PATHANAPURAM: Catholicos Emeritus of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church (MOSC) Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Didimos I was laid to rest at the Mount Tabor Dayara in Pathanapuram on Wednesday in the presence of a large gathering who came to pay their last respects.
The mortal remains of Didimos, affectionately called ‘Valia Bava’, were kept in the chapel from 7 am and was laid to rest in a specially constructed crypt, between the tombs of Thoma Mar Divannasios and Madras Archbishop Zakaria Mar Divannasios by 3.30 pm.
Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan Baselios Mar Thoma Paulose II led the prayers. All the Metropolitans of the Church and heads of other churches who had a great rapport with the late Bava, participated in the funeral. The mortal remains of the departed spiritual leader were brought to Mount Tabor Dayara by Tuesday late night, in a procession after Mar George Cardinal Alencher ry, Major Archbishop of Syro-Malabar Catholic Church and the Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly diocese, led the third phase of the last services at the Catholicate Palace. The procession reached Mount Tabor after passing through Puthuppally, Thengana, Thiruvalla and Mavelikkara.
At St Mary’s Cathedral, Puthiyakavu in Mavelikara, which was late Didimos’ church, a special service was performed. The mortal remains were later taken to Pathanapuram via MC Road. The Catholicos, who was leading a retired life at the Catholicate Palace in Devalokam, Kottayam, breathed his last at a private hospital in Parumala on Monday owing to age-related illness.
All educational institutions under the MOSC management remained closed on Wednesday as a mark of respect to the Catholicos.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Ministers Ramesh Chennithala, Adoor Prakash, K Babu, MPs P J Kurien, Kodikkunnil Suresh, N K Premachandran, K N Balagopal, Jose K Mani, Anto Antony, Chief Whip P C George, MLAs K B Ganesh Kumar, Aisha Potty, P C Vishnunath, CPM leader M A Baby, CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan and KPCC president V M Sudheeran attended the funeral.
Source: Express News Service