Former Mar Thoma Church head Philipose Mar Chrysostom laid to rest

Thiruvalla: Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan was laid to rest with full state honours on Thursday.

The Metropolitan Emeritus of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church passed away at 1:15am on May 5. He was 103.

He was buried at the special cemetery for bishops beside the St Thomas Mar Thoma Church in Thiruvalla. Dr Theodosius Mar Thoma Metropolitan, the current primate of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church, led the funeral service.

The third service began at 8am in the Dr Alexander Mar Thoma Auditorium and the fourth service was held at 3pm. The funeral was held in accordance with the COVID-19 protocol. The funeral service was streamed live on Youtube.

Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Governor Arif Mohammad Khan paid their last respects.

The church service on Wednesday was led by Dr Theodosius Mar Thoma Metropolitan and assisted by bishops Dr Euyakim Mar Coorilos Episcopa, Joseph Mar Barnabas Episcopa, Thomas Mar Timotheos Episcopa, Dr Abraham Mar Paulos Episcopa, Gregorios Mar Stephanos Episcopa and Dr Thomas Mar Theethos Episcopa.

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