St. Mary's Northern Virginia Celebrates 5 Years!

St. Mary's Indian Orthodox Church of Northern Virginia, the southern-most parish of the Northeast Amerian Diocese, celebrated its Fifth Anniversary and Perunal on September 11-12, 2010. Very Rev. T. M. Zachariah Cor Episcopa and Mr. Tenny Thomas were the chief guests this year. The Perunal began with Evening Prayer on Sep 11, followed by a spiritual message by Tenny Thomas on St. Mary, as reflected in the Old Testament, New Testament, and Liturgy. As a charity project, the Marth Mariam Samaj made 60 hygiene kits for the survivors of the Pakistan calamity. Members from sister parishes and the Ecumenical Council of Kerala Churches President, Dr. George Varghese, also attended. On Sunday, September 12, Very Rev. T. M. Zachariah Cor Episcopa celebrated Holy Qurbana, followed by Intercessory Prayer to St. Mary, Rasa, and a Public Meeting. Some of the children of the parish performed the Margam Kalli dance as taught by Zachariah Cor Episcopa with just a short practice session. The Vicar, Fr. George C Mathew, gave the Vote of Thanks and challenged the parish to strive for bigger and better things in the coming five years, especially a temple for the parish. Mr. Anil John, Secretary, briefly reflected on the past five years during which the parish fondly remembered the services of the past two Vicars, Rev. Dr. Daniel Thomas and Rev. Fr. Joshua John. A sumptuous lunch and Anniversary cake followed the Public Meeting. The parish acknowledges the blessings and direction of God these past five years and seek His choicest blessings in the future. For more information on this parish, please visit the parish website -

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