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HH the Catholicos reached Lebanon to participate in the consecration of Holy Muron

LEBANON: HH Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, the supreme head of Malankara Orthodox Church reached Lebanon to participate in the consecration of Holy Muron to be conducted by His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, on Saturday, July 18, 2015.

The ceremony will be held at the St. Mary Monastery and the Genocide memorial monument in Bikfaya. The blessing of Muron is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

The blessing of the Holy Muron will take place in the evening, followed by the address of His Holiness Aram I.

On Sunday, July 19, Holy Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Gregory the Illuminator Mother Cathedral in Antelias presided over by His Holiness Aram I, who will conduct the blessing of water with the newly blessed Holy Muron. An Ecumenical Service will follow at the Genocide Memorial Chapel in Antelias with the participation of various church leaders and representatives.

Prelates from Oriental Orthodox Churches worldwide and members of the Holy See of Cilicia Brotherhood will participate in the ceremonies and events.

As the delegates of Malankara Orthodox Church, Metropolitan DO. yuhanon Mar Diascoros, Prof. Fr. Dr. Baby Varghese, Fr. Abraham Thomas,Dn. Shibu Kattil and Sabha Managing Committee Member Jacob Mathew Kulanjikombil are participating in this function along with the Catholicos.


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Metropolitan Tikhon meets with Malankarese Catholicos

SYOSSET, NY His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, met with His Holiness, Mar Thomas Paulose II, Catholicos of the Malankara Orthodox Church (also known as the Indian Orthodox Church) on Monday, July 6, 2015.

The meeting took place at the headquarters of the Malankara Church’s North American Diocese, located a few miles from the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America. His Grace, Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos of the North America Diocese, hosted the meeting in conjunction with the Catholicos’ week-long visit to the United States.

Fr. Chad Hatfield, Chancellor of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, presents Bible to the Catholicos.

Accompanying Metropolitan Tikhon were Archpriests John Jillions, OCA Chancellor, and Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary. Also present was Archpriest Dr. Chad Hatfield, Chancellor of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY, where Metropolitan Zachariah serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. A number of Malankarese students currently are pursuing studies at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary and Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, South Canaan, PA.

The ancient Malankara Church traces its origin to the Apostle Thomas. Headquartered in the southern Indian province of Kerala, it maintains about 1000 parishes in India, and another 200 parishes in North America.

In April 2015, Metropolitan Tikhon and Catholicos Thomas met in Armenia, where they participated in the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. [See related story.] An invitation was extended to Metropolitan Tikhon to attend the 200th Anniversary of the Malankara Church’s seminary in Kottayam, India in November 2015.

Source: [OCA]

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The Prodigal Son

There was, once a prodigal son
Who vexed his father for his measure of wealth
And fled his home for friends and fun
To reckless ways of sinful mirth

But soon he met his weary days
Of hunger, thirst and fleeing friends
It flashed to his mind the splendor and grace
Far away of his father’s place

Sharp he woke up and ran a run,
And stopped not till he reached and found
His father waiting long for his son
With stretching hands and abounding love:

“Forgive me dad, my Lord, he cried;
With tears from eyes rolling down his cheeks,
I’ve sinned against you and Heavens indeed
Treat me as a servant at least in your folk”.

The father hugged him and kissed his face
And told “To my child will my love ever cease?
In you this day shall Heavens rejoice
And Earth rebound with Angels’ voice”.

Dr M Kuriakose