White Plains St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Church Ettunombu Perunnal
St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Church in White Plains concluded the ‘Ettunombu Perunnal’ on a magnitude of festivities like never before. The Feast was celebrated from August 29 to September 5, 2010.
The church, recently renovated and refurbished, was packed to suffocation when hundreds of people from neighboring parishes thronged into the almost a hundred year old black stone church to take refuge in the intercessions of St. Mary, the Patron saint.
The week long celebration began with Vicar, Rev. Fr. Paulose T. Peter, celebrating the Holy Qurbono on the first day, Sunday, August 29th. The entire program for the week was efficiently led by Rev. Fr. Ninan V. George, Vice-President of All Malankara Prayer Fellowship of the Orthodox Church and one of the acclaimed and well-known convention speakers of all times. A good number of people stayed in the church throughout the day all week fully participating in all the programs including daily morning Holy Liturgy, intercessory prayers, devotional addresses, hourly prayers followed by convention level speeches each evening. ‘Moonninmel Qurbono’ was conducted on the closing day with HG Mor Nicholovos Zachariah, Assistant Metropolitan of the Northeast American Diocese as the chief celebrant.
The concluding highlight of the week long festivities was the ‘Raza’ that moved through the streets of the city of White Plains to bless the land and its people with a colorful display of children lining the street holding flags, women wearing ‘Kasavu sarees’ and men wearing ‘kasavu-laced dhoties’ and ‘Jubba’ shirts, accompanied by an array of cross, decorative colorful umbrellas. The traditional ‘Chendamelam’ by Thalalaya group of Long Island that provided the backdrop added flair to the mood of celebration.
Extensive coverage was given by the local newspapers. It was an exciting and blissful day, and a week long spiritual awakening, commented many participants. All festivities came to a fitting finish with benediction by His Grace Mor Nicholovos followed by sumptuous lunch for all. It was indeed a blessed week. The credit goes to the entire congregation with everyone contributing his or her own share in a small or big way but gratitude is due to the Almighty for His blessings for making everything happen the way it did. May the intercessions of St. Mary be a stronghold for us.
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