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Metropolitan strengthens ecumenical ties with Episcopal visit to Ujjain

UJJAIN: Dr Pulikkottil Geevarghese Mar Yulios, the Metropolitan of Ahmedabad Diocese, visited St Gregorios Parish in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh on January 25, 2011.

After the Holy Liturgy, there was an ecumenical public meeting to mark the occasion and also the valedictory session of the Ecumenical Week observed by different churches in the region. The parish also celebrated the Dukrono of His Holiness Baselios Mar Thoma Mathews II on his 5th anniversary of eternal rest. During the Holy liturgy, the parish held special prayers for the Republic of India on the occasion of the 62nd Republic Day Celebrations.

Dr Mar Yulios presided over the meeting which was inaugurated by Dr Sebastian Vadakel Vadakkel. Rev Fr Antony, Director of Ecumenical Relations, Fr Binu John Thomas, Vicar of Indore Orthodox Parish were also felicitated.

Jacob, trustee of Ujjain Parish welcomed the audience and Fr Sijin, Vicar of Ujjain Parish extended a word of thanks.

The young metropolitan of Ahmedabad Diocese was received by Dr Sebastian Vadakel MST, the Catholic Bishop of Ujjain Mission Diocese, at his Church Headquarters on Maria Nagar, Dewas Road. Both the bishops joined for lunch. It has a however a large Catholic population.

Ujjain falls under the Ahmedabad Diocese and Dr Mar Yulios was visiting this ancient city of central India, as part of his Episcopal visit and to familiarise with members of the Orthodox congregation.

The Ujjain St Gregorios Parish, one of the old parishes of this region. It gave a traditional welcome to their Metropolitan and conducted evening prayer and Holy Qurbana at Ujjain Catholic Diocesan Church. (The Catholic Church is assisting in providing their facilities to the Orthodox Church to conduct worship over the years.)

Ujjain city is situated in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh, on the eastern bank of Kshipra River. The history of Ujjain has a significant value and much historical importance attached. As a great Hindu religious centre, Ujjain ranks equal to Benaras, Gaya and Kanchi. Over 75 per cent of the population is Hindus. Saivism,Vaishnavism and their various cults and sects along with Jainism and Buddhism comprise others.