Re: Vattaserri Thirumeni
- Dear V Thomas,
There is no 'official' proof that St Gregorious was
against ordaining Vattaserri as a ramban or bishop.
But circumstances show that St Gregorious was not
happy in elevating Vattaseri achen to ramban.
Both Kochuparambil thirumeni and Vattaserri were
deciples of St Gregorious, and as you have rightly
pointed out Kochuparambil achen became a ramban much
before Vattaserri. Kochuparambil achen became a ramban
when St Gregorious was alive. It may be noted that
Vattaserri was a priest even during the demise of St
Here I will share with you what my grandfather told
me.( He had got this information from people who were
alive and were active in church during the times of St
Chathuruthil St Gregorious was very strict in keeping
the faith and traditions of the church intact. You
only have to go through the "shalmoosa" of St Gregorious
or to get an idea on this. ( i dont think even the most
extremist jacobite can follow that "shalmoosa" word by word)
Now as per the traditions of our church a monk(priest
or ramban or bishop)or a nun is a sacrifise made by
the family for the church and inturn to the Lord.
There are scores of instances in the bible which
teaches us that when a 'sacrificial lamp' is offered
to the Lord it should be the best, without any faults.
This is the same reason why our ancestors have taught
us to give to the church the best of whatever you
have. For eg after the harvest is over, people give
the best of the harvest to the local parish. They wont
select an item which lacks in some way.
Since St Gregorious was very strict in keeping the
traditions of the church, the saint may have kept away
from ordaining Vattaserri.
Ofcource whatever i have written above have come to me
by word of mouth
PS. When Vattaserri came back to Malankara from
Jerusalem after being ordained as a bishop( By HH
Ignatious Abdulla, who is not a 'cannonical' Patriarch
as per IOC...Just imagine its as good as saying that
their "bhasuran" is without proper ordination) he was
received at alwaye railway station by the church. When
he was getting down from the train, the staff which he
was holdig, slipped from his hands and fell in the
platform. The staff broke into two in front of all
people. Probably it was a sign given by our Lord on
what is in store for Malankara Church.
From the desk of Moderators
To read the "Shalmootho" of St. Gregorious Of Malankara