Addressing a news conference at, Mulamthuruthy seminary resident Metropolitan Kuriakose Mor Theophilus said the Patriarch's visit to the country will coincide with the beginning of the year-long celebrations of the silver jubilee of the Patriarch's consecration.
Apart from various programmes scheduled to be blessed by the
Patriarch, the visit assumes significance as he would preside over the crucial Jacobite Syrian Christian Association meet at
Mulamthuruthy on September 27.
The Metropolitan pointed out that a Patriarch is attending an
association meet for the first time after 1876.
Mor Theophilus said that the agenda of the association meet is not being disclosed for tactical reasons, but it will definitely become a milestone in the existence of the Jacobite Church.
The Patriarch will land at the Nedumbaserry airport on September 20.
He will be received by Catholicos Baselios Thomas I and other church dignitaries. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will inaugurate the silver jubilee fete of the Patriarchial consecration at Marine Drive, Ernakulam, on September 21.
Central ministers and socio-political leaders will attend the
On the following day, the Patriarch will visit the tomb of Abraham Mor Clemis at Chingavanam and that of Patriarch St. Elias III and Benyamin Mor Osthathios at Manjanikkara and offer special prayers.
On September 23, he will participate in the episcopal synod and the golden jubilee celebrations of MA College, Kothamangalam.
On September 24, the Patriarch will consecrate the Patriarch Centre at Puthencruz and later address the Jacobite Church Managing Committee.
On September 25, the auspicious `Mooron Consecration' will be led by him. The Patriach will say Holy Mass in a church at Kottayam the next day.
The last function to be attended by the Patriarch in the State before he leaves for New Delhi will be the association meet on
September 27. On September 30, the Patriarch will leave for Damascus.Edited to correct the spelling of one word, lest people get confused.