Re: Perumany Jacobite Church & relics of St. Parumala Grigorious
- Dear Forum members,
This is a reply for http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SOCM-FORUM/message/4529
The news in the original post (by Mr. Aliyas Issac)
refers to a different problem, I think. It is a
question of the fairly recent trend of distributing relics in
order to convert churches into prilgim centeres and
not just related to the reverance to holy relics. I think,
any effort to classify this issue just as an
"irrevarance to holy relics" should be considered atleast as an
oversimplification of the matter. [If not considered as a better
defensive mechanism to support these activities by denying even
the slightest chances of being discussed. (Since being "againt
respecting saints" has been a hot heresy!!!)].
A generic pattern can be observed for these kinds of activities:
- Obtain the relic
- Erect it
- Start a new set of perunnals
- Start "propagating" the speciality of the church
due to the relic
- Device new modes of offerings for the relic/saint and
encourage ppl. (non-christians too) to respect (often that the way to
given to God!) the relic in 'many' ways! Often the relic becomes the
center of attraction outcasting the Lord himself!!
- Start a new set of 'traditions' to respect (?!) the
relic [ like "koodu thurakkal" ('casket opening ceremony']
- Shortly, the church earns the status of a plgrim
center; more like a center of attraction - obviously creating more
job opportunities and even more income!
On a closer look we may find some more socio-economical patterns on
these activities, which would mostly be unsupported by
faith/teachings. Obvioulsy, these practices result in propagating
false info (More often saints are considered as "Gods" even by
a "believer" , especially living in the midst of a society who
believe in multiple gods! If you are from Ernakulam area, haven't
you seen old people comparing "karingachira muthappan"
and "thripunithura appan" ? Unfortunately, many of the "shepherds"
also encourage the superstitious status / naming conventions for
Considering these, we should discourage, these activities in our
Do you think the Q/As given in the book by Rev. Fr.
Kaniyamparampil addressing this kind of "thirusheshippu
sthhapikkal" ? ("obtaining and erecting relics") :
They are better be read as justifications/reasonsing for why we
RESPECT the holy fathers and the holi relics as opposed to the
new teachings of the "neo christians". It also talks about the
importance of why we should preserve them [Should "the distribution"
be considered as a mode of preservation ?!]
Do you really think collecting the relics of St.Ignatius should be
considered as an "early form" of the "thirusheshippu sthhapikkal"
Hope the forum members would contribute to this discussion.
Also please see the following thread for a similar topic:
Marthoman Church Mulanthuruthy
- Dear all
I could not open this controversial letter, Anybody can help in this regard
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