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Catholicos leads feet washing service at St Thomas Church in Oman

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MUSCAT: His Holiness Baselious Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan, led the feet washing service at St Thomas Church, Ruwi, on April 2, Thursday, evening.

During the ceremony, His Holiness ceremoniously washed the feet of three clergymen and nine laymen both senior members and Sunday School students of Muscat Mar Gregorios Maha Edavaka, and kissed the feet of the 12 persons. This was done in the midst of the reading of the Gospel (Evangelion). Dn Santhosh Babu, Secretary to the Catholicos, also participated in the ceremony along with Fr Dr Jossi Jose, Ethiopia and Fr George Varghese, Vicar, St Mary’s Orthodox Church, Ghala, Muscat

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On April 1 evening, the Catholicos led the Pessaha service and delivered the message to the large number of faithful gathered at St Thomas Church.

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Catholicos leads Hosanna service, recreates triumphal entry into Jerusalem

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MUSCAT: HH Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the East and Indian Orthodox (Malankara) Metropolitan, led the Palm Sunday Service on March 28, at St Thomas Church, Ruwi.

The Catholicos based his sermon on Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and into the temple (Mark 11: 1-11).

Fr Davis Chiramel, a priest from Indian Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, who delivered the Hosanna message, urged the faithful to do good deeds since it was the hand that raised the palm fronds and shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”. Large number of faithful attended the service.

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Later, the Catholicos presented the first Thanal Charity Award instituted in the name of LL His Grace Dr Stephanos Mar Theodosius (1924-2007) to Fr Davis Chiramel, Chairman, of the Thrissur-based Kidney Federation of India.

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Cancer treatment without outsourcing at Parumala cancer centre from Nov: Catholicos

The supreme head of the Malankara Orthodox Church, the Catholicos HH Baselios Marthoma Paulose II addressing the press in Muscat
The supreme head of the Malankara Orthodox Church, the Catholicos HH Baselios Marthoma Paulose II addressing the press in Muscat

MUSCAT : His Holiness Baselious Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the East has said that the first phase of the Parumala St Gregorios International Cancer Care Centre (SGICCC) will be thrown open to the public from November 2015.

Revealing this at a press conference at the Muscat Mar Gregorios Maha Edavaka, the Catholicos revealed that though the project has gone much beyond schedule, the first phase will, however, be opened to the public from November to coincide with the annual Parumala Festival. “An agreement worth Rs 20 crore of machinery was signed last month and we require a total outlay of Rs 120 crore to run the project properly, of which Rs 75 crore has been spent so far.

The Primate of the Indian Orthodox added that plans on to provide treatment for the patients without outsourcing which otherwise can put them to severe hardships, though there are facilities in Ernakulam, Thiruvananthapuram in this regard.

“Without outsourcing, we want to give the best treatment, and we are not looking at the project solely as a ‘money generating department’, His Holiness pointed out.

The Catholicos also answered questions relating to the present political situation in Kerala, liquor policy and observance of ‘Cyber Fast Day’ on April 3 (Good Friday) as part of the ‘Nervazhy’ project from the Ministry of Human Empowerment of Malankara Orthodox Church.

From the photo session: The Catholicos with the journalists of Oman
From the photo session: The Catholicos with the journalists of Oman
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Catholicos says Thanal Charity project showcases Gospel in Action

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MUSCAT: HH Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the East and Indian Orthodox (Malankara) Metropolitan, presented the first Thanal Charity Award instituted in the name of HG Dr Stephanos Mar Theodosius (1924-2007) to Fr Davis Chiramel, Chairman, of the Kerala-based Kidney Federation of India.

The award was supposed to be presented at the valedictory of Thanal Charity Project on March 27, Friday, at St Thomas parish, Ruwi, had to be put off for the next day.

Fr Davis is an Indian Syro-Malabar Catholic Church priest and founder of Accident Care and Transport Service (ACTS) and Kidney Federation of India. Well-known as ‘Kidney Priest’, he set an example for universal brotherhood and compassion by donating his kidney to a Hindu man. Muscat Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edavaka had launched the Thanal charity project for 2014-15 in aid of kidney patients called ‘Rays of Hope’ to help the needy kidney patients.

The Primate in his inaugural address at the valedictory function said the Thanal project showcases ‘Gospel in Action’ with an apt title meaning to provide ‘shade’ to trees. “Charity projects are compared as the Liturgy after the liturgy for the Orthodox community,” he added.

On behalf of the Indian Orthodox, the Catholicos prayed for the long health of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos who has won the hearts of many and is an inspiration and model for many world leaders.

In his address as chief guest, Indian Ambassador to the Sultanate HE J S Mukul, hailed the contribution of the 42-year-old church towards various charitable works and called upon the community and the church to march ahead with such innovative schemes for the poor. The Ambassador was presented with a memento by the Catholicos.

Felicitations were also delivered by Rt Rev Gregorios Mar Stephanos, Episcopa of Kunnamkulam-Malabar Diocese, from Marthoma Syrian Church, Dr K S Manoj, Ex-MP from Alappuzha and P K Koshy, Sabha Managing Committee member.

Boban M Thomas read the exhaustive report of Thanal 2014-15 with the outlay and the number of beneficiaries from the project. Programme comparing was by Biju Parumala and Jessy Koshy.

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Catholicos calls upon Orthodox faithful to be proud members of the community

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MUSCAT: HH Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the East, has called upon the faithful of Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edavaka to instill in them the true spirit of Orthodox.

HH the catholicos was exhorting this while attending the Catholicate day celebrations at the church on March 27 after the Holy Eucharist.

Addressing the congregation, the Catholicos said the faithful should be proud of being an Orthodox member and instil the spirit among themselves. “Just like the spirit of Indian independence gained through the hard earned efforts of Mahatma Gandhi on August 15, we must also remember the great sacrifices made by late lamented fathers. We must cultivate this spirit and make it known for the next generation. Let us respect and stand towards it forever,” His Holiness added.

The Supreme Head will be the chief celebrant for the Palm Sunday Service on March 28 evening, Maundy Thursday in April 1, feet washing service on April 2, Good Friday Service on April 3 from 8 am to 4.30 pm. The programmes will conclude with Holy Easter Service on April 4 from 6 pm after which the Catholicos will emplane for Kerala.

The Catholicos was given a warm reception at the airport by the parish officials and a large number of faithful on March 26.

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HH Catholicos is chief celebrant for Holy Week at Muscat Maha Edavaka

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MUSCAT: HH Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the East will be the chief celebrant for this year’s Holy Week services at the Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edavaka (MGOME). His Holiness will arrive from Kochi at the Muscat International Airport on March 26, Thursday at 9.30 am.

In the evening, the Catholicos is scheduled to address a press conference with the print and electronic media followed by evening prayers and committee meeting with MGOME.

On Friday March 27, there will be meeting with spiritual organisations, CSI Church and photo sessions.

The Holy Week begins on March 27 with a Holy Eucharist followed by Catholicate Day Celebrations and release of the parish directory. In the evening, the primate will inaugurate the valedictory of Thanal Charity project during which Indian Ambassador to the Sultanate Shri J S Mukul or Deputy Chief of Mission Gloria Gangte will preside.

On March 28, the Catholicos will lead the Holy Eucharist at the St Thomas Church at 8.30 am, followed by ecumenical clergy meeting at 11 am and St Thomas Committee meeting at 12 pm.

The Supreme Head will be the chief celebrant for the Palm Sunday Service on March 28 evening, Maundy Thursday on April 1, feet washing service on April 2, Good Friday Service on April 3 from 8 am to 4.30 pm. The programmes will conclude with Holy Easter Service on April 4 from 6 pm after which the Catholicos will emplane for Kerala.

Elaborate arrangements have been made for the Holy Week services.

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HH Catholicos to present Thanal Award to Fr Davis Chiramel on March 27

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MUSCAT: HH Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan, will present the first Thanal Charity Award instituted in the name of LL His Grace Dr Stephanos Mar Theodosius (1924-2007) to Fr Davis Chiramel, Chairman, of the Thrissur-based Kidney Federation of India.

The award will be presented at the valedictory of Thanal Project on March 27, Friday, at St Thomas Church, Ruwi.

The function will be attended by Indian Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman HE J S Mukul or Deputy Chief of Mission Smt Gloria Gangte, Rt Rev Gregorios Mar Stephanos, Episcopa of Kunnamkulam-Malabar Diocese, from Marthoma Syrian Church and others.

Muscat Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edavaka had launched the Thanal charity project for 2014-15 in aid of kidney patients called ‘Rays of Hope’ to help the needy kidney patients.

Fr Davis is an Indian Syro-Malabar Catholic Church priest and the founder of Accident Care and Transport Service (ACTS) and Kidney Federation of India. Well-known as ‘Kidney Priest’, he has set an example for universal brotherhood and compassion by donating his kidney to a Hindu man.

The Supreme Head of the Indian Orthodox Church will also be the chief celebrant at the Holy Week programme of the Muscat Mar Gregorios Maha Edavaka from March 27 till April 4, Holy Easter Service.

This will be the third visit of the Catholicos to the Muscat parish having earlier visited during 2011 and 2012 after his elevation to the throne as Catholicos of The East in 2010.
The Primate will arrive at the Muscat International Airport from Kerala on March 26 morning. On March 27, the Catholicos will take part in the Catholicate Day Celebrations and release of the parish directory of Maha Edavaka.

During the Holy Week, the Catholicos will lead the Palm Sunday Service on March 28, Maundy Thursday on April 1, feet washing service on April 2, Good Friday Service on April 3 from 8 am to 4.30 pm and the Holy Easter Service on April 4 from 6 pm.

Elaborate arrangements have been made for the Holy Week services. Vicar/President and Associate Vicar have requested the faithful to attend the programmes in larger numbers.

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Indian Orthodox Church donate to help Syrian refugees

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DUBAI: A delegation of representatives of seven Indian Orthodox Churches in the UAE met Emirates Red Crescent officials in Dubai and handed over Dhs115,000 worth of goods.

The community donation for the UAE Compassion Tarahamu campaign included blankets, foodstuffs and warm clothes.

The UAE Compassion Tarahamu campaign was launched to provide relief to thousands of Syrian refugees in the Levant who are exposed to blizzard and freezing winter in make-shift tents with inadequate facilities.

The Supreme Head of Indian Malankara Orthodox Church and Catholicose of All The East Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II had instructed all church members in the UAE to actively participate by putting heart and soul in the campaign launched as per the directives of the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and reiterated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

Mohammed Abdullah Alhaj Al Zaroni, Manager of Dubai Office of Emirates Red Crescent, and his team of officials and volunteers received the delegation headed by Rev. Father Shaji Mathew, Vicar of St Thomas Orthodox Church in Dubai, at the Red Crescent headquarters in Umm Ramool in Dubai on Sunday.

The other members of the delegation were Jacob Mathew, Managing Committee Member, MM Kuriakose, Trustee, Thomas Joseph, Secretary, CG Babu and Dr KC Cheriyan.

A short documentary on the relief work under by the Emirates Red Crescent in Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan and other countries was screened for the delegation.

Al Zaroni thanked the delegation for the contribution made by over 30,000 church followers in the UAE following the call made by Supreme Head of Indian Malankara Orthodox Church and Catholicose of All The East Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II.

Rev. Father Shaji Mathew told the Red Crescent team about the enthusiastic response to the campaign by the Indian Orthodox Churches in the UAE. He said an encyclical by the Primate was read out in all Indian Orthodox Churches in UAE during the Friday worship and they adored the magnanimous efforts of the UAE leaders in humanitarian activities like the UAE Compassion campaign.

The delegation praised the noble humanitarian values of the UAE and its wise leadership which undertakes acts of tolerance, peace and humanitarianism among those in distress around the world and helping the needy and disadvantaged people without distinction of race, religion, gender or affiliation.

He recalled that Supreme Head of Indian Malankara Orthodox Church and Catholicose of All The East Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II had praised the religious tolerance and freedom in the UAE contributing towards making the UAE an oasis of peace and stability, at a time when many countries in the region are witnessing conflicts.

He pointed out that the UAE was a model for the world in terms of tolerance and religious freedom and coexistence between different religions and nationalities.

Source: The Gulf Today

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Sana’a Church Vicar receives admiration for exemplary pastoral and mission work

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AHMEDABAD : Fr Mathew Mathew, Vicar, of St Mary’s Orthodox Parish, Sana’a, Republic of Yemen, has received exemplary praise from Ahmedabad Diocese Metropolitan Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios.

Metropolitan Mar Yulios has in a decree expressed his indebtedness and grateful to Fr Mathew for his sincere and sacrificial service to the Holy Church in general and to the Diocese of Ahmedabad in particular.

Fr Mathew has retired from active pastoral ministry and is being relieved from the Vicarship of Yemen parish with effect from October 14, 2014.

“Though you (Fr Mathews) had retired and spending time with your family, you came forward to help us for more than 4 years when the Diocese was struggling to get servants for His Ministry in our parishes and mission fields,” the Kalpana noted.

Dr Mar Yulios further praised Fr Mathew for his service and ministry in Yemen which was undoubtedly outstanding and will be honoured by the Church and Diocese for ever. The Metropolitan has also wished the Vicar blessed years with his family as he has been relived from active pastoral ministry.

Members of the St Mary’s Orthodox Church, Sana’a, organised a warm send off for Fr Mathew on October 10 after the Holy Eucharist.

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Fr Bijoy Varghese will be the new Vicar of St Mary’s Orthodox Parish, Sana’a, with effect from October 15, 2014.

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Jeena Jessy Kunjumon secures 3rd rank in SSFC-OKR exams

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MUSCAT: Jeena Jessy Kunjumon from Muscat Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edavaka, by securing the third rank in the SSFC examination (2012-2013) from OSSAE – Outside Kerala Region. Jeena however emerged as the top rank holder from Ahmedabad Diocese and among churches in the Gulf region.

Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Ahmedabad Diocese Metropolitan, has expressed his happiness over Jeena Jessy obtaining the third rank and wished her all success.

Maha Edavaka Vicar Fr Joji George Koickalethu and Associate Vicar Fr Binu John Thomas, have also congratulated Jeena on her achievement and wished her all success for the future.

Apart from academics, Jeena has also excelled in singing, quiz and essay writing.

Jeena is the daughter of George Kunjumon from Al Taie Legal Consultants, and Jessy Kunjumon. Her elder brother Jacob George Kunjumon is presently pursuing his fourth year Computer Science from Waljat College of Applied Sciences, Muscat. Jeena’s parents hail from ‘Makkattu’, Perinad in Kollam district of Kerala with St Thomas Orthodox Syrian Church in Perinad as their home parish.