Trivandrum: Fourteen days long prayerful preparations for the 63rd Feast of Commemoration of the Servant of God Archbishop Mar Ivanios started at the tomb chapel, Pattom, on 1 July 2016. It began with the opening message of His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos. In the opening message His Beatitude said that “the sacred life of Mar Ivanios is a source of strength of our Church”.
At 5.30 p.m. Holy Qurbono was celebrated by His Excellency Most Rev. Thomas Mar Anthonios OIC, the Postulator of the Cause of Canonisation and the Curia Bishop. Many Rev. Priests, Sisters and faithful participated in the opening day devotional and liturgical services.