Catholicos elevates Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church, Muscat as ‘Maha Edavaka’

Written By: on Apr 6th, 2011 and filed under Features, Gulf, News.


MUSCAT: Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church (MGOC) Muscat, one of the prominent parishes of the Malankara Orthodox Church in the Diocese of Ahmedabad, will henceforth be called as ‘Muscat Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edavaka.’

Reading out the Bull from Catholicos and Malankara Metropolitan Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan of Ahmedabad Diocese proclaimed that the parish has been elevated to the rank of a ‘Maha Edavaka.’ (Mega parish)

The proclamation was received with loud applause.

The declaration was made after Holy Qurbana on March 18, 2011, Friday with Catholicos and Malankara Metropolitan Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II as the chief celebrant.

Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Diocesan Metropolitan alongwith Maha Edavaka Vicar Fr James Geevarghese and Fr Varghese George were also present.

The two-page Bull dated March 16, 2011 from Catholicate Aramana, Devalokam, Kottayam and signed by the Catholicos states:
“We are pleased to grant a deserving approbation to the parish, considering the marvelous progress and wonderful achievements in all fields of activity of the parish. In the Holy Spirit we are convinced to consider the recommendation submitted by HG Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios to elevate the parish to a ‘Maha Edavaka’.

Therefore, Muscat Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church, one of the prominent parishes of the Malankara Orthodox Church in the Diocese of Ahmedabad is hereby declared as ‘Maha Edavaka’ and in future the Parish shall be known as “Muscat Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edavaka”.

We urge you to keep intact your unflinching respect and commitment towards the Holy Church, to us, to HG Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, the Diocesan Metropolitan and to all metropolitans who are the members of the Holy Episcopal Synod.

May the Grace and Blessings of the God Almighty abide with you forever! And may the prayers of the Mother of our God – the Holy Virgin Mary, St Thomas, the Apostle of India, our Holy Fathers Mar Gregorios, Mar Dionysius and all the Holy Saints be a strong fortress for us. Amen.

Our Father Who art in Heaven……..

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2 Responses for “Catholicos elevates Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church, Muscat as ‘Maha Edavaka’”

  1. Tenny Thomas says:

    There will come a time soon in the Indian Orthodox Church where we will not have any simple churches left – only Cathedrals or Maha Edavaka or a Vailya Palli. No one wants Ceriya Palli because it sounds belittling. I am sure if there are no enough names, people will come up with Maha Valiya Palli or something similar.

    There is no change in status, this is just to please the whims of the people. Sometimes it is given in recognition for the parish’s efforts in humanitarian deeds. However, why would you want to be recognized for your charitable works if what Christ said is just the opposite? “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

    The words of Christ always gets sidelined in the Church. We only read the Gospel, but do not let it affect us or change us. God help us in our weakness.

  2. Joe G. says:

    What exactly does it mean when a status of a church changes? Is “Maha Edavaka” or “Mega Parish” the same as “Cathedral” or is it different?

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