vatican.va - The Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Eparchy Saint Thomas the Apostle of Chicago of the Syro-Malabars (U.S.A.) presented by H.E.R. Jacob Angadiath.

The Holy Father has appointed Bishop of the Eparchy Saint Thomas the Apostle of Chicago of the Syro-Malabars (U.S.A.) H.E.R. Joy Alappat, currently Auxiliary Bishop of the same circumscription, transferring him from the titular See of Bencenna.

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S.E.R. Joy Alapat was born on 27 September 1956 in the Parappukara area, in the Eparchy of Irinjalakuda (Kerala). After his priestly training at St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathoor, he was ordained a priest on December 31, 1981. He earned his Masters in Theology from St. Joseph's Pontifical Institute, Aluva, and Adheva University, Wattair.

He has carried out the following ministerial positions: Pastoral in Chalakudy, Mala, and in the Eparchial Cathedral; Chaplain of the Syro-Malabar community in Chennai. Before moving to the United States in 1993 and while he was chaplain at Georgetown University, he completed Clinical Pastoral Education.

He has held other pastoral assignments in New Milford (Connecticut), Newark and Garfield (New Jersey). From 2011 until his episcopal appointment he was Vicar of the Eparchial Cathedral in Bellwood (Illinois).

Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Eparchy Saint Thomas the Apostle of Chicago of the Syro-Malabars on 24 July 2014, he received episcopal consecration on 27 September of the same year.

In addition to Malayalam and English, he knows Indian and Tamil.

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Joachim and Anna Rejoice

Today the bonds of childlessness are loosed, * for God has heard Joachim and Anna * and He promises manifestly that they, against all hope, would give birth to the Maiden of God * from whom the Uncircumscribed One Himself would be born, becoming man, * and he commanded the Angels to cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you!” (Troparion - Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Today the whole world celebrates * the conception of Anne which was brought about by God, * for she gave birth to the one who, beyond understanding, * gave birth to the Word. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

Saint Nicholas of Myra

The truth of your deeds has revealed you to your flock, * as a rule of faith, an image of meekness, and a teacher of abstinence. * Therefore, you attained the heights through humility, * and riches through poverty. * O Father and Hierarch Nicholas, * pray to Christ God that our souls may be saved. (Troparion, Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

In Myra, You were shown to be a servant of the sacred things, O Holy Nicholas, * for, fulfilling the Gospel of Christ, you, O Venerable, laid down your life for your people, * and saved the innocent from death. * Therefore, you were sanctified as a great initiate of the grace of God. (Kontakion, Tone 3)