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Parumala Thirumeni

At the turn of the 20th century, there lived a holy man on a haunted island,  called Parumala, on the banks of River Pampa in Kerala, India. He was the    prophet of his time, who set moral tone for his people. Powerful like Prophet  Elijah and glittering like John the Baptist, he remains the beacon and a great  Saint of the Malankara Orthodox Church.

It  was on June 15, 1848, that Kochu Ipeora (Geevarghese) was born in Chathuruthy  family, Mulanthuruthy, Kerala. His parents were Kochu Mathai and Mariam, who had  three sons and two daughters. After the birth of fifth child Ipeora, Mariam  died. After the early days of education under  Malpan (teacher) Gee Varghese of  Chathuruthy, Kochu Ipeora was ordained as decon on September 14, 1859; he was  only ten years old at that time  One day Malpan became seriously ill with smallpox. Deacon Geevarghese was the  only one who stayed and took care of him, while all others were sent home

On  the eightday Malpan died and Deacon became ill.  During this time he had a  vision of St. Mary in his dream, descending to console him, and exhorting him to  dedicate the rest of his life to the lord. He pledged ;He Would This was a  heavenly vision that enable him to become a humble servant of God. Very soon the  deacon recovered. At the age of 18, in 1865 he was ordained as a priest. Joseph  Mar Dionysios raised him to the order of monks (Ramban) in 1872. The Patriarch of  Antioch consecrated four(4) metropolitans at Paravoor Church, Kerala in December  10, 1876. The youngest among them was Geevarghese Ramban and who was named Mar Gregorios. Because of his age everybody called him ;Kochu Thirumeni (Youngest  Bishop). Mar Gregorios was appointed the bishop of Niranam, Kerala. He started a  monastery at Parumala,Kerala .                     

                    Mar Gregorios was a man of God, who lived not according to the way of the flesh  but according to the law of god. He led a virtuous and austere life, like a  monk, living on frugal diet enriched by prayer and fasting.

                  At Parumala Seminary he led a austere life. He woke up at 4am in the morning and  prayed till 5am. He taught deacons till 7am followed by prayer and his life  breakfast. From 9am till 11am he taught deacons again. From 11am to noon he took  care of administrative matters and again went to prayer at noon and then to  lunch. He rested till 1:30pm and taught till 4pm with a brief prayer in between.  From 4pm to 5:30pm he was busy with his administrative duties. After evening  prayers and supper he taught bible to the deacons. After the complaining, at 9pm  he would let the deacons go to bed, but he would still be praying until  midnight. On Wednesdays and Fridays and Lenten days, he would fast till evening.  Besides, he observed his own special fasts. People came from far and near to  seek his blessings and paternal advices. In his own words Prayer brings truth, religious faith, honesty and respect  among the people

                      St. Gregorios became sick when he returned from Veeyapuram Church after blessing  a marriage. Even from the beginning of his illness he knew that he was in his  last days. The news of illness spread all over Malankara. Although he grew  weaker day by day, his face shone brighter and brighter. It was on November 2,  1902, midnight he was ready to meet his heavenly father. He left his earthly  abode and flew to eternity. In 1947, The Holy Episcopal synod canonized and  proclaimed him a Saint of the Orthodox Church. There are hundreds of instances  that proved his Saintliness. Thousands of people receive favors and blessings  through his intercession.  The growing flow of pilgrims to his tomb, several years after his demise, tells  a story of a man of faith, prayer, healing, and great intercession.

                                                                                                                                   

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