Consecration of the Cathedral Sanctuary
The renovated sanctuary of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Cathedral of the St. Mary, Queen of Peace Eparchy was consecrated on March 25, on the great Feast of Annunciation. The liturgy of the consecration was presided over by His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cardinal Cleemis with His Excellency Thomas Mar Eusebius and His Excellency Joseph Mar Thomas as the concelebrants. His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan preached the homily during the liturgy. Around fourteen bishops representing different Catholic Dioceses from and around New York participated in the event. The ceremony started at 3.00 pm. with the liturgical reception accorded to the attending bishops at the entrance of the Cathedral. This was followed by brief words of welcome by His Excellency Thomas Mar Eusebius, the bishop of the Eparchy. The ceremony was concluded at 4.15 pm. with words of appreciation by His Beatitude the Major Archbishop. Around 800 people including a good number of priests and sisters participated in the program. The whole program was organized under the leadership of His Excellency Mar Eusebius, Reverend Father Noby Ayyaneth, the Rector of the Cathedral and the parishioners of the Cathedral parish.