Beatification of three more departed Church fathers of Malankara.
Conferring to the wishes of the multitude of faithful, the Malankara
Episcopal Synod of today (09 September 2008) requested His Holiness
the Patriarch, to beatify Maphryono Mor Baselios Shakralla (Shukr
Allah)- Maphryono of the East (AD 1748-'64) - Entombed at the
Kandanad church, Mor Qurillos Yuyakim - Reesh Episcopa of Malankara -
Entombed on the north side of the Marthoman Church Mulanthuruthy, Mor
Koorilos Paulose Kochuparambuil - Malankara Metropolitan, 1911 - '17 -
entombed at Panampady St. Mary's Church near Kottayam).
Catholicose His Beatitude Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I, called all
faithful to be in prayer and fasting for this beatifications, which
will be held at Patriarchal Center Cathedral, Puthencurizu during the
apostolic visit to Malankara by the Supreme head of the Universal
Syriac Orthodox Church, H.H. Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas in
The Supreme head of the Universal Syrian Church and the Patriarch of
the Apostolic see of Antioch & all the East, His Holiness Ignatius
Zakka I Iwas, is to visit India in the second week of October 2008 to
attend the concluding function of the sacerdotal Golden jubilee
celebrations of the regional head of the Church in India, His
Beatitude the Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I. As per the
program schedule finalized by the Malankara Episcopal Synod, His
Holiness is expected to reach Cochin International Airport on October
17 and will proceed to the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church
headquarters at Puthencurizu. The Holy father will be accorded the
status of State Guest by the honourable Government of Kerala. This
will be His Holiness' fourth apostolic visit to India, the last visit
being in 2004.
On Sunday 19th October, the Sacerdotal Golden jubilee function of His
Beatitude the Catholicos will be held at Marine Drive grounds in
Cochin. His Holiness will Chair the jubilee function. Besides the
representatives of the State Government, the heads of the Episcopal
Churches in India and the other communities will be invited for the
function. A 501-member committee has been chosen by the Malankara
Association for making preparations for the grand jubilee function.
The Episcopal Synod Secretary and Metropolitan of Kochi diocese, His
Grace Mor Gregorios Joseph is the Chairman of the committee.
The Malankara Episcopal Synod and a meeting of the Jacobite Syrian
Christian Association will be convened under the president-ship of
His Holiness during this apostolic visit. After attending a few more
programs in Kerala, His Holiness will proceed to Banglore and will
leave for Damascus on October 27th. Hectic preparations has already
been started in Malankara to welcome the supreme head of the
Universal Syrian Christian community.