53rd Dukrono of St. Athanasius Paulose (Valiya Thirumeni) on 26th
ST. ATHANASIUS PAULOSE (1869 - 1953) (former Malankara Metropolitan of the Jacobite Syrian Church)
St. Athanasius Paulose popularly known as 'Valiya Thirumeni', is one of the luminous stars of the Syriac Orthodox Church, who as the head of the Church in India, successfully guided its destiny for nearly four decades. It was his firm faith, persistent efforts and ardent prayers that helped the Malankara Syrian community to maintain their ancient links with the Holy See of Antioch. Valiya Thirumeni is the founder father of many of the spiritual organizations like Sunday School Association, Mor Gregorios Youth Association etc.. Consecrated as Metropolitan for the Angamali diocese in 1910 by Patriarch Mor Ignatius Abded `Aloho (Abdulla II), he became the Malankara Metropolitan of the Jacobite Syrian Church in 1918. After serving the Church in Malankara for more than four decades, he passed away on 25th January 1953 at the age of 84.
Known for his piety, integrity, sincerity and unflinching faith, the spiritual father is remembered by the Malankara Church with great veneration. Valiya Thirumeni loved his people and defended them until his last, leaving behind him a magnificent legacy. People revere him as a saintly father; he is the pride of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church. Fifty one years after his demise, on 19th August 2004, the Church beatified Mor Athanasius Paulose. Valiya Thirumeni is the only primate from India, other than Chathuruthy St. Gregorios Geevarghese (Parumala Thirumeni) who has been raised to the status of sainthood.
Biography and related photos of Valiya Thirumeni: http://www.syrianchurch.org/bio/ValiyaThirumeni.htm
Thrikkunnathu St. Mary’s Church: http://www.syrianchurch.org/bio/ValiyaThirumeni.htm
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St. Joseph's Cathedral /
Kallumkathra St. George Church Kottayam.
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