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{{Infobox Saint|name= Saint Gheevarghese Mar Gregorios of Parumala|birth_date=15 June 1848|death_date=2 November 1902|feast_day=|venerated_in=|image=parumalathirumeni.jpg|imagesize=200px|caption= Parumala Thirumeni|birth_place= [[Mulanthuruthy]], [[Kerala]].|death_place=|titles=|beatified_date=|beatified_place=|beatified_by=|canonized_date=|canonized_place=|canonized_by=|attributes=|patronage=[[Indian Orthodox Church]]|major_shrine=|suppressed_date=|issues=}} '''Saint Geevarghese Mar Gregorios''' or Parumala Thirumeni ([[June 15]], [[1848]] -[[November 2]], [[1902]]) of Parumala was an [[India]]n Indian religious leader and later a [[saint ]] of Orthodox Christians in India. Both the rival [[Indian Orthodox Church]] fractions ([[Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church]] and [[Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church]]) in India accept this [[bishop ]] as their Saint. He is popularly known as '''Parumala Thirumeni''' (Bishop of Parumala).
== Early life ==
 Geevarghese was born into the Chathuruthy family in [[Mulanthuruthy]], [[Kerala]]. His parents, Kochu Mathai and Mariam, had three sons and two daughters. After the birth of the fifth child, Ipeora, Mariam died. Geevarghese was educated by Malpan (teacher) Geevarghese of Chathuruthy, [[Kochi]], and was ordained as a [[deacon]] on [[September 14]], [[1859]] at the age of ten.
== Ordination ==
[[Image:Parumala church.JPG|thumb|300px|left|Parumala Church]]
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 eighth day, Malpan died and Geevarghese became ill. During this time, he had a vision of [[St. Mary]] descending to console him and exhorting him to dedicate the rest of his life to the lord. 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 HH. [[Ignatius Peter IV]] consecrated four 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" (Young Bishop). Mor Gregorios served as Secretary and translator of Patriarch [[Ignatius Peter IV]] and was witness to historic [[Mulanthurithy Synod]] resolution of 1876 signed between Syrian Orthodox Church in India and Holy throne of Antioch and All the East. Mar Gregorios was appointed the bishop of [[Niranam]], [[Kerala]]. He started a monastery at [[Parumala]], [[Kerala]].
== Saintly lifestyle ==
== Death ==
[[Image:Parumala Church Old.jpg|thumb|left|300px| Old Parumala Church]]
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 his 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. He was later proclaimed as a saint by both the [[Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church]] and the [[Malankara Orthodox Church]]. There are hundreds of instances that proved his Saintliness. Thousands of people receive favours and blessings through his intercession.
== Tomb ==
The growing flow of pilgrims to his tomb at Parumala, several years after his demise, tells a story of a man of faith, prayer, healing, and great intercession. His birth place is also another pilgrim center in [[Mulanthuruthy]], [[Kerala]].
== See also ==
* [[Karingachira Church]]
==External links==
*[ Parumala Thirumeni]
[[Category:Oriental Orthodox bishops]]
[[Category:1848 births]]
[[Category:1902 deaths]]
[[Category:Oriental Orthodox saints]]
[[Category:Indian Christian saints]]
[[Category:Indian Oriental Orthodox Christians]]
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