SASTHAMKOTTA: The 2010 Malankara Association Flame reached its destination Sasthamkotta Baselios Mathews II Nagar today at 5.30pm with only 1 day to go until the Episcopal Election and ignited at the Association Nagar marked the opening of the event.
The Association 2010 Flame was ignited today morning at 7am at Parumala Seminary after a brief prayer at the tomb of Saint Gregorios of Parumala. Metropolitans Paulose Mar Pachomios, Yuhanon Mar Chrysostomos, Mathews Mar Theodosius and Mathews Mar Epiphanios, Priest Trustee Fr. Dr. Jones Abraham Konatt, Association Secretary Dr. George Joseph, Manager of Parumala Seminary Fr. MD John Ramban, Assistant Managers Fr. K. V. Joseph Ramban and Fr. Simon Skaria, and Fr. Abey Philip were present at the occasion.
The flame traveled across Theo Bhavan, the Mavelikara Diocesan Centre and accepted receptions at the St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, Puthiyakaavu, Karippuzha, Muttam, Pallippadu, Danappady, Karthikappally, Cheppadu, Evur, Pathiyur, Kayamkulam, Kattanam, Vallikkunnam, Suranadu, Poruvazhi and Chakkuvallam, and reached Bharanikkavu at 5pm pm. The flame has been followed by hundreds of faithful including the dignitaries of the Church on many vehicles.
The flame was welcomed at Baranicavu with musical accompaniments by the community and taken out in a procession to the Association Nagar which was received by Paulose Mar Pachomios, Zachariah Mar Anthonios, Association Secretary Dr. George Joseph and Lay Trustee Muthoot M. George. Later on at the gate of the Association Nagar the flame was received the Catholicos Elect Paulose Mar Milithios.