The Birth Centenary of His Grace the Most Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan was celebrated on 27th April 2017 at Thiruvalla. This Birthday Celebration was also the culmination of all the Birth Centenary Celebrations conducted by different Dioceses of the Mar Thoma Church during the past one year.
The Birth Centenary celebrations began by the Holy Communion and Thanksgiving service at 8:30 AM at St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church Thiruvalla. His Grace the Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan celebrated the Holy Communion service. The Bishops of the Church, the Clergy and the laity took part in the service. During the Thanksgiving service, the community praised God for the Life and Service of Valiya Thirumeni to the Whole Society.
At 11 AM, the public meeting was started by receiving the guests by 100 Sunday School students from Poolatheen to Dr. Alexander Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan Smaraka Auditorium, Tiruvalla. The meeting was presided over by the Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan. Metropolitan reminded that Valiya Thirumeni is an exceptional personality in the demographics of Church by serving as an Evangelist, Semsano, Kasseesa, Ramban, Episcopa, Suffragan Metropolitan, Officiating Metropolitan, 20th Metropolitan and Valiya Metropolitan. The chief guest, Sri L.K.Advani, former Deputy Prime Minister and senior Politaical Leader , inaugurated the meeting and gave felicitations to Valiya Metropolitan. On his speech, Sri L.K.Advani recalled the contributions of Mar Thoma Church to the Nation especially during the emergency period. Arch Bishop Mor Clemmis Daniel, Metropolitan of Beirut conveyed the Birthday greetings of H.H Ignatius Aprem II, the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East.
His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cardinal Cleemis, Major Archbishop- Catholicos of the Malankara Catholic Syrian Church, Prof. P.J.Kurien , Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Mrs. Sreya Joby IAS, Deputy Secretary, Govt of Tamil Nadu gave felicitations to the meeting.
Christian Conference of Asia, National Council of Churches In India also gave warm greetings to Valiya Tirumeni.
Smt Anjali Anand, Chief Post Master General, Kerala Circle, released a Special Postal Cover published by the Indian Postal Department in connection with the Birth Centenary.
During this occasion, Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan inaugurated a project namely, Navodaya Movement- for the upliftment of the Third Gender community. Metropolitan also announced the project of building 100 houses from the Metropolitan’s fund as financial assistance.
The Valiya Metropolitan in Tirumenis reply speech thanked Church for arranging such a great function in remembering him. Tirumeni exhorted that the people of God are expected to show more compassion towards the needy.
Very. Rev. Dr. Cherian Thomas, senior Vicar led the opening Prayer. Sabha Secretary Rev. Oommen Philip, gave the welcome address , Rev. Lal Cherian, Clergy Trustee and the Convenor of Birth Ceneneryc Committe delivered the Vote of Thanks and Adv. Praksh P.Thomas, Lay Trustee and Treasurer Presented the Birth Centenary Projects and and presented the memtos to the guests.
The meeting came to an end by the prayer and benediction by His Grace Joseph Mar Thoma metropolitan. At 1:45 PM.
In honor to the Valiya Metropolitan, a dinner was also arranged by the Mar Thoma Sabha Council on 26th April 2017. Bishops from our church, sister Churches and dignitaries from the Social-Political realms participated in the get-together.