KOLENCHERY: KOLENCHERY: Metropolitan Job Mar Philoxenos of the Diocese of Delhi passed away. The end came at 7.30 am on Sunday, November 20 at the Kolenchery Medical College Hospital.
The senior Metropolitan of Delhi Diocese was under treatment at the Kolenchery Hospital due to his failing health from September this year.
Viewing of the mortal remains of Mar Philoxenos will be held at the Orthodox Seminary chapel at Kottayam till 10 am on Monday. The body will be taken out as procession to Mount Tabor Dayara, Pathanapuram via Thiruvalla, Chengannur, Pandalam and Adoor. There will be a special stop for the funeral procession at St. John’s Orthodox Church, Mepral, the home parish of the deceased Metropolitan.
Funeral has been planned for and will begin at 2 pm on Tuesday at the Chapel, Mount Tabor Dayra, Pathanapuram at a specially constructed crypt.
Honoring Metropolitan Mar Philoxenos holiday has been declared for all educational institutions under the Mount Tabor Dayara, Pathanapuram on Monday and Tuesday. All educational institutions under MOC management would remain closed on Tuesday in deference to the memory of Mar Philoxenos.
A short Profile
Metropolitan Job Mar Philoxenos, the youngest son of Kanianthra Thomas and Achamma, was born on 8 may 1939, at Mepral, a village near Tiruvalla. His Grace spent his formative schooling at Mepral and subsequently joined the Mount Tabor Dayara, when he was 16 years old. Sacrificing a life of material comfort he chose the austere discipline of a monastic calling, influenced by none other than his dear mother and inspired personally by his maternal uncle the Catholicos Moron Mar Baselios Geevarghese II. The Catholicos entrusted the school-aged boy to the care of Metropolitan Thomas Mar Dionysius, the founder and head of the Mount Tabor Dayara, a socio- spiritual enterprise that sought to re-live the communitarian ideal of the Early Christians. The boy was named Job at the Dayara.
The life and work of Mar Philoxenos reflected the spirit of Mount Tabor Dayara, which emphasized the virtue of dedicating individual lives to an austere discipline, in a common effort toward prayerfully agreed social endeavors. His Grace was ordained as a Deacon on May 26th, 1956, a full Deacon on November 3rd, 1961 by Moran Mar Baselios Geevarghese II and a priest on May 11th, 1972.
His Grace Job Mar Philoxenos earned his Master’s degree in English Literature from St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirapalli and was appointed faculty of St. Stephen’s College, Pathanapuram, until he was elected by the Malankara Syrian Christian Association as an Episcopal candidate on December of 1989. Elevated as Ramban and as Episocapa on April 30th, 1991, the Holy Synod appointed His Grace as the Assistant to Metropolitan of the Delhi Diocese on June 14th, 1991. He was consecrated as Metropolitan on August 27th, 2002 at Devalokam Aramana Chapel by H.H. Baselios Marthoma Mathews II. Shortly after the demise of Dr. Paulose Mar Gregorios on November 24th, 2008 His Grace Job Mar Philoxenos was given the charge as Metropolitan of the Delhi Diocese.
The years His Grace dedicated to the Orthodox Church were filled with accomplishments reflecting his quiet commitment to the growth of the Church. He had consecrated over 16 new parishes in the Delhi Diocese, a majority being in the National Capital Region (NCR). It is worthy of mention here the tremendous amount of hard work and effort which went into acquiring the land through active negotiations with officials such as Governors and Ministers, the fund raising, planning and finally the monitoring of the construction that was required in the successful completion of these projects. In the spirit of cooperation, he maintained an excellent relationship with valiya Thirumeni and further more established the prestigious Dr. Paulose Mar Gregorios Award in his name. He completed valiya Thirumeni’s dream project of a retreat center in the Golden Heights of Aravali hills in his remembrance. To realize his commitment to the community, he established the Shantigram project for the development of a village in Haryana (40 Km off Delhi). This project involved the purchase of 30 acres of land, the institution of a good English Medium School and an affordable Clinic to service the people of the village.
He is remembered for his untiring efforts in striking up personal relationships with active members in each parish of the Orthodox Church, visiting all the Churches and congregations from JAISALMIR, a congregation in the Pakistan border, to UAE. His untiring support of fellow priests through difficult times has not gone unnoticed. Thirumeni looked to the future and to include the future generations of Orthodox members he started a new spiritual organization Diaspora, conducted conferences and meetings with an eye toward inclusiveness and ecumenism. Finally, through the melodious voice of Thirumeni we have been blessed to enjoy the sweetness and beauty of our worship. Perhaps, one can call H.G the real Vanampady of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.