The police here have launched a probe into both the incidents.
The incident followed the death of Paul Varghese, 49, who was also the trustee of St John’s Jacobite Church, Njarakkad.
The Orthodox clergy were blocked by about 250 people from other parishes with the help of the police.
District Collector Adeela Abdulla said she had discussed the issues with leaders of both the factions.
Orthodox faction makes unsuccessful bid to enter Kothamangalam St Thomas Church, amid police protection; will approach High Court, says Ramban
The Kerala High Court on Wednesday granted two more weeks to the state government to file an affidavit explaining the details of chapels under the St Mary’s Church, Piravom.
When the petition came up for hearing, Orthodox faction’s counsel S Sreekumar submitted the Holy Mass was celebrated on Sunday under police protection.
Besides, the High Court had directed the police to ensure maintenance of law and order on the church premises.
It is learnt he will hand over the church keys to the Kerala High Court on Friday.
High drama as Ernakulam district administration breaks open disputed Piravom church; takes control.
The Orthodox faction's move comes close on the heels of the Kerala High Court's direction last week to the police to provide protection to the faction to enter the church.
Since the Jacobite faction did not agree to the funeral rites being conducted by the Orthodox vicar, they forcefully buried the body in the cemetery with the connivance of the police.
Members of the Jacobite faction reached the church early in the morning to offer prayers. But when the police blocked them, they began an indefinite prayer protest near the church.
The verdict of the Supreme Court came in favour of the Orthodox faction, handing over governance of 1,064 churches in dispute.