OUR PATRON SAINT- GEEVARGHESE MOR GREGORIOUS(Parumala Kochu Thirumeni)
Geevarghese Mor Gregorious, popularly known as “PARUMALA THIRUMENI”was born in the distinguished priestly family of Pallithatta Thanagattu ‘in the village of Mulunthuruthy near Cochin on 15th June.From childhood days he followed a very disciplined life which was enriched by prayer and fasting.Mor Gregorious had a thorough knowledge in Theology and Syriac, which he learned from his teachers, Pallithatta Fr. Geevarghese Malpan(uncle), Konatt Malpan of Pambakkuda and Yuyakim Mor Kurillos Bava the Patriarchal delegate. His Grace was a man of prayer and made it clear to the world that prayer and devotion is mightier than any worldly possession.
The Holy Father’s short life was remarkable in many respects. A Deacon at the age of 10, a Priest at the age of 18, a Bishop at the young age of 28 (the reason for calling him ‘Kochu Thirumeni’); he passed away on November 2nd 1902,after a Saintly life of prayer to become the brightest jewel in the Jacobite Syrian Church. When H.H. Mor Ignatius Peter III, the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, arrived
in Malankara in 1875,Ramban Geevarghese who was well versed in Syriac was appointed as the interpreter to the Patriarch.
On 10th December 1876, H.H.the Patriarch ordained Ramban Geevarghese as Metropolitan by name’GREGORIOUS’at the St.Thomas church in North Paravur.The ancestral house, where Mor Gregorious was born and brought up was known by name ‘CHATHURUTHY’and for that reason he is also often referred to as’ Chathuruthy Thirumeni’. Mor Gregorios was keen in maintaining relationship with all section of people, irrespective of caste or community.
At the age of 54 Thirumeni became seriously sick. He knew that his end was near. While the Metropolitans and priests and others were praying,Kochu Thirumeni uttered, “MY LORD” and closed his eyes. Kochu Thirumeni passed away on 2nd November 1902 and his mortal remains were entombed at St.Peter’s Church, Parumala.
Mor Gregorios was considered as a saintly bishop during his life time itself. Many were said to have cured of serious illness and other sufferings through His Grace’s intercession. His prayerful life was an inspiration to all. After the Holy Father’s
demise in 1902, pilgrimage to his tomb seeking intercession, became regular. It is thus places like Malecruiz Dayro and Perumpally Church, where the relics of the Holy Father are installed, gained importance. Like the other ancient Oriental Churches, Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch too follows this faith and remembers the names of its Holy Fathers in the TUBDEN(Holy Diptych). It is the ultimate recognition for those who served the Church in commune with the God.
On 20th December 1987, the historical Patriarchal Bull from His Holiness Mor Ignatius Zakka I, authorizing the recital of the name of Mor Gregorious of Malankara in the Fifth’ TUBDEN’, was issued. This Bull was first read in his home parish at the Mulanthuruthy Mar Thoman Church.