MEHSANA, Gujarat — Anju, the bright young girl child of Raju Baby Thaluvachira from Mehsana and member of the Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church in Mehsana, had passed away to eternal rest after a short illness on November 28, 2010.
Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan of Ahmedabad Diocese, who undertook his maiden visit to Mar Greegorios Orthodox Church on February1, 2011 paid rich tributes to the cherished memory of Anjumol on her untimely death.
Vicar Fr Benjamin Thomas (Biju) and members of the managing committee received His Grace upon arrival at the church. His Grace during the evening prayers met with Raju Baby Thaluvachira, Anju’s father, consoled him and shared in his personal tragedy.
Recalls Raju Baby: “His Grace had desired to meet me. When I disclosed that I was her (Anjumol’s) father, Thirumeni suddenly embraced and consoled me. This was for the first time a Bishop had ever embraced me in my life — that too due to my late daughter.
Earlier, the Metropolitan had called and spoke to me twice personally over phone to express his sincere condolences.”Later, a two minute silence was observed in memory of the departed soul during the meeting. Dr Mar Yulios genuinely expressed the circumstances leading to his inability to attend the funeral of Anju.
The Metropolitan was undertaking his Episcopal visit to Gandhidham with tightly-packed programmes. Gandhidham is more than 12 hours journey from Mehsana. The Holy Qurbana which began in Malayalam, later switched over to English.
The Vicar, Deacon, Altar Assistants gave perfect support to the proceedings. Dr Mar Yulios later expressed his satisfaction for the support which he received during the Holy Eucharist.
After the meeting, His Grace conducted the Apostolic blessings. A love feast with all members of the church was followed by a photo session.
John Samuel, senior member of the Church presented a bouquet to His Grace and welcomed the gathering. Later, Raju Baby sang a hymn and spoke glowingly of Dr Mar Yulios in his speech.
Sajan Varghese, Secretary, proposed a vote of thanks.
Raju Baby Thaluvachira hails from Alencherry, Anchal while Shaini Raju (spouse), is from Charupurath Hillview, Chengamanadu, Kottarakkara.