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Condolence Meeting In Memory Of Mathews II Bava

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  • Rev. Fr. John-Brian Paprock
    Condolence Meeting In Memory Of Mathews II Bava Prof. John Mathew Koodarathil IOH News Service Kottayam Feb 7 2006: A touching and poignant condolence meeting
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 10, 2006
      Condolence Meeting In Memory Of Mathews II Bava

      Prof. John Mathew Koodarathil

      IOH News Service

      Kottayam Feb 7 2006: A touching and poignant condolence meeting was
      held in Kottayam today, Sunday Feb.5, 2006 condoling the passing away
      of our beloved Bava Thirumeni. In a well attended meeting held at
      Baselius College, Speaker after speaker brought alive their unfaded
      memories of association with the departed. In the Presidential
      address, H.H. Didimos Bava Thirumeni highlighted the warmth of
      affection received from Mathews II Bava . Almost like a pet student,
      Bava Thirumeni attended on him and it was at the height of that
      concern that the departed Bava Thirumeni adorned his successor with
      the staff and chains on the day of enthronement.

      Mar Thoma Metropolitan Mar Chrisostam who inaugurated the meeting, in
      his inimitable way narrated a dream he had on the evening of January
      27. God announced in heaven that He had called to rest Baselius Mar
      Thoma Mathews 11 and would be reaching heaven soon. As everybody
      waited, Bava Thirumeni reached and the first two persons with whom
      Bava shook hands was Yoohanon Marthoma Metropolitan and Alexander
      Marthoma Metropolitan. So much was Bava's relation ship with Mar
      Thoma Church. He also confessed that Mar Thoma Church lost an
      eloquent speaker for all their functions who was invited without a
      second thought and now with the demise of Bava they have to sruggle
      to find the right person.

      Bishop Mar Powathil, higlighted the good human being in Bava
      Thirumeni and unfolded his association for the last 25 years. Bishop
      Sam Mathew drew the big picture of an Ecumenical stalwart in Mar
      Thomas Mathews II who played a big role in settling the Nilackel

      Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, the Health and Irrigation Minister of
      Kerala pictured Bava Thirumeni as a big humanist. Suresh Kurup,
      Member of Parliament of Kottayam, recalled with gratitude when His
      Grace Mathews Mar Coorilos went to the bedside of his father who was
      admiited in the Madras Medical Mission Hospital for Heart Surgery and
      prayed and thereafter, the hospital authorities treated them with
      extra love and concern. Sri. Narendranath Kurup, the N.S.S. General
      Secretary, recalled that occasion when Bava Thirumeni was the Chief
      Guest for the Mannam Birth Day Celebration and how Bava captivated
      the gathering with his eloquent speech.

      Almost choked with emotion Thomas Mar Makarios Thirumeni recalled how
      Bava compelled him to conduct the Thailabhishekam for patients before
      Bava was taken to the Operation Theatre for Heart Surgery in the
      U.S.A. Thirumeni also recalled how Bava Thirumeni when he was Angel
      Achan asked him to join Othera Dayara on frugal food. K.M. Mathew,
      Chief Editor , Malayala Manorama and Dr. Alexander Karakkal also
      spoke on the occasion. Fr.Dr.O.Thomas moved the condolence resolution
      and Sri P.C. Abraham Padinjarekara, the Lay Trustee offered floral
      tributes, Pushparchana , on the photograph of the Bava Thirumeni .
      The dedication song by Fr. M.P. George added to the solemnity of the
      occasion which certainly must be cherished by our Bava in the
      Heavenly Abode.

      ( Indian Orthodox Herald News Release, February 07, 2006 )
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