KOTTAYAM: Thousands of people from various walks of life on Tuesday paid their last respects to His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Didimos I, the Catholicos Emeritus of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church (MOSC), who passed away here on Monday.
The faithful will bid adieu to the former supreme head of the MOSC when his mortal remains will be interred in a specially erected crypt at the Mount Tabor Dayara, Pathanapuram, on Wednesday.
Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan Baselius Mar Thoma Paulose II will lead the prayers.
All the Metropolitans of the Church and heads of other churches are expected to participate in the funeral, which is scheduled for 11 am.
The mortal remains of the Catholicos Emeritus were brought to the Orthodox Theological Seminary (Old Seminary) in Kottayam, where he commenced his spiritual journey, in the wee hours of Tuesday. The remains were kept there till 10 am. The second phase of his last rites was conducted here before sending his remains to the Catholicate Palace at Devalokam near here. Catholicos Baselius Mar Thoma Paulose II received the remains of the Catholicos Emeritus, whom he considered as his spiritual guru, at the Catholicate Palace.
His remains were kept near the tomb of his predecessors for people to pay their tributes and the third and fourth phase of the rites were completed there.
Mar George Cardinal Alencherry, Major Archbishop of Syro-Malabar Catholic Church and the Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly diocese, led the third phase of the last services. The remains of Didimos were brought to Mount Tabor Dayara, Pathanapuram accompanied by a mournful procession, that covered Puthuppalli, Nalunnakkal and Niranam. The procession reached Mount Tabor by late night on Tuesday.
The Catholicos, who was leading a retired life at the Catholicate Palace at Devalokam, breathed his last at a private hospital at Parumala, following age-related illness.
Source: Express News Service