Wednesday, January 28, 2009

St Marys Orthodox Church Jalahalli, Bangalore is now Valiapalli ...

25 January saw St Mary's Orthodox Church Jalahalli Bangalore being conferred the Valiapalli status .. Being the oldest church in Bangalore starting the first service on Aug 15, 1966, in the premises of the CSI church at Jalahalli, after 42 years St Marys Orthodox Church presently at Kalathur Layout, finally got the recognition which was long overdue. It was elevated to the status of Valiappali by the Metropolitan of the Chennai diocese of the Indian Orthodox Church, HG Yakub Mar Irenius.

The colourful function saw HG Mar Irenius reading out the order from the Catholicos, HG Didymos I from Kottayam in the church amidst the rejoicings and bursting of crackers.

The function which started with the Holy Qurbana went upto 1.30 PM. More than 1000 people from different churches and denominations from Bangalore took part in the celebrations and shared the joy of the parishioners..

Al speakers, wic also included priests from the CSI and Catholic congregations, were unanimous in their hopes that the Vicar Fr T M Jacob and the 300 families of the parish will continue to show VALIA (big) hospitality, generosity, spirituality in the coming days and be a model parish for Christians in bangalore. 


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