PATHANAMTHITTA: The eight-day Maramon Convention, billed as the largest Christian gathering in Asia, began on the sand bed of the Pampa at Maramon near Kozhenchery on Sunday. Delivering the inaugural address, Mar Thoma Church supremo Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan called on the faithful to see Christ as the human face of God.
Joseph Mar Thoma urged the faithful to follow the path of God with the principle of compassion and unconditional love for fellow-beings.“True love and compassion to the needy should be without any pre-condition and vested interests,” the Metropolitan said, adding people should try to see others through the eyes of Christ.
The Metropolitan announced that the evening session at Maramon Convention was rescheduled to 5 pm to 6.30 pm instead of 6 pm to 7.30 pm with the participation of all the faithful. Joseph Mar Thoma said environment protection and conservation are needed for the very survival of human being and other living creatures. Development programmes should be implemented scientifically, with an eye on the environment, he said.
Euyakim Mar Coorlios, president of the Mar Thoma Evangelistic Association, which is organising the convention, presided over the meeting. York Archbishop John Tukker Mugabe Sentamu of the UK delivered the main speech.
The Metropolitan said the mid-August flood was not natural. The disaster was due to the lapse on the part of the authorities concerned. He said the deluge caused destruction on all fronts and the river water-level even went up to six feet.