Parumala Thirumeni's Capa
Recently, Our Achen Rev. Fr. P. S. Samuel has
returned from his short trip to India, as well as an extraordinary mission
to receive a gift from His Grace Mar Evanios Metropolitan of Kottayam.
Our Achen has received "Parumala Thirumeni's Capa".
Parumala Thirumeni is known to have three different Capa sets.
One was buried with him in his tomb. The second was entombed with Kurichi
Bava (Valia Bava) at Devalokam. Finally but not the least, the third Capa
is with our Achen as he will put it safely in a display set, so that many
of the believers will be able to see the Capa.
On Monday, 27th of August 2001, His Grace Mathews Mar Barnabas had
come to our Church to lead us in evening prayer and to give a speech
about the Capa and Parumala Thirumeni. Rev Fr. Mathew Vaidyan had
also made a speech, quoting from the Bible about relics and saints.
Rev. Fr. Paulose Adai, Rev. Fr. P. M. Philipose, and Rev. Fr. M. Johnson
had all attended the evening prayer and the glorious event that night.
On that special occasion, we had the editor of the Malayalam Patharam,
Sri Joy Lukose, who made a speech about saints and our duty to emulate
them in our Christian lives. We also had a breathtaking song sung by Sri
Emil Kuriakose. Thirumeni had described a certain event from the Bible
narrating the story of Elijah and his disciple Elisha and the mantle of
Elijah, as an example of why so many people adore and cherish the garments,
which belonged to Parumala Thirumeni and other saints.
The Capa was presented to Rev. Fr. Geevarghese Perumpral of
Chennithala as a token of Parumala Thirumeni's gratitude for
taking care of him during his illness. Achen kept the holy relic in
his house until his death in 1941. His wife later presented the Capa
set to her relative, His Grace Geevarghese Mar Evanios of Kottayam,
who has graciously presented it to our Achen to be exhibited in our
church at 175 Cherry Lane in New Hyde Park, New York.
Special thanks to Nidhi Geevarghese and Jessin Thomaskutty.