MUSCAT: Ahmedabad Diocese Metropolitan Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios led members of the Muscat Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edavaka (MGOME), to celebrate Catholicate Day (‘Sabha Dinam’) or Church Day on March 31, Friday.
Dr Mar Yulios hoisted the Catholicate Flag before the Holy Eucharist and later in his message to the congregation recalled the re-establishment of the Catholicate in Malankara and thanked God for His immense blessings showered on us through the Church.
The Metropolitan traced the beginnings of the Malankara Church and gave a brief about the origin, contribution of its founder, St Thomas to the church and the present day role of the Catholicate.
Dr Mar Yulios also personally contributed his mite to the Catholicate Day collections. Last week, the Metropolitan who was at the St Gregorios Orthodox Church, Cherry Lane, New York, had also presided at the Catholicate Day celebrations and offered his contributions.
Dr Mar Yulios said members of the Malankara Orthodox should take pride being part of this ‘independent, universal church’ which is growing strongly by the grace of God.
“Today, we are a strong community with 31 dioceses and Metropolitans and headed by the Catholicate. This is the church which will live forever,” he added.
Felicitations were also offered by Fr Joji George (New Vicar, (MGOME), Fr Binu John Thomas, Associate Vicar, P K Koshy (Malankara Sabha managing committee member, Mathew Ninan, Ahmedabad Diocesan Council Member, and Biju Parumala, Secretary.
A resolution was passed by Cherian P Thomas, Co-Trustee. Fr Varghese George was also present.
Catholicate pledge was read out by former Maha Edavaka vicar Fr James Geevarghese and the Catholica Mangala Gaanem ‘Marthoma Simhasanathil’ sung by Sunday School students.