KOLENCHERY: The Catholicos of Malankara Orthodox Church Baselios Marthoma Didymos I confirred the Armenian Catholicose Aram I with the ‘Order of St. Thomas’ on Saturday February 27, 2010 at a gorgeous public ceremony at Kolenchery. ‘Order of St.Thomas’ is the the most presigious honor at the Malankara Orthodox Church.
In his reply speech the Armenian Catholicos expressed his happiness over receiving such an honor from Malankara, the land of Saint Thomas.
Union Minister K.V.Thomas inaugurated the function. Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Didymos I presided over. Catholicos -Elect Paulose mar Milithios, Metropolitan of Marthoma Church Zacharias Mar Theophilos, Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian, Bishop Nareg Alezmezian, Fr. Mesrob Sarkissian, Dr. Gabriel Mar Gregorios, Dr. Mathews Mar Severios, Alexios Mar Eusebius and Fr. Dr. Johns Abraham Konatt attended the ceremony
This was the crowning function of the visit of Armenian delegation in the Northern dioceses of Malankara. The Pontiff was welcomed in the Kerala traditional style with mounted elephants, girls carrying plates of flowers and percussional accompaniments. Faithful in multitude turned up to the function, which made the event only one of its kind in the memory of many for that region.