Staff Reporter

KOTTAYAM: The mortal remains of Thomas Mar Makarios, Metropolitan of the Canada-U.K.- Europe diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church who died on February 23 after a car accident in London, was interred in a crypt at the Devalokam Aramana Chapel on Monday.

His body was brought to the Orthodox Theological Seminary, his alma mater, by 1 a.m. on Monday from his home parish Ayroor. After completing the 4th, 5th and 6th segments of the funeral prayers for the clergy at the seminary chapel, the body of Mar Makarios was taken out for the final leg of his last journey. The ‘nagarikanickel’ ceremony (farewell procession), to the accompaniment of scores of vehicles, started from the theological seminary by 8.15 a.m. and was brought to the chapel at the Catholicate headquarters at Devalokam.

The final segment of the funeral prayers was led by Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan Baselios Mar Thoma Didymos I, head of the Orthodox Church. Thousands thronged Devalokam to have a last glimpse of the departed spiritual leader.

Meanwhile, , Catholicos Didymos I, in a bull, has said that he, in his capacity as Malankara Metropolitan, has taken over the administration of the Canada-U.K.-Europe diocese .