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Parumala Thirumeni's Centenary: 101 mass celebrated

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  • Thomas Daniel
    Parumala Thirumeni’s centenary: 101 Mass celebrated Puthencruz, Kerala, India: November 2, 2002 will be written in golden letters in the history of Malankara
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      Parumala Thirumeni’s centenary: 101 Mass celebrated
       
      Puthencruz, Kerala, India: November 2, 2002 will be written in golden letters in the
      history of Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church in Kerala as thousands of faithful
      participated  at the Patriarch Centre here on Saturday to witness the unique “101 Mass”
      by a hundred and one priests.
       
      In the presence of thousands of believers, Catholicose H.B Baselious Thomas I led the
      centuries-old ceremony in the most religious atmosphere along with bishops Mor
      Philoxenos Yuhannon, Mor Ostatheos Benyamin Joseph, Mor Thenotheos Thomas, Mor
      Gregorius Joseph, Mor Koorilos Markos, Mor Polycarpos Gheevarghese ,
      Corispiscopas and priests.
       
      The mass marked the conclusion of the Saint Parumala Mor Gregorious
      Gheevarghese’s  (Parumala Kochu Thirumeni) year-long centenary celebrations.
       
      Not only in the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church but also in no other
      Episcopal churches such a Mass was conducted, said the organizers.
       
      A temporary 'Madbaha' (Altar) which was 7,000 feet long in five steps, built at the
      Patriarch Centre ground was the stage for the holy ceremony. Here 101 altars were
      arranged at five levels for the 101 priests to say the Mass.
       
      The believers were seen flooding to the centre hours before the Mass. Though only
      50,000 were expected, there were over a 100,000, said the organizers. The priests
      standing at 101 altars celebrated the Mass in remembrance of the last supper Christ
      had with his disciples.
       
      More details and photographs will be published in http://malankara.cjb.net/ in due
      course.


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