MAVELIKKARA: “I wish that when I die, no one decorates my corpus with flowers, rather they donate those funds to charity as money or as clothes”, said Dr. Geevarghes e Mar Osthathios on the occasion of his 93rd birthday. He was replying to the felicitations at as special meeting at the St. Paul’s Mission Training Centre, Mavelikkara on December 9th.
“Innumerable lives are struggling at various parts of India without a second piece of cloth to change. These clothes shall be given to them in your name. If it is money you will get a receipt with fidelity to that effect”, affirmed the time proven altruist of the Orthodox Church of India. “It does not matter at all that how many years that one lived. However, what goodness did one accomplish during one’s life time matters though”, carried on the Senior Metropolitan of the Orthodox Church.
Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, the Catholicose and Malankara Metropolitan inaugurated the Birthday Celebrations. Before the meeting the Catholicos also celebrated Holy Qurbana.
“The Guru in Dr. Mar Osthathios could initiate a new metamorphosis in the Malankara Church. The Church has always accepted his discourses and actions with a huge optimism”, said the Pontiff in his inaugural speech. The Pontiff had also released the book ‘Snehasamvedanam’, edited by Fr. John Thomas Karingattil and handed over the first copy to Fr. K.I. Philip Ramban, the stalwart of missions for Metropolitan Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios.
Metropolitan of Mavelikkara Diocese Paulose Mar Pachomios, Metropolitan of Niranam Diocese Dr. Yuhanon Mar Chrisostomos, Metropolitan of UK, Europe and Africa Dr. Mathews Mar Thimothios, Metropolitan of Kottarakkara-Adoor Diocese Dr. Yuhanon Mar Theodoros, Fr. Dr. O. Thomas, Dr. Alexander Karackel, Diocesan Secretary of Mavelikkara Diocese Fr. Jacob John, Manager of St. Paul’s Mission Training Centre Fr. Jacob Mathew and Prof. D. Mathew spoke on the occasion.
Earlier Metropolitan of Kottayam Diocese Geevarghese Mar Ivanios visited Dr. Mar Osthathios to pass on his good wishes to his Senior Metropolitan on his 93rd birthday. National Association for Mission Studies had collected Rs 93000 for charity and Prof. K.C. Mani handed over that amount to the Metropolitan.