SASTHAMKOTTA: Heralding the commencement of Malankara Association, Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Anthonios of Kollam hoisted the Catholicate flag at the Association Nagar – Sasthamkotta, brought from Mattanchery Church on Friday February 12, 2010 before a large crowd in the presence of Dr. Gabriel Mar Gregorios and Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius.
The flagpole on which the flag raised was brought from the historical place of Nazranees Thriruvithamkode half church. The flagpole rally was lead by the Metropolitan of Thirunvananthapuram Dr. Gabriel Mar Gregorios.
On the eve of February 12 the Flagpole rally reached Baranicavu from where it was brought in a ceremonial procession to the Association Nagar. At the gate of the Association Nagar, a rousing welcome was given to the flagpole rally with Special Band and Chendamelam. Hundreds of vehicles and thousands of faithful joined in the rally from Thiruviathamkode and Mattanchery.
Association Secretary – Dr. George Joseph, Priest Trustee – Fr. Dr. Johns Abraham Konatt, Fr. John Chacko, Fr. George Varghese, Ft. K. T. Varghese, Fr. Varghese. K, Fr. Jacob John, Fr. Baby Thomas, Fr. K.K. Thomas, Fr. P. J. Zachariah, Mathew Veerappally, Sabha managing Committee members-I. C. Cherian, Koshy Oommen, Prof. Y. Joy, Prof. Jose Koshy, Mathew Cherian, Samkutty, Abraham Mathew Veerappally and P.K. Rajan were the leaders of the event.
Sasthamkotta Association is the third Association convened by Malankara Metropolitan and Catholicos of the East Baselios Marthoma Didymos I. The previous Associations were held on September 21 & October 12, a2006 at t Parumala Seminary and September 11, 2008 at Pampakuda
On February 17 at 1pm the Association will begin to elect 7 priests to the episcopate of the Malankara Church..
Because of the separate minimum needed from the clergy and the laity to get elected, many observers believe that a maximum of 3 to 5 candidates only will survive the election.
Many of the priests and Association members are already in Kerala to attend the Malankara Association 2010. Others would be leaving tomorrow after service to join the historical event.