JAMSHEDPUR: “Church is the body of Christ” said Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius, Metropolitan of the Diocese of Calcutta. The Metropolitan was speaking after the Consecration of the newly-built Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church at Kadma, Jamshedpur.
Consecration and dedication of the Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church, Jamshedpur, took place on November 25 and 26, 2011.
On Saturday, November 26th , 2011, Morning Prayer started at 6.30 a.m. sharp, followed by the second part of the Consecration including Holy ‘Qurbana’ (Mass), Procession and Benediction.
Metropolitan Joseph Mar Dionysius was the chief celebrant. Fr. .Geevarghese Ramban, Fr. P.T.Thomas, , Fr. Shaji Mukudiyil,, Fr. Jacob Skariah, Fr. T.S.Mathai, Fr. Joby Peter, Fr.Varghese Joshua, Fr.Shaji Joshua, Fr.John Jacob, Fr.Lijo, Fr.Aju.K.Varghese, Fr.Kurian, Rev.Toms Ninan assisted the Metropolitan in the consecration service.
The public meeting held in the evening from 5.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m., also attended by a number of distinguished guests, was presided over by Metropolitan Joseph Mar Dionysius.
Most Rev.Felix Toppo Bishop Of Jamshedpur R.C Diocese, Dr. J. J. Irani, former M.D. & Director, Tata Steel, Mr.A.P.R. Nair, Chairman of Kerala Samajam School also spoke on the occasion. All the distinguished guests were thanked for their support and cooperation and felicitated by the Church by presenting of attractive mementos to them.
Fr. P.S.Varghese was honored for his exemplary leadership with a plaque. Plaques were also handed over to all members of the Construction Committee, the Managing Committee and the Souvenir Committee, and the building contractor Mr.Md.Zahoor, who completed the construction in record time. A Souvenir brought out on the occasion was released by the Metropolitan by handing over the first copy to the Chief Guest.
Melodious singing from the Sunday school students added color to the proceedings.
The Vicar, Fr.P.S.Varghese, welcomed the gathering K. S. Mathew, General Convener of the Consecration Committee, proposed the vote of thanks. Sam Mathew, Sheelu Sam and Liba Shibu were the masters of the ceremony.
Earlier, the Jamshedpur Parish accorded a grand reception to the Metropolitan in the traditional style with lighted candles and devotional hymns, on November 25, 2011. Fr. P.S.Varghese, the Vicar, welcomed the Metropolitan by handing over a lighted candle and the Metropolitan then lit the oil lamp.
To mark the commencement of the ceremony, Metropolitan Mar Dionysius cut the ribbon and entered into the newly-built Church, thereby declaring the Church is open to the goodness and to the humanity at large.