: The annual festival at St. Paul's and St. Peter's Church that houses the tomb of St. Gregorios— the first canonised Indian saint—will begin with a Kodiyettu ceremony on Tuesday.
The famous Christian pilgrim centre of Parumala, on the banks of River Pampa, is all set to receive thousands of pilgrims from different parts of the country during the week-long annual festival
The Kodiyettu ceremony, marking the beginning of the annual church fete, will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. The Catholicos-designate, Paulose Mar Milithios and Geevarghese Mar Osthatheos, senior-most metropolitan of the Malankara Orthodox Church, will jointly hoist the ceremonial flag.
The Catholicos-designate will inaugurate the pilgrim week celebrations at a public function to be held at the Parumala Seminary premises at 5 p.m. Youhanon Mar Chrysostomos,
Metropolitan of the Niranom diocese, will preside over the function. Alexander Jacob, IPS, K.M. Mani, MLA, A.K. Thomas, Alexander Karackal, former Malankara Association secretaries and Fr. John Abraham Konatt, clergy trustee, will also address the meeting.
A 144-hour long, day-and-night prayer, as part of the festival, will also begin under the auspices of Malankara Orthodox Christian Youth Movement on the church premises at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, said Parumala Seminary manager Fr. M.D. Youhanon Ramban. Youhanon Mar Polycarpus Metropolitan will inaugurate the week-long prayer service.
Zacharias Mar Aprem Metropolitan will inaugurate the Holy Tri-mass to be held at 7.30 a.m. on Navathy fete on October 27 and Abraham Mar Serafim Metropolitan will be the chief celebrant of the Tri-mass on October 28 morning.
Ipe Paul, Registrar of Kerala Medical University, will inaugurate a free medical camp in connection with the festival on the Parumala seminary premises at 9 a.m. Mar Serafim will preside over the inaugural function.
Fr. Alexander Koodarathil, chief executive officer of St. Gregorios Mission Hospital at Parumala, and Alex Paul will also address the function.