Mar Philoxenos was a great hermit and an elder brother, says Mor Meletius in tribute

Written By: on Nov 23rd, 2011 and filed under Church News, Features, News.

“He (Mar Philoxenos) will have a place in the heavenly abode where there is no pain and suffering, but bliss of the presence of the Triune God and the heavenly angels.”

NEW JERSEY : Dr Yuhanon Mor Meletius, Metropolitan of Thrissur Diocese, has paid rich tributes to LL Metropolitan Job Mar Philoxenos (1939-2011), Metropolitan of Delhi Diocese who passed away in Kerala on November 20.

Mor Meletius presently on a tour to Americas spoke glowingly in tributes to the departed soul of Mar Philoxenos at the Sts Baselius-Gregorios Orthodox Church at New Brunswick, New Jersey.

“He was a great hermit. But not him, no one would have endured so much pain, suffering and illness with such a strong and positive attitude. He was so sick, but that did not prevent him from being a loving and caring shepherd and notes that he was an older (elder) brother for me.”

Mor Meletius further puts it frankly regarding controversies when he says: “I myself was under controversy many a time. It is common that people talked behind my back on numerous occasions. But Thirumeni would call me in person whenever he heard something controversial about me and ask me directly. I honoured and appreciated this so much and shared my thoughts with him.

Mor Meletius recalls that when he was the President of OCYM, Mar Philoxenos thirumeni was very particular that I travel to New Delhi to attend the annual conference.

“He was a great person. I pray for him. I am sure he will have a place in the heavenly abode where there is no pain and suffering, but bliss of the presence of the Triune God and the heavenly angels,” he concludes in tributes to the great Metropolitan.

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