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Consecration of Mathews Mar Athanasius Metropolitan-1843
Consecration of Mathews Mar Athanasius Metropolitan Mar Thoma XIII (23 Apr.1818 – 15 Jul.1877). Mathews Mar Athanasius, Palakunnathu, Maramon was the nephew of the reformation leader Abraham Malpan (1796-1845). His first teacher was the famous Christian poet “Chekottu Aasan”. Mathews became a deacon at the age of 13 and after his education at Kottayam and Madras (1837-1840) he was sent to Mardin in Syria by his uncle Abraham Malpan. During his two year stay and study in Mardin with the Patriarch, he was consecrated as Bishop at the age of 23, on 14 February 1842 with the name Mathews Mar Athanasius. He returned to Cochin in 1843 and became the Malankara Metropolitan in 1852 through the Royal declaration of the Maharaja of Travancore.
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