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Consecration of Holy Mooron held at St Thomas Church

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  • Thomas Daniel
    KOCHI: In an atmosphere charged with prayers and hymns, the consecration of myron (holy oil) was held at the ancient St Thomas Church (Marthoma Cheria Palli)
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      KOCHI: In an atmosphere charged with prayers and hymns, the
      consecration of myron (holy oil) was held at the ancient St Thomas
      Church (Marthoma Cheria Palli) at Kothamangalam on Saturday.

      Tens of thousands of Jacobite Church members thronged the church
      premises to witness the rare ritual.

      Myron, the holy oil, is used to anoint persons receiving baptism by
      water. It represents the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

      The ritual, described as ``a great mystery'' in theological circles
      and among the Fathers of Churches, was led by Patriarch of Antioch
      Mar Ignatius Zakka I. The five-hour-long ritual was also a
      proclamation by the Syrian Jacobite Church reaffirming its faith on
      the tradition of Antioch.

      The consecration of myron was held in two phases. In the first, the
      `preparations' prior to the consecration was held. Recalling how John
      the Baptist prepared the way for the coming of Jesus Christ, the
      deacons and the priests took out a procession around the church.

      The second procession consisted of deacons, priests, 12 metropolitans
      of the Church and the high priest (the Patriarch) with the holy oil
      in his hand.

      The second stage of the ritual was the sanctification of the holy oil
      by offering special prayers. According to belief, the high priest,
      through his prayers, is expected to bring in all the dynamism of the
      Holy Spirit to the oil.

      After the sanctification of the holy oil, the Patriarch blessed the
      world by spraying it in four directions. As a fulfillment of the
      sacrament, Holy Qurbana by 13 celebrants was said at a specially set
      up 'madbaha' on the church premises.

      It is after an interval of 22 years that consecration of Holy Myron
      is held in the Malankara Church. The ritual was last performed at
      Manarcaud St Mary's church in 1982.

      Catholicos Baselios Thomas I assisted the Patriarch in leading the
      ritual.

      Joseph Mar Gregorios, Yoohanon Mar Philexinos, Geevarghese Mar
      Policarpus, Thomas Mar Thimotheos, Kuriakose Mar Euliyos, Marcose Mar
      Coorilos, Mathews Mar Evanios, Gheevarghese Mar Dionysius, Kuirakose
      Mar Deoscorus, Geevarghese Mar Athanasius, Yoohanon Mar Milithios,
      Kuriakose Mar Theophilos and Kuriakose Mar Sevarios were the
      metropolitans who participated in the consecration.
      http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?
      ID=IER20040925124139&Page=R&Title=Kerala&Topic=0&

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      In His Love
      Thomas Daniel (Reji)
      St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church
      Cheppaud, Alleppy Dist, Kerala, India.
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