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MALANKARA ASSOCIATION


Malankara Association from 1653 to 2004 


 

It was in the Mulamthuruthy synod summoned by the patriarch peter III in 1876 that resolved to have an elected body called theMalankara Christian Association to manage and control all the religious and social concerns of the whole church.

The constitution has clearly defined the composition and representation of the association. In article 71: a priest two laymen elected by each parish general body and the members of the existing managing committee shall be members of the association. This was later amended in time with Supreme Court directive. Now the representation of the lay people is based on the number of parishioner

The Malankara metropolitan is the president and the bishops having administrative charge of Diocese shall be vice-presidents of the association.

The association is the body that elects the members of the managing committee, bishops and the Catholicos ,Malankara Metropolitan.

 

the largest ecclesiastical parliament, namely, the Malankara Association, is to meet in March 2012. This meeting will elect members to the next Malankara Managing Committee and the new Managing Committee will replace the present one that completes its tenure next year. Date and venue of the Association will be known in the coming days.

The 2012 Association will elect the new Priest and Lay Trustees. This Association will be the first one to be convened by the reigning Catholicos Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II.

The new Malankara Association Secretary will be elected in the first meeting of the new Malankara Managing Committee meeting.

The present Malankara Managing Committee was elected at the Malankara Association meeting convened by the then Catholicos Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Didymus I at Parumala on March 21, 2007. The September 2006 meeting decided that the Managing Committee shall have 129 elected members and 30 nominees of Malankara Metropolitan.

The last Malankara Association was met at Sasthamkotta on February 17, 2010 and it was the Catholicos Emeritus Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Didymus I, who had convened the meeting. Seven priests were elected in that meeting to be elevated to the bishopricate.

The 2012 Malankara Association gains utmost importance considering the fact that the Centenary of the establishment of the Catholicate also falls in 2012.

 

The Mulamthuruthy synod summoned by the patriarch peter III in 1876, resolved to have an elected body called the Malankara Syrian Christian Association to manage and control all the religious and social concerns of the Malankara church.

The constitution of 1943 has clearly defined the composition and representation of the association. In article 71: a priest and two laymen elected by each parish general body and the members of the existing managing committee shall be members of the association. This was later amended in time with Supreme Court directive. Now the representation of the lay people is based on the number of parishioner

The Malankara Metropolitan is the president and the Metropolitans with administrative charge of Diocese shall be vice-presidents of the Malankara Association.

The Malankara Syrian Christian Association is the parliament of the church where it elects the members of the Sabha Managing Committee, Episcopas, Catholicos and Malankara Metropolitan for the Church.

Pre-Mulamthuruthy Meetings

1. 1653 at Alangad elected Ach deacon Thomas as designated Metropolitan. This meeting also had set up an advisory council of four members.

2. 1836 at Mavelikara on January 16 at St. Mary’s Church. This meeting was presided by the Malankara Metropolitan Cheppad Mar Dionysius. This meeting rejected Bishop Wilson’s proposals and decided to sever connections with CMS. The decision is know as Mavelikara Padiyola.

3. 1843 at Kandanad. Presided by Mathews Mar Athanasius. Appraised the appointment of Mar Athanasius by the Patriarch.

4.1869 presided by Pulikottil Joseph Mar Dionysius V. Elected Punnathra Chacko Chandappillai Kathanar as Priest-Trustee and Kulangara Ittychan Piley as lay-Trustee

Mulamthuruthy Synod and after

1.1876 (1051 Midhunam 15-17) at Mulamthuruthy and presided by Patriarch Peter III. This meeting constituted a Church Managing Committee with 8 clergy and 16 laity. Decreed 18 Canons and established Malankara Syrian Christian Association.

2. 1886 (1062 Chingam 31) at Old Seminary Kottayam. Presided by Pulikottil Joseph Mar Dionysius V. Elected Konat Korah Yohannan Kathanar as Priest Trustee and Kunnumpurathu Kora Ulahannan as lay Trustee

3.1892 (March 30 – 1067 Meenam 19) at Old Seminary, Kottayam. Presided by Pulikkottil Joseph Mar Dionysius V. Elected Konat Kora Mathan Malpan as Priest Trustee.

4. 1895 (November 21 – 1071 Vruchikam 7) at Old Seminary, Kottayam. Presided by Pulikkottil Joseph Mar Dionysius V. Re-elected Konat Kora Mathan Malpan as Priest Trustee.

5. 1901 (April 24 – 1076 Medam 12) at Old Seminary, Kottayam. Presided by Pulikkottil Joseph Mar Dionysius V. Elected Kunnumpurath Ulahannan Kora (C.J.Kurien) as Lay Trustee)

6.1908 (February 27 – Kumbaham 15) at Old Seminary, Kottayam. Presided by Pulikkottil Joseph Mar Dionysius V. Re-elected Kunnumpurath Ulahannan Kora (C.J.Kurien) as Lay Trustee) Elected Vattasseril Geevarghese Kathanar to episcopate. Designated  Vattasseril Geevarghese Kathanar as Malankara Metropolitan, succeeding Pulikkottil Joseph mar Dionysius

7. 1911 September 7 at M.D.Seminary, Kottayam presided by Vattasseril Geevarghese Mar Dionysius. Elected Palappallil Paulose Kathanar as Priest Trustee and Chirakadavil Kora Kochu Korula as Lay Trustee. Elected 4 Metropolitans. 1. Kochuparambil Paulose Ramban. 2. Vakathanam Geevarghese Ramban. 3. Kallacheril Punnose Ramban. 4. Pampady Kuriakose Ramban

8.  1925 On May 1 at Niranam St. Mary’s Church, presided by Vattasseril Geevarghese Mar Dionysius Elected Vakathanam Geevarghese Mar Philexinos as Catholicos Elect.

9.  1930 On September 4 at Old Seminary, Kottayam presided by Vattasseril Geevarghese Mar Dionysius Elected 5 priests and one lay man to episcopate. 1) K.T.Geevarghese Ramban Kizhakkethalackal, Puthencavu. 2) Valakkuzhiyil Ouseph Kathanar, Mallappally. 3) Paret Mathews kathanar, Puthuppally. 4) Fr. Alexios of Bethany, Ranny Perunadu. 5) Cheriya Madhathil Scaria Malpan 6) K.C. Chacko. Also Elected 33 members to Sabha Managing Committee. Elected more members to the constitution committee. Decided to submit the draft of the constitution within one year. Appointed a committee to draft the constitution with O. M. Cherian as the convener.

10.  1931 On July 10 at M. D. Seminary, Kottayam presided by Vattasseril Geevarghese Mar Dionysius Elected Erikat E. I. Joseph as the lay Trustee and decided to establish a Theological College.

11.  1934 on December 26 at M. D.Seminary, Kottayam presided by Catholicos Geevarghese II. Elected K. M. Mathen Mappilla as Secretary. Decided the office of the Malankara Metropolitan to be vested in the Catholicos. Adopted the Constitution. Introduced the Catholicate Fund.

 

12. 1951 May 17 at M.D. Seminary, Kottayam presided by Baselios Geevarghese II elected Vattakkunnel Mathew Kathanar and P.E. Daniel Kathanar to episcopate. Elected the Managing Committee members with Clergy 22, Laity 44 and nominated 15. Approved the amended constitution and raised the strength of the Managing Committee.

13. 1958 December 26 at Puthencavu, presided by Baselios Geevarghese II. Elected Manalil Jacob Kathanar as Priest Trustee, and Uppoottil Kurien Abraham as Lay Trystee. All Metropolitans from Patriarchal side were recognized.

14. 1959 September 16, at M.D. Seminary, Kottayam presided by Baselios Geevarghese II. New Managing Committee with Clergy 24, Laity 48 and 18 nominated.

15. 1962 May 17, at Niranam St. Mary’s Church and presided by Baselios Geevarghese II. Elected Augen Mar Themothios as Catholicos Elect.

16. 1965 December 28 at M.D. Seminary, Kottayam. Presided by Baselios Augen I. Elected T.S.Abraham Cor –Episcopa as Priest Trustee. Elected managing Committee with Clergy 29, Laity 57 and 22 nominated. Elected C. T. Thomas Ramban, Malpan N.A.Yohannan, Fr. K. Philipose, Fr. Paul Varghese and Fr. M. V. George to episcopate.

17. 1970 December 31 at M.D. Seminary, Kottayam presided by Baselios Augen I.

Elected the managing Committee Members with Clergy 29, laity 57 and Nominated 22. Elected Mathews Mar Athanasius as Catholicos Elect.

18. 1974 October at Niranam St. Mary’s Church presided by the Senior Metropolitan elected Managing Committee Members with Clergy 29, Laity 57 Nominated 22. Elected Fr. M. V. George, Fr. Paul Varghese, Fr. K. C. Thomas, Fr. K. K. Punnose and Fr. P. V. Joseph to episcopate.

19. 1977 may 16, at Mavelikkara Thazhakara MSS High School presided by Baselios Marthoma Mathews I, and elected Uppootil Kurien Abraham as Lay Trustee. Elected the Managing Committee Members with Clergy 29 and laity 57. Elected Mathews mar Coorilos as Catholicose Elect. Also Elected Fr. K. K. Mathews, Fr. Yuhanon O.I.C, Fr. T.E.George, Fr. M. M. Jacob and Ramban C. Zachariah Tabore Dayara to episcopate.

 

20. 1980 May 1 at M. D. Seminary Kottayam presided by Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Mathews I and elected P. C. Abraham Padijarekkara as the Lay Trustee. Association also elected the new Managing Committee Members.  Clergy 38 – Laity 76

21. 1982 December 28 at M.G.M. High School, Thiruvalla presided by Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Mathews I and elected Konat Abraham Malpan as Priest Trustee. It also elected 5 priests to Episcopate. 1.) Ramban K. G. Geevarghese M.A, Keeyathu Othara. 2.)  Fr. Philipose Thomas M.Th, Puthenparambil- Naranganam. 3.) Fr. K. T. Thomas M.Ed; B.D , Kizhakkethalackal, Puthencavu. 4.) Fr. K. I. Paul M.A; B.D. Mangatt Kollannur, Kunnamkulam. 5.) Fr. K. Mathai B.Sc; B.Ed, Kootarazhikathu, Chenkulam.

22. 1985 October 23 at M.D. Seminary, Kottayam presided by Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Mathews I. The strength of the new Managing Committee from 20 dioceses was fixed at 138. Clergy elected 36. Clergy nominated 10. Laity elected 72. Laity nominated 20.

23. 1987 December 29 at M. D. Seminary, Kottayam presided by Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Mathews I and elected Fr. Mathai Nooranal as priest Trustee. Election to episcopate (one priest) was unsuccessful.

24. 1989 December 28 at Pathanamthitta Catholicate College presided by Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Mathews I. Elected 5 priests to episcopate. 1.) Fr. Kuriakose Perumethmannil, Koipram 2.) Fr.Job, Pathanapuram Dayara 3.) Fr. W.A.Cherian,  Attumalil Varambathu, Punallor 4.) Fr.M.A.Mathai, Vazoor 5.) Fr. George Kurien, Puliyeril, Kolladu. Elected 108 New Members to the Managing Committee. Nominated members 30.

25. 1992 September 10 at Parumala Seminary presided by Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Mathews II. Thomas Mar Themothios of Malabar was elected as the Catholicos Elect. Elected 2 priests to episcopate. 1.) Fr. Jacob Cherian, Pathanapuram Dayara. 2.) Fr. Paulose OIC, Betheny Ashram.

26. 1994 May 26 at Parumala Seminary presided by Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Mathews II elected 108 members to the new Managing Committee. Nominated members 30

27. 2002 March 20 at Parumala Seminary to set right the position of Malankara Metropolitan- of the Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Mathews II. As per the directive of the Supreme Court Justice Malimad was the observer for the Association. Association Elected 108 members to the Managing Committee. Nominated members 30.

28. 2004 June 10 at Parumala Seminary presided by Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Mathews II and elected Fr. Dr. O. Thomas as Priest Trustee. Elected 4 priests to episcopate. 1.) Fr. D.K.J.Gabriel, Kudassanadu, 2.) Fr. Dr. M.C. Cherian Chengaroor, 3.) Ramban Augen Perangattu, Ranni 4.) Fr. Varghese John Kaviyoor

29. 2006 September 21 & October 12 at Parumala Seminary presided by Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Didymos I validated the decisions taken by the Association since 1971 and elected Paulose Mar Milithios of Kunnamkulam as Catholicos Elect. The strength of the Managing Committee is fixed at 159. Elected members 129. Nominated members 30.

30. 2008 September 11 at Pmpakuda presided by Baselios Marthoma Didymos I,  elected Fr. Johns Abraham Konat as the Priest Trustee and M.G.George Muthoot as Lay Trustee. Association also elected 7 priests to episcopate. 1.) Ramban Fr. M. S. Yohannan, Vadakkamchery 2) Fr. Joseph Pathanapuram Dayara 3) Fr. Stephen OIC Bethany Ashram. 4) Fr. John Panicker, Kundara.  5.) Ramban Fr. Christophorus Kozhenchery 6.) Fr. Mathew Baby Mavelikara. 7.) Fr. Alex Daniel, Puthur

31. 2010 February 17 at Sasthamkotta Mount Horeb Ashram, presided by Baselios Marthoma Didymos II, elected 7 priests to the episcopate. 1) Fr.Dr.George Pulikkotil 2) Fr.Dr.John Mathews 3) Fr. Dr. Sabu Kuriakose 4) Fr. Yohanon Ramban 5) Fr.Dr. Nathaniel Ramban 6) Fr. Dr. V. M. Abraham 7) Fr. V. M. James

 

Curtasy Fr.Shebaly Orthodox Herald

 

Malankara Association 2002 : Speach by H H Catholicose


(This Presidential speach was delivered by His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Mathews II , the supreme head of the Malankara Orthodox Church at the Malankara Association Meeting Held At Parumala on March 20, 2002.It was delivered just before the election.In this election His Holiness was reconfirmed and declared as Malankara Metropolitan by Justice Sri. V. S. Mulimud)

Your Grace The Catholicos Designate Thomas Mar Thimothios Thirumeni, our brethren Bishops, Your Lordship Justice Sri .V. S.Mulimud, beloved Clergy and Lay Trustee, dear and beloved representatives from parishes and children of the Holy Malankara Sabha and friends from various press and Channels.

We give thanks and express our deep gratitude to the Almighty God who was merciful enough in planting a church in India and allowing having a global growth to it. Forgetting our old age difficulties and with greatest pleasure of mind I am hereby standing in your presence. I was longing with prayers to get this opportunity. We have faced various trials to protect the individuality and liberty of our beloved Church. In spite of all these happenings, the Spirit of Lord pervaded and was working in the Church. This critical day has provided to us better guidance and blessings by the Grace of God. The Hon. Supreme Court of India has given us a former Chief Justice of Kerala High Court to conduct this Association. In Sri. V. S. Mulimud, we see a man who is just truthful and loyal to law and impartial in his observations of the performance of the Association. We give thanks to him and the various Governments ., States and Central who rendered great and valuable helps in the past ordeal times. We also express our deep gratitude towards our brethren Bishops, Cor-Episcopos, Rambans, Priests, Monks, Nuns and all the faithful ones to the Holy Malankara Church.

We understand that it is a divine providence to conduct another such Association in this Holy place where our Holy declared Saint Mar Gregorios takes his eternal rest. May his intercession and care keep us and this Association. We are here now remembering all those holy fore- fathers of the Church

Also we are grateful to our Brethren Bishops Mar Abraham Severios, Thomas Mar Athanasios, Yuhanon Mar Milithiose, Zacharias Mar Nichalovos who have strong steps towards the unity of the Church depending the verdict of the Supreme Court of India. There are representatives from the Churches in India and abroad. We have here representatives from the churches at Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Arabian Gulf Countries, America, Europe, Canada and Africa. You have all assembled here out of respect towards me and the Catholicate. Submitting you all in the merciful hand of our God, we and our Brethren Bishops express our thanks to you all. You are representing a growing and flourishing Holy Church. During the first Association, only 100 churches from all around Kerala represented and at this Association is representing 1244 churches all around the world. Now Malankara Church got the full growth as a Universal Church.

Certain prior Associations are to be particularly dealt with. The first Association convened in 1876 at Mulanthuruthy. The Kottayam Association in 1934, passed the Constitution of the Church. According to the decision of that Association, the post of Catholicos and post of Malankara Metropolitan conferred to one person. 1958 verdict of the Supreme Court of India, united the two parties and in the Association at Puthencavu elected Lay Trustee and Clergy Trustee. This Association is an epoch making event in the history of the Church and it is convened as per direction of the Supreme Court of India. Regarding the Constitution of 1934, Abdul Messiah, the Holy Patriarch of Antioch has opinioned in his letter (A-14) to establish Catholicate in India to protect the sanctity and purity of the Church and to strengthen the relationship of the Church with the Antiochene Church. That was why he himself arrived in India and re-instated the Catholicate here. He ordained the Catholicos and in his commendation he has written “Your Catholicos and the Bishops will look after the sheep here and when a Catholicos expires all the other Bishops in the Synod will ordain another Catholicos here.” Depending on this letter we have formulated our Constitution in 1934. The Supreme Court of India has given more importance in this Commendation and has accepted it as a most important document. “The constitution will bind both parties metropolises and members of the Church” Says the Supreme Court. We stand by these Constitutional laws and only want all to be under this Constitution. We like to govern the parish churches as the Constitution says and do not like to capture the parish wealth. Order and discipline are indispensable to the growth of any institution. This Association is the most elaborate parliament in the world. Hence it’s responsibilities are also great. Our Church is an Episcopal Church. We have a beautiful constitution that Episcopacy and Democracy coincided. You are selecting today 37 priests and 74 laymen to the Association of the Church. We know that you are electing responsible persons to this Association.

Like all other Eastern Churches, Malankara Church also is Apostolic and ancient. We have a very important place among other ancient Churches of the world. Our Theologians have taken risks to formulate its true history and to attain great reputation. The Church will ever remember them. Only this Church, among all other Oriental Churches, is fully national and has complete liberty. We are indebted to our democratic systems and democracy of India for this.

Now we are getting free from Cases. Now it is the time for us for a spiritual revival. We have to receive this challenge. Liturgical worship that provides a spiritual mind and the presence of the Divinity, is highly essential. Our existence is only on those who give response to God’s voice and on those who denounce material benefits when doing service to the Church. The future of the Church is depended on such laity, and clergy. The Synod has formulated a document for the welfare of the Church for 10 years. We are happy that we keep better Christians fellowship with all other Churches in the world. We never misuse opportunities that strengthen Christian fellowships. You all know that we and our Brethren Bishops have taken greater interests in limiting two parties after the Court verdict of 1955. We also look for the unity of these two parties at the earliest. The aim of the Supreme Court is also the same.

We thank God that always our aim and attempt was to save the church from all cases and calamities. Now in this Association which is convened as per the direction of the Supreme Court, the party ship are going to end. This is a step to achieve reconciliation and unity among both. No more stagnation. No more looking back. Never we will follow the dark paths of the Court Cases and struggles. Let us go foreword to the future directed by the Holy Spirit of God. The door of the Church will be ever opened for peace and light from above. We will never avoid or reject anybody. We consider all in the love and care of God Almighty and invite all for a spiritual pilgrimage. Here let it start as a beginning. Request to have your prayers and cooperation always for me in this pilgrimage.

Let God Almighty bless our Church and us abundantly.

4 MALANKARA ARCH-DIOCESE  Constitution.......

A. Association.

70 The Malankara Arch-diocese shall have an Association by name “Malankara Syrian Christian Association”.

71 The following shall be members of the Malankara Syrian Christian Association (Malankara Association) viz.

a) Members of the existing Managing Committee Provided that the nominated members of the Managing Committee, if any shallot be entitled to vote at the election of the Catholicos, Malankara Metropolitan or any other holder of office who is to be elected by the Association.

b) A priest from each Parish Church elected by the Parish Assembly, provide that if in any Parish Church, there is only one priest, he shall be the priest representative of

the Parish Church without the need of an election

c) (i) One layman member to be elected by the Parish Assembly of each Parish Church whose membership does not exceed 100 members.

ii) One more additional layman to be elected by the Parish Assembly of a Parish Church having membership exceeding 100 members but not exceeding 250 members

iii) One more additional layman to be elected by the Parish Assembly of a Parish Church having membership exceeding 250 members but not exceeding 500 members

iv)One more additional layman to be elected by the Parish Assembly of a Parish Church having membership exceeding 500 members but not exceeding 750 members

v) One more additional layman to be elected by the Parish Assembly of a Parish Church having membership exceeding 750 members but not exceeding 1000 members

vi)One more additional layman to be elected by the Parish Assembly of a Parish Church having membership exceeding 1000 members but not exceeding 1250 members

vii) One more additional layman to be elected by the Parish Assembly of a Parish Church having membership exceeding 1250 members but not exceeding 1500 members

viii) One more additional layman to be elected by the Parish Assembly of a Parish Church having membership exceeding 1500 members but not exceeding 1750 members

ix) One more additional layman to be elected by the Parish Assembly of a Parish Church having membership exceeding1750 members but not exceeding 2000 members

x) One more additional layman to be elected by the Parish Assembly of a Parish Church having a membership of more than 2000members

d) The term of members elected under clause (b)and (c) above shall be five years.

e) The Managing Committee shall be elected every five years soon after the election of the member under clause (b) and (c). Members in the Article 71 as amended above refer to members as contemplated by and as mentioned in clause (7) of the 1934 Constitution (which deals with Parish Church and Parish Assembly) Note: 1 Election of members of the Association and the Diocesan Assemblies shall take place on the basis of amended/substituted Articles 71 and 46 aforementioned on or before 30 April 1997.

Note: 2 The membership of each Parish Church shall be determined with reference to the entries in the relevant register maintained by each Parish Church as on the date of judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in the Church case i.e. 20 June 1996.

72. The Malankara Metropolitan shall be the President and the remaining prelates having administrative charge of Dioceses shall be Vice-Presidents of the Association.

73. The Malankara Metropolitan shall preside over meetings of the Association. When it is inconvenient for him one of the Vice-Presidents by his nomination, and if the office is vacant the Vice-President who is the “Senior Metropolitan” shall preside. In this constitution “Senior Metropolitan” means the Metropolitan who is oldest among the Vice- presidents.

74. The Malankara Metropolitan shall convene the Association and if the office is vacant, two of the Vice-Presidents or if they fail, half of the members of the Managing Committee may convene the Association.

75. There shall be a Secretary for the Association. The Association Managing Committee shall elect the Secretary and if the Malankara Metropolitan ratifies the election it shall be valid. The Association Managing Committee has the right to remove the Secretary from the office without assigning any reason.

76. There shall be a register for the movable and immovable properties of the Community and it shall be kept by the Secretary up to date and signed every year by the Malankara Metropolitan and two members of the Committee.

77. The duties of the Secretary shall include recording and maintaining of the accounts of the income and expenditure from the assets of the Community and the revenue of the Malankara Arch Diocese, preparing and presenting up to date Statements of Accounts at the meetings of the Association and the Managing Committee.

B. Association Managing Committee.

78. There shall be a Managing Committee for the Association.

79. The members of the Managing Committee shall be, exclusive of the Association Secretary and the Community Trustees, 43 priests and 86 laymen elected by the Association. The term of office of the members of the Managing Committee shall be five years. The Association may at its discretion increase the membership of the Managing Committee. The Managing Committee may fill up any vacancy arising during its tern of office by co-option. The Malankara Metropolitan may, if he feels it needed, nominate not more than 30 persons (10 priests and 20 laymen) as members. When the Association shall increase the number of members of the Managing Committee the number of the members to be nominated by the Malankara Metropolitan shall also be increased.

80. The Malankara Metropolitan shall be the President of the Managing Committee and the remaining prelates having administrative charge shall be Vice-Presidents.

81. The Malankara Metropolitan shall convene the Association Managing Committee and preside at the meeting. If the office of the Malankara Metropolitan is vacant, two of the Vice-Presidents or if they fail half of the members of the Committee may convene the Committee and in such cases the Senior Metropolitan among the Vice-Presidents shall preside. The Association Managing Committee shall meet at least twice a year.

82. The Association Secretary shall also be the Secretary of the Committee.

83. If any expenditure from the monies of the Malankara Diocese is to be made the majority of the Malankara Episcopal Synod and the majority of the Managing Committee members other than the Prelates shall agree.

84. For the income and expenditure of the Community a budget shall be prepared by the Committee in the beginning of the year and any expenditure exceeding the same shall only be incurred with the consent of the Committee. However in case of any urgency the Malankara Metropolitan may spend an amount not exceeding Five Hundred Rupees and such expenditure shall be reported to the Committee at its next session.

85. If any property is to be purchased for the Community or if any property of the Community is to be alienated or any charge created over the same it shall be so decided by the majority of the Managing Committee and the Malankara Episcopal Synod and the deed therefore shall be executed by the Malankara Metropolitan and the Associate Trustees if the property belongs to the Joint Trust properties and by the Malankara Metropolitan alone if it belongs to the Malankara Metropolitan Trust.

86. Sub-Committees may be appointed with the approval of the Malankara Episcopal Synod by the Managing Committee for education, finance and other similar matters needed for the church. The President of every such Sub-Committee shall be a Prelate.

87. The Association Managing Committee shall have a Working Committee consisting of not more than ten members and that body shall execute matters as decided by the Managing Committee. In case of urgent necessity the Working Committee may act on behalf the Managing Committee in anticipation of its approval. All matters so done shall be reported to the Managing Committee and its approval obtained. The President of the Working Committee shall be the Malankara Metropolitan. A Prelate elected by the Malankara Episcopal Synod, the Community Trustees and the Association Secretary shall be members of the Working Committee. The remaining members shall be appointed by the Malankara Metropolitan in consultation with them. Members of the Working Committee who are not already members of the Managing Committee, so long as they continue to be members of the Working Committee shall be members of the Managing Committee.

88. The Working Committee referred to in Section 87 shall also be the Consultative Committee of the Malankara Metropolitan.

89. The Association Secretary shall also be the Secretary of the Malankara Metropolitan’s Consultative Committee.

90. The Malankara Metropolitan may have an Assistant. If such an Assistant is not elected by the Association, he may be nominated by the Malankara Metropolitan. The Assistant shall be ex-officio member of the Managing Committee and the Working Committee.

C. The Community Trustees.

91. With the Malankara Metropolitan there shall be two persons, a priest and a layman who shall be the Trustees for the Vattipanam(Trust Fund) and the Kottayam Syrian Seminary and the income which have accrued or shall be accruing therefrom.

92. The Malankara Metropolitan shall be the Trustee for the rest of the Community properties if they are not subject to other special provisions.

93. The Association shall elect the Associate Trustees. The term of office of the Associate Trustees shall be co-terminus as that of the period of election of the Association members. The office of the associate trustee will continue until another trustee was elected and assumed office. The Association may remove them and appoint others without assigning any reason.

D. Malankara Metropolitan.

94. The Prime jurisdiction regarding the temporal, ecclesiastical and spiritual administration of the Malankara Church is vested in the Malankara Metropolitan subject to provisions of this constitution.

95. In case it happens that there is no Diocesan Metropolitan in any Diocese that Diocese shall be under the direct administration of the Malankara Metropolitan.

96. Common institutions and similar matters in the Malankara Church which do not specifically belong to a particular Diocese shall be directly under the supervision of the Malankara Metropolitan.

97. The Malankara Metropolitan shall be elected to that office by the Association.

98. The Catholicos may also hold the office of the Malankara Metropolitan. As the Malankara Metropolitan he shall be the President of the Association and the Managing Committee and the Metropolitan Trustee of the Community properties. The Malankara Metropolitan may officially visit all the parish churches of the Malankara Church and if found needed, he may convene the Parish Assembly and the Diocesan Assembly after giving information to the Diocesan Metropolitan. When the Catholicos and the Malankara Metropolitan happen to be two individuals, regulations needed shall be made about their respective rights and powers.

5. CATHOLICOS

99. The throne of Catholicos was re-established in the Orthodox Syrian Church of the East which includes the Malankara Church in AD 1912 and this institution has been functioning ever since in the Orthodox Syrian Church of the East.

100. The powers of the Catholicos include the consecration of Prelates, presiding over the Episcopal Synod, declaring its decisions and implementing them, conducting administration as representative of the Synod and consecrating the Holy Mooron.

6. PATRIARCH.

101. The Malankara Church shall recognize the Patriarch, canonically consecrated with the co-operation of the Catholicos.

7. EPISCOPAL SYNOD.

102. There shall be an Episcopal Synod in Malankara.

103. All Prelates in Malankara shall be members of this Synod.

104. The Catholicos shall be the President of the Synod.

105. The Catholicos shall convene the Synod and preside over the Synod.

106. When there is no Catholicos or if there is any accusation against the Catholicos and the Catholicos does not convene the Synod for considering such accusation, the Senior Metropolitan shall convene the Synod and preside over the Synod.

107. The Episcopal Synod shall have the authority to decide matters concerning faith, order and discipline. When the Synod shall meet for this purpose the Synod may select such persons as the Synod may deem needed for consultation.

108. No one shall have the right to alter the faith of the Church. But in case there may arise any dispute as to what is faith, the Episcopal synod above said may decide the matter and the final decision about this shall vest with the Ecumenical Synod.

109. The Episcopal Synod may in consultation with the Association Managing Committee appoint sub-committees for the purpose of Theological Education, Mission Work, Sunday school and similar matters.