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Patriarch of Antioch to Arrive on Feb 7 in Kerala

Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem-II, the supreme head of the Syrian Orthodox Church, will arrive in Kerala on February 7 for an 11-day-long Apostolic Visit to India. This is the first apostolic visit of Patriarch Aphrem to India after assuming the office of the supreme head of the Orthodox Church in March 2014.

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KOCHI: Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem-II, the supreme head of the Syrian Orthodox Church, will arrive in Kerala on February 7 for an 11-day-long Apostolic Visit to India. This is the first apostolic visit of Patriarch Aphrem to India after taking up the position of the supreme head of the Orthodox Church in March 2014.

During the nine-day trip in Kerala includes visitations to various churches under his jurisdiction, delivering blessing message at ‘Maramon convention’ and meeting with State Government officials.

On February 16, he will leave for Chennai, for the installation of a Church at Anna Nagar. From Chennai, the Patriarch will proceed to Delhi to see the President of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

A delegation, comprising six metropolitans, will accompany the Patriarch during his trip to India.

At a press conference, asked whether there would be any conciliation talks with the Malankara Orthodox Church, Mar Gregorios of Jacobite church and secretary of the Synod said, “no such plan has been scheduled so far. It is learnt that the Catholicos of Malankara Orthodox Church has sent a letter to the Patriarch seeking an initiative for conciliation. We have not received any official communication. Sill we consider it as a welcome move.”

Letter from HH the Catholicos

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One glorious day will arrive in Kerala, that day will be the day when the Orthodox and the Jacobite Church will hold hand together and sing the song of unity and love; thus declaring to the whole nation the message of love and forgiveness to exalt the name of the risen LORD JESUS CHRIST. It is high time for the believers of all Christian denominations in Kerala to pray very urgently and earnestly for this miracle to happen, which is p a s t due.

To
H.H. Mar Ignatius Aprem II
Syrian Orthodox Church

Dear and respected Holy Father,

I was very much happy with your arrival in India and was watching your programs in Kerala. We are thankful for your call towards peace. But we are eagerly waiting to know that whether this peace call is genuine or not. Because, previous Patriarch had also expressed the desire for peace.

Dear Holy Father, please remember the fact that peace in Malankara was again broken after 1970, when an absurd letter 203/1970 dated 27/6/1970(kalpana/order) was issued by H.H.Yacoob- III Pathriarch to the church of Malankara. The letter said that St.Thomas do not had priesthood. So all sacraments done by the priests of Malankara Orthodox Church without the support of Antioch throne is invalid. This was the beginning of breaking peace by H.H.Pathriarch Yacoob-III. Later H.H. Zakha Pathriarch argued for peace like you with words. But in action, H.H. Zakha Patriarch consecrated parallel Catholicose and many parallel bishops and divided our Malankara Orthodox Church members in two groups.

Dear and respected His Holiness, now it is your chance to either make either unity or further division in Malankara Orthodox Church. Indian orthodox Catholocose H.H.Paulose-II welcomed you for peace process before your arrival through a letter. Government, which is lead by a dignified member of Indian Orthodox church Mr.Oommen Chandy(Chief Minister) have received you warmly as the guest of government. You have received a large number of valuable gifts as a token of our love and respect during your first visit from the people Malankara Orthodox Church . Member of the church did not created problems while you visited churches, which are in dispute. Now it is your responsibility to show some constructive actions other than mere words or speech for peace. I request you to issue a letter(kalpana/order) to the church by saying that the above letter of H.H.Yacoob III Patriarch is withdrawn and priesthood of all Malankara orthodox priest is acceptable to both divisions of Malankara church in retrospective effect*.

Second request is to meet the predecessor of St.Thomas Apostolic of India, the head of Malankara church H.H.Poulose II Catholicose in his office. It is a courtesy (protocol) of all apostolic church heads worldwide to meet the local head of the church during an official apostolic visit outside the country. Heaven and Malankara church members together will be happy, if H.H. Aprem Patriarch and H.H.Poulose II catholicose together conduct Subkono prayer in one church on 16th February 2015.
I am sure nobody will oppose you if you do these two simple activities. Please remember, Indian orthodox church head had issued a letter to church members to remember and pray for H.H.Zacha Patriarch in H.Qurbana during the funeral (eventhough H.H.Zacha Bava’s word for peace and actions were different) of H.H.Zacha Bava.

I have heard that you are approachable to public and have a good heart.

We deeply pray God for you to get the courage and wisdom to do some good actions other than mere words before finishing your fist visit in Malankara Church.
Your spiritual son
Dr.Prasad Joseph Cheeran(Altar Boy)
I also request His Holiness to remember my family during your H.Qurbana.

Note:
*We all believe that H.Baptism sacrament is only once in the life of a person. Unfortunately because of the letter 203/1970 dated 27/6/1970(kalpana/order) was issued by H.H.Yacoob- III Pathriarch to the church of Malankara, many priest repeat H.Baptism Sacrament when people join with other division for marriage purposes. So I kindly request you to withdraw that letter and make action towards peace urgently.

THE WORLD IS PRAYING FOR PEACE BUT GOD HAS REMOVED THE PEACE FROM THE EARTH READ Revelation 3 :13 Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. Revelation 6:3 When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature call out, ‘Come!’* 4And out came* another horse, bright red; its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people would slaughter one another; and he was given a great sword.5 When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature call out, ‘Come!’* I looked, and there was a black horse! Its rider held a pair of scales in his hand, 6and I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, ‘A quart of wheat for a day’s pay,* and three quarts of barley for a day’s pay,* but do not damage the olive oil and the wine!’
7 When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature call out, ‘Come!’* 8I looked and there was a pale green horse! Its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed with him; they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, famine, and pestilence, and by the wild animals of the earth.

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