His Beatitude Dr. Mar Aprem, Metropolitan of Malabar and All India and the United Arab Emirates has visited the United Kingdom.
The Metropolitan was received at Heathrow Airport on 10 October by the Rev. Archdeacon Younan Youel, Rev. Tony Malham (parish priest of the London congregation) along with Rev. Ishmael Tamras (parish priest of the Belgium congregation), family of the Metropolitan along with church deacons and faithful.
On 15 October, His Beatitude visited and conducted prayer in the home of Blesson Emmatty, eldest son of I.G. Joy, current Chairman of the Board of Central Trustees of the Church of the East in India. Also present were the family of Dr. Dany Ollukaren and Timy.
On Sunday 16 October, His Beatitude consecrated the Eucharistic Liturgy at St. Mary Church in Hanwell, London. Morning (or “sapra”) prayers were conducted before the Liturgy.
Assisting the Metropolitan were the Rev. Archdeacon Younan Youel, Rev. Tony Malham, Deacon Havel Michael, Deacon Bawai d’Matran (cousin of His Holiness the late Mar Eshai Shimun, Catholicos Patriarch) and other deacons. A large congregation of the Assyrian Church of the East’s faithful along with several Indians living and working in London and Brussels were present to receive the Holy Qurbana.
Following the morning service, His Beatitude was guest of honour at a function held at Ealing’s Assyrian House, celebrating the 35th anniversary of the consecration of His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV as Catholicos Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East. The program included hymns and speeches in honour of the important occasion.
On Monday 17 October His Beatitude and Rev. Tony Malham were guests at a reception given by the Anglican and Eastern Churches Association (AECA). Rev. Dr. William Taylor, Committee Chairman of the AECA was present to welcome His Beatitude. Other guests included the Ambassador of the Syrian Arab Republic and representatives of the Coptic, Syrian, Armenian, Serbian, Indian and Ethiopian Orthodox churches.
His Beatitude shall depart London on 20 October en route to Wiesbaden, Germany where he will also consecrate the Eucharistic Liturgy. Following a brief sojourn in Germany, the Metropolitan shall depart for Rome to participate in the International Congress on the Anaphora of Addai and Mari as well as other official ecumenical functions in Rome.[nggallery id=290]