CANONISATION OF OUR SAINT GREGORIOS OF PARUMALA
In the Orthodox Church there is no formal way of Canonizing a person as a Saint.In the Roman Catholic Church they have evolved a very sophisticated system of declaring a person as a Saint.Among the Eastern Churches as far I know only the Russian Churches and the Indian Orthodox Churches have tried to canonize someone formally.
The procedure in the Roman Catholic Church to declare someone as a Saint is elaborate.They have a Two Stage Process-Beautification and Canonization
Our Saint of Parumala was born on June 15th, 1848.He died on November 2nd, 1902 at the age of 54 years.He was canonized 45 years later.This is what was often done in the Russian Orthodox Church in its pre-synodical period, when the ruling Metropolitan could canonize his predecessor on his own authority
In the tradition
of the undivided Church there was no system of canonisation of saints.In
fact the criteria for considering some one as Saint and other baptized
persons as not-saints did not exist.|Every baptized person was a saint.
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