Catholicate Day Celebration at St. George, Staten Island
St. George Orthodox church, Staten Island , New York was blessed with the presence of Mar Yacoub Irenaeus Thirumeni, Metropolitan of the Diocese of Cochin, Kerala on April 10, 2011, the sixth Sunday of the Lent. His Grace was the chief celebrant of the Holy Qurbana. He gave an eloquent and meaningful message on the healing of the blind man, the gospel reading of the day. He said, "Human life is a pilgrimage during which everybody looks for the lessening of burdens and weights. We should shed all the weights of guilt and guilty feelings... . Jesus is the Light of the World. Our eyes stand as the light of our body. It is not enough to have eyes, but we should see things in the way they are, but we see things in the way we are... . In a genuine Sabbath the place for God is in the heart of man. So lent is an extended Sabbath, a stage we feel the presence of God in everything... . Luminous people say goodbye to evil and evil habits... . Let us open our eyes, see things properly, and shed evil thoughts and habits one by one... ."
Irenaeus Thirumeni performed the Flag Hoisting ceremony to inaugurate the Catholicate Day celebration. In his inaugural address he said, "Our Church was directly founded by an apostle of Jesus Christ, St. Thomas . He was a very courageous and powerful apostle who stayed in the Southern Coast of India for two decades until he was martyred in 72 A.D... . We have had our own Catholicate and independent existence with a Head of our own since 1912... . Freedom of church is our birth right... . We have a flag of our own and a personality of our own... . We should set apart one day’s income to our Catholicate... ."
Mr. C.T. Varghese, the church secretary, said the pledge which was repeated by the parishioners. It was followed by the singing of the Church Anthem. Rev. Fr. Alex Joy, our Vicar, concluded the ceremony with a brief message and vote of thanks.
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