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.
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