PARUMALA: The annual festival at the St. Paul’s and St. Peter’s Church on the banks of the Pampa at Parumala began on October 26, 2012.
The festival began with a flag-hoisting ceremony on October 26. His Holiness the Catholicose Baselios Marthoma Paulose II and Metropolitan of the Niranom diocese Dr. Youhanon Mar Chrysostomos led the ceremony on the church premises at 2 p.m.
The Catholicos of the East Baselius Marthoma Paulose II inaugurated the week-long annual pilgrimage to the tomb of St. Gregorios, the first canonized saint of the Church, at a meeting at 3 p.m. Dr. Youhanon Mar Chrysostomos presided over the meeting. P.H. Kurien, IAS, delivered the keynote address. Fr. John Abraham Konatt, clergy trustee of the church, Jacob Thomas Arikupuram, Thomas T. Parumala and G. Oommen spoke on the occasion. Fr. K.V. Joseph Ramban proposed vote of thanks.
A 144-hour continuous prayer session began under the auspices of the Malankara Orthodox Youth Movement at 5 p.m. Youhanon Mar Polycarpus inaugurated the session. OCYM Vice President Fr. Mathews T John, General Secretary Fr. Stephen Varghese, Treasurer Friju T. Mathew will lead the 144-hour continuous prayer session which will be concluded on Nov.1.
Free medical camp
A free medical camp under the auspices of St. Gregorios Mission Hospital will begin at the Parumala seminary auditorium on October 28 forenoons.
High Court Justice Surendra Mohan will inaugurate a cultural meet to be held in connection with the church festival on October 28. Dr. Youhanon Mar Chrysostomos will preside. Sabha Secretary Dr. George Joseph will welcome the gathering and the Lay Trustee M. G. George Muthuut will propose vote of thanks.
Processions by pilgrims will be accorded reception at Parumala on October 31. Dr. Abraham Mar Epiphanios will inaugurate a All Malankara Prayer meet later in the day.
State Human Rights Commission Chairman Benjamin Koshy will deliver the keynote address at a felicitation meeting to be held on November 1. Film director Blessy will inaugurate a music programme ‘Sangeetharchana’ at 5 p.m.
Saint’s 110th feast
The 110th feast of St. Gregorios will be held on November 2. Baselius Mar Thoma Paulose II will lead the tri-mass at the church in the morning.
The Catholicos will inaugurate the MGOCSM meeting at 12 p.m. Kerala Accountant General Dr. Biju Jacob will deliver the keynote address.
Believers from different parts of the State and abroad will reach Parumala in separate processions to offer prayers at the saint’s tomb on November 1 and 2.
The annual church fete and pilgrim week will come to a close with a procession at 2 p.m. on November after a ceremonial Rassa.