Consecration of St. John’s Orthodox Church of Delaware Valley
The Consecration of St. John’s Indian Orthodox Church was celebrated on Friday, May 24th and Saturday, 25th respectively. On Friday, May 24th the parishioners under the leadership of Rev.Fr Siby Varghese, Vicar to the parish, along with the clergy and faithful received His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, Metropolitan of Northeast American Diocese of Malankara Orthodox Church to the new Church.
First part of the Consecration, known as the ‘Foundation Stone Laying’, was completed on Friday evening. The Rite of Consecration continued into the second part, which began with Morning Prayers on Saturday, May 25th and was perfected with the celebration of Holy Qurbana. The Metropolitan of Northeast American Diocese of Malankara Orthodox Church, His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, led the Rite of Consecration. It was followed by a public meeting which was presided by the Diocesan Metropolitan. The liturgical choir was led by Rev. Fr John Samuel and Rev. Fr. Laby Panackamattom.
Upper Darby City Mayor, Mr. Thomas N Micozzie was the chief guest for this auspicious occasion. Sunday school teachers Ms. Bettsy Thommen and Ms. Divya Ninan served as hosts. His Grace Mar Nicholovos, formally handed over the keys to the parish to the Vicar, Rev. Fr. Siby Varghese, who in turn handed it over to the parish Treasurer, Mr. Thomas V. Thommen.
Rev. Fr M. K. Kuriakose - Diocesan Secretary, Rev. Fr. K. K. John - Chairman of the Ecumenical Fellowship of Indian Churches in Philadelphia, Pastor Larry William - Senior Pastor of Drexel Hill Baptist Church, Ms. Shelly Dugan - Attorney & Moderator of the Drexel Hill Baptist Church, Rev. Shaji Eappen - Vicar of St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church, gave Felicitation messages. Mr. Thomas Judge, Chief Administrative Officer of Upper Darby Township was also present during the occasion. Rev. Fr. Siby Varghese, Vicar of the parish delivered the welcome speech and parish secretary gave the vote of thanks.
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