The 17th of October annually marks the Assyrian Church of the East’s worldwide commemoration of His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, Catholicos Patriarch’s consecration to the exulted Holy See of Seleucia-Ctesiphon. On this occasion the faithful of the church, in whichever country they reside, take time to reflect upon and consider the diligence and dedication with which His Holiness has executed his role as Catholicos Patriarch for some 32 years at the helm of the most apostolic Church of the East.
Taking this opportunity to commemorate the Catholicos Patriarch, the St. George Parish of the Assyrian Church of the East in Melbourne held a function on the 19th of October 2008 which was attended by some 400 faithful who gathered together for a beautiful evening of fellowship. The evening was adorned by the heavenly voices of the Church choir and St. George Assyrian Language School students who recited a number of hymns and other songs in tribute to His Holiness’ immense and selfless service to the Holy Church over the course of many decades.
Speeches were delivered by Parish Priest Rev. Gewargis Toma and Assistant Parish Priest, Rev. Hurmizd Dawood Gewargis who both paid homage to His Holiness’ enduring love and devotion to the Church of the East and his continued spirit in guiding the Church from strength to strength. In particular, Rev. Hurmizd charted the expansive history of the Church of the East since its inception until its modern-day status and noted a number of Church fathers and past Catholicos Patriarchs who, like His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, have served the Church with distinction.
The St. George Parish of Melbourne joins the Assyrian Church of the East universally in congratulating His Holiness on this most esteemed consecration anniversary. We pray that the Lord God guides His Holiness and grants him many more years of good health and success.[nggallery id=36]