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Thursday, November 08, 2012 12:49:56 AM (IST)  

Udupi: Orthodox Syrian Church Celebrates 100 Yrs with Grand Event

Udupi: Orthodox Syrian Church Celebrates 100 Yrs with Grand Event

Kevin Rodrigues
Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi
Pics: Harick D’souza, Dazz Digital Studio

Udupi, Nov 8:
Catholicate Re-establishment Centenary Celebrations of Brahmavar diocese of the Indian (Malankara) Orthodox Syrian Church was held on Wednesday November 7 at St Mary's Orthodox Syrian Community Hall, Brahmavar.

A grand welcome was accorded to Thomas Mar Athanasius - Metropolitan, Chenganoor diocese, Geevarghese Mar Coorilos – Metropolitan, Bombay Diocese, Kuriakose Mar Clemis – Metropolitan, Thumpamon Diocese, and Yakob Mar Elias – Metropolitan, Brahmavar Diocese. They were taken in a vehicle procession which started from the Karavali junction, Udupi at 12.30 pm.

Nearly 200 vehicles and more than a thousand people participated in the vehicle rally.

The public meeting started with a prayer led by Thomas Mar Athanasius, Bishop and Metroploitan of Chengannur Diocese. Edna Lewis read a passage from the Bible. A prayer song was sung by the prayer group of St Mary's Orthodox Syrian Church, Brahmavar.

Thomas Mar Athanasius inaugurated the function by lighting the lamp.

Yakob Mar Elias read out the message from Baselios Paulose II, Supreme Head, Catholicos of the East and the Malankara Metroploitan. He said that this is the church that holds a 2000-year-old heritage in history. "The church has remained faithful to its Apostolic faith, delivered by St Thomas in 1st century," he added.

Thomas Mar Athanasius, in his inaugural address, said that the church is a National Church and is the only one that has adopted the Indian culture within its worship, life and customs. "It is headed by an Indian and not by a foreigner. It is democratic and episcopal," he said.

Kuriakose Mar Clemis said, "We are a part of the 1st century, with 1,960 years of existence. We are a part of the land where St Thomas' martyrdom was witnessed," he added.

Geevarghese Mar Coorilos wished that this diocese be one of the greatest diocese ever to exist. At the same time, he recalled the efforts of Bishop Alvares in shaping it.

Fr M O John, Church Historian (History and Significance of Catholicate), in his address highlighted that this was the most wonderful and colourful programme during their catholicate centenary Sandesh Yatra.

"Catholicate shows the existence of Apostolic succession and throne of St Thomas in this Church and land," he said. 

He explained the history of the Catholicate in brief and said, "The title Catholicos is older than patriarchate or pope. Even the Syrian Patriarch, Patriarch Abdul Meshiha emphasized the fact that Catholicos of Indian (Malankara) Orthodox church is legitimate and the Catholicos throne is fully independent (Indian) from others (no foreign domination)", he said.

Yakob Mar Elias, in his presidential address said, "I have just a few words to thank you all to be able do organize such an event within such a short time."

K Raghupati Bhat, MLA, Udupi, said, "I feel proud to be part of this programme that has been organized by the most ancient Indian Church. Such a historic existence of Christians in India was never known to me before." He praised the contribution made by the SMS Educational Institutions to the society in sports as well as in academics form KG to PG.

Industrialist and KPCC member Pramod Madhwaraj said, "The democratic nature of this church really touched me. I can see the humbleness and kind gestures of the Indian culture very much rooted in these people."

Yakob Mar Elias presented the mementos to the guest of the programme.

Yakob Mar Elias, Thomas Mar Athanasius, Kuriakose Mar Clemis, Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, Fr M O John, Church historian, Fr Skaria, Fr Jessen, Fr Ashwin Fernandes, Fr Mathai, Delegates from Catholicate Centre, Devalokam, Fr T M Eldho - The Brahmavar Diocesan secretary, MLA Raghupathi Bhat, Industiralist Pramod Madhawaraj, S Narayan, president Varamaballi gram panchyath, Ivan Suares, Zaclaruash Mani, V C Manni, Johnson and Alex from the Manganing Committee members of Brahmavar diocese were present on the dais.

Fr Lawrence D’souza - vicar general, St Mary's Orthodox Syrian Cathedral, Brahmavar, welcomed the dignitaries and the gathering. Fr T M Eldho - The Brahmavar Diocesan secretary, rendered the vote of thanks. Fr Mathai and Vallerain Crasta compered the programme. More than 2000 people attended this historical event.

The programme concluded with the final blessings from Thomas Mar Athanasius. The choir group sang the Catholicate Anthem (Catholica Mangala Ganam), and at the end all the events, the National Anthem of India was sung.


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Comments on this article
Roshan Braganza, Mumbai / Udyavar
Friday, November 09, 2012

Syrian catholics have very rich history and established by St Thomas Himself. He doubted the 'ressurection of Jesus ' and had special privilege to put his finger to one his wounds. He is witness to Living Jesus ( second person holy trinity ). Its not suprising to see syrian catholics are rich in indian culture and embeded with it. Not controlled by foreign fascist elements but more democratic. ......../ The word catholica first coined for them later copied by vatican . And Roman catholic heirachy very well western controlled , and origin itself has very controversial history. Dating back to constantine ( was a pagan before ) to the prosecution in later centuries. . Its the fact that portugeese and other europe missionaries tried to supress syrian culture in coastal region , claiming they r the first ones to bring christianity to India.

Sunil G Lewis, Balkudru/Dubai
Thursday, November 08, 2012

Great event in SMS Church Nice photography and news by Daijiworld.

jerome D'silva, uppoor/kuwait
Thursday, November 08, 2012

A very great eventin Brahmavar Thanks to Daiji for nice coverage.

jerome D'silva, uppoor/kuwait
Thursday, November 08, 2012

A very great eventin Brahmavar Thanks to Daiji for nice coverage.

ronald, sasthan/kuwait
Thursday, November 08, 2012

It's very nice to see our homechurch.I thank all the people who involved in making this event a meorableand successful.It shows our unity and our orthodox belief and a true relegion.Thanks alot to all.

Dennis, Sulkudru/Dammam
Thursday, November 08, 2012

It is an historical and prestigeous moment for SMS church and its community. Congrats and thanks SMS Church management committee for making this event a great success.

David D'silva, Uppinakote/Kuwait
Thursday, November 08, 2012

Superb event. Hosted the function very well.Thanks to Daijiworld for the live coverage and for Mr.Harick for the photos. God Bless All.

Anil M Lobo, Brahmavar/Bangalore
Thursday, November 08, 2012

Great event for SMS after a long time. Thanks daiji for good coverage and also appreciation to everyone for their efforts in putting up the show :)

Roshan Rodrigues, Airody / Kuwait
Thursday, November 08, 2012

Great & blessed event.Thank you Daiji for nice coverage of photos & news & live videos. we (who all are staying out of india) really missed this opportunity.

Gretta Lewis, Handady/Kuwait
Thursday, November 08, 2012

Great &blessed event.Thank you daiji world for nice coverage of photos& news.

Francis Rodrigues, Hungarcutta/Mumbai
Thursday, November 08, 2012

Congratulations to all on this occasion and for carrying out the procession in grandeur. Thanks to Daijiworld for bringing this Centenary celebration and procession photographs.

T.dsilva, UDUPI
Thursday, November 08, 2012

A great event in Brahmavar. Nice coverage and photos by Daijiworld.
May God bless all.

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