OCP News Service- 2/11/15
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Kerala-India: The Annual Feast of St Gregorious of Parumala- the first canonized Indian Saint is held on 11th November 2015 at the St Peters and St Paul’s Orthodox Church at Parumala, Kerala India.The celebrations are held under the auspicious leadership of His Holiness Baselious Paulose II- Catholicose on the Apostolic Throne of St Thomas and Metropolitan of Malankara and the Primate of the Indian Orthodox Malankara Church.
Saint Gregorios of parumala is popularly known as Parumala Thirumeni.Metropolitan Geevarghese Mar Gregorios of the Malankara Orthodox Church who passed away on November 2nd 1902, became the first declared saint from Malankara (Kerala, India) naturally to be called, ‘Parumala Thirumeni’. He shines in the cloud of witnesses as a bright luminary giving rays of hope to millions in their suffering and struggles.Mar Gregorios was born on 15th June 1848 (M.E. Mithunam 3, 1023) to Kochu Mathai and Mariam of Pallathetta family in the Chathuruthy house at Mulamthuruthy.