His Beatitude Aboon Mor Basalious Thomas 1, Catholicose, arrived at Amsterdam in Holland, on 18th October 2012 on a visit. H.B. was accorded a hearty welcome by H.G. Dr. Mor Polycarpus Augin Metropolitan, the Arch Bishop of Holland, H.G. Dr. Mor Theophilose Kuriakose Metropolitan, the Patrirchal Vicar of the Malankara Congregations in Middle Europe, Very. Rev. Dr. Adai Jacob Cor-episcopos, Very. Rev. Saliba Ramban, Very. Rev. Yuhanon Ramban, several priests and by the innumerable faithful of the Syrian Orthodox Church , Holland .
On the 19th evening H.B. was welcomed on an exuberant and outpouring note by the Malayalee congregation in Amsterdam and had bestowed blessings and graces upon the gathered faithful while conducting a special prayer meeting for them. On the following day, H.B. attended the Holy Qurbono , celebrated for the Children and Youth at the St. Mary’s Syrian Orthodox Church in Amsterdam and blessed the little ones. In the evening, a grand reception was arranged for H.B. in the Mor Sharbil Syrian Orthodox Chruch in Amsterdam accompanied by the soul-stirring musical performances by the Malayalee & Syrian choir groups. On Sunday the 21st Oct. H.B celebrated Holy Qurbono at St. Mary’s Syrian Orthodox Church in Amsterdam, one of the most beautiful and ancient churches in the city of Amsterdam. As a mark of honour and an expression of their deepfelt affection towards H.B., the parishioners also had arranged a grand banquet on the occasion.
From Monday the 22nd onwards, H.B will be staying at the St. Ephem Monastery in Losser, Holland. This monastery is the residence of the Arch Bishop of Holland and the place where the Tomb of the late lamented Arch Bishop of Europe H.E. Mor Julis Jesus Cicek has been erected. During the week H.B. will be pleased to visit the different parishes in Holland and on Sunday the 28th Oct. H.B. will celebrate Holy Qurbono at the Cathedral Church in Losser , in commemoration of the 7th anniversary of the sad demise of H.E. Mor Julius Yesu Cicek Metropolitan.
Trusting in the abounding mercy of our Lord, H.B hopes to return to India on 29th of October.
During these visits, His Beatitude remains accompanied by H.G. Dr. Mor Policarpus Augin Metropolitan of Holland, H.G. Dr. Mor Theophilose Kuriakose Metropolitan, Very. Dr. Adai Jacob Cor-episcopos, Rev. Fr.Eldhose Vattaparambil, Rev. Dn. Ebin Elias, Clergy and by the dynamic, devoted leaders of the church.