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`Chempeduppu' at Chandanapally on May 8

Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA: The `chempeduppu' ceremony that is part of the feast of St. George and the church festival of St. George Orthodox Church at Chandanapally, near here, will be held on May 8.

The annual church festival began with a flag-hoisting ceremony on April 24.

The Inspector General of Police, Alexander Jacob, will deliver the keynote address at a family conference to be held at the church on Tuesday afternoon. A prayer meet will be held at 6.30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The pilgrimage groups coming from different parishes will be accorded a rousing reception at Chandanappally Junction on May 7 afternoon. The newly ordained Bishops, Gabriel Mar Gregorios, Zacharias Mar Theophilus, Youhanon Mar Chrisostomos and Augen Mar Dionysius will be honoured on the Church premises at 5 p.m.

Holy eucharist

A holy eucharist, jointly blessed by the Catholicos of the East, Baselius Mar Thoma Mathews II and eight other Metropolitans, will be held at 7.30 a.m. on May 8.

The Water Resources Minister, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, will inaugurate a pilgrims' meet in connection with the annual feast of St. George at 11 a.m.

The Catholicos-designate, Thomas Mar Themothios, will preside over the meet.

The clergy trustee, O. Thomas, and the MP Chengara Surendran will also address the function.

The `chempeduppu' ceremony will be held at 5 p.m.

The annual church festival will conclude with a holy rasa followed by the bringing down of the ceremonial flag the next day forenoon.

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