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St. Gregorios of Parumala
Here is just a glimpse and Synopsis of parumala thirumeny to meditate and pray.
Born in 1848. Mother died very early. Older sister Mariam took care.
At the age of 10, in 1858, ordained as deacon. Studied Syriac and hymns for 7 years with uncle Geevarghese Malpan who died of small pox. Young deacon also became ill and was on the verge of death when saw virgin Mother St. Mary in a vision saying that he won't die, but asked to dedicate his life to God (small pox led to dedicated life).
In 1866, at the age of 18, Pulikottil Mar Dionysius Metropolitan ordained him as a priest, and at 19, to Cor Episcopa.
At 24, in 1872, became Remban and stayed at Vettickal Dayara.
In 1876, at the age of 28, became Metropolitan, the youngest and so got the name "Kochu Thirumeni". Metropolitan of Niranam Diocese and lived at Parumala.
After 26 years of dedicated works in the Church, including 3 months of Holy Land visit in 1895, passed away in 1902 at the age of 54 and was buried at Parumala.
"Many are called, few are chosen" (Matthew 22:14) to sainthood. Was a living force. Tender in heart ... helped the needy. Humble in words and deeds. Very truthful...told the truth in the case against him. Several were cured even in life time.
Sanctity of life. Special personal preparation to celebrate Holy Qurbana; readiness to suffer for doing good (1 Peter 3:17). Mixed feelings of spirituality, enlightenment and sanctity.
Declared saint in 1947.
"Can two walk together unless they are agreed?" (Amos 3:3). Walked not before or after, but with Abraham and Enoch (Genesis 5:22). Close relationship.
3. Talked with God - Prayerful Life
Prayerful life. Communion and communication with God. All the canonical prayers at
Man of prayer.
4. Worked with God
Loved God and man. Forgiveness, kindness, eagerness to do the right thing always, discipline.
Faith preserver, philanthropic, administrator (Niranam, Thumpamon, Quilon Dioceses).
Ascetic charity, humility and poverty.
MGM High School, Thiruvalla.
100 or so people became Christians at Chengannoor.
7. Creative Writer/Man of Letters
Travelogue: The brief and charming description of a three month visit of Jerusalem and the adjacent places of importance:
Jesus' birth, ministry, crucifixion, burial, and ascension (Jerusalem Yathra Vivaranam).
50 pastoral epistles, articles and private letters; writings on education, moral integrity, social welfare, justice to the down-trodden, prayers, etc.
Original thinker and theologian.
9. Peace Maker
In parishes through love, kindness, and God-fearing.
10. Few Recorded Experiences (Miracles)
Source: Indian Orthodox Internet Forum
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