NEW DELHI: A giant garland to the Catholicos and Malankara Metropolitan Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II from St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, Janakpuri, New Delhi, evoked curiosity among attendees of the public reception in the Pontiff’s honor.
Diocese of Delhi organized this meeting at the INI Tyagaraja Stadium to felicitate the newly installed Supreme Shepherd of Malankara Church on March 13, 2011.
While Fr. P.K. Thomas, Vicar of St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, Janakpurai and Jiji K. Ninan, the Secretary, garlanded Bava Thirumeni, an overwhelming ovation from the more than 5000 people crowd marked it as a grand appreciation to the act of respect towards the supreme head of their Church.
All parishes from Delhi, Ludhiyana, Punjab, Kanpur, Haryana, and Jaipur paid their reverence to the Highest Shepherd of Orthodox Christians in Malankara.
At the entrance of stadium the Pontiff, Metropolitans and other dignitaries were welcomed with percussional accompaniment, ornamented Umbrellas and floral palates.
More than five thousand faithful arrived to welcome the Pontiff and the organizers presented each one of them with a keychain with an imprint of the Pontiff’s picture as a memento.
News sent in: Joji Ninan