Muscat Mar Gregorios Maha Edvaka marks Xmas carol service with joy, gusto

Written By: on Dec 29th, 2011 and filed under Features, Gulf, News.

Muscat Mar Gregorios Maha Edvaka marks Xmas carol service with joy, gusto
Xmas message: ‘Help cope with people’s sorrow, till they die’

MUSCAT : A few years back before Mother Teresa passed away, the Roman Catholic nun, was asked by journalists what her inspiration in life was. Help cope with peoples’ sorrow till they die, was her curt reply. This was the theme of the Christmas message delivered by Dr.Yuhannon Mar Chrisostomos, Metropolitan of Niranam Diocese at his inaugural address during the Christmas carol service of the Muscat Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edavaka on December 23.

The Metropolitan further said God identified with the lost and the least and urged all partake in this effort to identify with God.

In his last presidential address as Vicar of Muscat Maha Edavaka, Fr James Gee Varghese spoke about Christmas being the time for forgiveness, tolerance, love, peace, sacrifice, gentleness and humility and urged all to follow these principles.

Fr Isaac B Prakash, former secretary MGOCSM, in his inspiring message to the faithful called up them to take part in the celebrations wholeheartedly. Fr Isaac eulogized the role played by Mother Mary during the birth of Jesus and compared this to family as an university with mother’s leading the role similar to a Chancellor.

The rich collection of Nadan songs with the rhythms of drums in traditional style of Christmas carols, together with Bible reading and joyful message of the birth of Christ Jesus lent the night of Christmas-eve a great feeling laced with message from the Santa Claus.

The evening was marked with some scintillating performance by Sunday School students on tableau and Nadan carols by MGOCYM.

Yet again MGOCYM staged a truly entertaining skit titled Aa Manushyan Nee Thanne directed by Mathew K A Kattoor and Laly George. John Thomas (Santhosh) excelled in the lead role as King David with able support from co-artistes Biju Mathew as Uriah, Joji Samuel as Prophet Nathan, Anila Salbi as spouse of Uriah, Richu Varghese, Sunil Eapen Mammen and Vinay George Chacko as soldiers.

The junior and senior choir chorused songs with really brought up the yuletide spirit.

Other equally interesting programmes included X’mas theme concert by Ajin and Alen, the brother-duo on violin and piano and the tableau by the Sunday School students.

New Assistant Vicar Fr Binu John Thomas performed a devotional solo Sneha Swaroopa Avadarshanam.. There was also Bible reading by Sunday School students.

Earlier, Mathew Abraham, Hon Trustee, gave his welcome address and the evening began with prayer by Fr Binu John.

The two-hour programme was rounded off with a vote of thanks by Biju Parumala, Secretary and benediction by Fr Varghese George.

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