Church celebrates the memory of Mor Athanasious Paulose on January 26. It is a great blessing for Syrian Orthodox Church in the year 2010, that we got the opportunity to conduct prayers at Our Fathers' resting place this year. After the long 32 years the gates of Thrikunath Seminary opened for us. Many Thanks to our Lord.
St. Athanasious Paulose popularly known as 'Valiya Thirumeni', is one of the luminous stars of the Syriac Orthodox Church, who as the head of the Church in India, successfully guided its destiny for nearly four decades. It was his firm faith, persistent efforts and ardent prayers that helped the Malankara Syrian community to maintain their ancient links with the Holy See of Antioch. Valiya Thirumeni is the founder father of many of the spiritual organizations like Sunday School Association, Mor Gregorios Youth Association etc.. Consecrated as Metropolitan for the Angamali diocese in 1910 by Patriarch Mor Ignatius Abded `Aloho (Abdulla II), he became the Malankara Metropolitan of the Jacobite Syrian Church in 1918. After serving the Church in Malankara for more than four decades, he passed away on 25th January 1953 at the age of 84.
Its is a blessing to read and learn more about Our Holy father in this day. Let his Intercessions and prayers be with us.
To read more about him