Life is a pilgrimage of love and believers should make it a journey of spiritual unity, Daniel Ratnakara Sadananda, general secretary of the Church of South India, has said.
He was inaugurating the ecumenical meet held as part of the annual Maramon Convention, organised by the Mar Thoma Evangelistic Association attached to the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar, on the riverbed of the Pampa at Maramon, near Kozhencherry, on Wednesday.
He said the faithful should have the ability to lead a life of compromise and justice. Unity of Churches was a necessity for serving society. It would enable Churches to propagate Jesus Christ’s teachings better. Churches must sort out differences among them through constructive dialogues and maintain good relationships.
The CSI general secretary said Churches should strive in unison to pursue ecumenism. A divided Church would not be able to imbibe the real spirit of Christ’s teachings.
Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan, head of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar, presided. Kuriakose Mar Theophilus, Kuriakose Mar Gregorios, Cyril Mar Baselius, Thomas Samuel, and Oommen George, spoke.
Man should see God as his shepherd and seek his advice in day-to-day life, instead of ‘fixing agendas for God,’ Philipose Mar Chrysostum, Metropolitan Emeritus of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar, has said.
The 99-year-old Metropolitan Emeritus was delivering the keynote address at the 124th Maramon convention on the riverbed of Pampa at Maramon near Kozhencherry on Tuesday.
“We are not supposed to decide what the God should do for us. Instead, “what shall I do for God’ should be our prime concern,” Mar Chrysostum said.
Mar Chrysostom said every human being should actively take part in God’s work on earth. A true follower of Jesus Christ should extend his helping hand to the needy people and see to it that the will of God prevailed in the world, he said.
What is needed is a mindset to implement the duties bestowed on us by the God Almighty, says the Metropolitan.
Making a self-introspection to correct one’s flaws and faults is the right path to tread on in order to reach God’s own kingdom of compassion and love, he said.
Mathews Mar Makarios Episcopa presided over the forenoon session.
The ecumenical meet as part of the annual meet will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and the meet against social evils will be held, later, at 2 p.m.
D. Babu Paul, former Additional Chief Secretary, would deliver the keynote address at the meet against social evils.
PATHANAMTHITTA: The 121st Maramon Convention, billed as one of Asia’s largest Christian gatherings, began at the sandbed of Pampa at Maramon near Kozhenchery on Sunday. Inaugurating the annual meet, Supreme head of Marthoma Church Joseph Marthoma Metropolitan has called to clean up pollution in the mindset of the people. Joseph Marthoma said that pollution could be seen in all fields of society. “Though environment pollution is a big challenge before the policy planners and governments across the world, pollution faced by society as whole is the worst one,” the Metropolitan said.
All sections of society, including the clergy, are facing the erosion in all social values and human values, he said. “For wiping out the pollution among human beings, following the path of God is the only solution,” the Metropolitan said.
“People should feel God in the self,” he said.
The Marthoma Church head said that people should follow the path of Jesus Christ, who lived for the people.
Philipose Mar Chrysostom Valiya Metropolitan delivered the prayer address.
Marthoma Evangelistic Association president Thomas Mar Timothios presided over the meeting.
Rev T H Tan of Singapore delivered the speech. Geevarghese Mar Athanasios Suffragan Metropolitan, Geevarghese Mar Theodosios, Euyakim Mar Coorilos, Joseph Mar Barnabas, Isaac Mar Philexinos, Abraham Mar Paulose, Mathews Mar Makarios, Gregorios Mar Stephanos and Thomas Mar Tithos were present at the inaugural meeting.
Evangelistic Association general secretary Rev George Varghese Punnackad welcomed the gathering.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P J Kurian, MPs Anto Antony and Kodikunnil Suresh and Bishop K P Yohanan were present at the meeting.
By Express News Service
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