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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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OCYM hosts elocution contest on Jan 24 in Muscat

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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Presence of Holy Spirit experienced at Roha global MGOCSM conference

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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MGOCSM Global Confernce 2012 in Mumbai from Dec. 26

MUMBAI: The GLOBAL CONFERENCE 2012 of MGOCSM will be held from Dec 26 – 30 at the the Gregorian Community center, Rohaa. The center is located 100 kms away from mainland Mumbai.

The theme for the conference will be “Towards heavenly treasures in earthern vessels” (2 Cor 4:7)

H.H. Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, the primate of Malankara Orthodox Church, Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, Dr.Zachariah Mar Theophilos, Dr. Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Dr. Abraham Mar Seraphim and many other clergy from around the world will attend the Global Conference. The public function held as a part of the conference will be inaugurated by. P.J. Kurien, Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha, India

Highlights of the GLOBAL CONFERENCE will be Interactive sessions on the theme, Seeking answers through discussions, Cultural evening, Pilgrimage – cum – tour, Gregorian worship (an innovative worship with prayers, chants, soulful music and meditation), Interactive song sessions and spiritual music. Evening meditation will be conducted at the river side and hill top will be an added experience.


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Third edition of carol singing contest, Zamar, on Dec 9

BENGALURU : The third edition of Zamar 2012, the carol singing competition of the Diocese of Bengaluru, will be held at Dharmaram Vidyakshethram, Christ College Campus on Sunday,December 9, 2012.

The competition will be based on the theme from Psalm 71:22 – “I will indeed praise you with the harp.” The event is being hosted by OCYM and MGOCSM of St George Orthodox Church, Indiranagar from 1.30 pm till 6 pm.

Yuhanon Mar Polycarpos, Metropolitan, Angamaly Diocese & President, OCYM will deliver the address and Christmas message while Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim, Metropolitan, Bengaluru Diocese, will deliver the presidential address.

Fr Saji Daniel, Vice President, OCYM & MGOCSM, Bengaluru Diocese, will present the welcome address. T K Thomas, Cor Episcopa, Vicar SGOC, Indiranagar, will feliciate while Jiju Thomas, Convenor, youth charity projects, will launch charity activities for the year for Sneha Bhavan, Myosre and for Daya Dhavan, Kunigal.

The function will also see the release of the audio and video for La Moriyo Zegtho and publishing the 2013 calendar titled Meltho.

The christmas carol will be by OCYM & MGOCSM Indiranagar.

There will also be prize distribution and vote of thanks and the function will end with closing prayer and benediction.

For details contact: Sunil Raj +91-984 585 4346 , Aaron Mathew +91-988 621 7383, Robin Philip Thomas +91-998 669 9371


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New Central Secretaries for OCYM appointed

KANPUR: Biju Mathew (Chengannur Diocese), Adv.Saji George Chowalloor (Kollam Diocese and Alex M Kuriakose (Ankamali Diocese) will be the new Central Secretaries of Orthodox Christian Youth Movement.

Yuhanon Mar Policarpos, Metropolitan President of Orthodox Christian Youth Movement of the East had issued an order appointing the new Central Secretaries of Orthodox Christian Youth Movement.

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Inter-Denominational Children’s Fest 2012’ on October 13 at Noida

NOIDA: NCWA (Noida Christian Welfare Association) will hold an ‘Inter-Denominational Children’s Fest 2012’ for all the Sunday School Children & Youth of NCR/Noida area on Saturday 13 October 2012 at Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church from 9.00AM onwards.

The church is located at sector 51, Noida. The program is aimed for the age group upto 18yrs

Rev Kamal Mall (Vicar, CNI Church) and Fr Jacob George (Vicar, Orthodox Church) will be the leaders for the event.

“It is the need of the time to have better interaction between the Children & Youth and educate them with Christian values to strengthen them to meet the Challenges of the present world” informed Rajan Varghese, the Gen Secretary of NCWA.

Noida Christian Welfare Association is a body consisting to five major churches of Noida ie Christ Church, Immanuel Marthoma Church, St Mary’s Catholic Church, Bethel Methodist Church and Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church.

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Bengaluru Diocese OCYM Conference on Aug 12; Mar Nicholovos is the lead speaker

#Conference theme verse from Hosea 12:6
#Diocese Metropolitan Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim presides over the conference
#Prize winners of talent cultural festival, Jeunesse, to be felicitated
#Stage set for Annual Sports, Titulus, with St Mary’s Orthodox Valliyapally, Jalahalli as hosts
# Dr Mar Nicholovos celebrates 53rd birthday on August 13, in Bengaluru

BENGALURU : The one-day Annual Conference of Bengaluru Diocese OCYM and MGOCSM unit is slated to be held at the St Dionysius Orthodox Church, on August 12, Sunday.

Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, Northeast American Diocese, Metropolitan of North East American Diocese, presently on visit to India, will be the main speaker.

The Metropolitan will base his speech on the theme “Return & Repent to God.” from Hosea 12:6 “But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.

Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim, Metropolitan, Bengaluru Diocese, will preside over the conference.

The Metropolitan has urged and encouraged all youth members to actively participate in the conference.

Other highlights of the conference will be the exclusive Business session, launch of Annual Sports (Titulus) and prize distribution to winners of the recently-held 2nd edition of cultural festival termed Jeunesse.

St Dionysius Orthodox Church, is located at T Dasarahalli, Near Jalahalli Cross, Tumkur Road, Bangalore. St Dionysius Orthodox Church is the first among Indian (Malankara) Orthodox which is named after St Dionysius, the Malankara Sabha Bhasuran. The relics of this holy saint are installed in the church.

Fr Saji Daniel is the Vice President of Diocese OCYM and Ajit George, the General Secretary.

On line registrations for the conference are open and available at the website Incidentally, Dr Mar Nicholovos turns 53, the next day, on August 13. The Metropolitan on his visit attended the consultation in New Delhi organised by the MGOCSM Diaspora and the Holy Episcopal Synod and presently in Bengaluru for attending the conference.

As Mar Nicholovos begins a new year, may God grant the Metropolitan many more years of health, grace, and strength as he continues his Episcopal ministry to the American Diocese.

More details of the conference on:
Facebook: MGOCSM & OCYM, Bangalore Diocese.
Mails to:
Conference timings: 9 am to 4 pm
Details contact: Liju Thomas on mobile +91-9538907344
Siju Chacko +91-9008753297

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‘Freshers’ Day’ for MGOCYM at St Mary’s Jalahalli

BENGALURU: If you believed ‘Freshers’ Day’ was part of an activity in college, you could be sadly mistaken. Guys and gals from the MGOCSM and Youth Movement of the St Mary’s Orthodox Valiyapally followed this in true spirits.

On June 3, Sunday, they presented ‘Freshers’ Day’ at the St Mary’s Orthodox Valiyapally, Jalahalli.

The highlight of the event was getting Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim, Metropolitan, Bengaluru Diocese, to launch their celebrations for 2012-13.

The freshers’ also got an opportunity to interact with the seniors and both mingled each other and exchanged ideas.

Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim, gleefully presided over the ‘Freshers’ Day’ celebrations and launched their activities.
The Metropolitan who spoke on the occasion happily welcomed new members and urged them to do their best.

“The MGOCSM at the Valiyapally is a good model for other units. I request you to encourage each other to be part of the MGOCSM/Youth Movement,” Dr Mar Seraphim had said earlier.

Fr Alex Iype, Valiyapally Vicar and senior member, C G Mathew, also took part in the function.

The celebration was rounded off with a cultural programme by the members.
Pictures courtesy: Moncey Mathew

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MGOCSM Presents Acolytes Training for Holy Week 2012

MARYLAND: On Sunday, March 25th from 3PM – 7PM, at St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, in Silver Spring, MD, the MGOCSM of the DC-MD-VA (DMV) Area, organized a special Acolyte Assembly and Training for the services of Passion Week.

The Acolyte Training was presided over and led by the various parish priests of the area and one senior Acolyte, including:

  • Rev. Fr. K.P. Varghese – Vicar of St. Thomas Church, Baltimore, MD
  • Rev. Fr. Reji Chacko – Vicar of St. Thomas Church, Damascus, MD
  • Rev. Fr. Laby George – Vicar of St. Gregorios Church, Washington, D.C.
  • Rev. Fr. George C. Mathew – Vicar of St. Mary’s Church, Northern VA
  • Rev. Fr. Andrew Daniel – Vicar of St. Thomas Church, Greater Washington
  • Mr. Justin Mathews – Senior Acolyte from St. Mary’s Church, Northern, VA

The initiative came about when various acolytes from the area came together and wanted to learn more about the services of passion week to better serve the altar, their Achens, and their church. They sought out the tutelage of their area’s parish priests, who were all well versed in the Holy Orthodox Traditions from both Seminaries in India as well as America. These parish priests and acolytes were able to come together and learn about the richness of the Liturgy of Holy Week.

The event was filled with various workshops, led by various leaders . Rev. Fr. K.P. Varghese led the group with an invocation prayer and a welcome message to set the tone for the Holy Week that would be coming soon. Next, Mr. Justin Mathews gave a detailed explanation of the spiritual significance and richness of traditions in each of the Passion Week services. Rev. Fr. K.P. Varghese returned again to lead a workshop to elaborate on the various processions of Holy Week. Afterwards, Rev. Fr. George C. Mathew led the acolytes in teaching the subtle nuances of the services from Palm Sunday to Pesaha. Later, Rev. Fr. Andrew Daniel and Rev. Fr. Reji Chacko helped lead a workshop on the days of Good Friday to Easter Sunday. Subsequently, Rev. Fr. Laby George led the group and went over various songs of Good Friday service. Finally, all the Achens of the area helped to answer the various questions of the acolytes in a Q&A session.

Overall, it was a true blessing for all the acolytes of the area to increase their fellowship with fellow servants of the altar and to be led by their respective parish priests in this special training. Continuing forward, the priests and acolytes wish to make this an ongoing ministry to train up the acolytes of the area to better serve God.