DUBAI: Preparations are underway for a mass wedding organized by St Thomas Orthodox Cathedral, Dubai as a joint venture with ‘Servants of the Cross’ organization, to be held on 4th January 2010, at Parumala.
Eleven Orthodox brides and grooms will be tied into nuptial knot for life on this day. This marks the second phase of mass wedding for the members of the community, organized by the Cathedral.
In the first phase, 6 couples got wedded in a group marriage at Karmel Dayara on 18th October 2009.
Dubai St Thomas Orthodox Cathedral had instituted the scheme to extend support for 40 such deserving orthodox girls to get married, as part of its jubilee celebrations in 2009 marking the 40th anniversary of its establishment. It has further plans to extend support to deserving candidates in other fields as well, so that by 2012, the number reaches 100 when the whole Malankara Church will be celebrating centenary of the Catholicate.
The group marriage at Parumala on Monday, January 4, 2010 will be solemnized by the supreme head of the Church, the Catholicose Baselios Marthoma Didymos I. Catholicose Elect Mar Milithios, Mar Anthonios and other Metropolitans will be co celebrants on this Holy Sacrament.
A Public Meeting will be conducted after the marriage. This will be attended by Central-State Ministers, Dy Speaker, Opposition Leader as well as other religious and cultural leaders of the country. About 20 couples, who got married under the scheme but individually, will be accorded with prizes and presents during the public function.
Fr. Biju P Thomas, the Vicar of the Cathedral, in a circular, has requested the faithful of the Church for their earnest prayers. He also extended invitation on behalf of the Cathedral, especially to the former Vicars, former members of the parish who had relocated to attend the wedding ceremony, public meeting and the reception thereafter.
A committee is functioning to ensure the success of the event under the patronage of Mar Anthonios as well as leadership of Church Secretary Dr George Joseph, Parumala Seminary Manager M.D. Youhanon Ramban, Coordinator C.C. Cherian , V.K. Varghese, Susheela Varghese and many others. A large number of members and Church officials of Dubai Parish including Vicar will be attending the function.
Babu Kurian Puliyeril, Dubai is the convener of this program organized by Dubai St Thomas Orthodox Cathedral.