Throne of St.Thomas: Concerns
- Respected members:
In one of the Indian Orthodox forums I recently happened to read a
series under the title "Malankara's Mythical Minefields". In Volume
VIII, the author has cited a number of references to prove that the
usage of the throne of St.Thomas is nothing new, but it was
prevalent even from the first century A.D. Among all the points
that the author has put forward to support his view points, I would
like to bring to your attention something that struck me the most:
"e.) 1912. From the letter issued on September 17, 1912**, by HH
Abdul Masih Patriarch from St Mary's Church, Niranam: `` By virtue
of the order of the office of the Shephard, entrusted to Simon Peter
by our Lord Jesus Messiah, we are prompted to perpetuate for you
Catholicos or Mapriyana to serve all spiritual requirements that are
necessary for the conduct of the order of the holy true Church in
accordance with its faith.... With Geevarghese Mar Dionysius
Metropolitan, who is the head of the Metropolitans in Malankara and
with other Metropolitans, Ascetics, Deacons and a large number of
faithfuls, we have ordained in person our spiritually beloved
Evanios in the name of Baselius as Mapriyana, i.e., as the
Catholicos on the Throne of St.Thomas in the East, i.e., in India
and other places, at the St.Mary's Church, Niranam on Sunday, 2nd
Kanni, 1912 A.D. as per your request.''
** During the course of the hearing, the patriarchal faction alleged
that this letter (exhibit A 13) was not authentic, and claimed that
HH Abdul Masih had issued only one letter (exhibit A 14). The IOC
claimed that without the first letter, there couldn't have been the
second, since one logically follows the other. The Supreme Court in
its majority view agreed with our contention.
REF: ICON Digest Number 1721, Message#3
Prior to this, I have never heard about a letter with this content
from the deposed Patriarch Mor Abdhul Messiah stating the
establishment of a throne of St. Thomas in India in 1912. Pardon me
since I know only a very little about the Church's historical
documents and the exhibits presented at the court for the dispute
case. But, I am really curious to know the truth. I request the
elder members of this forum to share their views on the validity of
this letter and the truth behind the IOC's claim that the Supreme
Court approved the authenticity of this letter. Thank you all in
St. John's SOC, Staten Island
St. Mary's JSC, Manarcad
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