New Catholicos of the East Baselios Marthoma Paulose II Installed
- New Catholicos of the East Baselios Marthoma Paulose II Installed - Photo
by OCP on November 1, 2010
in Featured News
[photos of the installation can be found at this web page]
Indian Orthodox Church
Parumala/Kerala/India: Installation of Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, the
eighth Catholicos of the East from Malankara took place at Parumala.
Newly consecrated Catholicos, Baselios Marthoma Paulose II is the eighth
Catholicos since the Catholicate of the East was relocated to India and 91st
Catholicos in the lineage of Catholicoi of the East in the apostolic throne
of St. Thomas. He is also the 21st Malankara Metropolitan of the church.
At 6.30 am all Metropolitans have ceremoniously accompanied the Catholicos
into the Church and the day's event began. Metropolitan of Chengannur
Diocese Thomas Mar Athanasius celebrated the Holy Qurbana. Catholicos
Baselios Marthoma Didymus I was the chief celebrant for the consecration
"At the inception of Catholicate in Malankara the first Catholicos was named
as Paulose I. Now at the centenary of the Catholicate the Catholicos is
again being called Paulose, precisely Paulose II. This is not a coincidence,
but a great plan of God", said the Principal of Orthodox Theological
Seminary, Fr. Dr. K.M. George.
New Catholicos readout and put his signature on his confession of faith
(Amalogia), which the new Pontiff himself piously submitted to the
Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Paulose II.
Thereafter the reigning Catholicos declared that the new Pontiff is worthy
to be elevated to the Catholicate and to the throne of St. Thomas. This led
to reading of the Gospel, with Metropolitans carrying the throne, on which
the new Catholicos was sitting. This was to symbolize the authority of the
new Catholicos over the Church of God. Staff for the new Catholicos was also
handed over in a similar fashion, where nine Metropolitans held their hands
below the hand of the New Catholicos, which was guided to the top by the
Concluding the ceremony, litanies were read out, which were prayers for and
divine felicitations to the new Pontiff.
Newly installed Catholicose Baselios Marthoma Paulose II completed the Holy
Qurbana to mark the end of ceremony.
Priest Trustee Fr. Dr. Johns Abraham Konattu was the Master of Ceremony. Fr.
M.P. George led the melodious choir.
Around 25 Metropolitans attended the event. A number of priests and
thousands of faithful witnessed the historical ceremony.
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