1. It was a matchless Church traditional function attended on 18th Feb, 2011 that the consecration ceremony of newly built St. Mary’s Orthodox Church at Ras Al Kaimah. I am very glad to see a new beautiful Orthodox Church and happy to congratulate the Vicar Fr. Manoj achen and all the dedicated team of congregation members. It is a fact that many have been toiling very hard for long years for the completion of this Church. I could physically look at the intercession of Mother Mary and God’s abundant blessings in fulfilling the desire of the Orthodox Children at RAK. On behalf of the Bangalore Diocese which I am representing now as Sabha Managing committee member, I appreciate the efforts and contributions of each and every congregation members and all the orthodox members at UAE.
The new church consecration ceremony was led by the supreme head of Malankara Orthodox Church His Holiness The Catholicose of the East as the Chief Celebrant assisted by H.G. Dr. Abraham Mar Seraphim, Bangalore Diocesan Metropolitan, H.G. Kuriakose Mar Clemis, Thumpamon Diocesan Metropolitan H.G. Abraham Mar Epiphanios, Former Bangalore Diocesan Assistant Metropolitan and presently Sultan Battery Diocesan Metropolitan together with a host of respected priests.
The public function that followed was mainly to felicitate His Holiness The Catholicose at his maiden visit to UAE as Head of Malankara Orthodox Church. H.E. Ambassador of India to UAE Mr. Lokesh Mysore Kapanaiah was the Chief Guest. Three Orthodox Bishops, Ethiopian Orthodox Church arch Bishop Mar Abbha Demetrious, Mr. M.G. George muthoot, Sabha Trustee, Dr. George Joseph, Sabha Secretary and many dignitaries attended the programme. H H Bava Thirumeni in His Holiness’s words expressed satisfaction over the wonderful reception extended to him by the UAE Church members at the airport. Further His Holiness thanked the RAK ruler His Highness Sheik Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi for allotting the land and appreciated the RAK Orthodox community for building a beautiful Church. The RAK Church dedication function was marvelously arranged.
2.) I have attended the evening reception function for His Holiness The Catholicose of the East & Malankara Metropolitan By Dubai St. Thomas Orthodox cathedral. A thrilling traditional welcome was granted by the Church members to His Holiness and other three Metropolitans H.G. Kuriakose Mar Clemis, H.G. Abraham Mar Epiphanios, H.G. Dr. Abraham Mar Seraphim and Sabha Trustee and Sabha Secretary. The procession at Church Premises was in traditional style with Chendamelam and chanting of Jai Jai Catholicose…. by the youth members was heard proudly around the Dubai Cathedral. The affection and excitement of the members showed to H H Bava Thirumeni was very impressive. H.G. Kuriakose Mar Clemis Thirumeni presided over the function. H H Bava Thirumeni reminded in his words to the congregation that to recognize the God’s gift to work in Dubai to all for accomplish the bright future and there by continue to help the needy of the society.
The writer Sam Cherian Karuvely is a Sabha Managing Committee Member.