KOTTAYAM: Baselios Marthoma Mathews II Makes the Abdication a Gracious Event for the Orthodox Church.
True to His Holiness’s ingrained quality of being with malice towards none and but with goodwill to all Baselios Marthoma Mathews II abdicated the throne enabling the Seventh Catholicos and Malankara Metropolitan to be well in office with the divine christening as Baselios Marthoma Didymos I.
Amidst prayerful chanting that swelled from the faithful at the Parumala Seminary Church H. B. Thomas Mar Thimothios was ordained as the Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan on Monday 31 October 2005.
For the first time in the history of the Church, the newly ordained Catholicos was privileged with the physical presence of his predecessor during the installation ceremony. Invoking prayers from one and all, when Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Mathews II offered the shepherd Staff – Amsavadi – and adorned the successor with three engelpions – one of Cross and another of St. Mary and another of St. Thomas, with the words – the Spiritual authority and the Temporal authority that the Church entrusted with me fourteen years ago is now handed over to you with all the satisfaction of the heart – it was a divine will that was fulfilled. Choking the eyes and hearts of all, when His Holiness Marthoma Mathews II Bava stood up, at the conclusion of the ceremony, to hug and garland his successor, it was a meeting of the Past and the Present, giving way for the latter.
More touching was the parting message given by the outgoing Catholicos, wishing the new Catholicos God’s benison in the discharging of the duties for the steadier growth of the Church. Then taking leave of his Authority and the Throne, with his head held high, H. H. Baselios Marthoma Mathews II, stepped down from the Holy Place of the Parumala Seminary Church assisted by Fr. V. M .James and Fr. Varughese and Deacon Siby, leaving the destiny of the Church, safely and graciously, in the hands of Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Didymos First and other Metropolitans , Priests, Deacons and the Faithful.