Bishops Consecration: The Count Down Is On
By George Thazhakara & Daniel Malayil
IOH News Service
Parumala March 4 2005: In a matter of hours, Malankara Orthodox Church will be blessed with four more bishops. As the elect ones will be consecrated at Parumala Seminary and elevated to the ranks of Episcopos by His Holiness Catholicos Baselius Mathews II, in the presence of all the metropolitans, and hundreds of clergies, thousands of faithful at home and all over the world will watch with fervent prayers and await to receive the new shepherds.
Augen Ramban, Dr .K J Gabriel Ramban, Dr. Yoohanon Ramban, and Dr. Zachariah Ramban are the four elected to the new office at Parumala Association on June 10 2004. This election was ratified by the Holy Episcopal Synod of the church later on. After the ratification by the Holy Synod His Holiness had send out an encyclical vide No.23/2005 announcing the date and venue of the consecration.
All these bishop elects are been on meditation and fasting for so many days in preparation to the consecration.
“The new Bishops be capable of steering the church in such a turbulent period of time”“ wished HB Catholicos designate Thomas Mar Themothios in a message.
As the tradition goes, these Episcopos will eventually become Metropolitans as their appointment follows by the Sabha Managing committee.
His Grace Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios exhorted the faithful to pray for the new Bishops so that the future of the Church is safe in their hands in a renewed vision”
In a felicitation meeting that follows the consecration at Parumala Seminary, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will be the chief guest. His Holiness Baselius Marthoma Mathews II will preside over the function. Marthoma Metropolitan Dr. Chrisostem and Archbishop Joseph Mar Powathil of the Catholic Church are among other social, religious and cultural leaders, who felicitate the new bishops.
“Every consecration of Bishop is a mil stone in the history of the Church and the new Bishops as leaders have great responsibility and mission to carry on. The growth of Church does not necessarily mean the expansion of
boundaries but being instrument to bring out peace and happiness to mankind at large” said in another message by His Grace Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios.
"Elaborate arrangements have been completed for this historical event", said Dr. Alexander Karakkal, the Sabha Secretary.
George Thazhakara, the Resident Editor- Indian Orthodox Herald will attend the ceremony and report from there tomorrow. See Malayalam Edition for more News.