Yuhanon Mor Meletius was born on 4th July 1954, the first-born child of M.J. Markose, a farmer and a social worker, and Saramma Markose in Ezhakaranad, Ernakulam district, Kerala.
Respected Thirumeni, We, the Orthodox community has a practice to kneel down during our prayers, particularly when we do the cross during Kauma and also at certain other occasions. But there are some restrictions for this act that we should not kneel down from Saturday evening prayers onwards up to the 9th hour prayers on Sunday. We are also not to resort to kneeling similarly on Maranaya feast days. Again, we are not permitted to kneel down during the fifty day period from Easter up to the Pentecost. These are what I understand from our priests during their pieces of advice.