Cherian Mathikere (Chief Editor & Correspondent) – OCP News Service – 9/12/17
BENGALURU: Bengaluru Diocese Metropolitan HG Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim of Indian Orthodox Church, has launched the Meltho calendar for 2018 on December 2, 2017 during ‘Zamar 2017,’ the annual Christmas carol competition, at St Mary’s Orthodox Valiyapally, Jalahalli, Bengaluru.
The Metropolitan also released a book titled Viswa Mannavan which is an independent presentation based on the hugely popular book, Cosmic Man – The Divine Presence, written by HG Dr Paulose Mar Gregorios (1922-1996).
Varghese Daniel has translated the book into Malayalam which was released on December 2 and is the first systematic and comprehensive attempt in understanding St Gregory of Nyssa, the profound Greek philosopher of the Christian era.
Fr Varghese P Idichandy, Vicar/President, St Gregorios Orthodox Church, Mathikere, has once again led with the concept and thematic design of both, the wall and table top versions for the 2018 calendar.
Ms Asha Biju, spouse of Biju T Sam, architect, has complied the lectionary and elaboration of the theme for the calendar. Siju from National Printing Press, Koramangala, has perfected the design work.
Special thanks to Zachariah Mathew from St Thomas Maha Edavaka, Bangalore East, and Mathew Jacob from St Baselios Orthodox Church, Marthahalli for their contribution to the calendar.
The main calendar profiles the life of Prophet Moses, the chosen leader of God’s people, starting from God’s miraculous appearance to him at Mt Horeb till his death in the land of Moab. The shorter table top deals with a brief study of the 26 Holy Fathers remembered in the Fifth Thubden. The calendar also lists the lectionary and Sabha Panchangam month-wise.
The 26 Holy Fathers from the Fifth Thubden which finds mention in the calendar include St James, St Ignathius, St Clement, St Dionysius, St Athanasius, St Julius, St Basil, St Gregory, St Dioscoros, St Timotheos, St Philoxenos, St Athimus, St Ivanios, St Cyril, St Severus, Jacob Baradeus, St Ephrem, Mar Yakub, St Isaac, Mar Balai, Mar Bar Saumma, Mar Simeon, Mar Abahai, and Yeldo Mar Baselios. The calendar also profile Parumala Mar Gregorios and Sabha Bhasuran, Vattasseril Mar Divannasios.
Veteran music director and composer Jerry Amaldev was the chief guest during ‘Zamar 2017’.
OCP News Service