Apostolic Visit of HH Baselius Marthoma Paulose II to St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral
This past weekend we were blessed to partake in the first Apostolic visit of His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulos II as Malankara Metropolitan and Catholicos of the East of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church to the city of Houston! Bava Thirumeni had a very eventful weekend that included various events at each of the four parishes in the city. By the grace of God, our parish was able to receive Bava Thirumeni on Sunday morning. Many of the faithful members of HSTOC lined up early in the morning with their candles in hand to welcome His Holiness and our Diocesan Metropolitan, HG Alexios Mar Eusebius to HSTOC. Following the reception His Holiness led morning prayers and was the chief celebrant for the Divine Liturgy.
His Holiness' visit proved to be a great opportunity for the faithful to interact with His Holiness and for all the organizations of our church to take pictures with Bava Thirumeni as well as our very own His Grace Alexios Mar Eusebius. Following the Divine Liturgy a formal public meeting was held to welcome all the visiting clergy, Malankara Association Secretary and Diocesan Council members. During the public meeting, our Very Rev. Gheevarghis Aroopala Corepiscopa was honored for Achen's 40th year of Priesthood and 40th Wedding Anniversary by both His Holiness and His Grace! His Holiness was accompanied by his secretary, Rev. Fr. Jiss Johnson and Rev. Fr. Shaji Mukadiyil. Shaji Achen spoke about a great charity foundation our church is planning known as the St. Gregorios International Cancer Care Centre. This is focused on creating a facility capable of helping treat patients suffering from canceer in Kerala. If you interested in finding out more about this please feel free to contact us! Overall, it was a great spiritual and joyous occasion and a first for many to see and meet the successor of our Patron St. Thomas!