Let us pray, peace be with us:

"The Cross that has been the cause of our good and by which our mortal humanity was set free,
O Lord, be for us a strong fortress. And by this Cross, we shall overcome the wicked one and All his devices."

(Syro-Malabar Qurbana)




It was with profound sadness that we learnt of the blessed repose of His Beatitude, Mar Varkey Vithayathil, the Father and Head of the Syro-Malabar Church. In our sadness we are greatly comforted that Mar Varkey,  in life and in death, has been a witness to the love of our Lord and to Christ’s Holy Resurrection.

The falling asleep of His Beatitude is a great loss to the People of God of the Syro-Malabar Church, whom he served with great zeal and devotion. His leadership and joyful service to our Lord were a source of continual blessings, and indeed to the people of our society. He was a teacher of righteousness, a model of piety, and an example of apostolic service.

We are confident that the Risen Lord has embraced His servant with love, and that His Beatitude, who in his ministry multiplied the talents the Lord had given him, has entered into the joy of His Master.