, PA 19111

” Elaborate arrangements are made to accommodate more than 1000 faithful at the function. Enough Parking will be available in the neighborhood with shuttle services from and to the front door of the church building. More than 100 volunteers will also be available to help all different areas of activity. ” said Fr. M.K. Kuriakose, the Diocesan Secretary.

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One Day Seminar on The Koonan Kurishu Oath in Bahrain

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BAHRAIN: St.Mary’s Bahrain organised the first one day seminar on the subject ” The Koonan Kurishu Oath and the Orthodox Christians -The context ,relevance and the significance ” on December 21, 2012

The seminar proclaimed that We Children of Malankara Orthodox are the only group who hold on to the Oath and taken it to our soul and stick on to the commitment made by our fore fathers. John Samuel Abu Dhabi, lead the Seminar and presentation.

Fr. Jacob Koshy, the Vicar inaugurated the Seminar. Binu Raj, Secretary, Biju Abraham Trustee, Paul, Alexander made the seminar and discussions active. The OCYM, the MGOSCM, MMSamajam, Divya Bodhanom members were present on the occasion.

H H Baselios Marthoma Paulose II , will inaugurate the 360th Anniversary of the Oath on 3rd Jan 2013 at 10.30 AM.

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OCYM 2013 calendar highlights icons from Moronoya feasts

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MUSCAT: Muscat Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edavaka OCYM has released the 2013 calender with icons or themes featuring the Moronoya perunnals or feasts for every two months.

The calendar was released by Dr Mathews Mar Thimothios, Metropolitan of UK-Europe and Africa Diocese, during Parish Day, on November 2.

Moronoya means related to our Master or the Lord. The feasts are celebrated in commemoration of events and people related to the Lord Jesus Christ and the church. Hence they are celebrated compulsorily by the church.

Months of January, February displays icons on Theophany and Mayaltho. March and April shows Annunciation and All Sundays, May and June on Ascension of our Lord and Feast of St Peter and St Paul, July and August has icons on Transfiguration of Lord Jesus and Assumption of St Mary, September and October jointly has the Elevation of the Cross (Sleeba Perunal), and lastly November and December the icon of Christmas or Yeldo, Nativity of the Lord.

Mammen George (Mamachan) presented the first copy to Dr Mathews Mar Thimothios. OCYM Vice President Biju George, Joji John, Secretary and other office bearers were also present.

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Presence of Holy Spirit experienced at Roha global MGOCSM conference

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ROHA, Mumbai: Bengaluru Diocese Metropolitan Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim has heaped praises on the exemplary work of his Diocese “children” at the recently concluded 104th Global conference of MGOCSM at Roha from December 26-30, 2012.

“I am really proud of my children, the participants from our diocese,” You were well disciplined and behaved well during the conference, posted Dr Mar Seraphim on Facebook.

The Metropolitan lauded the efforts in presenting two skits which largely impacted the lives of many participants.

Youth members of Bengaluru Diocese who have exemplary talents have been highlighting spiritual aspect in its various cultural programmes.
At Roha, the skit team observed fast to present the skit and the participants experienced the presence of the Holy Spirit. “In Roha we really felt the presence of Rooha, the Holy Spirit,” the Metropolitan added.

In his posting, an overjoyed Dr Mar Seraphim has appreciated Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, Metropolitan, Mumbai Diocese, under whose leadership the global MGOCSM conference was conducted in a magnificent manner. His Grace has also congratulated the conference committee for conducting a wonderful meet.

“Whatever we do should be for the glory of the Kingdom of God. Let His name be glorified. May God bless you all,” the Metropolitan concludes.
Dr Mar Seraphim who turned 43 on December 28 cut the birthday cake after morning prayers at the conference in the presence of Mar Coorilos and Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Ahmedabad Diocese Metropolitan.

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