New Bishop Consecration in India for the Antiochene Syriac Orthodox Church

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NEW DELHI: Primate of the Antiochene Syriac Orthodox Church, Mor Severios Mose Gurgan consecrated two priests from Jacobite and Orthodox factions as bishops at St. James Lutheran Church, New Delhi on June 17.

Yuhanon Mor Thimothios is appointed as bishop of Idukki and North Kerala diocese and Mathews Mor Gregorios as bishop of Kottayam and South Kerala diocese.

Yuhanon Ramban was serving as Manager of Manjanikkara Dayara. He has also served as manager of Benyamin Joseph Mar Osthathios, the former secretary of two Patriarchs of Antioch, namely, Yacob III and Zakka Iwas. He was a member of St. Johns Jacobite Church, Rajakumari. He belongs to the Molethu family, Rajakumari, Idukki.

Fr. C.G. Mathews hails from Neduvampurathu Kaliankal family of Kaipattoor, Pathanamthitta and was a member of St. Ignatius Orthodox Church, Kaippettoor of Thumpamon diocese. He is at present the Superior of St. Jude’s Monastry, Amayannoor, Kottayam. Fr. C.G. Mathews completed his B.D and M.Th. from Orthodox Theological Seminary Kottayam. It was in 2004 that Fr. C.G. Mathews established the St.Jude’s Dayara at Amayannoor, near Kottayam. Fr. Mathews, being a humble devotee of St. Jude, started the Dayara to materialize his vision, which he had had during his North Indian Ministry. He is also the Chief Editor of ‘Thadevoos’, a publication of ecclesiastic interest.

It is the second time that a Jacobite priest becomes bishop of Antiochene Syriac Orthodox Church. Earlier Joseph Ramban of the Patriarchal faction was consecrated as bishop of Antiochene Syriac Orthodox Church by Mor Severios Mose Gurgan, her Primate. Bishop Joseph Mar Barthalomios is shepherding Ankamali and Central Kerala diocese.

It is being understood that Mor Severios Mosus Gurgan has plans to consecrate more bishops and priests for Antiochene Syriac Orthodox Church in Kerala and other countries.

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27 Responses for “New Bishop Consecration in India for the Antiochene Syriac Orthodox Church”

  1. now a days,if you have cash and you have a desire to get ‘ priest ‘ pattom.then you will visit a bishop and tell your ambition. within 5 days u are formed as a priest. if you are a malpan then you have cash you become a bishop. this is the situation in kerala jacobite church. all of them wants cash ,

    GRACE FROM GOD IS NOT PURCHASED.

  2. Kk says:

    The mess created by Ioc will haunt them forever.

  3. Everything is for good !!The consecration shows some facts.Please do not blame anybody for this.The fact is that there are somany dissatisfied members in both the churches.
    No body can claim that this and that church was founded by St.Thomas or St.Peter.
    Church is the body of Christ and is Holy.Church started during the Pentecostal day.So started the Period of Grace.Still continuing….
    Christians are quarreling for the so called SIMHASANAM of Apostoles,which is an imaginary one, not giving importance to the REDEMPTION WORK of Lord.
    All these are like some political parties…Kasera kali….
    God’s kingdom is a very serious affair.May I ask you all priests in all churches how many people are saved and got assurance about ETERNAL LIFE because of your ministry ?
    SALVATION is the first important thing.For that Lord Jesus shed His Blood and died for you Bishops,Priests and Pastors…. Not for the SIMHASANAM.
    So go and preach the Gospel …go to Tribal settlements….. Come let us Live
    with them…
    Give all Glory to God !!!!

  4. samkodiyattu says:

    Everybody is free to make his own church and creating Bisphoric posts.However they should know that by having the position or power you are not doing God’s will or you are not doing any evagelisation and making souls forGod. None of these bisops are having parish /edavaka. how can they be Shepherds of faithful.Are they going to mission fields for Evangelisation?These people are trying to Catch fish in muddy water. They are not real fishermen for Christ.
    serving Christ is denying self and carry own cross,then follow Jesus!

  5. Jiju says:

    Who will b d next.

  6. Oommen Panicker i really appreciate you views and thank God for you open views. you are a true follower of christ and Church. keep updating.

  7. Thomas P says:

    Thomas M don’t encourage such collections without the consent of the metran of your bhadrasanam.Give attentions to genuine causes.

  8. THOMAS M says:

    WHAT MR.OMMEN POTHEN SAID IS RIGHT. ALL OUR BISHOP EXCEPT 2-3 ARE BEHIND FOR MONEY. THEY ARE FLYING TO STATES/MIDDLE EAST FOR COLLECTION. AFTER COLLECTION WHAT IS HAPPENING WHO KNOWS?. OUR BISHOPS HAS TO CHANGE THEIR MENTALITY.

    SORRY WE ARE NOT TO QUESTION OUR BISHOPS. BUT THESE TYPE OF PROBLEM HAPPENING THEN WE ARE GETTING PAINS.

  9. AS A TRUE FOLLOWER OF MALANKARA ORTHODOX CHURCH, I AM TOO MUCH PAINED TO SEE THE PRESENT SORRY STATE OF AFFAIRS OF THE CHURCH. TO ME, IT WAS A HIMALAYAN BLUNDER COMMITTED BY THE LATE CATHOLICOSE OF THE EAST MATHEWS II AND HIS SYNOD BY ADMITTING THE 4 JACOBITE BISHOPS (MAR ATHANASIUS, MAR MILITHIUS, MAR NICOLOVOS & MAR SEVERIUS) INTO THE ORTHODOX CHURCH. OUT OF THE ABOVE FOUR, MAR SAVERIUS SOON AFTER REJOINED HIS OLD JACOBITE FACTION, BEING NOT HAPPY WITH THE POST HE GOT IN ORTHODOX CHURCH. THE 3 OTHERS WERE JOINTLY AND SEVERELY WERE MAKING TROUBLES WITHIN THE CHURCH SINCE THEN AND THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN SUMMARILY DISMISSED FROM ORTHODOX CHURCH, YEARS BACK.

    HOODAYA CANON SAYS THAT ONLY PATRIARCH AND CATHOLICOSE CAN CONSECRATE A BISHOP OR METROPOLITAN. OR AT LEAST 3 BISHOPS ARE MINIMUM REQUIRED TO CONSECRATE ANOTHER BISHOP. THESE RULES WERE FLOUTED BY MAR ATHANASIUS & MAR MILITHIUS WHEN THEY ‘ORDAINED’ ANTIOCHIAN REBEL MOOSA RAMBAN AS MOSSA GURGAN METROPOLITAN, WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF MALANKARA ORTHODOX CHURCH, THE CATHOLICOSE & ITS SYNOD. AT THAT POINT OF TIME, THESE TWO ALONG WITH MAR NICOLOVOS FROM USA, WHO SUPPORTED THEM THROUGH HIS FAX MESSAGE, SHOULD HAVE BEEN SUMMARILY DISMISSED FROM ORTHODOX CHURCH, RATHER THAN MAKING A RECONCILIATION WITH THEM. IT IS BECAUSE OF THIS MISTAKE, ALL THESE PRESENT DAY PROBLEMS HAVE CROPPED UP.

    IN RETURN FOR WHAT HE GOT, MAR MOOSA GURGAN HAVE ‘CONSECRATED’ 3 JACOBITE AND ORTHODOX REBEL PRIESTS AS BISHOPS FOR INDIAN CHURCH WITH NO FOLLOWERS! . HOW CAN A BISHOP ALONE CAN ‘CONSECRATE’ ANOTHER BISHOP IN ORTHODOX CHURCHES? NEWS ARE COMING OUT THAT HE IS GOING AHEAD WITH HIS PLANS TO ‘CONSECRATE’ ANOTHER 5 MORE POST SEEKING PRIESTS FROM KERALA AS BISHOPS, MAKING IT ENOUGH TO CALL A ‘SYNOD OF THIEVES’ AND THEN THE ‘SYNOD’ WILL ‘COSECRATE’ MAR MOOSA GURGAN AS ‘ANTIOCH PATRIARCH’ . VERY EASY JOB! NOT ENOUGH, THEN THE ‘ANTIOCH PATRIARCH’, IN RETURN, WILL ‘CONSECRATE’ MAR ATHANASIUS OF MOOVATUPUZHA AS ‘CATHOLICOSE’, FOR WHICH POST, HE JOINED THE ORTHODOX CHURCH AND ARE PLAYING ALL THESE DRAMAS! ( THUS, HE WILL BE THE FOURTH CATHOLICOI AT MOOVATUPUZHA, KERALA . AS ON DATE, THERE ARE ALREADY 3 CATHOLICOI IN KERALA – KOTTAYAM, PUTHENCRUZ & TRIVANDRUM, ALTHOUGH ONLY ONE IS APPROVED BY SUPREME COURT OF INDIA, THROUGH JUSTICE MALIMATH COMMISSION AND THAT IS AT KOTTAYAM!

    KERALA IS TO BE DIVIDED INTO FOUR ZONES – SOUTH KERALA, NORTH KERALA, CENTRAL KERALA & NORTH EAST KERALA AND THE 4 CATHOLICOI ARE TO BE ALLOTED WITH EACH ONE ZONE. GOOD JOKE OF TODAY! WHAT DOES THEY THINK ? WE, THE POOR FOLKS WILL FOLLOW THEM BLINDLY? SEEING THEIR RED COAT, BLACK CAP & METALLIC CROSS THEY CARRY? NEWS ARE PLENTY THAT THESE ITEMS ARE ON ‘SALE’ NOW A DAYS AT VARIOUS SHOPS AT THIRUVALLA & CHENGANNUR. ME TOO, FEEL GUILTY TODAY, AS I INVITED MAR ATHANASIUS OF MOOVATUPUZHA TO BLESS THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY OF MY ELDER SON, HELD RECENTLY AT KERALA.

    IT IS HIGH TIME THESE ‘MAMMONS’ STOP PLAYING THEIR DIRTY GAMES IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST! OR OTHERWISE THE DAY IT NOT FAR AWAY WHEN THE WISE PEOPLE OF KERALA WILL REJECT THESE ‘SAITANS’ AND THROW THEM IN TO THE SEA OF ARABIA! LORD JESUS HIMSELF SAID ” DO MAKE MONEY WITH THE HELP OF WRETCHED MOMMONS IN THOSE LAST DAYS” ! AMEN !!

  10. CSI says:

    Thanks KEFA for the free advice. Did you not teach all this to Fr Thekekara or those trying to kill Fr Mattumel.

  11. Kefa, PUNE says:

    Friends:

    Those who consider this as a WAR between Orthodox and Jacobite are really living in fools paradise.
    Whoever be the architect who got Mr: Gurgan from Germany and braught us to Malankara to avenge Jacobites in Kerala are paying a price.

    It will soon to be seen when Indian Malankara orthodox sabha become an Antiorch Orthodox Sabha (basically Jacobites in another name).We love to deal with them :-)

    Please pray to our forefathers and stop this giving away “respected positons” and “grabbing preist” offering money and medical seats for their kids/relatives.All these just to beat Jacobites But beware … in the eyes of Saint Gregorios all these are punishable and defenitely never let go by our saints

    Closing down a Church or creating calamity is not a divine deed,but a devilish sin

    kefa11@gmail.com

  12. Rejoice in the Lord for we have a plethora of bishops in Malankara. Let all aspirant unmarried priests be elevated to the bishopric rank. That’s the best out -let for them. Why should we be a stumbling block in their way to heaven? Let us dream of a better tomorrow with only bishops serving in parishes, so that the parishioners would be more happy. Where there is a bishop, there is church. Is it not what the Eastern churches teach? We- achens- are just substitutes of bishops, destined to work for and in place of a bishop.(Vicar derives from the Latin Vicarius). May God bless every church in His own country- Kerala- with more bishops in future.

  13. vilson says:

    Thank you nasrani,

    How many of the leaders, bishops or priests from IOC or JSOC have the mission to lead us to the christ. I dont know nasrani is a priest, or bishop or laymen of IOC or JSOC. But i am from IOC, was assisting in Alter for long time. My father and cousins are still assisting . Some of my cousins and known persons who were alterboys and active members in Sunday School and Youth league are now in Pentecost. (why, because they know what is happening actually). i read some where recently that we are not worried for our people running brothels, liquor shops or so no body is bothered. Why we bothered about some one becoming bishops.

    I have written the above comments because none of the leaders or bishops or priests will lead us to christ. They are more interested in money and power.

    During my childhood the celebrant of eucarist were telling from bible ” before coming to church first think whether we have any thing with our brother, first compromise and then come to church” ( now a days this is not hearing may be because they themselves canot forget and forgive to their brothers in christ , how they can inspire others on that). So nasrani should open the eyes and see what is happening and reply.

    ——————
    Editors Note
    Vilson and Malankara Nazrani are from same IP address – 195.229.242.55 (Dubai)
    Real Email ID – vilsontp@rocketmail.com

  14. Suraj Iype says:

    I agree with AC Philip( although not when he says about St Peter going wrong. That way all apostles went wrong because they were all afraid and fled and hid themselves. Such going wrong is human ) .

    Let us stand firm, in any case none of our people are going to follow CG Mathews Metran or Severios Moosa.
    Due to their inability to forgive and forget and reconcile, some people went and got ordination from Damascus and came and started to split the church. Others went because they were not being made bishops by the Indian Synod.
    Among the Jacobites themselves some went on their own account and became bishops and had to go out of India because the Indian Jacobite bishops would not accept them or became heads of evangelical associations.

    Later they started ordaining and creating more and more bishops. One can understand that it is a tactic to ensure that unity never happens. The more the number of Bishops, more the problems.

    Now some are running after Moosa , to become bishops through short -cut.. After some time they will dump Severios also.

    I dont see this as any different from the ordination of KP Yohannan or the ordination of a Free Church of Scotland done by Thozhiyoor Bishop Coorilos.
    All illegitimate and uncanonical.

    Our problem is that we did not take any timely action against people like Rev CG Mathews . Suspension is only a prelimnary action, if I get suspended in my organization, after suspension there will be inquiry. I will be allowed to present my case, and then action will be suggested. Either I will be exonorated or dismissed.

    Similarly the canons of the Orthodox Church also concieve of such actions. After suspension a canonical court is to convened, then either the priest returns with repentance or is deposed and removed from the priesthood or is excommunicated altogether. Remember that Vattasseril thriumenis excommunication was made null and void since the canons were not followed either in letter or in spirit by the Patriarch.

    Rev C G Mathews actions were well known. Why keep him suspended, convene a tribunal and take appropriate action. Even is a suspended priest does any wrong the newspapers say that Malankara Orthodox priest did such and such thing .

    Why give this chance when behaviour of such priests is well know. We dont bother if a excommunicated priest makes himself bishop or Patriarch or Pope or President. He is free to do so and he is not a part of us.

    Sorry to say, but we dont learn from our mistakes.

    Suraj Iype

  15. Thomas varghese says:

    Why all are discussing on these topics. Anyone can join in any chruch or any religion. Many went to Pentecost? Why we are not bothering that. Here merely 3 rev rembans left ? What ever be the things let them also preach and make a chruch ,if people get staisfaction let them join..

    I know one Bishop in Jacobite faction, he will give spiritual counselling to many (of all factions) but never tells to join in Jacobite faith What ever Christain denomination you belong, live there in Jesus Christ.. I feel that is best.

    Acept there is difference in faith, so cannot mingle soo much, better to live apart and dont make problems

  16. philip a.c says:

    Dear Itty Pothen,
    You talk sense.
    I request viewers and opinion writers to first go through the comments of Itty Pothen and comment. That is what it the story all about.
    The PC Society has problem and their Bishops etc. are commenting because as that famous say, ‘a dog doesn’t like another’.
    These are end times. Let us stand firm in our faith. No point in blaming it on Mar Miltios and Mar Athanasios. What went wrong with Jesus Christ while selecting Judas Iscariot and to a certain extent St.Peter. Lately St.Dionysius even selected Mar Ivanios of Reeth. So the story is it is an individual problem. We can’t have control on what others do. But what we can do is stand firm on with our faith. See what our Lord has said, Tribulations are there……………

  17. Mone vilsooooo
    Vendatheenam parayaruthe ..Quite sure from the posting that Vilson is a PC society member & trying to fish here. Vilsaaa mone aaa poothi angu manasil vecha mathi ketto

    I support thomas kuttikandathil views. It’s the second time that IOH is applauding a person who left MOSC. Last time it was during the ordination of Geevarughese mar Barnabas as methran by JOSC. IOH showered all the praises on that Iscoriot Jude who left MOSC.
    Now IOH showers praises on Fr C.G Mathews who was suspended long time back by H.H Bava thirumeni.Seems that the reporter purposefully ignored that fact & praises Fr. C.G Mathews as a Humble (?) devotee of St Jude!!!
    What a pity Fr. Shebaly & his Team!!!!! Go on team… Kudos to the “pathradharmam” you are showing!!! Excellent!!!
    IOH claims that there patron is H.G Geevarghese Mar Yulios Pulikottil. Hope that H.G is watching theses news items published in IOH & ordinary people like me seeks clarification from H.G whether hes in line with this attitude off IOH which tarnishes MOSC.
    Seems that IOH is taking the same route of Thadhevoos…
    There’s no importance too this news in MOSC & we don’t need to make a big hue & cry on this as someone commented earlier. For MOSC it’s not even news as the achen mentioned was suspended by H.H bava thirumeni long time back & he was out of the system for long time. But for PC society it’s not like that. They will make big cry. PC society methran jospeh gregorious & thambu chettayi has come up with some explanations , it’s quite evident from their words now who got scared coz of this particular ordination by Gurgan.
    A humble request to Fr.Shebaly & his team in IOH , atleast try to report FACTS as FACTS & not hide the TRUTH in the news items…

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  18. Itty Pothen says:

    If Fr. Thomas could disappear one fine night in the 70′s and flouting all norms could emerge as metropolitan Thomas Mor Dionasios; And if, by throwing to the wind all standing legal directives could form a new constitution and synod; And if, could disappear one day to emerge as alleged ‘catholicos’ ‘of India’; And if, activists could support obsessively; And if, metropolitans could be ordained successively; And if, some red robe aspirant member of the clergy who could not qualify in the Malankara Orthodox Church could jump the fence and if he could be ordained there as metropolitan;
    And if all these are considered as valid by the Syrian Primate of ‘Antioch’ in Damascus ………..

    Then why this hue and cry now, when history again repeats itself and some red robe aspirants disappears one fine night and emerge as Bartholomeos, Timothios and Gregorios; And if, by throwing to the wind all standing legal directives and forms a new constitution and synod; And would disappear one day to emerge as alleged ‘catholicos’ ‘of India’; And if, activists are there to support obsessively; And if, metropolitans would be ordained successively; And if, some red robe aspirant members of the clergy who could not qualify in the Malankara Orthodox Church or from the “other side” could jump the fence and if they could be ordained there as metropolitans;
    And if all these are considered as valid by the Syrian Primate of ‘Antioch’ in Germany………..

    Then, why this discontent my brothers on either side?
    For the rule is ‘precisely history repeats itself’.

    Live and let live………………….for that’s the rule of the world.

    Barekmor.

  19. John says:

    Where are those two respected bishops who started with all these non-canonic process by ‎ordaining moosa?‎

  20. lajy says:

    Mar Ivinous was wise person who joined Rc he knows malankara will comes to dust one day our people doesnt have faith or confidences in saba becauses majority going to chruch becauses they are born in orthodox faith .Now like british they will create more trouble coming days our people need only money & postion like mnc company if they dont get promotion they jump to other job my for fathers has made great mistiake become christian in india .HINDU IS BEST RELIGION INDIA FOR OUR COUNTRY UNITY . SEE WHAT IS HAPPING IN NAGALAND christian what seprate sate & KASHMIR muslim what separate sate .

  21. vilson says:

    All these happening because , the common man donating to the church and our leaders are flourishing by that money. All these happening for power and chair not for serving the people. JSOC or IOC leaders are also of no excemption. Why this is happening in Orthodox church only. Why not in CSI, Marthoma or any other church atleast this much in public.

    The nuns and priests or church committe member are not obeying to our Bava, because our elected leaders and bishops and priests are not in a mission to make the lay man to the christ which is the basic requirement to be christian.

    Because they themself canot tolerate and forgive with their brothers. Because our leaders are sidelining many priests to accommodate their beloved one , many are unhappy.

    Again why these things not happening in Reeth, Marthoma , CSI and why only IOC people are targeted and become easy prey for Pentecost and reeth than any of the above said churches and even from JSOC.

    Whether we forget our present Bava himself once tried to went away from our church and to form another syrian church while he was Niyuktha Bava. (sorry if this is wrong).
    Since Mathew achen is already have a church he may attract people by supplying German food or German Money.

    Also i checked JSOC site there they are not worried as worried by IOC for all happened by Mar Gurgan.

    I think all what is happening are well planned actions by some one to split IOC only.

    The methran joined our church from JSOC may be part of this agenda and still he is having connection with the so called dissidents of the Antiocian church in USA , Germany and other parts of the world and celebrating Eucarists and visiting them.

    Why IOC church accepted such type of dissidents to our church. We will see the damage due to them in coming future.

  22. The narration about the qualities and qualifications of the new bishops of the new dioceses of the new imaginary invisible church of antioch by the reporter is excellent as if the ordination was taking place in the orthodox church.
    2.The reporter forgot to mention that one of them is a suspended priest by H.H.Bava thirumeni for anti church activities.’ Thadhevoos” the publication of eccleciastical interest run by the priest is being used to abuse and tarnish the image of the orthodox church as a revenge and to praise the patriarch and the patriarch group.Now let us see what he is going to write about the Jacobites who have already came out with official statement(Manorama)against the new ordination.
    3.Indian orthodox church is not going to have any effect because of this or any other future ordination of this type.This can be described as the end result of a blunder done by the great Paulose mar Gregoriose thirumeni by making this Ludhiana CMC employee a priest who thinks that he is born to become a metran by hook or crook and a shame to take the name of that great thirumeni.
    4.He should change the name of his dayara as ‘Iscoriot Jude’s dayara as he betrayed Gregoriose thirumeni and the orthodox church who gave him a chance to go to Ethopia etc. for higher studies.
    Thomas Kuttikandathil,
    Houston.

  23. whats happening to our church?we ordained moosa gurgan the priest came from no where.Can we do something to stop moosa?we tried to help this priest to get ordained but now he is working against us .whats the fun.There were too many ordinations,is it easy to become a bishop? thats what we are seeing daily.

  24. Mathew, PUNE says:

    Welcome for the new Bishops. Our Bishops are behind for Money. They need only money (Koodikal). They dont have time to lookafter the churches. One incidence i can share .There is one Orthodox Church in Pune called St.Thomas OSC,Khadki. There are more than 600 subscibed members . Recently the vicar got transfer with out completing his 3 year tenure. because the one of the right hand of Mumbai Diocesan Bishop asked to transfer the vicar. and the bishop accpeted his words. The entire members are signed and send an application to Bava Thirumeni not to transfer the vicar beacause he is doing lots of development work in the church and the copy of the letter send to H.B.Mar Militheos and Sabha Secretary. No answer till date. They dont have time to think about it. These bishops are not for the comman man. I wish the new concegrated Bishops shold work for comman man not for Koodikal.

  25. Itty Pothen says:

    Congratulations. Please keep it up.

    Those who did not qualify the norms for the bishop election in Orthodox Church or those who do not have sufficient funds to qualify as bishop in Jacobite Church or those who do not have the ability to be tactfully deceit to qualify as bishop in the Catholic Reeth Church or any dissatisfied member of the clergy in any church or any one desirous of becoming a bishop- here is the stage…..But, let not such comments arise in the future.

    One humble request to H.G. Mor Severios Mose Gurgan – we in Kerala have sufficient Christian denominations and are over crowded by bishops, churches and dioceses. There’s no point squeezing more bishops and dioceses into the already congested area. As they say we have plenty of ‘wooden bishops’ in Kerala carrying ‘golden crosses’ and there’s no need to add to that again. At the same time we do have a ‘few golden bishops’ with ‘wooden crosses too’ in Kerala and that’s enough for this tiny part of the world.

    We make a humble suggestion. Excluding Kerala, there’s a lot of scope for development in rural India and slum areas where the poor and down trodden needs to be looked after and cared for in Christian love and Spirit and humane consideration. We need ‘golden bishops carrying wooden crosses’ to work in this huge part of the world. As your Grace is aware Mother Teresa was a typical example of selfless service India and the World had ever seen and she alone reflected Christ truly in her works. She indeed was the Good Samaritan the Bible speaks of. These people as mentioned out there are poor, almost starving, uneducated and need medical attention and support to meet their daily needs. We would appreciate if the new bishops are transferred to such areas to work and take up the mission as Good Samaritans and reflect Christ, such that these bishops may be transformed into golden bishops carrying wooden crosses. As your Grace may be aware, the situation in remote Africa is too pathetic even to mention, where the people die of starvation and diseases. They are virtually walking skeletons where the world is too busy to feed them even on the crumbs that fall off their tables. These people need comfort and alleviation from their misery. The actuality is though we have many Christian denominations and International bodies such as the Red Cross, the WHO, the UN etc the stark reality is there is no one out there to look after these poor people and bring them out of their basic misery which is hunger and clothing. We would appreciate if some of the new bishops or bishops ordained in future are transferred to such areas to work and take up the mission of good work.

    When such assignment becomes the agenda of the Church headed by Your Grace, those who come forward for ordination to take up willingly missions in these parts of the world, would be the ones who are indeed worthy to be called ‘bishops with the mission of Christ.’ And your Grace as the head of such a Church would really be blessed with dedicated followers throughout the World and would be the shining example of the ‘real St. Ignatius of Antioch’ and your Grace called Moron Mor Ignatius Severios, the Patriarch of Antiochene Syriac Orthodox Church.

  26. Philip A.C says:

    I used to wonder who will be going to heaven since most of us are sinners. Now I can sit and relax as I see 4 of the new Bishops are assured heaven. More are in the making. Let us hope they don’t prey on the faithful. A church which in which Bishops will outnumber laymen.
    What an Irony?

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