DUBAI: “The faithful to become torch bearers of a new era of love and fraternity while clinging on to the basic orthodox values and virtues” said Metropolitan Geevarghese Mar Coorilos
Metropolitan Geevarghese Mar Coorilos of Mumbai Diocese was speeking at the public meeting, while inaugurating the year- long celebrations of the St Thomas Orthodox Cathedral, Dubai, pertaining to 1960th anniversary of the founding of the Church and the centenary of the reestablishment of Catholicate in Malankara at Marthomman Nagar in Dubai.
Metropolitan opined that the sustenance of our Church is based on the combined cultural heritage of India as well as eastern traditions. He also expressed gratefulness of the Church to the Rulers of the Country for their magnanimity, wished Eid greetings and hoped that the celebrations symbolically revealing sacrifice and fraternity would encourage global peace and harmony.
Fr. T.J. Johnson, Vicar, St Thomas Orthodox Cathedral presided over the meeting. Dr Tiju Thomas, Consul, Indian Consulate, Dubai(an icon of Malankara Youth) was the Guest of Honor. V.T. Thomas Chor Episcopa, Fr. V.C. Jose(Vicar, Abu Dhabi St George Orthodox Cathedral), Sabha Managing Committee Members Jacob Mathew(Jojo), P.G. Mathew and Dr K.C. Cherian, Trustee Thomas Vilayil, Secretary Varghese George and Diocesan Council Member K.G. Ninan spole on the occasion.
A thunderous pledge, read out by Babu Kurian, was recited by all reminding the Slanting cross oath(Koonen Kurishu Sathyam) taken by our forefathers in 1653.
A beautifully decorated, painstakingly researched and professionally crafted history photo exhibition conducted by OCYM, with an impressive entrance made as a replica of Thiruvithamcode Arappally, attracted masses.
An orchestra of devotional songs by 30 – member Zumoro Choir of Sruthi Liturgical Music, Kottayam , under the conductorship of Fr. Dr M.P. George that followed was a sumptuous musical feast to ears. The syriac hymns maestro and legendary classical musician, Fr. Dr M.P. George made the audience spellbound by a mesmerizing classical concert that had to be prolonged due to public demand. He was decorated with a golden shawl (Ponnada) and a memento was also presented by Mar Coorilose.
Thousands lined up in a rally strident with vigor and vitality, just before the commencement of the public meeting, reiterating their loyalty and allegiance to the Catholicate of the East and the Throne of Apostle St Thomas. Slogans were chanted at the top of voices in praise of the reigning Catholicose. Floats depicting various stages of the mission of St Thomas in India by Sunday School, OCYM, MGOCSM, MOMS and Prayer Group of the parish and various dazzling Nazrane cultural art performances of Margam Kali by MGOCSM and Kol Kali by MOMS with traditional attire enthralled the crowd. Beautiful paper crowns, cross belts and badges with slogans written, were worn by Sub juniors, Juniors and seniors of Sunday school classes respectively. Catholicate flags and decorations flooded the arena making it a golden ocean. Mar Coorilose was given a rousing reception while the Cathedral choir sang ‘Thobaslom’.
Saramma Easaw read Biblical passage. National anthems of UAE as well as India. ended with Catholicate anthem sung by Cathedral Choir.
Fr. Biju Daniel (Asst Vicar) welcomed the gathering and General Convener Jose John proposed vote of thanks.