Websites post online greetings for Catholicos 90th birthday

Written By: on Oct 26th, 2010 and filed under Church News, Features, News.

AS His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Didymos I, the seventh Catholicos of the East in Malankara, celebrates his 90th birthday on October 29, many online sites have been set up to post greetings to the Catholicos.

The Indian Orthodox Diaspora Secretariat, Diocese of Delhi, took the lead with its Facebook posting which went online from October 21.

They have created an online page on the popular microblogging site and requested all those interested to post wishes and greetings to His Holiness. There is also a provision to send audio greetings to email: [email protected]

The Facebook web link is available on

The main Facebook page on HH the Catholicos can be viewed on the link

HGs Alexios Mar Eusebius and Zachariah Mar Nicholovos , the two most frequent users of Facebook, have been tagged in the link.

The faithful has been requested to send all personalised birthday greetings to His Holiness recorded on mobile phone or on any other medium at least two days before his birthday.

Short personal messages from all over the world have already started to pour in and now available online. 293 people have so far liked the album and its contents.

Some of them have kindly addressed the ailing bishop as dear Thirumeni Appacha…
While all messages have greeted him profusely, one Dido and family from Sweden have posted her wishes thus: Barechmor your Holiness. Wish you a peacefull, joyfull and blessed birthday. Long and healthy life . Please your Holiness , remember us in your prayers. God Bless you.

Joice Thottackad, Managing Editor of the Malankara Orthodox TV (M TV) has set up in reverence to the Holy Father. Those desirous to post greetings can also do so on this website designed by UAE-based Binu Chacko.

MTv had last week put out the news on “Navathy of HH The Catholicos Marthoma Didymus I” with a link to the website of His Holiness and attaching a copy of the news carried in the leading daily, Malayala Manorama.

On October 29, the Catholicos will celebrate Holy Qurbana at Parumala Church at 7.30 am, where other metropolitans will assist him with the celebrations. This will be followed by a felicitation meeting at 11 am at the Parumala Seminary auditorium, where 90 deserving girls will be given financial assistance towards their marriage. Panakkadu Haidaraali Shihaab Thangal will inaugurate the meeting. Catholicos Elect Metropolitan Paulos Mar Milithios will preside over the meeting.

Most of the Orthodox churches in the Arabian Gulf will also celebrate the birthday after Holy Qurbana since October 29 falls on a Friday.

His Holiness Didimos I was born on October 29, 1921 to Ittyavira Thomas of Mulamootil House in Nedumbram near Thiruvalla and Sosamma of Chiramel House in Mavelikara.

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6 Responses for “Websites post online greetings for Catholicos 90th birthday”

  1. Oommen G Panicker, Philadelphia, USA says:
    October 28, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    പരിശുദ്ധ പിതാവേ, അങ്ങേയ്ക്ക് ഒരു നൂറു വര്ഷം ജീവിച്ചിരുന്നു എലിയ ദീര്‍ഘദര്ഷിയെപോലെ മലങ്കര ഓര്‍ത്തഡോക്‍സ്‌ സഭയില്‍ ഇന്ന് കടന്നു കൂടിയിരിക്കുന പൈശാചിക ശക്തികളെ അടി്ച മര്‍ത്തി, സഭയെ സുധീരം നയിക്കുവാനുള്ള ശക്തിയും കരുത്തും ആയുര-ആരോഗിയവും കരുണാമയനായ ദൈവം പ്രധാനം ചെയ്യട്ടെ എന്ന് പ്രാര്‍ത്ഥിച്ചു കൊള്ളുന്നു! ‌

  2. Most Holy Father:

    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday to your Holiness
    and may God grant you peace and joy continuously in the Lord.

    You are our blessed Father and we are blessed by your ministry and prayers.

    Continue to protect and bless us through your earnest prayers.

    Father, we love you.

    Your children at Sts. Basilios-Gregorios Orthodox Church,
    New Brunswick, New Jersey
    NE American Diocese
    October 28, 2010

  3. പരിശുദ്ധ പിതാവിന് ഹൃദയം നിറഞ്ഞ നവതി ആശംസകള്‍ നേരുന്നതോടൊപ്പം, പരി. സഭയെ നയിക്കുന്നതിനുള്ള എല്ലാവിധ ആയുരാരോഗ്യങ്ങളും ദൈവംതമ്പുരാന്‍ പ്രദാനം ചെയ്യട്ടെയെന്നു പ്രാര്‍ത്ഥിക്കുകയും ചെയ്യുന്നു.
    പ്രാര്‍ത്ഥനാ പൂര്‍വ്വമായ ആശംസകളോടെ, ജെറിയും കുടുംബവും


    Thomas Kuttikandathil,

  5. May it please Your Holiness,
    “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father.” (1Thess.1:2-3)
    Your Holiness, in your long life, you have experienced the most difficult upheavals in both society and science. You have dedicated your life to searching for responses that are grounded in our common faith in the Risen Lord. We pray to the God Almighty that by His Grace you are blessed to continue leading the faithful of the Malankara Orthodox Church. We thank God for your life and work.
    Yours in Christ’s Service,
    Fr.Johnson Punchakonam

  6. REJI JACOB says:


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