Three new Bishops consecrated for Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar
- The Episcopal consecration of the three new Rambans of the Mar
Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar, Varghese Mathai, K.V. Varkey and Oommen George, was held at the SC Seminary High School grounds in Thiruvalla on Saturday.
Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan, head of the Mar Thoma Church, was
the chief celebrant of the consecration service held at a specially prepared sanctuary (Madbaha) at the SCS grounds.
The three Bishop-designates were escorted to the programme venue
in a customary procession from the St. Thomas Mar Thomas Church at the SCS Mount at 7.15 am. A 101-member choir, Church Council members and clergy took part in the procession led by Geevarghese Mar Themotheos Metropolitan.
Church secretary K.S..Mathew led the three bishop-designates by
hand to the Mar Thoma Metropolitan as soon as the procession reached the specially prepared sanctuary.
The ceremony began with a holy eucharist at 7.30 a.m. Zacharias
Mar Theophilus Saffragan Metropolitan delivered the devotional speech on the occasion. Philipose Mar Chrysostum, senior Metropolitan of the Church, Geevarghese Mar Athanaseus, Geevarghese Mar Theodoseus, Joseph Mar Barnabas, Thomas Mar Themotheos, Issac Mar Philoxenos, Abraham Mar Paulose, all Bishops of Mar Thoma Church were the co-celebrants of the consecration service.
Joseph Mor Gregorious, Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, Kuriakose Mor Gregorious metropolitans of Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church, Bishop Sam Mathew, Bishop Thomas Samuel, Bishop K.G. Daniel and Bishop Thomas K.Oommen of Church of South India, and Youhanon Mar Chrysostomos, Kuriakose Mar Cleemis, Zacharias Mar Aprem, metropolitans of the Malankara Orthodox Church, were also present at the Madbaha.
The consecration of the three new Bishops was held during the
course of the holy eucharist. Each new Bishop seated on a chair, was lifted thrice amidst loud chants of `Oxion', a Greek word meant ‘that he is worthy' as part of the consecration ceremony.
Joseph Mar Thoma blessed the new bishops and handed over the
pastoral staff to them, marking the culmination of the installation ceremony. The newly consecrated Bishops passed on the Kiss of Peace to the Mar Thoma Metropolitan.
The three Bishops were also renamed as Mathews Mar Makarios
(Varghese Mathai), Gregorios Mar Stephanos (K.V. Varkey) and Thomas Mar Tithos (Oommen George) on the occasion.
Finance Minister K.M. Mani; Revenue Minister Thiruvanchoor
Radhakrishnan; Rajya Sabha MP P.J. Kurien; Anto Antony, Kodikkunnil Suresh, Jose K. Mani, MPs; K.Sivadasan Nair, Thomas Chandy, Mathew T. Thomas, Mons Joseph, Raju Abraham and P.C. Vishnunath, MLAs; also attended the function.
A public meeting to felicitate the newly consecrated Bishops was
also held. Cyriac Thomas, judge, Supreme Court, inaugurated the meeting presided by the Mar Thoma Metropolitan.
Mar Chrysostum delivered the benedictory speech. Joseph Mar
Gregorios Metropolitan, John V.Varghese, IPS, Ammanuel B. Ghareeb from Kuwait and Elizabeth Varghese delivered felicitations.