The 121st edition of Maramon Convention, one of the largest Christian gatherings in Asia, will be held on its traditional venue of the riverbed of river Pampa at Maramon near Kozhencherry from February 14 to 21. The eight-day convention, a spiritual retreat with a week of prayer, meditation, singing sharing and hearing Biblical discourses by prominent speakers will commence with the introductory prayer by Senior Metropolitan of Mar Thoma Church, Philipose Mar Chrysostom on February 14 at 2.30 pm.
The convention, organised under the auspices of Mar Thoma Evangelistic Association (MTEA), will be inaugurated by Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan, the supreme head of the Mar Thoma Church, at 3 pm while MTEA president Thomas Mar Timotheos preside over .
Addressing a press conference here, Association functionaries said that Geevarghese Mar Athanasius Suffragan Metropolitan, Episcopas Geevarghese Mar Theodosius, Euyakim Mar Coorilos, Joseph Mar Barnabas, Dr. Isaac Mar Philoxenos, Dr. Abraham mar Paulose, Mathews Mar Makarios, Gregorios Mar Stephanos, and Thomas Mar Theethos will be present at the inaugural function.
Theologians and evangelists Daniel Thiagarajah, Bishop of Jaffna; Rev. Malcolm TH Tan of the Singapore Methodist Church; Rev. Dr. Francis Sundararaj (Chennai); and Leonard Sweet from the US would be the key speakers at the convention. Bishops attached to the Mar Thoma Church
and other Churches will address various sessions of the meet. Heads of various Churches will speak in the ecumenical meet to be held on February 17.
Rajya Sabha deputy speaker P J Kurien will inaugurate a seminar on Waste Free Pampa organized by the environmental committee, on February 5 . Various government departments, such as Kerala Water Authority, Kerala State Electricity board, Water Resources Department, Public Works Department, Police, Fire and Rescue Force, Health department and Kerala State Road Transport Corporation, were also engaged in making arrangements to facilitate the smooth management of the annual meet. KSRTC would operate special services to Maramon from its different depots in Pathanamthitta district during the convention period.
Inaugurating the 120th Maramon Convention on the sand-bed of Pampa river at Maramon near Kozhenchery on Sunday, Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan said peaceful co-existence and universal brotherhood should be the guiding principles of the people of society.
The Metropolitan said the people who participate at the convention should use the opportunity for their spiritual awakening. “In a changing materialist world, reaching God is the only way to get peace of mind and happiness,” he said.
“For achieving the goal, the people should follow the path of God, lending a helping hand to the needy and love others without any pre-conditions,” the Metropolitan said.
“People in the modern world have deviated from the basic principles of love and affection to others,” Joseph Mar Thoma said. The people should approach the convention with an open mind for a new world where all the fellow beings should be treated with a touch of God, the Metropolitan said.
Valiya Metropolitan Philipose Mar Chrysostom led the opening prayer meeting. Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Metropolitan delivered the benedictory address.
Thomas Mar Thimothios, president of the Mar Thoma Evangelistic Association, who are the organisers of the convention, delivered the presidential address.
Association general secretary Rev George Varghese Punnackad welcomed the gathering.
Bishop Sipho De Siva of South Africa delivered the discourse. Zacharias Mar Theophilos Suffragan Metropolitan, Geevarghese Mar Theodosios, Euyakim Mar Coorlios, Joseph Mar Barnabas, Mathews Mar Makarios, Gregorios Mar Stephanos and Thomas Mar Theethos of the Church were present. Bishop K P Yohannan of Believers Church, Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P J Kurien, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala, Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash, former Union Minister Kodikunnil Suresh, Government Chief Whip P C George, MPs Anto Antony and N K Premachandran, MLAs K Sivadasan Nair, Raju Abraham and P C Vishnunath, former
MLAs Malethu Saraladevi and Joseph M Puthussery, district panchayat president Haridas Edathitta and DCC president K Mohanraj were also present at the convention.
PATHANAMTHITTA: Preparations have been completed for the 120th Maramon Convention, which is set to be held on the sand-bed of Pampa river at Maramon near Kozhenchery from February 8 and 15.
Addressing a news conference here on Tuesday, Mar Thoma Evangelistic Association general secretary Rev George Varghese Punnackad and correspondence secretary Raju Abraham Vennikulam said the convention would begin at 2 pm on February 8 with the opening prayer led by Valiya Metropolitan Philipose Mar Chrisostom.
Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan, the supreme head of Marthoma Church, will inaugurate the convention.
Association president Thomas Mar Thimotios will preside over the function.
Metropolitans of the church Zacharias Mar Theophilos Suffragan, Geevarghese Mar Theodosius, Yuakim Mar Coorilos, Joseph Mar Barnabas, Mathews
Mar Macarios, Gregorios Mar Sthephanos and Thomas Tithos will deliver discourses during the convention days.
Bishop Sipho De Siva of South Africa, Rev Samuel T Kamalesan of the United States and Rev Dushantha Rodrigo of Sri Lanka will be the overseas representatives and speakers at the convention.
Valiya Metropolitan Philipose Mar Chrisostom will deliver the message at 10 am on February 10.
Patriarch of Antioch Iganthios Mor Aprem II will make a discourse at 10 am on February 13, said Rev George Varghese.
The Maramon Convention,One of the largest Christian convention in Asia, is held at Maramon, Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India annually during the month of February on the vast sand-bed of the Pampa River next to the Kozhencherry Bridge. It is organised by Mar Thoma Evangelistic Association, the missionary wing of the Mar Thoma Church.
The origin and growth of this annual get-together for one week at a stretch can be traced to the great revival movement which gathered momentum during the reformation period in the Syrian Church’s of Malabar under the pioneering leadership of Abraham Malpan in the latter part of 19th century. This brought about the transformation in resurgence of the ancient apostolic Church’s in Kerala founded by St. Thomas the Apostle approximately in AD 52. In the Syriac-speaking culture of upper Mesopotamia and Syria the apostle was called Judas Thomas. Thomas (Tau’ma) means twin in Syriac. 120th Maramon Convention starts from 8-15th Feb, 2015
The 118th Maramon Convention will conclude in Maramon at 4 pm on February 17. Rev Andile M Mbete, of South Africa, will speak at 2.30 pm. Mar Thoma Church Metropolitan Joseph Mar Thoma will deliver the concluding message at 3 pm.
Earlier, at 10.30 am, Metropolitan Joseph Mar Thoma will inaugurate the 125th anniversary of the Mar Thoma Evangelistic Association.
Association president Thomas Mar Timotheos will preside over the function.
Geevarghese Mar Athanasius will speak after the inaugural function at 11.30 am.
By Express News Service – KOZHENCHERY
17th February 2013
The week-long Maramon Convention is the meeting place of believers and it helps bring people closer, Thomas Mar Thethose, Metropolitan of the Mumbai diocese of the Mar Thoma Church, has said.
The Metropolitan was delivering a discourse at the Maramon Convention at on the riverbed of Pampa at Maramon near Kozhencherry on Monday.
He compared modern man’s life to an ‘author editing his own work,’ which would not be appropriate. Instead, a true believer should leave the ‘editing job’ to the divine will. The flaws in his life could only be corrected thus, he added.
Believers should understand the pleasure and joy in sacrificing something for the wellbeing of others, Mar Thethose said.
Rev. Andile M. Mebte from South Africa; and Rev. Philip Moun Stephen from the United Kingdom delivered discourses at 2 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. on Monday.
Philipose Mar Chrysostum, senior Metropolitan of Mar Thomas Church, Mathews Mar Makarios, and Gregorios Mar Stephanose will deliver discourses at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Cardinal Baselius Mar Cleemis Catholicos of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church and bishops of various other churches will address the ecumenical meet to be held on Wednesday.
Believers must pray for the wellbeing of the whole world and let the will of God prevail in its fullness, Philipose Mar Chrysostum, senior Metropolitan of Mar Thoma Church, has said.
“God’s goodness unfolds before our eyes like a flower opens itself to the sun. Everything in the world is mutually dependent and the whole is dependent upon God,” he said, while delivering the keynote address on the second day of the Maramon Convention on the riverbed of the Pampa at Maramon near Kozhencherry on Tuesday.
Most Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan said every human being should actively take part in God’s work on earth. A true follower of Jesus Christ should help the needy.
“We understand God by what He has done. Maramon Convention gives the message that a good man consciously looks for ways to benefit others,” he said.
Mar Chrysostum said the Church which was bound to give light to the world lacked the light.
He said at the convention believers must work in unison with their family and the Church for the welfare of those who were denied even the basic needs in life.
Mathews Mar Makarios and Gregorios Mar Stephanose delivered the keynote address at 2 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Cardinal Baselius Mar Cleemis Catholicos of the Syro Malankara Catholic Church and bishops of various other Churches would address the ecumenical meet on Wednesday forenoon.
Bishop Thomas K. Oommen will address the awareness meet against social evils in the afternoon.
The Mar Thoma Metropolitan will formally inaugurate the 125th anniversary celebrations of the Mar Thoma Evangelistic Association (MTEA) at a function to be held at the convention venue on Saturday.
Mar Thoma Metropolitan Joseph Mar Thoma will deliver the valedictory message on Sunday afternoon.
Unity of Churches is a necessity for serving society with goodness, Cardinal Mar Baselius Cleemis Catholicos, Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, has said.
The Cardinal was delivering the keynote address at the Ecumenical Meet held in connection with the 118th Maramon Convention at its traditional venue on the riverbed of Pampa at Maramon, near Kozhencherry, on Wednesday. The Church would witness revelation in word and deed. How one conceived of the nature of the Church would involve how one related the Church to the world. The world was the good gift of God. God purposely created the world, declared it good, and continues to preserve it.
This goodness included a solemn charge for humans, as bearers of the image of God, to care for the natural world and to care for each other, he said.
Also at the meet
Joseph Mar Thoma, Metropolitan of Mar Thoma Church, presided over the meet. Rev. Walter Altman, World Council of Churches moderator and evangelist from Brazil, delivered the message.
Philipose Mar Chrysostum, senior Metropolitan; Archbishop Kuriakose Mar Savarios of the Knanaya Church, Mar Aprem Metropolitan; Joshua Mar Ignathios, Kuriakose Mar Gregorios; Bishop Sam Mathew and Bishop Thomas Samuel of the Church of South India, K.P.Yohannan Metropolitan of the Believers Church, Zachariaas Mar Theophilus Saffragan Metropolitan, Issac Mar Peelexinos, Thomas Mar Themotheos, Yuyakim Mar Koorilos, Joseph Mar Barnabas, Geevarghese Mar Theodoseus, Abraham Mar Paulose, Mathews Mar Makarios, Thomas Mar Thethose, Gregorios Mar Stephanos, Cyriac Thomas, National Minority Commission member; and Joseph M. Puthuserry, former MLA, were among those who attended the meet.
Bishop Thomas K. Oommen of the Church of South India delivered the keynote address at the ‘meet against social evils’ held in the afternoon.
Rev. Walter Altman delivered the discourse at the evening session.