PARUMALA: Flag hoisting ceremony for the 108th Annual Feast of St. Gregorios of Parumala took place on Tuesday, October 26, at St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Church, Paruamala. Thousands of faithful witnessed the event.
The flag hoisting ceremony started at 2.00 pm. Catholicos Elect Metropolitan Paulose Mar Milithios, Sabha Ratnam Metropolitan Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios, Metropolitan Dr. Yuhanon Mar Chrysostomos, and Metropolitan Yuhanon Mar Polycarpose led the flag hoisting ceremony at three different flag poles.
Faithful did not fail this year as well to fulfill the tradition of throwing betel leaves prayerfully into the air. This special tradition is understood as the accomplishment of commencement of the annual feast of St. Gregorios of Parumala.
This is the 34th time that Metropolitan Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios is hoisting flag to mark the beginning of the feast of St. Gregorios of Parumala. He did it for the first time in 1976 after having assumed charge of the Niranam Diocese. That tradition was kept intact this year as well.
Catholcos Elect Metropolitan Paulose Mar Milithios inaugurated thereafter the ‘Week of Pilgrimage’ at a special meeting held at St. Gregorios Chapel, Parumala.
Sabha Ratnam Metropolitan Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios, Metropolitan of Niranam Diocese Dr. Yuhanon Mar Chrysostomos, Manager, Prumala Seminary, Fr. M.D. Yuhanon Ramban, Dr. Alexander Jacob IPS, Priest Trustee Fr. Dr. Jones Abraham Konattu, Sabha Trustee Dr. George Joseph, Fr. Thomas Thekkil, Dr. Alexander Karackal, A.K. Thomas, Jacob Thomas Arikupuram, Thomas T. Parumala and G. Oommen spoke on the occasion.
Metropolitan Yuhanon Mar Polycarpose inaugurated the ’144 Hour Prayer Vigil’ at Azhippura, the first residence of St. Gregorios of Parumala. This is an initiative led by the Orthodox Christian Youth Movement.
The coming one week will witness an ocean of faithful at Parumala. People from all walks of life as well as from all religions will rush to Parumala to place their petitions to God through the intercession of St. Gregorios.