BARODA: Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II declared the Mar Gregorios Orthodox, Baroda, as Valia Palli. The pontifical proclamation was made in the meeting took place on Saturday, 6 March 2011. Metropolitan Dr. Mathews Mar Severios, the Secretary of Holy Episcopal Synod, read out the bull to this effect.
Supreme Head of the Malankara Church led evening prayers and the office of reconciliation (Shubkono) before the Holy Lent.
Members of Baroda Parish accorded a grand welcome and felicitation to the newly installed Catholicos and Malankara Metropolitan in a meeting after the evening prayers.
Dr. Mathews Mar Severios, Metropolitan of Kandanadu West Diocese, Pulikkottil Dr. Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan of Ahmedabad Diocese, Fr. Dr. Johns Abraham Konattu, the Priests Trustee, and Dr. George Joseph, Malankara Suriyani Christiani Association Secretary, spoke on the occasion.
The Catholicos conveyed his gratitude for the felicitation and the grand welcome in his reply.
Fr. Jacob Mathew, vicar of Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church, Baroda, set on record the gratitude to the Pontiff for elevating the Baroda Parish as Valia Palli. Baroda parish has the largest parish in the newly formed Ahmedabad Diocese in terms of membership.
Before the meeting traditional Gujarati folk dance, mass drill of NCC Cadets, Gujarat Police Band, kids dressed as angels along with altar assistants and priests formed a procession to lead the Pontiff to the Church in a chariot decorated with fresh flowers.