CHENKULAM: The first death anniversary of L.L. Metropolitan Mathews Mar Epiphanios, the “Sowmya Thejas” of Malankara had been commemorated at St. George Orthodox Church, Chenkulam- Metropolitan’s home Parish, on 13th February, 2010 by Thiruvananthapuram diocese, Chenkulam St. George Church and Koottarazhikathu Family ( Family of Mar Epiphanios) jointly.
Metropolitan Dr. Gabriel Mar Gregorios of Thiruvananthapuram Diocese was the chief celebrant for the Holy Qurbana.
Metropolitan Dr. Gabriel Mar Gregorios presided over the memorial function.
In his presidential address the Metropolitan remembered Mar Epiphanios as a spiritual leader, humanitarian and a very good Monk. He also urged the congregation to follow Metropolitan’s life and teachings as a living example.
Kollam M.P Mr. N Peethambarakuruppu inaugurated the meeting. The amount for house construction fund for Poor families was also distributed by the M.P on the occasion.
Mathews Mar Epihanios memorial Best Teacher Award was given to Santhosh Baby (Voc Higher Sec , Chovvallooor,Kollam) and Quiz competition Trophy awarded to Nedumpayikulam St George Church.
Fr Dr O Thomas, Malankara Association Secretary Dr George Joseph, Fr John Cor Episcopa and Fr Stephen Kulathinkarottu spoke on the occasion
Fr Baby Thomas (Secretary,TVM Diocese) welcomed the gathering and Fr Stephen Viramon (Vicar, Chenkulam St. George) extended the Vote of Thanks.
Priests, Deacons,thousands of faithful from Kollam, Trivandrum Diocese and guests from different parts of Kerala have participated in the Holy Mass, memorial meeting and Nercha Sadhya therafter.