Joseph Mar Thomas was installed as the new Bishop of the Sulthan Bathery diocese of the Syro-Malankara Church in Wayanad district on Tuesday at an impressive ceremony led by Baselios Cleemis Catholicos, Major Archbishop and Catholicos of the Church in the presence of bishops, priests, religious leaders and thousands of faithful, who gathered at St. Thomas Cathedral at Sulthan Bathery in the district.
A liturgical reception was given to the Catholicos and other bishops at the church.
Amid the holy mass headed by the Catholicos and other bishops the enthronement ceremony of the new bishop was held. The order of the Catholicos appointing Joseph Mar Thomas the new bishop of the Sulthan Bathery diocese was read out by Thomas Kanjiramukalil, the Chancellor of Sulthan Bathery diocese.
The new bishop, seated in a chair, was lifted thrice amidst loud chants of `Oxios,’ a Greek word meant `that he is worthy.’ The Catholicos blessed the new bishop and handed over the pastoral staff to him, later, marking the culmination of the installation ceremony.
Thomas Mar Kurilose, Bishop of Thiruvalla diocese, delivered the homily.
A public meeting held in connection with the Episcopal installation (Sunthroniso) and the farewell function of the out going bishop, Geevarghese Mar Divannasios was inaugurated by M.I. Shanavas MP.
Baselios Cleemis Catholicos, Major Archbishop of the church, presided over the function.
Varghese Chakkalakkkal,the Bishop of the Kannur diocese and George Njaralakkat,the Bishop of the Mandya diocese delivered blessing speeches. Jose Porunnedom, the Bishop of Mananthavadi diocese and Joseph Kalathiparambu, the Bishop of Kozhikode diocese felicitated the new bishop.