Thousands pay homage to Mathews Mar Barnabas

His Excellency Oomen Chandy, Chief Minister
of Kerala , visits His Eminence Mathews
Mar Barnabas in hospital - file-photo

KOTTAYAM, Dec 11, 2012: Thousands paid homage on Monday,Dec 10 to the former Metropolitan of the Idukki and American dioceses of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, Mathews Mar Barnabas, 88, at Mar Kuriakose Dayara, Pampady in Kottayam. The senior Metropolitan breathed his last at Pushpagiri Hospital, Thiruvalla on Sunday morning. The body, now at the Mar Kuriakose Dayara, will be taken to the Orthodox Seminary, Kottayam, by Tuesday afternoon and later to St Peter's and St Paul's Church, Valayanchirangara, near Angamaly. On the way, the body will be kept at Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Medical Mission Hospital, Kolencherry where he had served as chaplain, for the public to pay their last respects.

The body will be interred at a specially constructed crypt at St Peter's and St Paul's Church on Wednesday after morning prayers.

The Orthodox Church has declared a holiday for all educational institutions, including professional institutions, under its management on Wednesday. However, examinations will be held as per schedule.

Source: Times of India

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