KOTTAYAM: The 71st memorial festival of Saint Vattasseril Mar Dionysius will be celebrated at Old Seminary Chapel, Kottayam from Feb 23 to 26, 2005.
On Feb 23 Perunal flag was hoisted by His Holiness marking the commencement of 3 day festival. At 7pm after the evening prayer the memorial speech session was inaugurated by the Catholicos Elect Thomas Mar Themothios. Bishop Elect Fr. Dr. M. C. Zachariah Ramban delivered the first day memorial speech.
On Feb 24 the Sabha Managing Committee will meet at ‘Smruthi’ Auditorium. Many important decisions are expected. At 7pm Bishop Elect Very. Fr. Dr. K .J. Gabriel Ramban will deliver the 2nd day memorial Speech.
On Feb 25 At Old Seminary Chapel His Holiness the Catholicos will lead the evening Prayer. At Cheriya Pally, Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios, Paulose Mar Milithios and Geevarghese Mar Coorilos will lead the evening prayer, from where the pilgrimage will proceed to old seminary Chapel. The pilgrims from all around the church will be received at Old Seminary by Fr. Dr. K. M. George (Principal, Orthodox Seminary) and Fr. K. V. Joseph (Manager, Old Seminary) at Old Seminary at 8pm. There after the incense prayer at the tomb of the saint will be conducted.
On Feb 28 at 8.30am the Perunal Qurbana will be celebrated. His Holiness and all the Metropolitans of the church will attend the Holy Qurbana. Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios will address the believers on Perunal day. A huge gathering of believers and priests are expected on this second anniversary of the elevation to sainthood of this blessed saint.