Bishop Thomas Mar
Koorilos, of the Muvattupuzha Diocese, was installed as the second
Metropolitan Archbishop of Tiruvalla on Wednesday, 2 May, 2007. The
ceremony held at St. John's Cathedral in Tiruvalla. He was appointed
as the Archbishop of Tiruvalla on 26th March, 2007.
Major Archbishop Baselios Cleemis Catholicos was the principal
celebrant of the installation ceremony. The installation service was
held amidst the Holy Eucharist celebrated by the Catholicos,
assisted by Bishops Geevarghese Mar Divanyasios, Joshua Mar Ignatios,
Joseph Mar Thomas, Youhanon Mar Chrysostum, Geevarghese Mar
Timothios and Yakoob Mar Barnabas.
Hundreds of faithful thronged the
cathedral premises to witness the installation ceremony. The order
of the Catholicos appointing Mar Koorilos the Archbishop of
Tiruvalla was read out by Chancellor of Thiruvananthapuram
Archdiocese, Fr. Antony Valiyavilayil. The new Archbishop, 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
Archbishop and handed over the pastoral staff to him, later, marking
the culmination of the installation ceremony.