MUSCAT: Sabha Thilakam and renowned Orthodox Church orator Fr Dr T J Joshua was honoured by the Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church (MGOC) Muscat on the occasion of the church harvest and parish day celebrations on November 5.
Speaker after speaker heaped rich praise on the theologian who was responsible for shaping the destiny of thousands of priests, deacons and the metropolitans.
Metropolitan Dr Pulikkottil Geevarghese Mar Yulios of Ahmedabad Diocese, in his presidential address said Dr Joshua Achen was a principled man and a stickler for time and discipline. Metropolitan also took the opportunity to pay respects to the memory of late Dr Mariamma Joshua, who passed away in a tragedy in December 2007. Mar Yulios led the audience in offering his shradhanjali on the occasion.
Despite ill-health and hitting 83, Fr. Dr Joshua is still young for the many seminarians and countless of his friends. Several of the books which he authored have been brought by non-Orthodox believers, Mar Yulios pointed out.
A memento was presented on behalf of MGOC Youth Movement to Dr Joshua Achen by Dr Mar Yulios who also blessed this great guru on the occasion. Dr Joshua thanked all of them present for bestowing him with the honour from MGOC, Muscat
Fr James Geevarghese, Vicar, MGOC, Fr Jiju John and Fr Varghese George also shared their experiences of life with the great theologian of Malankara Sabha.
Earlier, the programme began with a prayer.
The occasion also saw auction of first fruit offerings, fete and sale and various variety entertainments by Sunday School students.
As per custom, a portrait of our patron saint St Gregorios of Parumala was the first item to be auctioned.
P C Cherian, Trustee, John Thomas, Secretary, Biju Parumala, MGOCYM President also addressed the gathering. Martha Mariam Samajam members arranged variety food stalls for the church members on the occasion.
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