MUSCAT : Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan of Ahmedabad Diocese, has launched the work for the extension of Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church’s (MGOC) parsonage in Muscat.
The Metropolitan led the prayers and blessed the slab of stone at the ceremony on March 10, Thursday evening.
The simple ceremony was also attended among others by Fr James Geevarghese, Vicar, MGOC, P C Cherian (Trustee), John Thomas (Secretary), Diocesan Council Members Cherian P Thomas, Babu Varghese, Mathew Ninan and several other church members.
The extension work when completed will largely benefit the Sunday School students towards accommodating their classes.
Later, Dr Mar Yulios led the Thursday evening prayers and blessed the faithful.
On Friday morning, the Metropolitan led the Holy Eucharist, and urged the faithful to practicse ‘stringent vegetarian’ and fast uring the present Lenten season.
This is the Metropolitans second visit to the Sultanate, coming close on heels of the Bishop’s ‘Sunthronito’ or Enthronement ceremony in Ahmedabad. Dr Mar Yulios undertook his previous maiden visit during Oct-Nov 2010 after his consecration as a Bishop on May 12, 2010.
MGOC Muscat falls under the newly created Ahmedabad Diocese.