Apostolic Visit: The Patriarch of
Antioch to visit the tomb
of Patriarch St. Elias III at Manjinikkara
Pathanamthitta: The Patriarch of Antioch
and the head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, Ignatius Zakka-I Ivas,
will visit the Manjanikkara Diara and the tomb of St. Elias-III at the
adjoining Diara Church in the last quarter of October, reception committee
office-bearers have said. The reception committee meet chaired by Youhanon Mar
Milithios Metropolitan at Manjanikkara, near here, on Friday chalked out
arrangements for a ceremonious reception to the patriarch. The meeting
nominated Fr. Mathew Philip (Niranom), Jose Panachackal and Binu Vazhamuttom (Thumpamon)
and Zacharia Mathew (Kollam) to the central reception committee.
The patriarch will participate in the Episcopal
jubilee celebrations of Catholicos Baselius Thomas-I at Ernakulam on October
19. Though the date of the patriarchal visit to the district is yet to be
finalised, the organisers said he is likely to reach Manjanikkara on October
24 or 25.
The Syrian Orthodox Church head will also
participate in the consecration of St. George Syrian Jacobite Church at
Kavumbhagom, near Thiruvalla. Mar Milithios said this was the patriarch’s
fourth visit to the State. He said believers from the Kollam, Niranom and
Thumpamon dioceses will attend the Episcopal jubilee celebrations of
Catholicos Baselius Thomas-I.
Special arrangements for transportation of the
faithful to Ernakulam on October 19 will also be made from different parishes
in the district. Mar Milithios said the patriarch would also visit St. Mary’s
Cathedral in Pathanamthitta, besides offering prayers at the tomb of St
Elias-III, the one and only Syrian Patriarch entombed in the State, in 1932.
Mathews Mar Theodoseus Metropolitan, Mathews Mar Aprem Metropolitan and church
managing committee members, M.A. Paulose, Biby Abraham and Aji Jacob also
attended the meeting.
Patriarchal Visit: Central Office of the Reception Committee
Puthencuriz, Sep 26,
2008: At a special function held at the Malankara Syrian Church
Headquarters at Puthencuriz today, the central reception committee office for
the forthcoming Patriarchal visit was inaugurated by Catholicos Aboon Mor
Baselios Thomas I, lighting the traditional Kerala lamp. The metropolitans H.E.
Mor Aphrem Mathews, the coordinator and head of the reception and publicity
committee, and H.E. Mor Athanasius Elias who is authorized to lead the
proclamation procession, too had joined the Catholicos while lighting the
lamp, marking the inauguration of the central office.
Very Rev. Kuriakose Corepiscopa Moolayil, Rev.
Fr. Varghese Kallapara, George Mathew Thekkethalakal, the lay trustee,
Thambu George Thukalan, Church Secretary, Prof M A Paulose, the publicity
committee chief, and other
members of the central committee were also present.
The concerned diocesan level meetings has
already begun in the respective diocesan headquarters and is expected to be
completed by this month end. The Proclamation procession, pronouncing
the 4th Apostolic visit of the Holy Father, will begin from Thiruvnathapuram,
the State Capital and will conclude at the Church headquarters at Puthencuriz
by the second week of October. A similar procession will also start from
the other three corners of the State, Idukki diocese, Malabar diocese, all of
which will culminate at Puthencuriz on the same day.
Three priests elevated to
the order of Rabban-Monk
in the Malankara Syrian
St. Athanasius Cathedral, 14
Sep 2008: Three priests of the Malankara Syrian Church were elevated
to the order of Ramban (Rabban - Monk) by
His Beatitude the Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I at a solemn function
held today at the St. Athanasius Cathedral in Puthencurizu.
The newly elevated Rambans,
Fr. Scaria Alukkal (vicar
of Mar Ignathios Chapel, Meikkad), Fr. George Varghese
(vicar of St. Mary’s Church, Marady)
and Fr. Wilson Varghese Puliyan
(vicar of Eldo Mor Baselios Chapel, Vengola)
will henceforth be known as "Ramban
Zachariah, Ramban Michael and Ramban Gabriel” respectively.
Metropolitans Their Eminences, Mor Gregorios Joseph, Mor Dioscoros
Kuriakose, Mor Severios Abraham, Mor Athanasius Geevarghese, Mor
Chrysostomos Markose, Mor Mathews Aphrem, Mor Thevodosius Kuriakose and
Mor Athanasius Elias participated in the holy ceremony.
Holiness Aram I visited the Holy Father at St. Aphrem Seminary in Damascus
9 September 2008
St. Aphrem Seminary,
Damascus: On 09 September 2008
evening His Holiness
Aram I and the delegation visited Patriarch Ignatius
Zakka I Iwas in the Syrian Church’s summer residence. The Synod of Syrian
Bishops is underway presently. Upon his arrival, His Holiness was received
by the Patriarch and the Bishops.
His Holiness the Patriarch
Zakka I warmly welcomed the Pontiff underlining the friendly relations
between the two churches. The Patriarch recalled the Fellowship between
the Coptic and Syrian Churches and the Catholicosate of Cilicia, set up by
the efforts of His Holiness Aram I twelve years ago.
Making a brief overview of the
relations between the Armenian and Syrian Churches, His Holiness Aram I
said: “Our two churches have had the same theological approach and have
together against all external heretical movements. We must further
strengthen our cooperation in a world in which we are facing many
challenges patching the daily life of our communities. He called upon the
Bishops to continue the strong cooperation between the two churches with
the same spirit particularly at the level of the Dioceses.
The meeting was followed by a
reception during which Syrian Bishops asked His Holiness questions about
theological and ecumenical issues
St. Aphrem Seminary,
28th anniversary of Patriarchal enthronement of His Holiness Ignatius
Zakka I Iwas, the Patriarch of Antioch & all the East, Supreme Pontiff of
the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church was held at Damascus, Syria on 14
September 2008. The thanksgiving Holy Qurbono and other services were held
at the St. Peter & St. Paul Cathedral in the Mor Ephrem Monastery, Ma`arat
Sayyidnaya, near Damascus.
Mor Severios Malke Mourad (Patriarchal-Vicar
for Jerusalem & Jordan) and Mor Julius Abdulahad G Shabo (Archbishop of
Sweden) were the chief celebrants andMor
Severios Jamil Hawa (Baghdad, Iraq), Mor Timotheos Mousa Al Shamani (Bartellah,
Ninawa, Iraq), Mor Gregorios Saliba Shamoun (Mosul, Iraq), Mor Severius
Ishak Zaka (Mosul, Iraq), Mor Athanasius Aphrem Barsaum (Museitbeh,
Beirut), Mor Theophilos George (Bouchrieh Fardous St., Lebanon), Mor
Philexinos Matta Shamoun (Atshaneh, Bikfaya, Lebanon),
Mor Yusphinos Paulose (Zahle, Lebanon), Mor Philexinos Mathias Nayis
(Damascus, Syria), Mor Dionysius Behnan Jajawi (Damascus, Syria), Mor
Clemis Daniel Malak Kourieh (Damascus, Syria), Mor Osthatheos Matta Rohum
(Hassakeh, Syria), Mor Selwanos Petros AL-nemeh (Homs, Syria), Mor
Timotheos Samuel Aktas (Midyat-Mardin,S.E.
Turkey), Mor Filuksinos Yusuf Çetyn (Beyoglu,Istanbul, Turkey), Mor
Philoxenos Saliba Özmen (Mardin,S.E. Turkey), Mor Gregorios Malke Ürek (TR
- Adiyaman - Turkey), Mor Nicholovos Matti Abd Alahad (La Plata,
Argentina), Mor Clemis E. Kaplan (Western - United States of America), Mor
Athanasius Elia Bahe (Canada),
Mor Timotheos Aphrem Aboodi(Former
Patriarchal Vicar for Canada), Mor Dionysius Geevarghese (Simhasana
Churches of Kottayam & Environs, India), Mor Militheos Yuhanon (Thumpamon
- India), Mor Polycarpus Eugene Aydin (Netherlands), Mor Dionysius Isa
Gürbüz (Switzerlands & Austria), Mor Severios Hazail Soumi ( Belgium and
France), Mor Julius Hanna Aydin (Northern Germany), Mor Athanasius Touma
Dakkama (Great Britain)
Mor Militius Malke Lahdo (Australia & New Zealand) were the co-celebrants
of the Holy Qurbono.
Moran reserved his time exclusively for meeting of priests and believers a
group of 90 who came from India to attend the celebrations. Later Guests
took part in the banquet hosted by Moran in one of the big hotels in
From 19.00 hrs onwards the concert by the different choirs of the Syrian
Orthodox parishes all over the world reasserted the beauty of our church
SOCM News Bureau - Damascus, Syria.
IGNATIUS ZAKKA I WAS,
THE PATRIARCH OF ANTIOCH & ALL
AND THE SUPREME HEAD OF THE
UNIVERSAL SYRIAC ORTHODOX CHURCH
*** GOLDEN JUBILEE
CELEBRATIONS OF CATHOLICOS ON 19TH ***
His Holiness Ignatius
Zakka I Iwas,
Patriarch of the Apostolic See of Antioch
& the Supreme head of all the Syriacs
in the world
Cochin, September 9: The
Supreme head of the Universal Syrian Church and the Patriarch of the
Apostolic see of Antioch & all the East, His Holiness Ignatius Zakka I
Iwas, is to visit India in the second week of October 2008 to attend the
concluding function of the sacerdotal Golden jubilee celebrations of the
regional head of the Church in India, His Beatitude the Catholicos Aboon
Mor Baselios Thomas I. As per the program schedule finalized
by the Malankara Episcopal Synod, His Holiness is expected to reach Cochin
International Airport on October 17 and will proceed to the Malankara
Jacobite Syrian Church headquarters at Puthencuriz. The Holy father will
be accorded the status of State Guest by the honourable Government of
Kerala. This will be His Holiness’ fourth apostolic visit to India, the
last visit being in 2004.
One of the main programs of
His Holiness will be the official announcement regarding the canonization
of three fathers of Syriac Orthodox Church;
Maphryono Mor Baselios Shakralla (AD
1764, Kandanad), Mor Coorilos Yuyakkim, the Patrirachal delegate (AD 1874, Mulanthuruthy) and
Mor Coorilos Paulose Kochuparamabil, the
former Malankara Metropolitan and the regional head of the Church in India
(AD 1917, Panampady).
Church fathers to be canonized during
H.H's Apostolic Visit
MOR BASELIOS SHAKRALLA
SACRED TOMB OF
MOR COORILOS YUYAKKIM
AD 1874, Mulanthuruthy
MOR COORILOS PAULOSE
AD 1917, Panampady
On Sunday 19th October, the
Sacredotal Golden jubilee function of His Beatitude the Catholicos will be
held at Marine Drive grounds in Cochin. His Holiness will Chair the
jubilee function. Besides the representatives of the State Government, the
heads of the Episcopal Churches in India and the other communities will be
invited for the function. A 501-member committee has been chosen by the
Malankara Association for making preparations for the grand jubilee
function. The Episcopal Synod Secretary and Metropolitan of Kochi diocese,
His Grace Mor Gregorios Joseph is the Chairman of the committee.
The Malankara Episcopal Synod
and a meeting of the Jacobite Syrian Christian Association will be
convened under the president-ship of His Holiness during this apostolic
visit. After attending a few more
programs in Kerala, His Holiness will proceed to Banglore and will leave
for Damascus on October 27th. Hectic preparations has already been started
in Malankara to welcome the supreme head of the Universal Syrian Christian
Eight-day feast at the Global Marian Pilgrim
Centre of India
THOUSANDS WITNESS 'NADATHURAKKAL'
AT THE MANARCAUD ST. MARY'S CATHEDRAL
Devotees at Manarcaud Cathedral during the
annual eight-day lent feast
(Photo: September 7, 2008)
KOTTAYAM, Sep 8:
Thousands of devotees thronged the famous St Mary's Jacobite Syrian
Orthodox Cathedral on Sunday the 7th, to witness the 'nadathurakkal', the
auspicious and revered event during the course of 'Ettunombu Thirunnal'
(eight-day lent in memory of the birth of Mother Mary). Earlier in
the day, Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I, the Catholicos & metropolitan
trustee of the Syriac Orthodox Church in India, offered 'Mooninmel'
Qurbana (Tri-Mass) in the old church.
The four km-long route to the
church from Manarcad Junction
crowded with devotees from the morning. Special buses and other vehicles
proceeded to the church from various centers. The state owned bus service
operated special services from various depots in the district and
neighbouring ones. A lull in the torrential rains and a clear sky
during the time of the auspicious occasion had brought a sea of faithful
to the church. According to an estimate, not less than 50,000 people
witnessed the painting of St Mary on Sunday after the nadathurakkal.
Believers, cutting across caste, creed and age, were seen offering
ornamental umbrellas and sacred flags after making rounds at the church.
There was also heavy turnout to offer 'adima panam', another specialty of
On the previous day evening
(6th), thousands of devotees took part in the ceremonial procession called
RAZA, held in connection with the festival. A fireworks display was held
late at night followed by 'margamkali' and 'parichamuttukali', the
traditional art forms connected with the arrival of Christianity in
The festival came to a close on
Monday the 8th with the celebration of Holy Qurbono by the Archbishop Mor
Severious Kuriakose of the Knanaya Archdiocese. A procession was
held at 2.30 pm. The ceremonies ended with a 'nercha vilambu' by 3.30 pm.
Ceremonial RAZA held
on 6th September 2008
Official website of the Manarcaud St. Mary's
First Internet Radio of the Syriac Orthodox
"SHUBHO"- RADIO MALANKARA,
4, 2008, Manarcaud: Today at a grand function held in
connection with the famous Eight-day lent festival at the Manarcaud Morth
Mariam Jacobite Syrian Cathedral, the internet radio of the Syriac
"Shubho" – Radio
Malankara, promoted by
www.SOCMNet.org was officially inaugurated by His Beatitude the
Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I, the head of the Church in India.
Early in the morning itself the
live broadcasting from Manarcaud Cathedral was started with Morning Prayer
followed by Holy Qurbono by H.E. Mor Theophilos Kuriakose, the resident
Metropolitan of Malankara Syrian Orthodox Theological Seminary. It
was at 2.30 pm the RADIO MALANKARA was officially inaugurated by H.B. the
Catholicos. Their Eminences Metropolitans, Mor Thimotheos Thomas of
Kottayam & Archdiocese of Greater India, Mor Gregorios Joseph of Kochi
diocese & Malankara Synod Secretary and Mor Dioscorous Kuriakose, Abbot of
Malecuriz Dayro & metropolitan of Simhasana churches, were present
during the occasion. Ministers of State, Sri. Mathew T Thomas and
Sri. Mons Joseph, Opposition leader of Kerala Legislative Assembly Sri.
Oommen Chandy, Kottayam M.L.A Sri. V Vasavan, local Panchayat members and
other dignitaries also attended the function.
For the last few weeks, the
Radio Malankara was broadcasting programs on a test basis and ever since
was popular among the Christian population around the world. Holy Qurbano
of our Catholicos and Bishops, Traditional & Liturgical songs, Christian
Devotional Songs, audio biography etc were broadcasted during these test
Those who are interested in
supporting this unique project may kindly do so by providing the promoters
with more audio recordings of Syriac Orthodox worship, songs of different
occasions and spiritual talks of our prelates, clergy and church
recognized lay ministers.
Inauguration of "Shubho"
- RADIO MALANKARA, by His Beatitude Mor Baselios Thomas I, Catholicos &
Metropolitan Trustee of the Syriac Church in India
Mr. Nibu M John, Chennithala,
Director, Radio Malankara - Shubho, & Advisory
Board member Chev. Bibby Abraham
explaining about the operation
of Radio Malankara to His Beatitude the
audio broadcasting of
'Shubho': RADIO MALANKARA at
Malankara Syrian Church blessed with two more Metropolitans
METROPOLITANS MOR CLEMIS
MOR IRENIOUS PAULOSE
Damascus: His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the Patriarch
of Antioch & all the East and the Supreme head of the Universal Syriac
Orthodox Church today on Aug 24th 2008, consecrated Very Rev. Raban
Sthepahnos Thukalan by name MOR CLEMIS KURIAKOSE and Very Rev. Raban
Shemavun Vettikkunnel by name MOR IRENIOUS PAULOSE as the metropolitans
for the dioceses of Idukki and Calicut of Malankara Church at the
Monastery of St. Aphrem the Syrian, in Ma`rrat Sayyidnaya, Damascus,
His Beatitude the Catholicos of the Indian Church Aboon Mor Baselious
Thomas I , Mor Timotheos Aphrem Aboodi (Former Patriarchal Vicar for
Canada), Mor Theophilos George Saliba (Secretary to the Holy Synod), Mor
Gregorios Joseph (Metropolitan of Kochi Diocese & Malankara Episcopal
Synod Secretary), Mor Selwanos Petros AL-nemeh (Metropolitan of Homs &
Paulos Yousef Safar (Patriarchal-Vicariate of Zahle & Beqa', Zahle,
Mor Philexinos Mathias Nayis (Patriarchal Assistant & Metropolitan
of St. Aphrem Theological Seminary, Ma’arrat Saidnaya,Damascus), Mor
Severios Malke Mourad (Patriarchal-Vicar for Jerusalem & Jordan) and Mor
Aphrem Mathews (Angamali High-Range region) assisted His Holiness in the
The solemn function was also attended by a large gathering of Rabans
(Monks), Priests, Deacons, Nuns, the Syrian Orthodox Faithful and other
Distinguished Guests from Syria, India and and 40 Syriac Orthodox Faithful
Metropolitan consecration at the Patriarchal
Cathedral in Damascus on 24th
August 11, 2008, Puthencuriz:
Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Abraham Thukalan and Rev. Fr. Paul (Ullas) Varkey
Vettikkunnel who were chosen as Metropolitan designates for the dioceses
of Idukki and Calicut recently, were elevated to the order of Ramban (Rabban-
Monk) by His Beatitude the Catholicos Mor Baselios Thomas I at a solemn
function held at the St. Athanasius Cathedral, Puthencuriz today
afternoon. Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Thukalan will henceforth be known as 'Sthepahnos'
and Rev. Fr. Paul Varkey will be known by name 'Shemavun'. Metropolitans
Their Eminences, Mor Polycorpus Geevarghese (Evangelical Association) ,
Mor Severios Kuriakos (Knanaya Archbishop), Mor Athanasius Geevarghese
(Bahrain & Qatar), Mor Theophilos Kuriakose (Seminary), Mor Mathews Aphrem (Angamali
High Range), Mor Chrysistmos Markose (Evangelical Association), Mor
Theovodosius Kuriakose (Kollam), Mor Koorilose Geevarghese (Niranam), Mor
Athanasius Elias (Patriarchal Cathedral) and Mor Ivanios Kuriakose (Kanaya)
participated in the holy ceremony. On Sunday 24th August, both the newly
elevated Rambans will be consecrated as Metropolitans for the dioceses of
Idukki and Calicut by the supreme head of the Church His Holiness the
Patriarch of Antioch & all the East at the St. Peter & St. Paul Cathedral,
Mor Aphrem Seminary, Damascus.
** Malankara Episcopal Synod endorses the
selection of bishops
for the newly formed dioceses of Idukki
and Calicut **
July 29, 2008, Puthencuriz:
The Malankara Episcopal Synod that met here today formally approved the
names of Fr. Dr. Kuriakose T Abraham, Pulliattu Thukalan and Fr. Ullas
Varkey, Vettikkunnel, as bishops for the newly formed dioceses of Idukki
and Calicut, both elected by the respective diocesan bodies at their
meetings held in the month of June and July. His Beatitude Mor
Baselios Thomas I, the Catholicos and Metropolitan Trustee of the Church
in India, presided over the holy Synod held at the Church headquarters in
the Puthencuriz Patriarch Centre. The Malankara Synod is now awaiting the
final approval from the supreme head of the Church, His Holiness the
Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, after which the new Metropolitans will be
The Holy Synod also officially
declared the details of the forthcoming apostolic visit of His Holiness
the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, to Malankara in October. The
holy father will preside over the concluding function of the year-long
sacerdotal Golden jubilee celebrations of His Beatitude the Catholicos Mor
Baselios Thomas I , the head of the Syriac Church of India.
Kuriakose T Abraham, the bishop-designate for the Idukki diocese was
born on August 10, 1967 as the son of T P Abraham and Saramma of the
Pulliattu Thukalan family of Mulanthuruthy. They belongs to the old
Morth Mariam Church at Kandanad.
Fr. Kuriakose received
his Bachelors degree in Physics from the Ernakulam Albert College in
1988 after which he joined for the diploma course in the Malankara Syrian
Orthodox Theological Seminary, Vettikkal and completed it successfully. In
1996 he was awarded the degree of Bachelor in Divinity from the Sermapore
University, Calcutta. Later he successfully completed different courses,
in ECUMENICAL THEOLOGY (from ISET, Bangalore), in COMMUNICATION (from the
‘Gurukul Lutheran Theological College’, Chennai) and in TRANSACTIONAL
ANALYSIS (from P.O.C, Kochi). In 2006, he received the doctoral degree in
Social Psychology from the open International University for Complementary
It was H.G. Mor Gregorios
Joseph, the Metropolitan of Kochi diocese who ordainedFr.
Kuriakose, both as 'Kooroyo' and 'Kassisso'. Fr. Kuriakose who had earlier
served as Vicars in the Mulanthuruthy Marthoman Church, the Cherai St.
George Church and the Cherai St. Mary’s Valiyapally, is currently the
vicar of Kulayettikkara St. George Church in Kochi diocese. At present he
is the Vice President of the Antioch Faith protection Movement of Kochi
diocese, Director of St. Mary’s New Jerusalem Prayer Fellowship,
Mulanthuruthy and Vice-Patron of St. Thomas Charitable Trust,
Paul (Ullas) Varkey, the bishop-elect for the newly formed diocese of Calicut
was born on August 24, 1972 to Vettikkunnel Varkey Abraham and Saramma of
Mangalore. The family originally belonged to Manarcad in Kottayam
district; they migrated to Mangalore about 60 years before. At present
they are members of the St. Antony’s Church in Jeppu, Mangalore. Late Fr.
Kuriakose Vettikkunnel who was the vicar of the Manarcad St. Mary’s
Church, is an uncle of Fr. Ullas Varkey.
It was from the Karnataka
University that he received his Bachelors degree and his Post-Graduation
in Sociology was from the Mysore university. From Sermapore University he
received the Bachelors in Divinity and Masters of Theology (NIIPGIS)
degrees. His seminary education was at the Manjinikkara Dayro (1989-90)
and Vettikkal M.S.O.T Seminary (1994-’98).
He was ordained ‘Koroyoo’ on
May 27, 1990 by Mor Osthatheos Benyamin Joseph, the late lamented
Metropolitan of Simhasana churches, and ‘Kassisso’ on May 15, 1998 by Mor
Polycarpus Geevarghese, the senior Metropolitan of Evangelical Association
of the East. Before assuming the general charge of the various newly
formed congregations of Australia in 2006, he had served as Vicar of the
churches in Karnataka, Rajasthan, West Bengal and New Delhi. For a while
he had been the managers of St. Antony’s Educational Society (Honnavar
Mission), Karnataka and the bishops house of the Evangelical Association
of the East, Perumbavoor and was also the superior of St. Thomas Orphanage
The ordination of both the
bishop elects are expected to be held together at the Patriarchal
cathedral in Damascus soon.
The Malankara Syrian
Church observed the 80th birthday of the
Metropolitan trustee of the Church in India,
Aboon Mor Baselios
July 23, 2008, Puthencuriz:
The 80th birthday celebration of the Catholicos and Metropolitan Trustee
of the Malankara Syrian Church, Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas Ist Bava, was
held yesterday in the Church headquarters at Puthencruz Patriarchal
centre. Early in the morning, His Beatitude the Catholicos celebrated the
Holy Qurbono at the St. Athanasius chapel in the patriarchal centre.
Later in the morning, a
combined meeting of the working committee and managing committee was held
in the Church headquarters which congratulated Bava and extended their
birthday wishes. The Episcopal Synod Secretary H.E. Joseph Mor Gregorios
presided the public meeting, and felicitation messages were delivered by
metropolitans Their Eminences,
Abraham Mor Severios, Kuriakose Mor Dioscoros, Geevargese Mor Athanasius,
Geevarghese Mor Divannasios, Geevarghese Mor Coorilos, Markose Mor
Chrisostomos, Mathews Mor Aphrem, Mathews Mor Thevodosios, Kuriakose Mor
Eusebios and Elias Mor Athanasios.
Scores of people from all walks
of life attended the meeting. During the meeting Bava inaugurated a new
website for the newly organised foreign affairs department, in presence of
the metropolitans and church officials. The site contains the details
regarding the Malankara churches outside India. H G Mathews Mor Aphrem
metropolitan is acting as the metropolitan in-charge of J.S.C. Foreign
affairs dept. The website address:
'Saint Ephrem Universal Syrian Orthodox Medical Mission', the social
ministry of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch inaugurated
The grand opening of the Saint Ephrem Universal Syrian Orthodox Medical
Mission, the social ministry of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church of
Antioch was held at the Saint Ephrem Seminary in Ma’raat Saidnaya,
Holy Eucharist was celebrated July 7th at the St. Ephrem monastery in
Ma’arrat Saidnaya on the occasion of the inauguration of the St. Ephrem
Syriac Orthodox Universal Medical Mission. This historic and important
event was headed by the president of the missionary, His Eminence
Archbishop Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Patriarchal Vicar of the US Western
Archdiocese. His Eminence was assisted by Bishop Mor Gregorius Joseph,
Bishop of Cochin in India, and representative clergy members from
During the opening ceremony His Eminence Archbishop Mor C. Eugene Kaplan
presented a sermon in which he stressed upon the agenda of this mission,
which includes; establishing a human medical institution to secure a
healthy, scientific, educational, and servicing organization, in addition
to physicians who would offer their human services free of charge, adding
that this mission will have branches worldwide and wherever anybody needs
this free service. He also added that it will facilitate the ways by which
it could medically educate people and also eases moral and financial
burdens especially during natural disasters or many other human tragedies.
His Eminence emphasized the vital role His Holiness Mor Ignatius Zakka 1
Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, the spiritual head of the
Universal Syriac Orthodox Church who has called for greater lay
participation in the life and mission of the Church. His Holiness
expressed his adoption to this new mission in being spread worldwide in
order to bring together the Syriac fabric through a human institution that
offers medical services free of charge, by securing the needed finance and
in supporting the scientific and educational activities among which
offering medical scholarships for specializing in this human servicing
The Holy Eucharist service was attended by bishops, priests, and
representatives of the Christian denominations, as well as the Pope’s
ambassador in Damascus, a group of monks, nuns and laity and a number of
physicians who are involved in this field from Damascus, Homs, and other
countries around the world.
During the Holy Divine Liturgy His Holiness Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius
Zakka I, lit the lamp symbolically to inaugurate the medical mission
organization. In the inaugural address His Holiness stated the
symbolization of the lamp which brightly shines for others and our burning
and grateful love for God. Furthermore, His Holiness addressed that this
new organization should reach out to every poor, destitute, deprived and
sick person with help. He said that serving such unprivileged and the
wounded is equal to providing services to Jesus Christ and following the
Scripture teachings. Soon after, His Holiness lighted the candles in
celebration of the grand opening of this mission worldwide, asking God to
bless this medical work and the Universal Medical Mission for the benefit
of humans and humanity.
It is worth mentioning that St. Ephrem the Syriac was the first to
establish such a wide spread missionary in the region in the fourth
century. And following in his footsteps and in his blessed name, this
mission carries his name to imitate his work and his sacrifices
universally. He was the first one to raise funds from the wealthy and
purchase homes and provide beds where all plagued people were gathered in
Urhoy (Edessa, Urfa in the modern Turkey). He himself was later plagued
and departed to his Lord as being a victim to this human service.
At the banquette that followed the Eucharist, the president of the Medical
Mission, Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan in his welcoming speech expressed his
gratitude to all the attendees. Dignitaries at the banquet included
diplomatic representatives of several countries:
Deputy Health Minister of Syria, Apostolic Nuncio, Moramdimi John Baptist;
various church heads, and the Mayor of Damascus attended the function: Mor
Gregorios Joseph, Fr. Babu Peringol, and Dr. Abraham Edathara who spoke on
the goals of the mission. Dr. Suhail Savaro, Dr. Susan Jacob and Dr.
George Hanna spoke on the social and medical mission pertaining to
Christianity, and Lony Thomas gave the Vote of Thanks.
This inauguration comes after several meetings that were held on Saturday
in St. Ephrem monastery, blessed by His Holiness the Patriarch Mor
Ignatius Zakka Iwas the supreme patron, and His Beatitude Mor Baselius
Thomas I, the patron of the Mission. The meetings were headed by His
Eminence Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, the president of the Mission along with
the participation of the executive committee members of this mission who
came from North America, India, and Europe as a step in supporting the
decision of establishing this mission and apply our Lord Jesus Christ's
doctrines of faith and ethics to medical science and practice throughout
the world for serving humanity.
The Symposium commemorating
the 1300th anniversary of the passing away of Mor Jacob of Edessa, the
prominent Syrian polymath was held in Aleppo, Syria, June 9 – 12th,
The Participants who came from Austria, Canada, Germany, Netherlands,
Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States as well as Lebanon and
Syria enjoyed the papers presented at the Symposium, included
contributions from scholars and specialists in Syriac studies. The se
contributions, which included twelve papers that were delivered in five
sessions, discussed the writings of the celebrated scholar Mor Jacob of
Edessa as a chronicler, man of letters, grammarian, exegete, theologian,
and as a major contributor to church liturgy and canon law.
The proceedings of the Symposium also included an opening session in
which a welcoming address was delivered by Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim,
Metropolitan of Aleppo and a keynote lecture by Prof. Dr. Malphono
Sebastian Brock, as well as a final session.
The Symposium programme included visits to a number of archaeological
locations of Syrian monasteries that for centuries were beacons of
knowledge. These included the Monastery of Tell’Ada, where Mor Jacob
lived the last ten years of his celebrated life, and where he died and
was buried on June 5th, 708; the Monastery of St. Simeon the Stylite, a
major fifth century cathedral that was named after St. Simeon the
Stylite, the founder of the Stylite Monastic practice; the recently
uncovered Monastery of Qenneshrin, which was founded by Yohanna Bar
Aphtonia in 538 and which remained active up to the thirteenth century;
and the town of Mabug, the birth place of Theodora, the Syrian Queen,
and the seat of Mor Philoxenus of Mabug ( + 523).
In its final session, the Symposium resolved the following:
1. The proceedings of the
Symposium will be published in English by Gorgias Press and in Arabic by
Mardin Publishing House. The full texts of the papers should be
submitted to Gorgias Press by October 1st, 2008 and the Arabic
translation of the texts to be completed by March 1st, 2009.
2. Encouraged by the immense success of the Symposium and in order to
promote continuity in the study of the Syriac literary heritage, and in
recognition of Aleppo’s special place in this heritage, it was decided
to hold a series of colloquia, each under the title Aleppo Syriac
Colloquium (A.S.C.), every two years. Each colloquium will be devoted to
one theme or studying the works of one renowned historic Syriac Scholar.
The subject of the colloquium will be defined one year in advance and
expert scholars will be invited to participate. In this respect it was
resolved to hold the next colloquium during the second half of June,
2010 in Aleppo and will address the work of the outstanding Syrian
polymath Mor Gregorios Yohanna Abu al-Faraj Barhebraeus (+1286).
3. The participants expressed their profound appreciation and thanks to
the host of the Symposium, Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, for his
initiative to hold the Symposium, for his tireless efforts, which
ensured its complete success, and for the generous hospitality. As a
token of this a ppreciation, the participants presented His Eminence
with a book authored by George Kiraz that included on its initial pages
hand written notes that expressed their appreciation. The participants
also expressed their deep thanks to the secretariat of the Symposium, to
the monks and deacons and members of the different working groups of the
Aleppo Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese, particularly the board of trustees
of St George Church in Hay Al-Syrian, which accommodated the venue of
LIST OF THE SCHOLARS
1. Metropolitan Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim (Syria)
2. Prof. Dr. Malphono Sebastian Brock (UK)
3. Fr. Dr. Abdo Badwi (Lebanon)
4. Prof. Dr. Khalid Dinno (Canada)
5. Prof. Dr. Theresia Hainthaler (Germany)
6. Prof. Dr. Amir Harrak (Canada)
7. Dr. Andrea Juckle (Germany)
8. Dr. George Kiraz (USA)
9. Rev. Dr. Richard Price (UK)
10. Prof. Dr. Alison Salvesen (UK)
11. Dr. Aho Shemunkasho (Austria)
12. Rev. Dr. Columba Stewart (USA)
13. Jack Tannous (USA)
Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church commemorates the 99th dukrono of its former
Malankara Metropolitan and regional head, H.E. Mor Divanasious V Joseph
Pulikottil with special prayers during Holy Qurbono
on July 12 & 13th, 2008. His Beatitude the
Catholicos and Metropolitan trustee of the Malankara Syrian Church, Aboon
Mor Baselios Thomas I will lead the holy service at the
St. Athanasius Cathedral, Puthencuriz. During this death centenary
year of the holy father, the Church is to organize
various conferences and exhibitions at different places in the next one
year period which will culminate with Holy Qurbono on July 11, 2009.
H.E. Mor Divanasious V
Joseph, popularly known as Pulikottil Thirumeni II,
is one of those illustrious fathers of the Church who for nearly
four and half decades led the Malankara Syrian Community; first as the
assistant to the then Apostolic delegate Mor Kurillos Yuyakim
(Mulanthuruthy) and later as the head (Malankara Metropolitan) of the
Malankara Edavaka (Archdiocese).
Born in the 'Pulikottil' family of
Kunnamkulam, Mor Divanasious V was ordained Metropolitan by Patriarch
Ignatius Yakub II at the Church in Amida, Turkey in A.D. 1865. (One of his
predecessors and the founder of the Syrian seminary in Kottayam, Mor
Divanasious II, also hails from the same family). Mor Divanasious V's tenure as metropolitan was a very crucial period in the
history of Malankara Church. He had to lead the Malankara Syrian Christian
community against the activities of various European missionaries who
tried to forcibly convert the Orthodox faithful into their fold with the
help of the then British rulers of India. Initially there was the patriarchal
delegate Mor Koorilos Yuyakkim to support Mor Divanasious V, but after his
death in 1873, Mor Divanasious V had to lead the Church single handedly.
As the situation worsened the MalankaraEdavaka seek the
help of the Church's supreme head and accordingly His Holiness the
Patriarch Mor Ignatius Pathros IV arrived in Malankara in March 1876. As
part of the administrative restructuring, His Holiness has convened a
synod at Mulanthuruthy in July the same year which gave birth to the popular and
democratic 'Malankara Syrian Christian Association'; a body comprising of
representatives from each parishes of Malankara. As per the decision of
this historical Synod, Malankara Edavaka (Syrian Archdiocese in
India) was divided into six new dioceses for administrative convenience,
and later Metropolitans were ordained for each. The other major decision
of the synod was to
elevate Mor Divanasious V Joseph Pulikottil, as the first Metropolitan
President of the newly formed Association and as the chief of the local
Synod, with the designation MALANKARA METROPOLITAN.
During his reign as the head of the
Church in India, Mor Divanasious V initiated a series of measures for the
social development of clergy and laymen of the Church. He established the Parumala Seminary and the St. Thomas Press at Kottayam Seminary,
authorized printing of Texts for the liturgy (Thaksa) and festivals,
started monthly magazines under the titles ‘Malankara Edavaka Pathrika’
and the ‘The Syrian Evangelist’. Many schools including the M.D. Seminary
High School (1892) at Kottayam were also established by him. The famous Church historian and the author of the book ‘The Indian Church of St.Thomas’,
E M Philip Edavazhikkal, was
his most trusted aide. E M Philip was also the secretary of the Pulikottil
Mor Divanasious Metropolitan.
In 1901 the silver jubilee of his
priestly ordination was celebrated in Kottayam during which the famous
biographical work of His Eminence was released.
In 1902, St. Gregorios Chathuruthil and in 1907, Mor Athanasius Kadavil,
both of whom considered as successors to Mor Divanasious in the seat of
Malankara Metropolitan, died which led to the selection and installations of two new
Metropolitans. On July 11, 1909 Mor Divanasious V Pulikottil was called to
his heavenly abode at the age of 76. His body was entombed on the northern
side of the Chapel in Syrian Seminary, Kottayam.
detailed biography of Pulikottil Mor Divanasious V, visit:
Thursday, June 12,
2008, His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the Patriarch of Antioch
and all the East and
the Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, ordained
two Metropolitans for the Knanaya
Archdiocese of Malankara at a solemn function held
in the St. Peter & St. Paul's Patriarchal Cathedral at Mor Aphrem Seminary, Ma'arrat Seydnaya,
Damascus, Syria. The new metropolitans will henceforth be known as MOR
IVANIOS KURIAKOSE (Rev.
Fr. Kuriakose Kolath)
and MOR SILVANOS AYOUB (Rev.
Fr. Job Thottathil). Their Eminences Metropolitans Mor Sevarios Kuriakose (Archbishop of Knanaya diocese),
Mor Gregorios Kuriakose (Metropolitan of Kallisseri region), Mor Timotheos
Aphrem Aboodi (former Patriarchal Vicar for Canada), Mor Theophilos George
Saliba ( Secretary to the Holy Synod) and Mor Clemis Daniel (Lebanon
diocese) assisted His Holiness at this blessed consecration ceremony.
The holy ceremony was attended by a large gathering of Rabans (Monks), Priests,
Deacons, Nuns and around 75 Syrian Orthodox Faithful from India.
With the ordination of Mor Ivanios and Mor
total number of prelates in the Knanaya Archdiocese
has been raised to four. Earlier it was the
Knanaya Association, the supreme decision making body, that met at the
Archdiocesan headquarters near Kottayam in
March, that elected Rev. Fr. Kuriakose
Kolath and Rev. Fr. Job Thottathil as auxiliary bishops for the community.
Later in the month of May, both Rev. Fr. Job Thottathil and Rev. Fr. Kuriakose
Kolath, were raised to the order of Raban by Archbishop Mor Severios
Kuriakose at the Patriarchal
Damascus and Ranny St. Thomas Church, Kerala, India respectively.
community of Malankara:
The history of the
Knanaya community of Malankara (India) begins with the arrival of a group
of about 300 people from Edessa (in S. E Turkey)
in AD 345, which was once a famous
Christian city in the old Syrian province of Eastern Roman Empire. The
Syriac Christians who reached here for missionary activity was led by Metropolitan Mor
Yousef and the person who guided the historic migration was Knanaya Thoma. Since their arrival, the Knaniates who
derived their name from their leader Knanaya Thoma, preferred to live as a
closed community all through the history inspite of their close
cooperation with the local
Christians who accepted Christ as their Saviour through the early
Apostolic mission of St. Thomas in AD 52. Unlike
the St. Thomas Syriac Christian sect of Malankara which faced many
splits to this day,
the Knanaya community
had not come across such divisions barring the separation of group in the 16th
century following the Portuguese era of forceful conversion to Roman
Catholicism. Hence the entire Knaniates are either Syrian Orthodox (Jacobite)
or Roman Catholics. It was in 1910 that the Knaniates had
giot their first Metropolitan from their own community, Mor Severios
Edavazhikkal, following the formation of Knanaya diocese in the Malankara
Syrian Church. He was succeeded by Mor Dioscorous, and later by Mor Clemis
Abraham who in
1980's received the honorary decoration of
'Chief Metropolitan of the East'.
It was after the passing away of Mor Clemis Abraham in 2003 that the
present senior Metropolitan,
Mor Severios Kuriakose Edavazhikkal was ordained Metropolitan for the
diocese. In 2007, the
community got their fifth metropolitan and subsequently His Holiness the
Patriarch raised the diocese as an Archdiocese and installed Mor Severios
as its first Archbishop under whom Mor Gregorios Kuriakose and the
presently ordained two Metropolitans comes. The Knanaya Syrian community
since the last century enjoys certain amount of autonomy in their
administrational matters which helped them to achieve an unique identity
among the Apostolic Christian communities of Malankara. The 'Knanaya Association' formed in 1918 under the leadership of of its first bishop Mor
Severios Geevarghese laid the foundation for the separate status for the
community within the Malankara Church. The Knanaya Association and thus
the Archdiocese too, comes directly under H.H. the Patriarch and its all
major decisions has to be reported to the supreme authority and get H.H's
consent. However the Archbishop and
metropolitans of the Knanaya Archdiocese are part of the Malankara
of the Indian Church headed by His Beatitude the Catholicos (Maphriyono).
100th anniversary of the
Metropolitan Consecration of
MOR KOORILOSE PAULOSE,
the former Malankara Metropolitan
and head of the
Malankara Jacobite Syrian
Syriac Orthodox Church of India is celebrating the 100th
anniversary of the Metropolitan Consecration of Mor Koorilos Paulose
Kochuparambil, the former Malankara Metropolitan and head of the Malankara
Jacobite Syrian Church with special functions on the coming Saturday and
Sunday (31st of May and 1st of June 2008).
Seminars, photo exhibition etc. on the life and times of the late
metropolitan, will be conducted during the occasion to be held at the
Panampady St. Mary’s Church where the mortal remains of the Holy Father is
interred. The two day programs will begin on 31st May 29, 2008
with the Holy Qurbono being celebrated by His Eminence Mor Thimotheos
Thomas, metropolitan of Kottayam and Archdiocese of Greater India. On
Sunday June 1, 2008, Mor Gregorios Joseph, metropolitan of Kochi and the
Secretary of the Malankara Episcopal Synod will offer Holy Qurbono. The
seminars and other functions will be led by Very Rev. Kuriakose
Corepiscopa Moolayil, Fr. Dr. Mani Rajan and other eminent scholars of the
It was on 31st May
1908, H.E. Mor Koorilos Paulose Kochuparambil was elevated to the high
priest-hood by the then reigning Patriarch of the Holy See of Antioch and
all the East and the supreme head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church,
H.H. Moran Mor Ignatius Abded Aloho II (Abdulla II). The historical
consecration ceremony was held at the St. Mark’s Syriac Orthodox Monastery
in Jerusalem. H.G. Mor Dionsuysis Geevarghese Vattasseril who became the
Malankara Metropolitan after Pulikottil Mor Dionsyius Thirumeni too was
ordained Bishop along with Mor Koorilos on that gracious occasion.
His Beatitude the Catholicos
Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I Bava visits Australia - April 2008
Starting the first-ever visit of a Syriac Orthodox Catholicos to
Australia, H.B. Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I, the Catholicos and
Metropolitan Trustee of the Indian
Church, reached the city of Perth in Australia on Monday 21st April 2008.
The Catholicos who reached here from Singapore was received at the airport
by the Syriac Orthodox Church delegation headed by V. Rev. Fr. Boutros
Touma Issa. Later His Beatitude celebrated the Holy mass at the St.
Ephraim Syriac Orthodox Church in Perth.
On 24th April 2008 the Catholicos reached Melbourne. Rev. Fr. Ullas Varkey,
the vicar of the Melbourne Malankara Syriac Orthodox congregation, its
Vice President Mr Jacob Cherian, Trustee Mr. Joy Alexander, Secretary Mr.
Thomas Abraham (Saji), Committee Members and the others received the
Catholicos at the Airport.
His Beatitude celebrated the Holy Qurbono on Friday, 25th at St. Mary’s
Church, Adelaide and on the 26th Saturday at St. Mary’s Church, in Sydney.
Catholica Bava will return to India on May 1st.
Special issue on the Visit of
Catholicos H.B. Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I to Perth
--Source: Noohro, the Light, Volume 13,
Issue 26 - 27 April 2008--
Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the Patriarch of Antioch & all the East and the
supreme head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, celebrates 75th
Birthday on April 21, 2008
By the Grace of Almighty God,
our Holy father, Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas the Patriarch of the Holy
Apostolic See of Antioch and all the East and the Primate of the Universal
Syriac Orthodox Church is celebrating 75th birthday on 21st April 2008.
On this gracious occasion we wish, our beloved Moran, a blessed and
esteemed, healthy and long life. In our daily prayers, let us pray for His
Holiness to continue to lead the Holy Church with the divine guidance.
Website dedicated in 2005 on
the occasion of His Holiness' 25th year of Patriarchal enthronement in the
Apostolic See of Antioch:
- Catholicos Mor Baselios Thomas I took
charge of the new diocese -
Wednesday, April 16, 2008:
The Idukki diocese in Kerala,
India, was formally inaugurated at a grand function held at the Kattappana
St. George Church today. The official declaration regarding the
diocesan formation was done by Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I, the Catholicos
and the primate of the Syriac Church in India, at the public function held
soon after the Holy Qurbono in the
Kattapana Church. The concerned bull from His Holiness Ignatius Zakka I Iwas,
the Patriarch of Antioch & all the East and the Supreme head of the
Church, was read by H.E. Mor Aphrem Mathews, the
Assistant Metropolitan of the High range region of the Angamali diocese.
Metropolitans, prominent dignitaries of the area and a large number of
faithful from the new diocese were present during the function.
Earlier in the morning a Holy Tri-Mass held at the Kattappana St. George
Church was led by H.B. the Catholicos and assisted by Their Excellencies
the Metropolitans, Mor Aphrem Mathews and Mor Athanasius Elias. At about
11am the public function started which was presided by His Beatitude the
The vast majority of churches
and area which, from now onwards comes under the new diocese was earlier
part of the Kottayam diocese. A small part of the Kandanad diocese
is also included in the new diocese. H.B. Catholicos will hold charge of
the new diocese until a new Metropolitan is installed soon. A diocesan
body, elected from the representatives of the churches in the diocese,
also came into effect from today onwards.
Photos of the Holy Qurbono and
the public function that followed are available in the below link:
6, 2008 :
An Aramaic Syriac Orthodox priest was shot to death yesterday
Saturday morning in a neighbourhood of the capital of Baghdad.
Father Youssef Adel was gunned down and killed in a drive-by shooting in
one of Baghdad’s considered safest neighbourhoods Karrada. This barbaric
attack took place outside of his house near the St. Peter and Paul Syriac
Orthodox church where he presides.
Father Youssef Adel, had once before escaped the Sunni dominant
neighbourhood of Dora and the slaughtering of the Christians, at a time
when rebellious Islamic were burning down churches and Christian homes.
Father Youssef Adel and his wife Lamia moved to a
considerably safe area called Karradah and became the priest of St. Peter
and Paul Syriac Orthodox Church.
But the Christian blood colours the streets of Iraq,
and father Youssef Adel became yet another martyr of the Syriac Orthodox
Church. On 9th October 2006 another west
Aramaic Syriac Orthodox Priest was kidnapped and beheaded by a terrorist
group in Mosul. His name was Paulus Iskander Behnam of St. Afrem Church.
Father Youssef Adel was shot down with a silencer,
and collapsed in front of his home. Neighbours and arameans (syriacs) from
all over the district flocked and cried outside father Youssef Adel house.
His body was brought to the church of Saint Peter and
Paul Syriac Orthodox Church and the funeral was led by the Archbishop of
Baghdad Mor Severius Hawa and Syriac Orthodox clergy on Sunday morning.
The Patriarch of Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch,
H.H. Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, condemned this barbaric action and said “We should
not surrender to grief but we must look on his departure through the eye
of faith and see his pious spirit flying in paradise with the spirits of
the martyrs, saints and devout priests.”
Pope Benedict XVI expressed his sorrow over the
killing of this Aramaic Syriac orthodox priest and urged for an end to the
violence in Iraq.
Message from Patriarch H.H. Ignatius Zakka I Iwas,
celebration of H.B. Baselius Thomas I was held at Damascus in
presence of the Patriarch H.H. Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, on 1st April
2008. The event was attended by His Excellency the Ambassador of
India Sri. Guatam Mukhopadhay, Italian Ambassador to Syria H.E.
Mr. Achille Hmerio, H.E Dr. Mor Coorilos Geevargis etc. and paid
their felicitation speeches and the Catholicos paid the reply
It was attended by the 245 faithful from India, the Mor Aphrem
Seminary students, Sisters, and other guests from Syria. After
that there was a love feast for all at a hotel with Jubilee Cake
cutting. The photos of the event can be viewed at the following
The Knanaya Association, the supreme decision making body of the Knanaya
Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese in India, which met at the Archdiocesan
headquarters at Mor Aphrem Seminary, Chingavanam in Kottayam on
Wednesday, has elected two auxiliary bishops, Rev. Kuriakose
Kolath and Rev. Job Thottathil, for the community. They were elected by the 317 member
body through split votes. Rev. Thottathil received 214 votes. Rev.
Kolath received 187 votes. The meeting was chaired by Archbishop Mor
Severios Kuriakose, head of the Knanaya Jacobite Syrian Archdiocese.
His Holiness Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the Patriarch of Antioch & all
the East and the Supreme head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox
Church, is expected ordain them as new Metropolitans within the next
two months at a solemn function to be held at the Patriarchal
Cathedral in Damascus, Syria. With the induction of the newly
elected Metropolitans, the Knanaya Archdiocese will have four
One of the newly
elected metropolitan designates, Rev. Fr. Job Thottathil, is now
serving the Knanaya churches at London, Manchester and Bristol in
Great Britain. He was born on April 18, 1972 as the son of
Thurithikad Thottathil K O Uthup and Kunjujamma. He took his
Commerce degree from Calicut University and had the theological
studies at the St. Ephraim Seminary, Damascus, Syria and Serampor
University, India. It was on August 9, 1999 he entered full priesthood. He is
now having his doctoral studies at the Manchester university.
Rev. Fr. Kuriakose
Kolath, the other bishop-elect is at present the Vicar of the Ranny
St. Mary's Church (Valiya Pally). He is also the secretary of the
priestly council of the Archdiocese. Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Kolath was
born on June 9, 1964 to Kolath K G Abraham and Thankamma. He
attained his degree and post graduation from the Kerala and M.G.
Universities respectively. Later he joined the Vidiya Jyothi Catholic
seminary, New Delhi from where he received degree in theological
studies. On August 15, 1993 the former Metropolitan of the
Archdiocese, H.E. Mor Clemis Abraham ordained him Kassisso (full
priest) at the St. George Church, Neelamperoor. He is also one of the
directors of the Othara Asramam.
Passion week in Malankara,
Maundy Thursday observed;
Washing of feet ceremony held by high
Thursday was observed in all the churches of Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church
with special services on 20 March
in the evening, 'Washing of the Feet' ceremony was held by the high
priests in churches commemorating Jesus having washed the feet of
his disciples before the Last Supper.
The Primate of the Syrian
Church in India, His Beatitude the Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I,
is leading the passion week ceremonies at the St. Peter's Simhasana
Cathedral in the State Capital, Trivandrum. His Beatitude the
Catholios performed the 'Washing the Feet' ceremony as part of the Maundy
Thursday ceremonies at St. Peter's Cathedral. Thousands of faithful
attended the holy ceremony. On Friday 21, 2008, the Malankara Syrian
Christians observes the Good Friday services.
The Church in Malankara
since 1953, is observing the Great lent as per the Gregorian calendar in
par with the other major Christian communities in India. The Syrian
Orthodox Church elsewhere, in Middle East & Diaspora, follows the
Julian calendar as per its age old tradition. This years passion week as
per the Julian calendar comes on the fourth week of April this year.
The Holy Service
being conducted by H.E Dr. Kuriakose Mor Theophilose, the
resident metropolitan of M.S.O.T. Seminary in Kerala and the
diocesan Bishop of UAE, U.K. & EUROPE at the St. Peter's Jacobite
Syrian Orthodox Church, Bahrain
2008 Lent Encyclical from
MORAN MOR IGNATIUS ZAKKA I IWAS,
the Patriarch of Antioch &
all the East
THE NAME OF THE SELF – EXISTENT
SEMPITERNAL OF NECESSARY EXISTENCE
PATRIARCH OF THE HOLY SEE OF ANTIOCH AND ALL THE EAST
HEAD OF THE UNIVERSAL SYRIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
ZAKKA I, IWAS
THE ONE THOUSAND
THREE HUNDRED YEARS ANNIVERSARY
OF THE DEPARTURE OF
ST. JACOB OF EDESSA (+708)
TO THE HEAVENLY
St. Paul the apostle
said, “Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God
to you, whose faith follows, considering the outcome of their conduct.”
We offer apostolic
benediction and benevolent prayers, to our brethren, His Beatitude Mor
Baselius Thomas 1st, Catholicos of India, and their Eminences the
Metropolitans, our spiritual children the Patriarchal Vicars, archpriests,
priests, monks, deacons, and our blessed Syriac Orthodox people worldwide.
May the divine providence embrace them through the intercession of the
Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and the rest of the saints and martyrs. Amen.
We pray for your well
being and ask God to keep you in good health body and soul.
On the occasion of the
One Thousand Three Hundred years anniversary of the assumption of St.
Jacob of Edessa to the heavenly abodes, we are pleased to declare this
year “2008” the year of St. Jacob of Edessa in our Universal Syriac
Orthodox church. And as we issue our decree in this regard, we ponder the
lifetime achievements of this great Saint and summarize his glorious
biography as follows: ...........
For the full text of
the Patriarchal Encyclical, click ...
Patriarch of the Holy See of Antioch & all the East)
... Pilgrim week at
beings on February 10th ...
... Pilgrims to reach the dayro
on 15th evening ...
... Holy Tri-mass on 16th ...
Preparations have been completed for the 76th Dukrono of St. Ignathios Elias III at Manjinikkara Dayro in Omallur from February 10 to 16.
Adequate facilities are arranged for the thousands of participants who are
expected to reach dayro as part of the annual Manjinikkara pilgrimage.
All the Syrian Jacobite churches in India would observe February 10 as the
Patriarchal-flag hoisting day. On that day a special Holy Tri-Mass would be held at the dayro
cathedral under the leadership of H.E. Yuhananon
Mor Milithios (Metropolitan of Thumpamon diocese), H.E. Mathews Mor Thevodosios
(Metropolitan of Kollam diocese) and
H.E. Geevarghese Mor Athanasios (dayro auxiliary Metropolitan).
After the Holy Mass, Patriarchal flag would be hoisted on the dayro premises.
Discourse meetings would be held on all days from February 11 to 14.
On the pilgrim sangamam day on February 15, the participants would
be given a traditional reception at Omallur Cross Junction under the
leadership of dayro head H.E. Geevarghese Mor Devanasios and auxiliary
Metropolitan H.E. Geevarghese Mor Athanasios.
The pilgrim sangamam to be held on the dayara premises would be presided over by
His Beatitude the Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I, the Metropolitan
Trustee & head of the Malankara Syrian Church. The honourable Minister for
State, Shri. Mons Joseph, would inaugurate the
sangamam. Representative of His Holiness the Patriarch of Antioch would deliver the
benediction address. H.E. Yuhananon Mor Philexinos, Metropolitan of
Malabar diocese, would deliver the key-note
On February 16, at 3 am, Holy Mass
led by H.E.
will be held at St. Stephen's church situated adjacent to the dayro
At 5.30 am, the Holy Tri-Mass at the Dayro
Cathedral will be led by His Beatitude the Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios
Thomas I, assisted by H.E. Mor Severios Abraham and H.E. Mor Chrysostmos
The pilgrim week and the 76th dukrono
celebrations of St. Elias III will come to an end with the Holy Mass to be
con-celebrated at 8.30 am at the dayro cathedral by His Eminence the
Patriarchal delegate, followed by a Rasa.
Fifth meeting of the International Joint
Commission for Theological Dialogue between the
Roman Catholic Church held at St. Aphrem
Syriac Orthodox Monastery,
from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, 2008
The fifth meeting of the International
Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and
the Oriental Orthodox Churches took place in St. Aphrem Syrian Orthodox
Monastery in Maarrat Saydnaya, Damascus-Syria, January 27 to February 2,
2008. The meeting was chaired jointly by His Eminence Cardinal
Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian
Unity and His Eminence Metropolitan Bishoy of Damiette, General Secretary
of the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
In the opening speech,
His Holiness Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I
Iwas of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch and All the East,
emphasised the importance of joint meetings of Oriental Orthodox and
Catholic Churches, which are very close in faith matters, to improve and
expand its bilateral relations, due to the increased religious terrorism,
secularism etc. seen today.
delegates from the Catholic Church, were representatives of the following
Oriental Orthodox Churches: the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Syrian
Orthodox Church, the Armenian Apostolic Church-Catholicosate of All
Armenians, the Armenian Apostolic Church-Holy See of Cilicia, and the
Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
delegations met separately before the first plenary session, which took
place on January 29. The bulk of the meeting was devoted to the
examination of a draft document produced by the drafting committee,
entitled “Nature, Constitution and
Mission of the Church.” The
drafting committee will elaborate the document in the light of the
discussion at this plenary session and present a revised text at the next
meeting. In addition, two papers were presented on the goal of our
morning of January 31, on behalf of the Commission, His Holiness the
Syrian Orthodox Patriarch and His Eminence Walter Cardinal Kasper were
received by His Excellency Dr. Bashar Al-Assad, President of the
Eminence Metropolitan Bishoy was unable to attend for health reasons. On
the evening of January 31, the members of the commission attended a
concert in the patriarchal cathedral. The event was followed by a banquet
in the St. Aphrem Seminary that was attended by government officials as
well as Muslim and other Christian leaders.
Meanwhile the absence of one of the two
Oriental Orthodox Churches from India, the Indian Orthodox Church (also
called Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church), is said to be because of the
recent developments in Kerala where two of their metropolitans were said
to have ordained a German person, who is under the jurisdiction of Syrian
Orthodox Patriarch, as a Bishop, and it was strongly condemned by all
Oriental Orthodox and Catholic Church heads. The Joint Commission's
Co-Chairman and Pontifical Council President Cardinal Walter Casper
informed that the Catholic Church issued instruction to its European
Church centres, not to receive the said Bishop in any of its dioceses or
institutions. The Armenian Church head H.H. Aram I is planning to visit
Malankara to meet and discuss with the warring factions, in order to
arrive at a peaceful solution.
Mor Theophilus George Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Secretary of
the Holy Synod of the Syriac Orthodox Church led the
Antiochian Syriac Orthodox Church
The Antiochian Syriac Orthodox Church from
India (Jacobite Syrian Christian Church) was represented in the meeting by
H.E. Dr. Kuriakose Mor Theophilos, Metropolitan of the Malankara Syrian
Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kerala and the Catholic Church in India was
represented by Rev. Fr. Dr. Mathew Vellanikkal.
meeting of the International Commission will be hosted by the Catholic
Rome in January 25-31, 2009.
Dukrono of St. Athanasious Paulose (Valiya Thirumeni)
- Malankara Metropolitan, 1918-'53
** Thrikkunnathu Church
Perunnal on January 25th & 26th**
known as 'Valiya Thirumeni', is one of the luminous stars of the
Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, who as the head of the Church in India,
successfully guided its destiny for nearly four decades. It was his firm
faith, persistent efforts and ardent prayers that helped the Malankara
Syrian community to maintain their ancient links with the Holy See of
Antioch. Because of his
strong determination to uphold the traditions and faith of the Holy
Church, he is often described in the Church history as 'Sathya
Viswasa Samrakshakan' (Defender of True Faith),
a title conferred to him by the Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem I.
Consecrated as Metropolitan for the Angamali
diocese in 1910 by Patriarch Mor Ignatius Abded `Aloho (Abdulla II), he
became the Malankara Metropolitan of the Jacobite Syrian Church in 1918
following the demise of Mor Koorilose Paulose Kochuparambil.
The historical Malankara Association of 1935 held at Karingachira
St. George church once again unanimously chose H.G. as the Malankara
Metropolitan. It was Valiya Thirumeni who sowed the seed for the
overall development of the Angamali diocese in its present form.
Under his able and determined leadership, the seminary at
thrikkunnathu became a major study centre for the upcoming clergy.
During his 34-year tenure as Malankara Metropolitan, the
Thrikkunnathu Seminary also functioned as the Jacobite Syrian Church
headquarters. In 1932 he rebuilt the nearby Thrikkunnathu St. Mary's
Church in its present form. Around that time he brought many
Syriac Christian familes from various parts of Angamali diocese and
gave them land bought by him, free of cost, near to
the Thrikkunnathu Seminary and also helped them to construct houses
by distributing his personal savings which he raised through the
selling of his inherited family properties.
Athanasius Valiya Thirumeni is the founder father
of many of the spiritual organizations in the Church
like the Sunday School Association and the Marth Mariam Samajam.
'Mor Gregorios Students Association', named after his mentor St.
Gregorios Chathuruthil, happens to be
the first students organization in Malankara that adopted the name
of St. Gregorios of Parumala. The St. Antony's
brotherhood and St. Mary's sisterhood, were started under his guidance and
initiative. After serving the Church in Malankara for more than four decades, he
passed away on 25th January 1953 at the age of 84 and was entombed the
very next day in
the room on northern side of the madbho of the St. Mary's
church at Thrikkunnathu,
Alwaye, confirming to his last
The sacred tombs of the former Angamali diocesan Metropolitans Their
Athanasious Paulose Kadavil and Mor Gregorios Vayaliparambil are also
situated by the side of Valiya Thirumeni's last resting place.
Known for his piety,
integrity, sincerity and unflinching faith, the spiritual father is
remembered by the Malankara Church with great veneration. Valiya Thirumeni
loved his people and defended them until his last, leaving behind him a
magnificent legacy. He
dedicated his entire life for the cause of the Church and the society.
revere him asa saintlyfather; heis the pride of the
Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church. Fifty one
years after his demise, on 19th August 2004, the Church beatified Mor
Athanasius Paulose. Valiya Thirumeni is the only prelate from India, other
than St. Gregorios Geevarghese
Thirumeni) of Malankara who
has been raised to the status of sainthood.
Recently launched website on the life of
St. Athanasious Paulose of Malankara (Valiya
Mulanthruthy Marthoman Church, known as the Jerusalem of Malankara,
completing 900 years of its founding
The historically important church of the
Jacobite Syrian Christians at Mulanthuruthy, named after Apostle Thomas,
is now on the verge of completing 900 years of its founding. The occasion
is also marked with the 1100th year anniversary of offering the first Holy
Mass at Mulanthuruthy Cross. The year long celebrations connected with
these historic occasions was inaugurated on 12th January 2008 at a grand
function held at the Church premises. Rt. Rev. Joseph Marthoma
Metropolitan the head of the sister Marthoma Syrian Church of Malabar
lighted the traditional lamp marking the inaugural function and
Metropolitan of Kochi diocese His Grace Mor Gregorios Joseph presided over
the meeting. His
Beatitude Mor Baselios Thomas I, Catholicos and head of
the Jacobite Syrian Christian Church of India who is celebrating the
sacerdotal golden jubilee was facilitated during the ceremony. A large number of
dignitaries including Metropolitans, Ministers, representatives of State
and thousands of parishioners participated in the inaugural meeting and
the subsequent programs.
Rt. Rev. Joseph Marthoma Metropolitan,
head of the Marthoma Syrian Church
inaugurating the year-long celebrations
Mulanthuruthy Mar Thoman
Church, established about 900 years before, has great historical significance for the Malankara
Syrian Orthodox Church. The church in its long history has hosted many
prominent fathers of the Church and was also the venue of many important
meetings. At least three prelates from Antiochean Syrian Orthodox Church
is entombed here, besides being the mother parish of many past and present
metropolitans including St. Gregorios of Malankara. The relic of Apostle
St. Thomas is interred in this church. Because of its historic importance,
the church is known in Malankara as '2nd Jerusalem'.
1675, Mor Anthrayos arrived at this church and lived here for several
years. Mor Ivanius Hidayatullah who accompanied
Maphryono Mor Baselius Yaldo resided at
this church for a few years, entered into eternal rest on August 16, 1693
and was buried on the south side of the sanctuary of this church. The
Patriarch of Jerusalem, Mor Gregorius Yuhanon took residence at this
church in 1751, entered into eternal rest on July 10, 1773 and was buried
on the north side of the sanctuary. On Tuesday, September 2, 1874, Mor
Qurillos Yuyakim from Tur `Abdin consecrated and sent to Malankara by
Patriarch Ya`qub II in 1846 as Reesh Episcopa of Malankara was buried on
the north side of the church.
Patriarch Peter IV presided over the
famous Mulanthuruthy Synod at
this church from Mithunam 15 to 17, 1876. The Malankara Association was
formed at this Synod. On August 17, 1876 the Mulanthuruthy padiyola
was registered. On Chingam 15, 1876 Patriarch Peter IV consecrated Holy Chrism (Mooron). On August 6, 1911,
Patriarch `Abded Aloho II consecrated
Holy Chrism at this church.
Patriarch Ya`qub III visited this church
on June 15, 1964 and
Patriarch Zakka I on March 11, 1982,
April 9, 2000, and September 27, 2004. On September 27, 2004, the second
Mulanthuruthy Synod was held here presided by Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka
I Iwas. This Synod reiterated the Malankara Church is an integral part of
the Syrian Orthodox Church and under the spiritual authority of the
Patriarch of Antioch. The Synod marked the formal separation of the
Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church from the erstwhile 'Metran Faction' now
known as Malankara Orthodox Church or the Indian Orthodox Church.
On December 20, 1987, the
Patriarchal Encyclical permitting the
inclusion of the names of
Mor Baselius Yaldo,
Patriarch Elias III and
Mor Gregorius of Parumala in the fifth
diptych in Malankara Churches was first read here. On July 3, 1994, a
relic of St. Thomas
given to the church by Patriarch Mor Zakka I, who as Archbishop of Mosul
had discovered the relics in the Church of St. Thomas at Mosul, was
installed in this church. This church is also the home parish of the
famous bishops of the Malankara Church known popularly as
Kattumangattu Bavamar, the lone saint of the Malankara Church,
Mor Gregorius and Malankara Metropolitan
Kochuparambil Paulose Mor Koorilose. Qasheesho Shrambikkal
Pallathittayil Gheevarghese, the spiritual master of Mor Gregorius of
Parumala was laid to rest in this church on December 23, 1863.
Grand beginning to the
of Catholicos Mor Baselios Thomas I
The golden jubilee celebrations of the priestly ordination of
Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I, head of the Jacobite Syriac
Christian Church of India, got to a grand start at Kothamangalam on
Sunday 16th December. The celebrations started with Holy Qurbono led
by the Catholica Bava at the Kothamangalam MarthMariam Cathedral (Valiya
Pally) followed by prayers at the sacred tomb of Maphryono St.
Baselios Yeldho Bava at the nearby Mar Thoma Church (Cheriapally).
Later in the evening a massive rally, attended by thousands of
faithful, was taken out from Mar Thoma Cheriapally premises to
converge on the Mar Athanasius College indoor stadium where a
mammoth public meeting was inaugurated by Chief Minister V.S.
The greeting message from His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I
Iwas, the Patriarch of Antioch & all the East and the supreme head
of the Holy Church, addressed to the Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios
Thomas I on His Beatitude's 50th year of priestly ordination was
read out by Metropolitan Mor Ivanios Mathews of Kandanad diocese.
The Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanadan while inaugurating the meeting,
described the Catholicos as an asset to the social and cultural
spheres of the State and the Christian Church and called noted his
exemplary interventions in social issues.
Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi gave away
the keys of the 10 completed houses out of the 100 houses to be
built for poor in the next one year period of the jubilee
celebrations. Kothamangalam bishop of Roman Catholic Church, Mar
George Punnakkotil delivered the keynote address.
Minister of State for fisheries, S Sharma dedicated the pain and
palliative cancer care centre at Perumbavur, built in memory of the
Golden jubilee celebrations of Catholica Bava. Assistant
Metropolitan of the Angamali diocese, H.G Mor Severios Abraham
presided over the meeting which was attended by 19 Metropolitans of
the Church. Members of Parliament P.C.Thomas and Francis George,
Members of Kerala legislative Assembly T.U.Kurivilla and Saju Paul,
UDF convener P P Thankachen, Mar Athanasius College association
secretary M P Varghese, Chairpersons of Kothamangalam and
Muvattupuzha municipalities, the trustee, secretary and other key
office bearers of the Church also spoke on the occasion.
Mor Abded Aloho
II, Patriarch of Antioch & all the East
(Dec 9, 1915
- St.Mark Monastery, Jerusalem)
Mor `Abded-Aloho II Sattuf (Abd'Allah II in
Arabic) was born in Sadad in the year
1883. He became a
monk at an early age, and later was ordained priest. In 1870, he
toured the area of Tur `Abdin and
recorded the names of villages, monasteries, churches, clergy
and the families living in the area. He was consecrated bishop
of Jerusalem in 1872 by Patriarch Peter IV and accompanied the
Patriarch to England and India from 1874 to 1877. After the
return of the Patriarch from India, he stayed for two more years
before going back to London where he secured a printing press
for Deir al-Za`faran. After his return, `Abded-Aloho served as
the bishop of Syria and then of Amid. He paid a second visit to
London, during which he attended sessions of the 1888 Lambeth
Conference, and secured a second printing press. After the
deposition of Patriarch `Abded-Mshiho II
(`Abdul Masih) in 1903, `Abded-Aloho was
elected and consecrated Patriarch in 1906. Shortly after, he
visited London for the third time en route to India in 1908-12.
In London, he met King Edward VII twice. In India, he
established the Knanaya diocese. After his return from India in
1912, he stayed at Dayro d-Mor Marqos in Jerusalem till his death in 1915 and
was buried there.
Akaparambu Mor Sabor Mor Afroth
Church - Estd. 825
declared Cathedral on 1st December
[Feast of Mor Sabor & Mor Aphrot - Nov 30 to Dec 2]
in 825, Akaparambu Mor Sabor Mor Afroth
Church is one of the ancient churches of the
Angamaly Diocese of
the Malankara Jacobite Syrian
Church. It is believed to have been founded by
Mor Sabor and Mor Afroth,
two saintly men who came to
Malankara along with a group of Syrian Christian
immigrants lead by a merchant named Sapor Esho
to preach the Gospel in 822..Thischurch
was named after the martyr saints of the early church, Mor Sabor
and Mor Aphroth, after whom the two were also named. The church
they established in Kayamkulam was also in the same name of
these two saints. Both churches were popularly known as the
'Church of the Qadishangal'. The main feast of
the church is held for 3 days every year from November 30th
November to December 2nd.
KIDNAPPED SYRIAC ORTHODOX PRIEST
WAS RELEASED UNHARMED - Reuters
Turkey (Reuters) - Syriac Christian priest kidnapped this week in
southeast Turkey was released unharmed on Friday.
"The priest was released in good
condition...," Batman province Deputy Governor Aziz Mercan told
Reuters. Television images showed the bearded man wiping tears from
his eyes and embracing security personnel.
Unknown assailants ambushed Daniel
Savci's car on Wednesday as the 55-year-old priest was traveling to
the Mor Yakup monastery near the town of Midyat. The kidnappers were
reported to have sought a ransom of 300,000 euros ($442,400).
Yacoub Burd’ono (James or Jacob) was born at Tella Mouzalat, as the son of Theophilus (Theophilus
Bar-Manu) who was a priest of the Syrian Orthodox Church. At the
age of 2 years, Yacoub was
entrusted to the care of Eustathius, the chief of the Monastery (Reesh Dayro),
at Phaselita, near Nisbis. He learnt Greek, Syriac and the basics of asceticism
at the monastery.....The Syrian Orthodox Church gratefully
remember Yacoub Burd’ono for he is responsible for restoring the Church from
extinction by his indomitable zeal and untiring activity..... Yacoub Burd’ono died at the monastery of Romanus
or Cassianus on July 30, 578. His
episcopate is said to have extended over 37 years, and his life, according to Renaudot to 73 years. The feast of Mor Yacoub Burd’ono, the protector of faith,
is celebrated mainly on two days, viz; November 28 and July 31st..
Michael Rabo, a renowned scholar and famous historian, is
considered one of the greatest Patriarchs of Antioch. He. was
born in Melitine in the year 1126 and became monk at Mor
Barsawmo Monastery. He mastered Literature, Linguistics,
Declension, History, Theology and all sorts of literature. On
18th October 1166 Mor Michael Rabo was installed the 79th
Patriarch of Antioch. He reigned the Holy See for a period of
thirty three years and departed this earthy life to the heavenly
chamber on 7th November 1199.
GREGORIOS CENTRE, the new headquarters of the Niranam diocese,
located near to Thiruvalla town was consecrated by His Beatitude
the Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I Bava on 2nd November
2007. A nuumber of Syriac Christian Metropolitans and
clergy were also present during the consecration ceremony.
The centre, consecrated on the 105th feast day of the
great Saint of Malankara, Chathuruthil Mor Gregorios, was named
after the holy father who was the first Metropolitan of the
105 years have
since the great Saint of Malankara MOR GREGORIOS
BAVA (Parumala Thirumeni),
departed to his heavenly abode. But his memories are still
afresh in the minds of Malankara people, passed through
generations. He was born
in the distinguished priestly family of 'Pallithatta Thanagattu'
in the village of Mulunthuruthy near Cochin on 15th June 1848.
childhood days he followed a very disciplined life which was
enriched by prayer and fasting.His
Grace was a man of prayer and made it clear to the world that
Prayer and devotion is mightier than any worldly possession.
new HQ of the Kandanad diocese named after Maphryono Shakralla
Mor Baselios and located near to the ancient Kanadand Morth
Mariam church was consecrated on 21st October 2007. The
holy ceremony was led by His Beatitude Catholicos Mor Baselios