A gathering of the Switzerland and Germany Congregations of the Mar Thoma Syrian church on 6 February, brought ecumenical leaders together to felicitate the newly enthroned Metropolitan Dr Theodosius Mar Thoma and the Seventieth birth year of Dr Isaac Mar Philoxenos Episcopa.
Sauca expressed joy upon the new enthronement of His Beatitude Metropolitan Dr Theodosius Mar Thoma. "We celebrated your enthronement as the Malankara Mar Thoma Metropolitan in November, last year,” Sauca said. “I consider it my privilege to join congregations in Europe, to greet you personally.”
The metropolitan’s sagacity and writings are well known, reflected Sauca. “Your in-depth knowledge and wisdom were not only acquired from the leading educational institutions of the world, but as a dedicated servant in the vineyard of our Lord, close to people and communities,” he said. “Your spiritual approach to life has consistently underlined your encouragement to one and all, to transform the secular into the sacred.”
Sauca also expressed joy upon the seventieth birth year of His Eminence Dr Isaac Mar Philoxenos Episcopa. “The global ecumenical movement has benefitted from your astute, conscientious and gentle leadership, most recently as a member of the WCC’s Policy Reference Committee, and the Reference Group of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace,” Sauca said. “We are deeply grateful for your faithfulness, love and concern for the ecumenical movement.”
Sauca thanked God for Dr Isaac Mar Philoxenos Episcopa’s ministry and life thus far. “It is my prayer that this year, as in the life of our spiritual patriarchs and matriarchs, will be the beginning of a dynamic future, for many new achievements and journeys for our Lord,” Sauca said.
Sauca concluded with a hope and prayer, that the ecumenical witness of the Mar Thoma Church will continue to shine, as a beacon of hope.
“We look forward to working with the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church, and her dedicated leaders and communities, to boldly continue our ecumenical journey together, in the service of God and humanity,” he said.
Bishop Rt Rev Dr Harald Rein of the Old-Catholic Church of Switzerland; Prof. Rev. Dr Angela Berlis, dean of the Theological Faculty of the University of Bern; Dr Mathews George Chunakara, general secretary, Christian Conference of Asia; and Dr Manoj Kurian, coordinator of the WCC Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance also joined to felicitate the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church.