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Orthodox Church Welcomes the Court Order to Open Thrikkunnathu Seminary Chapel

ALUVA: The Kerala Highcourt after considering the petition submitted by the Orthodox Church, finally ordered to open the Thrikkunnathu seminary Chapel between January 23 and 24 for prayer to both Orthodox and Jacobite factions of Malankara Church and maintain the Church by the Orthodox faction under the observation of the advocate commissioner appointed by the court.

A tension was prevailing while the Jacobite faction of the Malankara Church had announced early this month that a relay prayer meet would be held before the Perunnal of Thrikkunnathu seminary between January 22 and 26.

The Catholicos Elect Mar Milithios said on last Friday that the decision by Catholicos Baselios Thomas I of the Jacobite group to resist the ban and pray at the tombs of the Fathers at Thrikkunnathu, near Aluva, was a challenge to the rule of law in the State. Though prohibitory orders were in force at the tombs of the Fathers of the Church at the Thrikkunnathu seminary complex, the laity was allowed to visit the tombs and offer prayers.

The decision to open the Chapel to offer prayers for four hour each on January 23-24 to both factions under the observation of advocate commissioner by the High court was welcomed by the Orthodox Church.

The catholicose Baselios Marthoma Didymos I urged its faithful to attend the perunnal and receive blessings.