Indian Orthodox religion, Gheevarghese Mar Gregorios is the patron
saint. He was born in Kerala as Kochu Ipeora Gheevarghese to Mathai and
Mariam Gheevarghese on June 15, 1848. As a young child, Ipeora was
taught by a man named Malpan. On September 14, 1859, Ipeora was
ordained as a deacon. Soon afterwards, Malpan became sick with
smallpox. Throughout the Malpan's sickness and death, Deacon
Gheevarghese stayed with him. He soon became sick and during his
illness, Ipeora saw a vision of Mary, the Mother of God, coming down to
him to comfort him. She told him to dedicate the rest of his life to
the Lord. Soon after this experience, the deacon recovered.
In 1865, the Deacon Gheevarghese was ordained as a priest at the age of
18. In 1872, Joseph Mar Dionysios raised the priest to ramban. A few
years later, on December 10, 1876, Patriarch Peter III raised
Gheevarhgese Ramban to the highest order, Bishop. He was now
officially, Bishop Gregorios or Mar Gregorios. Because he was such a
young Bishop, only being 28, he was often referred to as "Kochu
Thirumeni." Mar Gregorios was appointed to the Niranam Diocese as
metropolitan. Mar Gregorios later decided to make the city of Parumala
his main spiritual center and established a church there in 1895. It
was consecrated in the names of St. Peter and St. Paul.
Mar Gregorios led a very holy life. He feared and loved the Lord. He
led a life full of prayer and fasting. His schedule each day consisted
of waking up at 4:00 a.m. to pray and stayed up to pray until 12:00
a.m. On Wednesdays, Fridays and on days of lent, Mar Gregorios fasted
until evening. Besides observing the lent days set by the Holy
Episcopal Synod of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, Mar Gregorios
also observed his own lent days.
In 1902, Mar Gregorios started to become weak. He became weaker and
weaker until he was finally bedridden. On November 12, 1902, Mar
Gregorios received the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist for the very
last time. Around midnight of the same day, Mar Gregorios cried out,
"My Lord!" three times and returned to his creator.
In 1947, on the 45th anniversary of Mar Gregorios' death, the Holy
Episcopal Synod of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church declared
Gheevarghese Mar Gregorios, called Parumala Thirumeni by his faithful
followers, their first Saint.
tomb of Mar Gregorios
Quotes from Mar Gregorios
"Be rich in love of man and love of God. Brothers should never cheat
each other. When you move away from unity you are sure to move away
from God ".
"Forgiveness is strength. It gives a person a good name. It is the
distinguishing feature of righteous people ".
"Prayer is the inspiration of childhood, the refuge of youth and peace
during old age ".
last photo of the great Saint