H.H. BASALIOS MARTHOMA MATHEWS II CATHOLICOS
H.H. Baselios Marthoma Mathews II was the Sixth Catholicose of Malankara Orthodox Church and 89th Apostolic Successor of St. Thomas. The life of His Holiness was a well-celebrated one and he lived his life to the full, the richness of which touched the hearts of millions and imprinted enduring mark on the history of Malankara. Being anointed to His Holy Episcopate by the descent of the Holy Spirit, Mar Basalios guided the Malankara Orthodox Church with diligence of a most devoted shepherd for fifteen years from 1991 to 2006 in his Apostolic struggle in the New World. ‘So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.' [Psalms 78:72]
Mar Basalios Bava had departed from this world for his heavenly abode at 5.10 PM on January 26, 2006 at Devalokan Aramana in Kottayam. Valia Bava is not dead. He will never die because the Christian destiny is eternal fellowship with the Father Almighty and his services and dedication is enshrined in the memories of those he fed with the spiritual bread of life. His smile and spirit live with us forever. Metropolitan Basalios will never die so long as Indian Orthodoxy lives.
TRIBUTE TO H.H. BASAIOS MARTHOMA MATHEWS II CATHOLICOS