Archive for November 2016
The Diocese of Bombay, organised a reception for HH Abune Mathias I, the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, on November 24, 2016. The Patriarch and other Ethiopian delegates visited the Cathedral after the inauguration of St Gregorios International Cancer care centre in Parumala, Kerala, and Bicentenary memorial celebration of Sabha Jyothis Pulikkottil Joseph Mar Dionysius Metropolitan, the previous day.The Ethiopian students, some of them from Puṇe and different parts of Maharashtra, led the reception ceremony with prayers and hymns in Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia and addresses by the dignitaries.
Rev Fr Koshy Alex, the Secretary of Diocese of Bombay welcomed the guests, followed by the presidential address by HG Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, who called the historic event ”a God- given opportunity to welcome the supreme head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Mumbai” and ” a blessing for the Indian Orthodox Church.”
Very Rev NS Verghese Cor-Episcopa, in his felicitation address called the event ” a moment of great joy.” “Whenever and wherever there is an Orthodox gathering, there is a sense of joy, love and fellowship which cannot be expressed in words. And greater is the joy when the Holy Patriarch of an Orthodox Church is in our midst,” said the Cor-Episcopa. He praised the presence of the Ethiopians in the parishes here and commended their “zeal, passion and devotion” to the Orthodox faith, further adding,” It is said, if you want to see a strong, orthodox person, then proceed to Ethiopia.”
HE Mesfin Gebremariam, the Consulate General of Ethiopian Consulate in Mumbai, graced the occasion with his wife. He praised the cordial relations between India and Ethiopia and called the visit of HH Abune Mathias I “a manifestation of growing relations” between the two countries. “Ethiopia values India in our socio-economic development, since the establishment of our bilateral and diplomatic relations,” he added, while lauding the Indian missions of United Nations in Ethiopia. He further added the historic commonness between the nations and the Orthodox churches is another reason to explore more ways to strength the relations. The audience erupted in applause when the diplomat ended his speech with “Jai Ethiopia, Jai Hind.”
The choir of the Cathedral sang a melodious hymn, followed by the felicitation address by the Director of the Sunday Schools in the Bombay Diocese Dr Sunny Pariyaram. The delegates and Ethiopian patriarch were presented with mementos on behalf of HG Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, Metropolitan of Bombay Diocese.
HH Abune Mathias I, in his Patriarchal address, expressed his gratitude to His Holiness Baselius Marthoma Paulose II, the Catholicos of the East, and to His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos Metropolitan, Priests, Deacons and the members of the Malankara Churc for the respect and hospitality given in his journey in India. “I am very happy to be among you, to meet you and see you this evening. I am glad to be visiting the churches under the Indian Orthodox Church and had the privilege of being received by HH Baselius Mar Thoma Paulose II, the Catholicos and Metropolitan Mar Coorilos.” His Holiness commemorated the Holy Fathers, St Thomas the Apostle and St Geevarghese Mar Gregorios and remembered their contribution to the Indian Orthodox Church.
Rev Fr Thomas Myalil, Vicar of St Mary’s Cathedral, Dadar thanked the guests, followed by a hymn, performed by the Ethiopian friends. The traditional drum played by the students while performing their hymn spread such positive vibes among the members of the church that made them sway on the beats of their songs.Ethiopian dignitaries and students were equally overwhelmed by the warm welcome given to them by the members of the church.
Sherlin Mary Rajan
Edited by Fr.Thomas Philipose
ഒരാഴ്ച കാലത്തെ മലങ്കര സഭ സന്ദർശനം പൂർത്തീകരിച്ചശേഷം തിരികെപോകുന്ന എത്തിയോപ്യൻ പാത്രിയർക്കീസ് പരിശുദ്ധ ആബൂനാ മത്ത്യാസും സംഘവും ഇന്ന് മുംബൈയിൽ എത്തിചേരുന്നു . വൈകുംനേരം 6 മണിയോടുകൂടി മുംബൈ വിമാനത്താവളത്തിൽ എത്തിച്ചേരുന്ന പാത്രിക്കീസിനും പ്രതിനിധി സംഘത്തിനും മലങ്കര ഓർത്തഡോൿസ് സഭ ബോംബെ ഭദ്രാസനം ഇന്ന് വൈകുംനേരം 7 മണിക്ക് ദാദർ സെയിന്റ് മേരീസ് കത്തീഡ്രൽ ദേവാലയത്തിൽ വച്ച് സ്വീകരണം നൽകും .ചടങ്ങിൽ അഹമ്മദാബാദ് ഭദ്രാസന മെത്രാപോലീത്ത അഭിവന്ദ്യ ഡോ . ഗീവർഗീസ് മാർ യൂലിയോസ് തിരുമേനിയും പങ്കെടുക്കുന്നു . മലങ്കര ഓർത്തഡോൿസ് സഭ ഉൾപ്പെടുന്ന ഓറിയെന്റൽ ഓർത്തഡോൿസ് കുടുംബത്തിലെ ഒരു അംഗ സഭയാണ് എത്തിയോപ്യൻ ഓർത്തഡോൿസ് സഭ. ആബൂനാ മത്ത്യാസിന്റെ മുൻഗാമി ആബൂനാ പൗലോസും മലങ്കര സഭ സന്ദർശിച്ചുട്ടുണ്ട് .എത്തിയോപ്യൻ സഭ അംഗങ്ങളായ അനേകം വിദ്യാർത്ഥികൾ മുംബൈയിലും പൂനെയിലും പഠിക്കുന്നുണ്ട് .
Ethiopian Patriarch His Holiness Abune Mathias will be facilitated this Thursday November 24, 2016 at 7. 30pm in St Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral – Dadar. The Holy father will be accompanied by 2 Ethiopian Metropolitans and H.G.Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan of Ahmedbad and other dignitaries.
His Holiness will be reaching Mumbai International airport by 6.00 pm. We expect them to reach Dadar Cathedral between 7.00-8.00 pm. Diocese of Bombay is hoisting a welcome gathering to honour the presence of these Spiritual Fathers in our midst.
Come and seek blessings of this Holy father.
His Holiness Abune Mathias I, Patriarch and Catholicos of Ethiopia, visiting Mumbai on Thursday,24th November
His Holiness Abune Mathias I, Sixth Patriarch and Catholicos of Ethiopia, Archbishop of Axum and Ichege of the See of Saint Taklehaimanot will visit St Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral – Dadar, Mumbai this Thursday November 24, 2016 at 7. 30 pm. The Holy father will be accompanied by 2 Ethiopian Metropolitans and H.G.Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan of Ahmadabad and other dignitaries.
His Holiness will be reaching Mumbai International airport by 6.30 pm. We expect them to reach Dadar Cathedral between 7.30-8.00 pm. Diocese of Bombay is hoisting a welcome gathering to honour the presence of these Spiritual Fathers in our midst.
Come and seek blessings of this Holy father.