Parumala Thirumeni's Centenary: 101 mass celebrated
- Parumala Thirumeni’s centenary: 101 Mass celebratedPuthencruz, Kerala, India: November 2, 2002 will be written in golden letters in thehistory of Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church in Kerala as thousands of faithfulparticipated 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 thecenturies-old ceremony in the most religious atmosphere along with bishops MorPhiloxenos Yuhannon, Mor Ostatheos Benyamin Joseph, Mor Thenotheos Thomas, MorGregorius Joseph, Mor Koorilos Markos, Mor Polycarpos Gheevarghese ,Corispiscopas and priests.The mass marked the conclusion of the Saint Parumala Mor GregoriousGheevarghese’s (Parumala Kochu Thirumeni) year-long centenary celebrations.Not only in the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church but also in no otherEpiscopal churches such a Mass was conducted, said the organizers.A temporary 'Madbaha' (Altar) which was 7,000 feet long in five steps, built at thePatriarch Centre ground was the stage for the holy ceremony. Here 101 altars werearranged at five levels for the 101 priests to say the Mass.The believers were seen flooding to the centre hours before the Mass. Though only50,000 were expected, there were over a 100,000, said the organizers. The priestsstanding at 101 altars celebrated the Mass in remembrance of the last supper Christhad with his disciples.More details and photographs will be published in http://malankara.cjb.net/ in duecourse.
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