Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Patriarch of Antioch to visit Pathanamthitta

Patriarch of Antioch to visit Pathanamthitta Staff Reporter
For jubilee celebrations of Catholicos Baselius Thomas-I

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.

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