PARUMAlA: Thomas Mar Themothios has been enthroned as the seventh Catholicos of the Malankara Orthodox Church at a solemn ceremony held at the St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Church at Parumala on Monday. This was following the abdication of the throne by his predecessor, 91-year-old Baselius Mar Thoma Mathews-II, owing to old age and bad health on Sunday.
The 85-year old new Catholicos has been christened as Moran Mor Baselius Mar Thoma Didymos-I.
The enthronement service was led by the Church Synod comprising all the Metropolitans amidst the holy Eucharist celebrated by Thomas Mar Makarios. Senior Metropolitan Geevarghese Mar Osthatheos was the chief celebrant of the enthronement service.
Thomas Mar Athanaseus, Geevarghese Mar Ivaneos, Kuriakose Mar Cleemis, Mathews Mar Epiphaneus, Peelipose Mar Eusebeus, Paulose Mar Pachomeos, Paulose Mar Militheos, Mathews Mar Savarios, Zacharia Mar Theophelus, Youhanon Mar Chrisostomos, Augen Mar Dioneseus, Gabriel Mar Gregorios, Gevarghese Mar Koorilos and Youhanon Mar Milithos were the co-celebrants.
Hundreds of faithful thronged Parumala on the banks of river Pampa to witness the occasion.
The holy Eucharist began at 7 a.m. and the enthronement service around 9 a.m. The new Catholicos, seated in a chair, was lifted thrice by the Metropolitans amidst loud chants of `Oxion’, a Greek word that meaning `that he is worthy’. Then, the new Catholicos read out the Holy Bible.
Outgoing Catholicos Moran Mor Baselius Mar Thoma Mathews-II blessed his successor and handed over the Pastoral Staff to him, later, marking the culmination of the main part of the enthronement ceremony.
It is for the first time in the history of the Malankara Orthodox Church an outgoing Catholicos himself attending the enthronement of his successor. The newly enthroned Catholicose blessed the gathering and he was felicitated at a meeting held at the church hall later.
The new Catholicos made his reply speech on the occasion.