Mar Bursouma Orthodox Church, Kattachal

Malankara Orthodox Syrian

Kattachal, Kerala, India


Chenkulam P.O
Kattachal Kerala, India

Mar Bursouma was born as the son of Hanoch and Sakiya in a beautiful village called Outon which is in Shmisath. Sudden death of his father and the second marriage of his mother made him abandoned, though he stayed with them.
Mar Bursouma’s only desire was to become a mock (Saniasi), As per his desire he met St.Abraham in a forest. From where he was taken to a Dayara, where Bursouma got the training and the life with the resides over there made him to be firm in faith. .

After the death of Abraham Bursouma put a hard cloth and often went on pilgrimages to different place in Palastine. Meanwhile the believers made a Dhayara for him and he by the compulsion of the fellow believers started staying there.

During a summer night as he went for a walk, he had a vision from God, and then on he took the standing posture. Then on he never sat and accepted the humbling submission before God.

In course of time there were several clashes in the church (Dhayara) regarding the disciplines. Fed up of all the conspiracies Bursouma traveled to several places strengthening the believers in their faith and admonished them to renew in their commitment. Life of Bursouma reflects the path of a righteous suffers, his name is paraphrased as the ‘head of the sadness people’ (‘Dukkithanmaril thalavanya Marbursouma’) .The meaning of word Bursouma is ‘Noyambintae Puthran’. He Underwent through agonies and persecution, but the God of Justice raised a banner for him and made the people who persecuted him to be trembled.

Time span he held on this earth was spent in tearful prayers. Dress which he had was Sack and an Iron coat. Natural changes never affected his life style. He had fruits and nuts which made him to be contended in his earthly life..

During his earthly ministry he healed the sick, prayed for the weak and the oppressed, the doors of heaven to be open for rain, and then made the dry Oasis to be overflowed. The signs and the miracles which he did still remains as a real lectionary till today..

Bursoumas years of signs and miracles still penetrate the hearts of people to seek the path of righteousness. In the end days of Angel of the Lord Said” you have to be with th e lord with in 4 days”. As he finished has life journey on AD457 February 3rd he made the mark of a true god’s servant, in his deeds rather than his words.