NEW DELHI: “Freedom of India that was achieved through the acute expression of tolerance shall be utilized to attain human good”, said Metropolitan Youhanon Mar Polycarpos, Metropolitan of Angamali Diocese and President of All Malankara Youth League. He was inaugurating the ‘All Malankara Youth Week’ celebration and Indian Independence Day Celebrations on August 15th, 2010 at the Orthodox Diocesan Center, Tuglaqabad, New Delhi.
“Only when humans live with the full understood meaning of Independence the fullness of Independence achieved. Freedom is not to execute what ever one likes, but it is to be used for the betterment and edification of the state and individuals. This day is very much of importance because of the Translation of St. Mary unto heaven, who became instrumental in bearing the Son of God, who liberated humanity from the bondage of sin. This day is also of importance to the Malankara Church for the day of remembrance of Patriarch His Holiness Abded Massiha, who helped establishing the Catholicate, which is the symbol of freedom of the Orthodox Church in India, falls on this date”, added the Metropolitan.
Ramban Fr. M.S. Skaria presided over the public meeting. Youth League Diocesan Vice President Fr. Philip M. Samuel, Fr. Shaji Mathews, Marth Mariam Women’s League Diocesan Vice President, Fr. Johnson Ipe, Vicar, Noida Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church, Youth League Diocesan Secretary Joji Ninan, Samuel George and John Mathew spoke on the occasion.
Woman Coordinator Annie Yohannan, Former Secretary Jiji K. Ninan, and Central Committee members Jaimon Chacko and Suma B. Thomas led the proceedings.
Various activities are planned for the meaningful observation of the ‘All Malankara Youth Week’. There was hoisting of Indian National Flag to mark the celebration of Indian Independence Day in the morning after the Holy Qurbana too.