AHMEDABAD: The ‘Sunthroniso’ or ‘Enthronement’ of the nascent Ahmedabad Diocese will be held on March 5, 2011 at St Thomas Diocesan Chapel, Ahmedabad.
His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicose of the East and Malankara Metropolitan, will grace the occasion and conduct the Episcopal installation at the diocesan chapel.
Preparations for the big event have already begun and efforts are being made to make the event a grand success.
Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan of Ahmedabad Diocese, has in a Kalpana dated December 16, 2010 held a special diocesan assembly on January 11, 2011 to discuss the matter further at the Diocesan Headquarters, Ahmedabad.
His Grace had extended his invite to all the council members, diocesan assembly members, vicars, the managing committee members, leaders of all spiritual organisations and all the faithful in the parishes under the Diocese of Ahmedabad to attend the event.
“This (Sunthroniso) event is a big responsibility and therefore it demands a lot of meticulous planning and preparation,” reads the Kalpana signed by Dr Mar Yulios.
The Metropolitan notes that according to the ancient Orthodox custom a Metropolitan is usually consecrated for a Metropolis (Diocese), namely, a big city. However, with the passage of time, situations changed and thus, for the convenience our Church has developed the tradition of consecrating Metropolitans together at one particular place.
However, the custom of installing a Metropolitan at a particular city (for a particular Diocese) continued and such installations were called ‘Sunthroniso’ in Syriac or ‘Enthronement’ of a Metropolitan at one particular city or diocese.
Similarly Enthronement ceremonies of other newly-formed dioceses are being held in the January and February.