MUSCAT : Dr Pulikkottil Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan of Ahmedabad Diocese, travels to Kuwait to celebrate Christmas and ring in the New Year.
“The visits to Orthodox churches in Ahmadi and Safat are based upon their invitation and interest and also to take part in celebrating Christmas, New Year and the feast of Denaha (baptism of Jesus),” according to the Metropolitan.
The two-week visit will see the Metropolitan visiting the two Orthodox churches namely the St Thomas Indian Orthodox Syrian Church , Ahmadi and the Safat-based St Gregorios Indian Orthodox Maha Edavaka.
Dr Mar Yulios will be at the Ahmadi church from December 22 onwards. He will take part in an ecumenical Christmas gathering and deliver the message at the Marthoma Church.
The Metropolitan commences his visit to the St Gregorios Indian Orthodox Maha Edavaka  from January 1 to 7, 2011.
Dr Joseph Mar Dionysius, Kolkata Diocesan Metropolitan, will also be present during the celebrations at the St Gregorios Maha Edavaka. Dr Mar Yulios will lead the Holy Eucharist on January 7 for the Denaha Feast (Epiphany, Baptism of Jesus) and depart for Kerala the next day. This will be Dr Mar Yulios second visit to a GCC country and comes close on the heels of his visit to the Sultanate of Oman in November.
Kuwait Church contacts:
Fr Abraham P George, Vicar, St Thomas Indian Orthodox Syrian Church, Ahmadi. (Parampuzha Achen) GSM: +96565722143
Fr Jose Mathew, Vicar, St Gregorios Indian Orthodox Maha Edavaka. GSM: +965-65161350