SANA’A, Republic of Yemen: Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan of Ahmedabad Diocese, has began his maiden Episcopal visit to Republic of Yemen. The visit is scheduled from February 5 to February 9, 2013.
Dr Mar Yulios will be hosted at the St Mary’s Orthodox Church of Sana’a in Yemen which is included as one of the church in the Diocese of Ahmedabad as per Kalpana of His Holiness the Catholiocs (HES/HH/09/2012) dated March 19, 2012.
During the visit, the Metropolitan will be the chief celebrant at the Parish Day celebrations of St Mary’s Orthodox Church on February 7, Thursday, before which the Metropolitan will deliver the message.
The Metropolitan arrives from Kochi by a Qatar Airways flight with a two-hour transit at Doha International Airport. His Grace is expected to land at Sana’a International Airport around 3.30 pm on February 5.
The programme schedule is:
February 5: Arrival at Sana’a International Airport at 3.30 pm
6 pm: Evening Prayers
Feb 6: 6 pm Evening Prayers & Intercession prayer to St Mary
Feb 7: 5 pm Evening Prayers, Message by Dr Mar Yulios, followed by Parish Day celebrations
Feb 8: 4.30 pm, Evening Prayers. Chief celebrant at Holy Eucharist
Feb 9: Departure from Yemen for Kerala
Fr Mathews Mathews is the present Vicar of the Church which was earlier under UK-Africa Diocese.
Dr Mar Yulios had complimented Fr Mathews on crossing 70 years and also completing Silver Jubilee in His ministry as a priest of the Church in July 2012.
The parish presents a cosmopolitan outlook with members from other groups like Catholics and other factions. There are only around 20 families and nurses of general categories number around 30.