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Meltho Calendar 2015 based on canonical lents launches

BENGALURU: The Meltho Calendar for 2015 has been launched from the blessed hands of Bengaluru Diocese Metropolitan Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim on December 6, 2014 during the occasion of Zamar 2014, the annual Christmas carol event.

Fr Varghese P Idichandy, thematic designer of Meltho calendar, was also present on the dais. Meltho Calendar 2015 was launched both in long and desktop formats.

“The 2015 Meltho ( (meaning “the Word”) calendar focuses on a brief study of the canonical lents and comes out during the decade celebration of the Bengaluru Orthodox Convention,” says Fr Idichandy, thematic designer and Vicar, St Gregorios Orthodox Church, Mathikere.

Fr Idichandy says the fruitful exploration of new directions makes the decade-long collection worthy and resourceful. The team who worked behind the scene consists of members from different religion, which proves the coexistence of man as a united body. I would like to thank the team members who supported me, in its aesthetic designing and all the volunteered sponsors who made this a reality.

The supporting team for Meltho 2015 consisted of Arun G (2008- 10), Manu V (2011-14), Biju T Sam (2014–15) and Siju, National Printers (2015). The first Melto convention was held in January 2006. The calendar also lists the Lectionary for 2015 with Bible readings for each of the 12 months.

Also on the occasion were Malayalam cine artist Lalu Alex the chief guest and music director Devadas as the special guest.

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MMVS Ahmedabad Diocese Annual Conference on December 13 at Naroda

AHMEDABAD: Fifth Annual Conference of Martha Mariam Vanitha Samajam, Ahmedabad Diocese will be held at St. Thomas Chapel Naroda on December 13 to 14, 2014.

The event will be hosted by the St. Mary’s Cathedral of Ahmedabad diocese. Diocesan Metropolitan Dr. Geevarghese Mar Yulios will give leadership to the conference.

The theme of the conference will be ‘CONFLICT MANAGEMENT – CHRIST THE MODEL’.

Former Principal of STOTS Nagpur and professor at Kottayam Orthodox Seminary, Fr. Dr. Reji Mathew will be the keynote speaker of the Conference. MS. Deepthi Thomas, Gandhidham will also address the conference.

Competitions, retreat, talent night are the highlights of the conference this year.The conference will commence from 1pm on December 13. About 350 delegates are expected to participate from various parishes of the diocese.

Report by: Beena Kuriakose

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Hebbal Mar Gregorios Church choir emerge best among Bengaluru Diocese

BENGALURU : Hebbal Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church emerged winners taking the top spot at ‘Zamar’ 2014′, the annual Christmas carol singing competition of Bengaluru Orthodox churches organised by OCYM and MGOCSM of Indian (Malankara) Orthodox Syrian Church.

Hebbal church overcame competition from Bengaluru East St Thomas Orthodox Church and claimed the K O Koshy Memorial Ever Rolling Trophy and cash prize of Rs 5,000. The runners up claimed Rs 3,000. The 5th edition of the singing competition was at held Dharmaram Vidyakshetram on December 6. Zamar 2014 was based on the theme from Psalm 71:22

About 10 parishes from Bengaluru region participated in the musical extravaganza. Cine artiste Lalu Alex inaugurated the musical evening.

Bengaluru Diocese Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim, Metropolitan, presided over the function, while playback singer and music director Devadas entertained the audience with his melodies.

Zamar also saw the release of Meltho Calendar for 2015 from the blessed hands of Mar Seraphim. The Metropolitan handed over the first copy to Lalu Alex and Fr Varghese P Idichandy, thematic designer of the calendar and Vicar, St Gregorios Orthodox Church, Mathikere. Mar Seraphim also distributed the prizes to the winners. His Grace in his address lauded the hard work by MGOCSM, OCYM volunteers towards making the competition a success and ringing in the Christmas season.

Among the clergy who took part include Cor-Episcopoi, Very Rev John Thomas, Very Rev Fr Abraham Marettu, Very Rev Fr P C Philip, Very Rev Fr T K Thomas, Fr Santhosh Samuel, Fr K M Jacob, Fr Mani K Varghese, Fr Varghese P Idichandy, Fr Aby K Raju and others.

Ajith Mathew George, General Secretary, Programme Coordinators Aaron Koshy Mathew and Ashin Paul also lent support.The function ended with a vote of thanks, closing prayer and benediction.

Zamaar 2014 photos by Ambish Jacob – Click here

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‘Yovela’ transforms lives of MGOCYM youngters

BENGALURU: Fresh from the successful conduct of Yovela 2014 (Hebrew meaning for Rejoice), a youth camp for Bengaluru Diocese Youth Movement (MGOCYM) from November 14-16, the youngsters are all gearing up towards the next major Christmas carol event, Zamar.

Diocese Metropolitan HG Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim is full of enthusiasm post-Yovela. The Metropolitan in his candid posting on Facebook adds: “The youth camp touched and changed the life styles of youngsters. It was really a spiritual experience at Yovela. I thank God for providing another opportunity to be with the young ones from our Diocese. Christ loves you, Church needs you and I will be with you as your spiritual father. I pray to God to continue to help all of us to focus our lives on God and His Kingdom.”

For the first time Yovela shifted to the sprawling Ecumenical Christian Centre (ECC) campus at Whitefield from hill station of Nandi Hills.

Fr Philip Kuruvilla, Fr Liju Mathew, Dr Suja John Issac were the main speakers who kept the youngsters engaged with their though-provoking sessions at the three-day conference.

MGOCYM Co-ordinator, Aaron Matthew says Yovela 2014 turned to be a “blessed experience. I am happy our families and the church are gifted with talented young people. I pray that these talents are utilised for the betterment of the world and to accomplish the mission which the Lord Jesus entrusted us.”

Music Ministry, the Diocese new unit of the Diocese, came out thumbs up and made the camp special.
Mar Seraphim has further requested the successful conduct and prayers of ‘Zamar 2014,’ the carol singing contest, which will be the final event for the year. Zamar is slated for December 6 from 1.30 pm at Dharmaram Vidyakshetram, Hosur Road, Bengaluru.

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Banglore Diocese plans international school with Kannada medium in Mysore

BENGALURU: Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim, Metropolitan, Banglore Diocese of Indian Orthodox Church, is giving increasing importance to the existing Diocese Mission projects Eluru in Andhra Pradesh and at Bilikere, Mysore in Karnataka.

With the state government giving prime importance to Kannada language in the educational sector, it is timely the Banglore Diocese under the wise leadership of Dr Mar Seraphim is taking due steps in this direction. The government has granted permission to its existing school towards starting classes for Standard X from the present Standard 8 which has presently 410 students. This will be further increased to 430 students which will go towards accommodating the increasing number of students.

As such the Diocese is planning to build an additional building of 9 rooms to accommodate the students.

Mar Seraphim says the school will remain as a mission centre for Banglore Diocese. But we can go in for an international school in future, since we have enough land.

The Diocese which has a good presence in the City of Palaces, has come up with two new projects in Billikere Village of Hunsur Taluk, Mysore, which falls under the Diocese.

At present construction in about five-and-half acres in the district has begun in right earnest. The Diocese is planning to build an international school which will have Kannada school primarily for the local students and others and aims to provide quality education. Construction works amounting to Rs 1 crore has already begun from a corner.

The future plan is to construct on the remaining four acre area with an international school and hostel facility.

DIFFERENTLY-ABLED GIRLS: Mar Seraphim explains that its building to house the differently-abled girls in Mysore is almost complete and the inauguration has been fixed for January 24, 2015. The estimated cost of the institution which can accommodate about 20 girls comes to around Rs 80 lakhs and the Diocese is facing a deficit of 30 lakhs to complete the project.

Those willing to contribute towards the project or Diocese Fund can contact Mar Seraphim on his mobile at +91-94479 63528 or email:

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MGOCSM Delhi Diocese Annual Conference begins today

NEW DELHI: Delhi Diocese MGOCSM will organize “LOGOS 2014” the Annual 3 day Conference from Oct. 10 to 12 at St. Paul’s School under the auspices of St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, Hauz Khas.

“For to me, to live is Christ” – For a perfect spiritual life in Christ. (Philippians 1:21) will be the theme for the coming conference.

Jiji Thomson IAS, Director General of Sports Authority of India, Dr. Mathews Mar Severios, Metropolitan of Kandanad Diocese and Secretary of Holy Episcopal Synod, Fr. Abraham Mathai, Coordinator, MGOCSM Centre, Kottayam and teacher of Shruti School of Music, Jewish Rabbi Ezekiel Issac will be the chief speakers for the conference.

LOGOS has been celebrating the Orthodox spirituality with the youth, a platform for understanding the Orthodox faith. Spiritually inspiring sessions, fun filled games, interactive workshops, grilling Q&A session, invigorating Talent Night and a soul stirring Gregorian Retreat will be the highlights of the conference.

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Feast of Alvares Mar Julius celebrated in Goa

GOA: Alvares Mar Julius Feast was Celebrated with all pomp at St. Mary’s Church, Ribandar-Goa, where his mortal remains are entombed, on September 23, 2014.

The Feast was celebrated in the presence of Bishops, Mar Clemis, Mar Coorilos, Mar Demetrios, Mar Elias, Mar Nicodemus and Mar Yulios. More than 60 priests and 700 faithful came from various parts of India and abroad.

On September 23 morning, Konkani Mass for Brahmavar Konkani Orthodox Faithful was celebrated by Fr. David Crasta. Thereafter the foundation stone was laid for a Health Clinic, at the newly donated place at Thivim in the name of St. Alvares. At 3pm, Incense prayer was offered at St. Inez Cemetery, where St. Alvares was originally buried. Later, a 7km procession, on foot, from Cemetery to St. Mary’s Church was carried out. At 6.30 pm the evening Vespers began, followed by Rasa. Devotional Address for the evening was delivered by Mar Yulios.

On September 24, Holy Eucharist was offered. Dr. Joshua Mar Nicodemus was the chief celebrant. It was followed by Rasa. Eucharistic sermon was delivered by Metropolitan Geevarghese Mar Coorilos.

Numerous Goans and people from other Casts also participated in the feast with great veneration.

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Fr. Biju P Thomas, the new General Secretary of NWICC

NEW DELHI: The National Council of Churches (NCCI) and the North West India Council of Churches at the joint meeting held at bible Bhavan, Khan Market, New Delhi appointed a new committee to revitalize the activities of NWICC. Bishop Subodh C Mondol as Chairperson, Rt. Rev. Collin C Theodore as the Co Chairperson, Fr. Biju P Thomas, the Vicar of St Gregorios Orthodox Church, Delhi as the General Secretary. NCCI General Secretary Rev. Dr. Roger Gaikwad presided over the meeting.

NWICC is the official regional council of churches for Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan. Fr. Biju P Thomas is currently working as the Chairman of St. Gregorios School, Delhi

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Gujarat CM Anandiben thanks Ahmedabad Diocesan Bishop Dr Mar Yulios

GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel has expressed her sincere thanks to members of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Diocese of Ahmedabad Bishop Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios for extending the support and feelings on election of Anandiben as the first female CM of Gujarat.

Smt Anandiben has addressed the letter dated August 21, 2014 to the Metropolitan as Snehi (friend) Dr Geevarghese.

Bombay Diocesan Metropolitan Geevarghese Mar Coorilos and Ahmedabad Diocesan Metropolitan Dr Mar Yulios had met Smt Anandiben Patel at her office along with various office bearers of Ahmedabad Orthodox Diocese, and held wide ranging fruitful talks on August 21.

While expressing her gratitude with the feeling that the progress of Gujarat be enlightened with the collective and inclusive efforts of all, Smt Anandiben, further notes that the state has established its unique identity across the globe through its ongoing journey towards development.

This, she noted, was an achievement that was a matter of pride for every citizen of the state.

The letter further stated that Gujarat today had become the torch bearer of the nation contributing the share to the essence of development for all with the cooperation from with its motto being: Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikas.~ LC

Letter from CM


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Mar Coorilos, Mar Yulios hold talks with Gujarat CM Anandiben

GANDHINAGAR: Bombay Diocesan Metropolitan Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, Ahmedabad Diocesan Metropolitan Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios yesterday met Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel at her office along with various office bearers of Ahmedabad Orthodox Diocese, and held wide ranging fruitful talks.

Others who formed part of the delegation include Diocesan Secretary Fr Jacob Mathew, Fr Philipose Abraham, Fr Isaac Thomas, Mathew Ninan Athimoottil from Muscat, Adv Mathai Mampallil, P D Baby, Dr Eapen Cherian (Pramod), CV Mathews Benny Mathews.

Both the Metropolitans extended warm wishes and exchanged floral bouquets with the Chief Minister.

It was earlier reported that HH Baselios Mar Thoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the East & Malankara Metropolitan will meet Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mrs Anandiben Mafatbhai Patel, on August 21.Since His Holiness the Catholicos could not make it from Devalokam Aramana, Kottayam, Metropolitans Geevarghese Mar Coorilos and Dr Mar Yulios led the delegation.

The meeting was held at the Chief Minister’s Office, Swarnim Sankul-1, New Sachivalaya, in the evening after the conclusion of the clergy conference.