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Vattasseril Mar Dionysius Memorial Lecture on Feb. 21

KOTTAYAM: The Orthodox Christian Youth movement is conducting Vattasseril Mar Dionysius memorial lecture on Sunday February 21, 2010 at10am at St. Marys Orthodox Church, Karamood, Kottayam in connection with the 76th feast of St. Vattasseril Dionysius.

Metropolitan Yuhanon Mar Polycarpos, president OCYM will celebrate Holy Qurbana and preside over the function.

Paul Manalil, senior editor of Malaya Manorama will be the key note speaker.

Fr. M.C.George Mundaplamoottil, , Fr. Jacob Mathew chandrathil, Vice president, OCYM Fr. Spencer Koshy, General secretary OCYM, Fr. Mathew Philip, Vice president ocym, Kottayam, Fr. M C Kuriakose, manager Old seminary Kottayam, and Mr.Oomman John, Treasurer ocym will felicitate

Columns Episcopal Election

Episcopal Election 2010: The Venue – Mount Horeb Ashram

The venue of the Malankara Syrian Christian Association 2010- Mount Horeb Ashram Chapel, Sasthamkotta

The Malankara Association 2010 will meet at Mount Horeb Ashram, Sasthamkotta on February 17, 2010 at 1pm to elect 7 priests to the episcopate.

Mount Horeb Ashram, a monastery of the Malankara Orthodox Church, was started in 1991 with the aim of social and educational activities, ascetic life training, spiritual confederations etc.

The vision of Fr. Dr. C. T. Eapen, Chavadiyil, Adoor, to form a brotherhood that would control the activities of ‘Dr. C. T. Eapen Trust’, initiated by him, was materialized by the Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Mathews II.

This Trust is spread in 65 acres of land in the banks of Sasthamkotta fresh water lake. In this land, a group of energetic, devoted, unmarried priests under the patronage of the Catholicos Baselios Mathews II, formed the Mount Horeb Ashram.

Here the ashram community engaged in bible classes, retreats and spiritual guidance programs. Presently, the Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Didymos I is the Managing Trustee.

Mar Theodosius Memorial Hospital owned by the diocese of Kollam is just 2 km. from the ashram.

Tomb of the Catholicos (Mar Baselios Marthoma Mathews II) of the Indian Orthodox Church is here in the Ashram.

At present, there are 7 members in the ashram. Fr. V. M. James is the superior and for the coming election he is one among the 11 official candidates of the Church.

The visiting Bishop is Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Anthonios (Metropolitan of Kollam Diocese), who is also the Manager of the educational institutions under the Trust.

The community is involved in various spiritual activities of the Church as well as in the management of the institutions under the Trust.

Following are the institutions of the Trust, managed by the ashram.

1.Dr. C. T. Eapen Memorial Higher Secondary School
2. St. Thomas Home for Boys
3. St. Basil Bible School and Orientation Center
4. Zarephath Family Orientation Centre
5. Bishop M.M.C.S.P.M High School
6. Baselios Mathews II College of Engineering

Contact Address:
Lake View, Muthupilakadu, Sasthamkotta, Kollam, Pin :- 690 520.

Phone: 0476 2830778

Circular from the Association Secretary

Travel Directions from various places

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Diocese News News

MMS Kalyan Zone Conference Concluded in Mumbai

MUMBAI: The Zonal Conference of Marth Mariam Samajam Of Mumbai Diocese was held at Ambernath St. Gregorios Orthodox Church Mumbai on February 7, 2010.

The Theme of the conference was “Carry each others burdens”.

Renowned “DAYABAI” (Sr. Mercy Mathew) was the main speaker of the conference. Fr. George Varghese inaugurated the conference. The theme was introduced by Mariama Alexander, General Secretary MMS – Mumbai diocese.

Fr. T. A. Daniel, the Vicar of Ulhasnagar, Orthodox Church was the guest speaker on the occasion

Episcopal Election Opinions

Episcopal Election 2010: Candidate’s Profiles

Among all ancient Christian churches the Malankara Church is one with a strong democratic footing to elect her leaders.

Malankara Syrian Christian Association consisting more than 4000 members representing the whole Malankara Church is her supreme legislative assembly. Historians, therefore, depict this assembly as the parliament of Malankara.

Malankara Association elects the Malankara Metropolitan, the Catholicose, Priest Trustee, Lay Trustee, Metropolitans and Church Managing Committee members. The constitution of the Malankara Church can be amended or new by-laws can be introduced only through getting them passed in this apex body.

Episcopal election demands, however, at least 50 percent and one vote separately from the clergy and lay members, who are legally entitled to vote and be present at the Association site, to declare a candidate elected.

Members are elected to represent parishes at the Malankara Association. This election at parish level is according to the proportion of families in each parish basing the Supreme Court directives. Representatives from each parish are issued with a certificate of legitimacy (Adhikaara Pathram) on a specified format, which is sent from the Church Secretariat. Attendees then have to produce and submit this certificate of legitimacy validated by the vicars to enter into the Association Site.

Here below is the list of 11 official candidates for the Episcopal election to be held at Sasthamkotta on February 17, 2010.

Click on the names of the candidate to view their profile and photo. (The names are mentioned below according to descending order of age).

1. Fr. Dr. John Mathews (57) (Old Seminary)
2. Dr. Nathaniel Ramban (57) (St.Pauls)
3. Fr. V. M. James (56) (Mt.Horeb Ashram)
4. Thomas Yohannan Elavukattu Ramban (56) (Cathilicate center-Kozhuvaloor)
5. Fr. Zacharia O.I.C (55) (Bethany Ashram)
6. Fr. Mathukkutty (49) (Chengamanadu Ashram)
7. Yoohanon Ramban (47) (Ranni Ashram)
8. Fr. M. K. Kurian (45) (Madras)
9. Fr. Dr. Sabu Kuriakose (43) (Devalokam Aramana)
10. Fr. Dr. George Pulikottil (42) (Nagapur Seminary)
11. Fr. Dr. V. M. Abraham (40) (MGOCSM)

These candidates are filtered out through two levels of screenings from 27 nominations received towards the seven Episcopal vacancies at the beginning of the process. The Church considers this 11 member panel as the official one and wants to elect seven candidates to be consecrated as bishops out of this panel.

Although campaigning is forbidden through an official bull from the Malankara Metropolitan, pamphlets are circulating freely and there exists a fear among the faithful as well as the church administration that this anti-campaigning might considerably reduce the chance of getting seven bishop elects from this official panel.

Observes from Kottayam smell solitary voting and invalid voting being planned at various corners. This will jeopardize the election process and thereby making the results unpredictable. Therefore, IOH also thinks that chance for getting elected can be limited to between three to five candidates at the Sasthamkotta Association.


News World News

Geevarghese Mar Barnabas: A New Metropolitan in Jacobite Church

PUTHENCRUZ: The consecration of Ramban Geevarghese Thengumtharayil to the episcopate as Geevarghese Mar Barnabas was conducted at the headquarters of Jacobite Syrian Church- Puthencruz Dayara on February 1, 2010 by the Sreshta Catholicos Baselios Thomas I and the Holy Episcopal Synod of Jacobite Church.

Metropolitan was a student of Kottayam Orthodox Theological Seminary and a batch mate of Dr. Yuhanon Mar Chrysostomos, Mathews Mar Theodosius, Nathaniel Ramban and Fr. Dr. M. O. John. He was in charge of Panayampala Bala Bhavan for many years since its inception as a very dedicated worker. According to the Metropolitan he left the Malankara Orthodox Church for the politics and undercurrent tactics played by the leaders of the Malankara Orthodox Church.

The new Metropolitan is a strict monk, very straight person, dedicated his life to the ministry of the Lord. He had handed over his family properties to the Church and started Mt. Moria Ashram there. At Keekozhur, Metropolitan founded Mar Gregorian Study center to inspire the youngsters of the church to learn more on spirituality.

News World News

NJ Ecumenical Fellowship Celebrated Christmas

Rt. Rev. Joseph Mar Thomas, the Apostolic Visitor of Syro-Malankara Catholic Church to North America & Europe delivering the Chrstmas message

NEW JERSEY: On Saturday afternoon, January 9, 2010   NJ Indian Christians came together as one Christian body and celebrated Christmas with prayer, bible reading, messages, carol singing, dance, food and fellowship at Liberty Middle School, West Orange.

Rt. Rev. Joseph Mar Thomas, the Apostolic Visitor of Syro-Malankara Catholic Church to North America & Europe was the chief guest for the celebration. Christmas Message by the chief guest, at this time of earthquakes, war and tragedies, was reassuring and refreshing.

West Orange Mayor – Hon. Mr. John McKeon pledged his support to NJ Indian Christian community. Fr. Joy Alappat also spoke on the occasion.

The following parishes participated in the Ecumenical Christmas Program.

1. St. Thomas Syro-Malankara Catholic Church of New Jersey – Fr. Augustine Mangalath
2. St. Stephen’s Indian Orthodox Church, Bergenfield – Fr. Babu Mathew
3. Syro-Malabar Catholic Church of New Jersey – Fr. Joy Alappat
4. St. Mary’s Indian Orthodox Church, Montclair – Fr. Sunny Joseph
5. St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church, Clifton – Fr. Babu Varghese
6. The New Jersey Marthoma Church, Randolph – Rev. Jose Abraham
7. St. Thomas Orthodox Church of India, Dover – Fr. Shibu Daniel

Mathew M. Abraham was the Program Coordinator of the celebration.

For more information visit their website

Church News News

Church Observes the Fast of Ninevites on January 25-28

KOTTAYAM: The Fast of Ninevites or the 3 Day Lent will be observed by Malankara Orthodox Church on January 25-28, 2010. In Thumpamon diocese, the lent will be observed by the whole diocese in one place ‘Madhya Thiruvithamkoor Convention’. Whole day long prayers and retreat are conducted at the premises of Pathanamthitta Makkamkunnu Cathedral Church for the past many years. Many of the parishes of the church have regular prayers and retreats on these 3 days.

This is one of the most strictly observed fasts in the Syrian Church tradition. This fast lasts for three days beginning on the Monday, the third week before the beginning of the Great Lent. The origin of this fast was to commemorate a miraculous cessation of plague which broke out in the region of Beth-gammae. When struck with disaster, the faithful of the place gathered in the Church to pray and began to do great acts of penance and the plague ceased suddenly. To remember this great mercy of Lord, this fast came to be observed annually.

3 Day Lent Prayer Book In Malayalam Available

3 Day Lent Prayer Book In Malayalam from Pampakuda Prayers 28 pages
For Parishes in USA  (Church and Home use)
Call 215-303-6294

Since it is observed for three days, it is commonly known as Moonnunoimbu (three days fast) in the Malankara Church. It is also known as the fast of Jonah since it commemorates the conversion of Nineveh through the preaching of Prophet Jonah. It is time for the penitential practice for the whole Church and the Church does her penance and prayers like that of Jonah in the belly of the big fish and that of the Ninevites” – Dr. Yuhanon Mar Diascoros of Madras Diocese says in one of his articles – Fasting In The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Tradition-

Parishes could post their 3 day lent program directly with their contact phone numbers at comments section below.

News Uk And Europe

Metropolitan Dr. Mathews Mar Themothios Visits Congregations in Africa

KOTTAYAM: Dr. Mathews Mar Themothios, Metropolitan of UK, Europe and Africa visits African congregations from January 18 to February 16, 2010.

Metropolitan will reach Ethiopia on January 18, 2010 to meet Malankara Orthodox Church members there. He will also visit the Ethiopian Orthodox Church there.

On January 26 Metropolitan will reach South Africa. After visiting the congregations there he will return to India on February 16, 2010.

After assuming the Charge of the new diocese, it is the first time Metropolitan Mar Themothios is visiting the congregations in Africa.

News Parish News

Orthodox Church in Melbourne Starts a New Service in Dandenong

MELBOURNE: Fr. K Y Chacko (Vicar) St. Mary’s Indian Orthodox Church informed IOH that with the help of Bishop of Dervis, Rev. Anthony Krinis and the Greek Orthodox Community, “St. Mary’s Indian Orthodox Church” is now starting its first Holy Service in the South Eastern Suburb on January 3, 2010, with Evening Prayer at 6.30PM and Holy Qurbana at 7.00PM at Greek Orthodox Parish & Community of “St. Panteleimon”, 19 Herbert St, Dandenong, VIC 3175.

“The Church has grown immensely though all these years. Now as a reach out program of the church to its faraway resident members, a new service is planned to start in their area to lessen their travel problems. Hope this service will enable our faithful to participate in the service more regularly” added the Vicar.

Few migrants from India who called AUSTRALIA, the country which is unique & diverse with multiculturalism their home, with God’s help started the first Indian Orthodox Church on 30th August 1980; “St. Mary’s Indian Orthodox Church” located at 118-122, Nicholson St, East Coburg, VIC 3058.

“We are indebted to the Australian Government, Mooreland Council for their support” said Fr. K Y Chacko .

Church News News

Catholicate Centenary Celebrations – Released the Logo

 Catholicate Centenary Celebrations Logo - the Logo was created by A.V. Joseph from Chengannur
Catholicate Centenary Celebrations Logo - the Logo was created by A.V. Joseph from Chengannur

NIRANAM: Malankara Orthodox Church had released the Logo of the Catholicate Centenary Celebrations on Monday Dec 21, 09 at Niranam St. Mary’s Church, right after the feast of the Patron Saint the feast of St. Thomas.

Catholicose Elect Mar Militios handed over the logo to Thomas Mar Athanasius, Metropolitan of Chengannur Diocese and Chairman of the Celebrations Committee at the function.

Justice Benjamin Koshy delivered the key note address.

Dr. Yuhanon Mar Chrisostomos, Metropolitan of Niranam Diocese welcomed the gathering. Dr. George Joseph, Secretary of Malankara Association said vote of thanks.

“A competition was held for the Logo designing. The committee of Catholicate Centenary Celebrations selected the design submitted by A.V. Joseph from Chengannur as the prize winning one, though almost all entries were of high standard excellence” said Jose Kurian Puliyeril to IOH.

Certificates with the signature of His Holiness were awarded to all participants of the competition. The designer of the Logo was awarded with a special prize in addition to the certificate.

Plans during 2009-2012
Centenary Celebrations: Plans during 2009-2012

2009 Dec 21: Release of the Logo – After the Concelebration of 101 celebrants at Niranam Valiya Palli (St. Mary’s Orthodox Church) founded by St. Thomas, Apostle of India. It will be the official inauguration of the Con-celebration in the Church followed by the official decision of the Holy Synod recently.

2010 Jan 3: Preparation Prayers for the centenary celebrations in all the Parishes and Congregations of the Church
2010 Mar: Centenary Announcement Conventions all over the Church, National as well as international levels
2010 Aug 1-15: Retreat for the preparation of Centenary celebrations, Feast of H.H. Moran Mar Ignatius Abd al Massiah Patriarch (on 15th)
2010 Nov: Malankara Episcopal Synod and Managing Committee Meeting at a prime location at New Delhi followed by the official inauguration of the Centenary Celebrations, when and where a number of V.V.I.Ps of national as w ell as international importance will participate

Different meetings:

Multi religious Meetings
Ecumenical Meetings in association with NCCI, WCC, at Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkotha. Bangalore, Ahmedabad on convenient dates (dates and exact locations will be announced later)

Grand exhibition of the Nazrani heritage and traditions at Parumala
Meetings of all the clergy
Meetings of all the Government Staff
Meetings of all Industrialists and business men
Members of professionals in the Science and technology
Meetings of one and all in the Health care
Meetings of the Youth
Meetings of the Overseas Indians
All these meetings will be held at Parumala and the dates will be announced later.

All the spiritual organizations of the Holy Church will implement their own schemes in connection with the Centenary Celebrations.

Other main events in mind:

Catholicate memorial processions through the centers of Nazrani significance
The procession will start from Thiruvithamcode and end at Sultan Bathery
Meeting of all heads of Christian Churches in India and across the Globe at Kottayam in Sept 2012
Flag Procession to Ernakulam in Sept 2012
Light procession to Ernakulam in Sept 2012
Flag Post procession to Ernakulam in Sept 2012
Grand Nasrani Sangamam at Ernakulam Sept 2012