The Church of the East in UAE

1/24/2008 10:36:00 AM

Owing to a range of different circumstances a large number of Indians are now residing in the United Arab Emirates. Among these are a significant group of Christians from Kerala State and other states in India who are permanently living in UAE regions such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharja. Indian members of the Church of the East also have a presence in the UAE along with a few Assyrian families. Following a visit to the UAE by His Beatitude Dr. Mar Aprem, Metropolitan of Malabar and All India in 2005, it was requested by some faithful in the UAE that a Mission Parish be formed as other sister churches have done in order to cater for the sacramental needs of their faithful.

With the consent and Apostolic blessing of His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, Catholicos Patriarch, a Mission Parish was formed under the guidance of His Beatitude Dr. Mar Aprem Metropolitan.

As the UAE faithful do not have their own Church currently the faithful use St. Phillips Chapel which is part of St. Martins Church in Dubai. The Eucharistic Liturgy was celebrated on the 28th of December under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Victor Kollannur who during the Christmas Holy Qurbana thanks the Almighty God for the kindness and mercy bestowed on the faithful for many years. Christmas and New Year were also celebrated by the faithful and sponsored by Mrs. Smitha and Mr. Prakash Nellangara; one of the families in the Parish. Special thanks and prayers were offered for their family thanking them for their generosity after the service. During the celebration the Parish members joined in fellowship celebrating the Birth of Christ with Christmas carols being sung and gifts being presented to all.

Rev. Fr. Victor also read the Christmas Epistle of His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, Catholicos Patriarch as well as the Epistle of His Beatitude Dr. Mar Aprem Metropolitan.

The United Arab Emirates Mission Parish of the Church of the East would like to take this opportunity to thank His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, Catholicos Patriarch for his ongoing support of the Parish and his continuous prayers and blessings, His Beatitude Dr. Mar Aprem Metropolitan for his fraternal love and guidance as well as the Parish Leader Mr. Chakko who works diligently in managing the affairs of the Parish.