MAVELIKARA: The Mission Society of the Malankara Orthodox Church has celebrated its silver jubilee on December 10 to 12 at St. Paul´s Mission Training Center, Mavelikara .
The Malankara Orthodox Church had started its attempts to release the downtrodden, irrespective of caste or creed, from social slavery during the life time of the Saint Parumala Mar Gregorios. Many programs had been carried out for this purpose by the church since then.
It was in 1979 the Malankara Orthodox Church Mission Society was constituted for the emancipation of the lower caste as the continuation of the work of Pathrose Mar Osthathios. His Holiness the Catholicos is the society president and Metropolitan Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios is the President of the Mission Board now. The Silver Jubilee of the Mission Society marks a new milestone in Malankara Church history. The Golden Jubilee of the Summer Vacation Class started in 1954 at St. Paul´s Gospel Center- Mavelikara Pulimoottil, was also celebrated along with this. St. Paul´s Mission Center was the starting point for many mission organizations and institutions in Malankara Orthodox Church. The concluding ceremony of the Jubilee was held from December 10-12 at St. Paul´s Mission Training Center.
From 10 am on December 10, a Seminar was conducted for those engaged in humanitarian activities. The topic was ´ long way to go- its´ already late´. In the meeting for the social workers conducted in the afternoon, animated a discussion on the topic, ´The messengers who sowed and watered´
On December 11 morning, there was family get-together of the member s of the St. Paul´s and St. Thomas Gospel Centers. The participants shared their experiences on ´The Mission work in the Malankara Church. In the afternoon, a ´Face to Face´ program with Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios, the founder president of the Mission Board of Malankara Orthodox Church was also conducted. Those present in the Social, Cultural and literary event, discussed various topics related to the subject ´The human aspect of development´ with the Metropolitan.
Holy Qurbana was conducted on December 12 in connection with the 87th birth day celebration of Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios. His Holiness the Catholicos was the chief celebrant on the occasion and presided over meeting of felicitation that followed. The concluding function of the Jubilee was held in the afternoon of December 12, 2004. A Book was released as a souvenir of this event. It contains the articles presented in the regional seminars and also essays on the ´Principles of Safety´ devised by Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios.
Mar Pachomios, the diocesan Metropolitan of Mavelikara diocese inaugurated the function. Metropolitan Mathews Mar Epiphanios presided over the meeting. The noted Marxist Philosopher P. Govindapillai delivered Mar Osthathios Lecture