The Indian Orthodox Church has an official website now.
The following is what it says about Baselious Eldho Maphriana
"After his (Mar Gregorious Abdul Jaleel of Jerusalem) time those two
West Syrian dignitaries who came in 1685 intended to achieve the
Patriarchal destination. But unfortunately they achieved nothing,
because of the death of one soon after their arrival."
The following is what it says about Parumala Thirumeni.
"He (Patriarch Ignatious Peter IV) consecrated 6 bishops (one of whom
is Parumala Thirumeni) of his own accord himself without the consent of
the church or of Dionysius V, taking from each of them registered deed,
to ensure and strengthen but also over their dioceses. Indeed it was
these new bishops formally and systematically not only West Syrianized
their dioceses but also stabilized the jurisdictional claims of the
Though the history given on this site is so full of hate to the Syriac
Orthodox Church and the Patriarch, the 'Gallery' section is a very
It has many hymns from the Divine Liturgy, Holy Week and other
important church occassions.
The really good thing is that it is recorded without the distractions
of the drums, and the big orchestra. I wish our church also completely
stopped the use of these musical instuments during the Liturgy. The
drum beats completely disfugres the hymns. I have addressed this in two
of my previous messages to this forum with no reply or interest from
any of the members. I am posting them again, in the hope that there
will be someone who will show some interest.
Mathew G M
Member ID # 0929