Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The historic 4th Apostolic Visit of the Patriarch to Malankara ends; His Holiness left for Damascus

The historic 4th Apostolic Visit of the Patriarch to Malankara ends; His Holiness left for Damascus

After completing the historic 4th apostolic visit to Malankara the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iywas, head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, left for Damascus via Dubai today (29 October 2008) morning 9:30 am from the Nedumbassery International Airport. His Beatitude the Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I, Metropolitans, Corepiscopos, Rambans, Priests, Lay leaders, Kerala Legislative Assembly Members, Government Officials and a large number of faithful were present in the Airport to bid farewell to their beloved spiritual father. His Holiness the Patriarch and the delegation once again thanked the faithful in India for the love and affection they are showering towards the Holy See.
 
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) was one of the main event of this Apostolic visit.
 
The year-long sacerdotal Golden jubilee celebrations of the Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I, the regional head of the Syrian Christian Church of India, came to an end on 19 October 2008 with a grand reception given to His Holiness the Patriarch and His Beatitude the Catholicos at the Marine Drive grounds in Kochi. As many as 1,00,000 faithful attended the function held, to welcome His Holiness the Patriarch on his 4th Apostolic visit to India and to facilitate the Catholicos on his sacerdotal Golden jubilee.

His Holiness also attended, Syrian Christian Association, Managing committee and Holy Synod.
 
The 4th Apostolic visit of Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iywas to Malankara which lasted for 12-days was in fact a historic one. The people thronged in every place to have a glimpse of their supreme spiritual leader. His Holiness conquered the heart of millions and strengthened the centuries old ties the Church in Malankara has with the Holy See of St. Peter.

This visit of the Patriarch was one of the most memorable events in the history of the Malankara Church.
 
For more details, please visit: http://www.syrianchurch.org/AV2008/index.htm
 
 

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