PARUMALA: The aim of every pilgrimage is to receive the goodness in man. Prayer is in fact a pilgrimage of words- Dr.Sukumar Azhikode said.
Dr.Sukumar Azhikode was inaugurating the pilgrim´s convention held on Monday November, 1 the first day of the Parumala Perunal. He observed that Parumala Thirumeni and Sree Narayana Guru were the two bright stars of spirituality that rose up in Kerala in the middle of the 19th century. The Thirumeni was eight years senior to the guru. They could alter the social and spiritual life of Kerala.
Dr. Azhikode declared that the duty of religion is to establish peace where discord exists. The principle of religions last for centuries. They should be able to harmonize and unify society.
All religions follow the vision of the great masters. Hinduism grew up in the valleys of Himalayas, Islam in the deserts of Arabia and Christianity in the plains of Israel. All aim at everlasting goodness. Compassion is the supreme quality according to Christianity. It reveals in human hearts unrestricted by time and space.
Dr. Azhikode told the people that church should be the shelters for poor and needy Persons. He reminded them that Mother Teresa had devoted his life for the receive if the poor and neglected people, not the princes of England.
Dr. Azhikode prefers to consider Parumala Thirumeni as the continuation of Indian Rishy Parampara.
Every pilgrimage teaches us to be fearless. The Thirumeni has asked us to give meaning to our life. He has showered on us love and mercy for a century. Dr. Azhikode said that he received the news that he would be awarded the Ezhuthachan Prize on his way to Parumala. Thirumeni and Thunchath Acharyan are two representations of the same external truth. Both of them are part of our ancestry.
He concluded his speech with the hope that the pilgrimage will bring in goodness.
The Catholicos-Elect, H.B.Thomas Mar Themothios Metropolitan presented Sukumar Azhikode with the first copy of Holy Qurbana a book about the musical notations of Qurbana Songs, written by Dr.M.P.George, Director of Sruthi, the music wing of the Seminary.
The meeting was presided over by H. H. Baselius Marthoma Mathews II, The Catholicos. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios Metropolitan, Dr. Alexander Karakkal, Dr. Christophorus Ramban and Eapen Oommen Arikupuram also made speeches on the occasion.
The processions of pilgrims were moving to Parumala like innumerable tributaries. The first group of Pilgrims from nine parishes of Chennai reached Chengannur by train on Monday, November 1st. More than 800 Pilgrim groups participated.
On Tuesday 2nd November the first Qurbana was conducted under the leadership of Sevarios Metropolitan. The Qurbana at 6 am was conducted by delegated Catholicos. The Qurbana at 8.30 was led by The Catholicos. The ´Vazhv´ (blessings) was conducted at 10.30 am.
The 96th Seminar of M.G.O.C.S.M was held at 11 am. In the meeting presided over by Metropolitan Mar Eusebius, the president of MGOCSM. His Holiness The Catholicos inaugurated the function.
In his inaugural address the Catholicos advised that each of the students should make a self-examination and find out if he can become a good student. Other people´s opinion about us is important. The student community should begin to realize that the loss of character in the loss of everything.
His Holiness recalled his school days. He had his primary education at Injivila NSS School- “my teachers were exemplary. It was my class teacher Ayyan Pillai sir who recognized the devotion in me. He was the first person to suggest that I should become a priest. I tried to be a model everywhere. The Almighty has permitted me to be so´ he said.
The chief orator was Fr. Dr.K.M.George. He observed that we are passing through a period when we are losing models. When there are no ideal persons for us to imitate it is impossible to have a better life. It is high time that we should realize that mercy is not the only criterion of wellbeing.
Those students who had won ranks and higher marks in the SSLC and Examinations of the professional courses were awarded cash prize and mementos.
The Raza began at 3pm and proceeded around the church. The Perunal flag was lowered after the prayer. As Hundreds of thousands devotees received blessings from His Holiness and other members of the Holy Episcopal Synod, left after the final benediction and ´Nercha Vilamp´, curtain fell on the 102nd Parumala Perunal.