Muscat Maha Edavka celebrates 40 glorious years and centenary of Catholicate
MUSCAT : His Holiness Moran Mar Baselious Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicose of the East and Indian Orthodox (Malankara) Metropolitan, begins a three-day visit to the Sultanate of Oman from September 27-29.
This will be the second visit of the Supreme head of Indian (Malankara) Orthodox to the Sultanate. HH had earlier visited in March 2011 during which he also visited St Stephen’s Orthodox Church in Salalah.
HH will be the guest of the St Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edvaka where he will take part in the 40th celebrations of the church and also the 1960 years of the Holy Church and Centenary of Catholicate in India.
Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan of Ahmedabad Diocese, (under which Sultanate falls) is already in Muscat to prepare the ground for this important visit.
His Holiness will arrive on September 27, Thursday morning from Kerala and will inaugurate a photo exhibition on Catholicate through the ages at the Maha Edavaka at 11 pm. Later he will address the local media at a press conference.
In the evening at 7 pm, His Holiness will lead a procession to St Thomas Church for the public meeting. The meeting will be attended by HE J S Mukul, Indian Ambassador to the Sultanate who will be the chief guest along with other distinguished officials.
Veteran members of the church who have completed 40 years as members will be honoured with a ponnada. A souvenir will also be brought out to mark the occasion.
On September 28, Friday, the Catholicos will lead a tri-mass at St Thomas Church from 6 am. Later in the evening, there will a devotional musical programme from Shruti, Kottayam. The Catholicos leaves for Kerala on September 29 morning.
The 40th anniversary celebrations of the Maha Edavaka formally began with unveiling a logo titled Celebrating Glorious 40 years (1972-2012) on September 7.
On September 14, the Youth Movement wing of the church hosted a symposium on Catholicate Centenary with the theme on the “Throne of Catholicate in Malankara and its Future Vision.”
On September 21, Diocese Metropolitan Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios hoisted the Catholicate Flag at the parsonage of the Maha Edavaka.
September 27 (Thursday):
09.00 am: Arrival at Muscat International Airport from Kochi by Oman Air
10.00 am: Arrival at St Gregorios Maha Edavaka and reception to HH
11.00 am: Inauguration of Photo exhibition on Catholicate through the ages
011.30 am: Press conference with local media at the Maha Edavaka
6.30: Evening Prayers
7.00 pm: Procession and public meeting at St Thomas Church
September 28 (Friday):
6.50 am: HH to lead tri-mass at St Thomas Church
7 pm: Devotional orchestra by “Shruti” Kottayam and Melody Music Centre
September 29: (Saturday): Depart for Kerala