MUSCAT: Dr Abraham Mar Epiphanios, Metropolitan of Sultan Bathery Diocese, has called upon the faithful to follow the ideals and values of St Gregorios of Parumala. Metropolitan was presiding over the Catholicate Day (Sabha Dinam) celebrations at the Muscat Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church, Ruwi on March 26 after the Holy Qurbana.
“Had there being no Parumala Thirumeni, Malankara Orthodox would have been in a state of abject poverty and suffering,” said Metropolitan Mar Epiphanios. Metropolitan was one person who was greatly influenced by the life of Saint Parumala and went on to become the Manager at the Parumala Church and seminary serving faithfully for 2 years.
The metropolitan lamented that only 5 dioceses were able to achieve their targets during the last fiscal and urged all the members in the Muscat church to contribute at least RO 5 to the Catholicate Day cover collections.
Metropolitan urged the faithful to contribute liberally and help espouse the cause of the clergy. He mentioned about the Muscat Church benevolence towards the Thanal project where 3 poor girls under the Sultan Bathery diocese were married as part of the church’s Marriage Aid Fund. The metropolitan willingly took up the reins of the Sultan Bathery Diocese to serve the poor and the needy.
Vicar Fr James Geevarghese read out the Catholicate pledge which was repeated by the church members and others on the dias. While the Sunday School children and the church choir sang the ‘Catholicate Mangala gaanam’. Chants of Jai, Jai Catholicos rent the air.
P K Thomas, Malankara Association member, in his speech wanted the younger generation to be taught the principles of Malankara Catholicate in a more orderly and lengthy manner, especially when it celebrates the centenary of its existence.
T J Joseph, Hon Trustee for 2009-10 pointed the last fiscal year saw the maximum number of metropolitans and achens visiting the Muscat church for many occasions, thus setting an all time record of sorts. He pointed the church’s 10th anniversary celebrations and the renovation work as part of it and the successful hosting of GOYC in December last.
Jacob Kuriakose, Sabha Managing Committee Member, Cherian P Thomas, Diocesan Council Member and E M Daniel, Co-Trustee also spoke on the occasion.
P K Koshy, Hon Secretary proposed a vote of thanks.
It may be recalled that Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, Metropolitan of Bombay and Assistant Metropolitan of Ahmedabad during his recent visit to Muscat Church had officially hoisted the Catholicate Flag at the church parsonage premises in his role as the diocese head.