Under the leadership of the Vicar and Assistant Vicar’s, St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Cathedral Houston celebrated Catholicate Day this past Sunday, April 6, 2014 along with the Holy Liturgy. Before the start of the Holy Liturgy, the Catholicate day flag was raised and special prayers were offered on behalf of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, which is founded on the apostolic throne of St. Thomas the Apostle as well as to commemorate the re-establishment of the Catholicate in India.
Our Sunday School students spent the morning learning about Catholicate Day and the history of the Malankara Orthodox Church in Common Class lead by Renin Cherian. The students were taught regarding the many struggles that the early Church faced as well as its’ growth and development in Kerala. Students were reminded of the role that the Church has in their lives as a place for healing just like the inn in the parable of the Good Samaritan.
The Common Class session also instructed them as to the responsibility they have as young people towards the Church and how they are to love, work for and protect the integrity of the Holy Church.
Following the Divine Liturgy, the Catholicate day pledge was read by Rev. Fr. Joel Mathew to which the faithful members of the Parish echoed with much joy and in unison, “LONG LIVE THE THRONE OF ST.THOMAS, GRANT MANY YEARS TO THE CATHOLICOS!” Sweet Paisum was served to all those in attendance in commemoration of the blessed occasion.