Memorial Feast of Alvares Mar Julius

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I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children are blessed. – Psalm 37:25-26


 95th Memorial Feast of H.G Alvares Mar Julius


16th to 25th September 2018




St Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Church

Ribander Goa


The mortal remains of Late and glorified Alvares Mar Julius (Metropolitan of Goa, Indian and Ceylon), is entombed at the St Mary’s Orthodox Syrian church. The church will celebrate the 93rd Memorial Feast of the glorified saint from 16th September 2018 to 25th September 2018. You are cordially invited to join us in spirit of prayer and devotion for this auspicious occasion and receive bountiful blessings by His Grace’s intercession and prayers


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95th Memorial Feast of Alvares Mar Julius

The 95th Memorial Feast of Alvares Mar Julius will be celebrated at St Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Church, Panaji on 24th and 25th September 2018. The main celebrant would be H.H Baselios Mar Thoma Paulose II Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan. To know more click here ->

Watch 94th Mar Alvares Feast Videos

Missed our celebrations on the occassion of 94th memorial feast of Late Alvares Mar Julius Metropolitan? You can watch them over here. Thanks to Mar Alvares Media for making it possible. DAY 1   DAY 2  

Invitation for 94th Memorial Feast of H.G Alvares Mar Julius and Church Golden Jubilee Celebrations

We Invite you to attend the 94th Memorial Feast service and receive the blessings relying on the intercessory prayers of L.L Alvares Mar Julius Thirumeni and Golden Jubilee Celebrations of St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Church, Ribader Goa. For more details about the schedule kindly click here ->

Gallery Events

Sunday 16th Sept 2018Saturday 22nd Sept 2018Sunday 23rd Sept 2018Monday 24th Sept 2018Tuesday 25th Sept 2018
Time Event
8.30 AM
  • Holy Qurbana by H.G Yakob Mar Elias (Diocese Metropolitan)
  • Hoisting of the flag

Time Event
6.00 PM
  • Evening Prayer
  • Devotional address by Fr. Mohan Joseph (Vicar Thazhathangadi Church)
Time Event
8.00 AM
  • Morning Prayer
  • Holy Qurbana by H.G Yuhanon Mar Thevodorus (Metropolitan Kottarakkara – Punalur Diocese)
  • Dhoopa Prarthana
  • Nerchavilambu
6.00 PM
  • Evening Prayer
  • Devotional address by Fr. Mohan Joseph (Vicar Thazhathangadi Church)
  • Welcoming pilgrims
Time Event
8.00 AM
  • Morning Prayer
  • Holy Qurbana (Konkani)
2.30 PM
  • Padayathara from St Inez Church Cemetery(Old tomb of Alvares Thirumeni) to St Marys OSC Church Ribander
6.45 PM
  • Evening Prayer
  • Devotional address by H.G Geevarghese Mar Coorilos (Metropolitan Mumbai Diocese
  • Feast Procession
  • Apostolic Benediction
  • Love Feast
Time Event
7.45 AM
  • Qurbana by H.H Baselious Marthoma Paulose II (Catholicos of the East & Malankara Metropolitan
  • Dhupa Prarthana
  • Feast Procession
  • Alvares Mar Julius Presentation to Rev. Fr. Jinesh Varkey (Daya Bhavan)
  • Apostolic Benediction
  • Nerchavilambu
  • Lowering of flag

The church is beautifully located on the Ribander hillock, just 5kms away from Panaji also known in English as Panjim, the capital city of Goa. It has its own charm, a river flowing along one side of the hillock, and a breathtaking view of Panaji. Ribandar is located between the cities of Panjim (Nova Goa) and Old Goa (Velha Goa) which has the world famous Bom Jesus Basilica where the mortal remains of St Francs Xavier is entombed.


The church can be reached in multiple ways. Below are some ways.

By Flight

The nearest airport is at Dabolim, 35 km away.

By Train

The nearest railway station is Karmali (IR station code : KRMI), about 10 km to the east, but many express trains do not halt there. Another station to the north is Thivim, which is 25 kms to the north. A more important station is Madgaon Junction, 45 km to the south, being the main junction on the Konkan Railway all trains stop here.
If your coming from northern states please book your tickets in a train that stops at Thivim more preferably at Karmali. If your coming from southern states especially from Kerala please book your tickets till Karmali or Madgaon. Convenient train options for your travel can be found below

Click here for trains from Mumabi to Goa Click here for trains from Kerala to Goa
By Bus

Panaji is connected with the state of Karnataka to the south and Maharashtra to the north by winding highways.
A wide range of buses are available. The non air-conditioned, state transport bus, though cheap, is an interesting way to travel, if you don’t mind the discomfort of a rattling bus body, rigid seats, over crowding and stopping at umpteen villages and bus depots along the route. You can also buy a reserved ticket, which assures you of a seat, though is no protection against over crowding. Locals usually share seats. The state transport corporations also have semi-luxury and luxury buses (luxury meaning the seats are padded and recline).
The major state transport corporations operating in Goa are the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC), from Goa, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), from Maharashtra, and the Karnataka State Road Transport from Karnataka. All the state transport buses, usually begin and terminate at the Kadamba bus stand at Panaji. Bookings, time tables etc. can be had here.

Dozens of semi-luxury and luxury buses also connect Panaji with Mumbai, Pune, Mangalore, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. A relatively comfortable option is the air conditioned Volvo coaches that operate towards the later hours. Find out prices before you purchase a ticket, as it is not uncommon to find that your neighbour on the bus has paid a much higher or lower price for the ticket. Many travel agents have their offices in the building adjacent to the Kadamba bus stand.

All private buses leave from the bus stand at the beginning of the Mandovi bridge. Bus departures start daily from 4:00 pm and go on till almost 10:00 p.m. when the last Volvo coaches leave.

By Car
  • NH-17 (National Highway-17) passes through Panaji. (This is the route buses will take while coming down from Bombay). The route is scenic, and roads in good condition compared with other routes, but narrow and risky along part of the journey, so driving down is not recommended unless you are used to Indian roads. A detour from NH-17 towards Kolhapur joins you to the Expressway and further on to the Mumbai Pune Expressway. Take this route if you intend including Lonavala, Khandala or Pune on your itinerary. The expressway is also faster and safer, though the additional distance will not save you much time.
  • NH-4A connects to the NH-17 from Panaji. This is the main highway connecting Goa with the state of Karnataka. Be prepared for a rattling travel, as the road condition has deteriorated beyond repair on a 20 kms stretch near Anmod, as soon as you enter Karnataka. The Government of Karnataka should be condemned in strongest words for neglecting this important tourist link, which connects Goa with world heritage sites at Badami, Pattadkal and Hampi. This road is one of the reasons why Karnataka lost the Tata Nano project to Gujarat, as its bad condition almost deprived Dharwad of the nearest port facility.
  • From Mumbai – Take NH4 or the new Expressway towards Pune, Kolhapur. After Kolhapur, continue on Nh4 for 25 km, then pass the town of Nipani, then climb up a hill, and the take right towards Ajra, Sawantwadi via Amboli ghat. This will take you through Uttur, Ajra, Amboli, & finally Sawantwadi – in about 3-4 hours. After reaching Sawantwadi continue south on NH17 towards Panaji. Sawantwadi to Panaji is about 60 kms; you will pass through Mapusa and you could take a detour to Calangute, Baga, Vagator. The time from Mumbai to Pune is approximately 3-4 hours. Pune – Kolhapur is approximately 3-4 hours and Kolhapur to Panaji via Sawantwadi is 4 hours.
  • From Mumbai – Take the Pune Expressway, exit at Panvel. Take NH-17 South and continue for 600 kms down south to Panaji. You will pass through Mahad, Khed, Chiplun, Vengurla, Sawantwadi and finally into Panaji. NH-17 is a narrow, winding road and expect to travel at an average of 50 km/hour.

Accommodations are available to all pilgrims at very reasonable rate. Transport from the accommodation will also be arranged. Kindly contact us well before 20th August 2018 for bookings.

For details and bookings on accommodations and transport contact
Mr Eby Isaac – 9420164573
Mr Reji Ouseph – 9423321148

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Rev. Fr. Reji T Geevarghese



Mr. Thomas Varghese



Mr. John Joseph



Mr. Kuruvilla Zachariah




St Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Church
Ribander, Panaji,
Goa – INDIA 403 006

[email protected]
Phone: +91 0832 2444771

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