18 January 2018
His Excellency Geevarghese Mar Divannasios, Bishop Emeritus of the Eparchy of Puttur, was called to Eternal Bliss on Monday, 16th January 2018 at 2.30 pm while undergoing treatment at Pushpagiri Medical College Hospital, Thiruvalla. His body was kept at St. John’s Metropolitan Cathedral for the public to pay their last respect and offer prayers. Instantly started the uninterrupted and unending stream of visitors comprising cardinals, archbishops, bishops, priests, religious men, sisters, ministers, people’s representatives in the parliament and assembly and members of the elected local bodies and the faithful, and men and women irrespective of religious affinity and ideological affiliations, in hundreds and thousands. It was a mini ocean of humanity in mourning.
The funeral rites started on Thursday,18 January at 2.00 p.m at St. John’s Metroplolitan Cathedral, Thiruvalla. Moran Mor Baselios Cardinal Clemes Catholica Bava led the services assisted by all the Syro Malankara Catholic Bishops.The services were over by 4.30 p.m. It was a touching and deserving farewell to the ‘special bishop’. As per his wishes, it was a very simple ceremony but the simplicity enhanced the solemnity of the occasion at its best.
May his soul rest in peace.