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(Patron Saint of Malankara)

November 2, 1902







Apostolic Visit:  The Patriarch of Antioch to visit the tomb

of Patriarch St. Elias III at Manjinikkara

Pathanamthitta: The Patriarch of Antioch and the head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, Ignatius Zakka-I Ivas, will visit the Manjanikkara Diara and the tomb of St. Elias-III at the adjoining Diara Church in the last quarter of October, reception committee office-bearers have said. The reception committee meet chaired by Youhanon Mar Milithios Metropolitan at Manjanikkara, near here, on Friday chalked out arrangements for a ceremonious reception to the patriarch. The meeting nominated Fr. Mathew Philip (Niranom), Jose Panachackal and Binu Vazhamuttom (Thumpamon) and Zacharia Mathew (Kollam) to the central reception committee.

The patriarch will participate in the Episcopal jubilee celebrations of Catholicos Baselius Thomas-I at Ernakulam on October 19. Though the date of the patriarchal visit to the district is yet to be finalised, the organisers said he is likely to reach Manjanikkara on October 24 or 25.

The Syrian Orthodox Church head will also participate in the consecration of St. George Syrian Jacobite Church at Kavumbhagom, near Thiruvalla. Mar Milithios said this was the patriarch’s fourth visit to the State. He said believers from the Kollam, Niranom and Thumpamon dioceses will attend the Episcopal jubilee celebrations of Catholicos Baselius Thomas-I.

Special arrangements for transportation of the faithful to Ernakulam on October 19 will also be made from different parishes in the district. Mar Milithios said the patriarch would also visit St. Mary’s Cathedral in Pathanamthitta, besides offering prayers at the tomb of St Elias-III, the one and only Syrian Patriarch entombed in the State, in 1932.  Mathews Mar Theodoseus Metropolitan, Mathews Mar Aprem Metropolitan and church managing committee members, M.A. Paulose, Biby Abraham and Aji Jacob also attended the meeting.






Patriarchal Visit: Central Office of the Reception Committee inaugurated

Puthencuriz, Sep 26, 2008:  At a special function held at the Malankara Syrian Church Headquarters at Puthencuriz today, the central reception committee office for the forthcoming Patriarchal visit was inaugurated by Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I, lighting the traditional Kerala lamp. The metropolitans H.E. Mor Aphrem Mathews, the coordinator and head of the reception and publicity committee, and H.E. Mor Athanasius Elias who is authorized to lead the proclamation procession, too had joined the Catholicos while lighting the lamp, marking the inauguration of the central office.  

Very Rev. Kuriakose Corepiscopa Moolayil, Rev. Fr. Varghese Kallapara,  George Mathew Thekkethalakal, the lay trustee, Thambu George Thukalan, Church Secretary, Prof M A Paulose, the publicity committee chief, and other members of the central committee were also present.

The concerned diocesan level meetings has already begun in the respective diocesan headquarters and is expected to be completed by this month end.  The Proclamation procession, pronouncing the 4th Apostolic visit of the Holy Father, will begin from Thiruvnathapuram, the State Capital and will conclude at the Church headquarters at Puthencuriz by the second week of October.  A similar procession will also start from the other three corners of the State, Idukki diocese, Malabar diocese, all of which will culminate at Puthencuriz on the same day.

Website on the  APOSTOLIC VISIT - 2008





Three priests elevated to the order of Rabban-Monk

in the Malankara Syrian Church


St. Athanasius Cathedral, 14 Sep 2008:  Three priests of the Malankara Syrian Church were elevated to the order of Ramban (Rabban - Monk) by His Beatitude the Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I at a solemn function held today at the St. Athanasius Cathedral in Puthencurizu.

The newly elevated Rambans, Fr. Scaria Alukkal (
vicar of Mar Ignathios Chapel, Meikkad), Fr. George Varghese (vicar of St. Mary’s Church, Marady) and Fr. Wilson Varghese Puliyan (vicar of Eldo Mor Baselios Chapel, Vengola) will henceforth be known  as "Ramban Zachariah, Ramban Michael and Ramban Gabriel” respectively.

Metropolitans Their Eminences, Mor Gregorios Joseph, Mor Dioscoros Kuriakose, Mor Severios Abraham, Mor Athanasius Geevarghese, Mor Chrysostomos Markose, Mor Mathews Aphrem, Mor Thevodosius Kuriakose and Mor Athanasius Elias participated in the holy ceremony.







His Holiness Aram I visited the Holy Father at St. Aphrem Seminary in Damascus on Tuesday 9 September 2008



St. Aphrem Seminary, Damascus: On 09 September 2008 evening His Holiness Aram I and the delegation visited Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas in the Syrian Church’s summer residence. The Synod of Syrian Bishops is underway presently. Upon his arrival, His Holiness was received by the Patriarch and the Bishops.


His Holiness the Patriarch Zakka I warmly welcomed the Pontiff underlining the friendly relations between the two churches. The Patriarch recalled the Fellowship between the Coptic and Syrian Churches and the Catholicosate of Cilicia, set up by the efforts of His Holiness Aram I twelve years ago.


Making a brief overview of the relations between the Armenian and Syrian Churches, His Holiness Aram I said: “Our two churches have had the same theological approach and have together against all external heretical movements. We must further strengthen our cooperation in a world in which we are facing many challenges patching the daily life of our communities. He called upon the Bishops to continue the strong cooperation between the two churches with the same spirit particularly at the level of the Dioceses.


The meeting was followed by a reception during which Syrian Bishops asked His Holiness questions about theological and ecumenical issues




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28th Anniversary of Patriarchal enthronement of

His Holiness Ignatius Zakka I Iwas held

St. Aphrem Seminary, Damascus: The 28th anniversary of Patriarchal enthronement of His Holiness Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the Patriarch of Antioch & all the East, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church was held at Damascus, Syria on 14 September 2008. The thanksgiving Holy Qurbono and other services were held at the St. Peter & St. Paul Cathedral in the Mor Ephrem Monastery, Ma`arat Sayyidnaya, near Damascus.

Mor Severios Malke Mourad (Patriarchal-Vicar for Jerusalem & Jordan) and Mor Julius Abdulahad G Shabo (Archbishop of Sweden) were the chief celebrants and Mor Severios Jamil Hawa (Baghdad, Iraq), Mor Timotheos Mousa Al Shamani (Bartellah, Ninawa, Iraq), Mor Gregorios Saliba Shamoun (Mosul, Iraq), Mor Severius Ishak Zaka (Mosul, Iraq), Mor Athanasius Aphrem Barsaum (Museitbeh, Beirut), Mor Theophilos George (Bouchrieh Fardous St., Lebanon), Mor Philexinos Matta Shamoun (Atshaneh, Bikfaya, Lebanon), Mor Yusphinos Paulose (Zahle, Lebanon), Mor Philexinos Mathias Nayis (Damascus, Syria), Mor Dionysius Behnan Jajawi (Damascus, Syria), Mor Clemis Daniel Malak Kourieh (Damascus, Syria), Mor Osthatheos Matta Rohum (Hassakeh, Syria), Mor Selwanos Petros AL-nemeh (Homs, Syria), Mor Timotheos Samuel Aktas (Midyat-Mardin,S.E. Turkey), Mor Filuksinos Yusuf Çetyn (Beyoglu,Istanbul, Turkey), Mor Philoxenos Saliba Özmen (Mardin,S.E. Turkey), Mor Gregorios Malke Ürek (TR - Adiyaman - Turkey), Mor Nicholovos Matti Abd Alahad (La Plata, Argentina), Mor Clemis E. Kaplan (Western - United States of America), Mor Athanasius Elia Bahe (Canada), Mor Timotheos Aphrem Aboodi(Former Patriarchal Vicar for Canada), Mor Dionysius Geevarghese (Simhasana Churches of Kottayam & Environs, India), Mor Militheos Yuhanon (Thumpamon - India), Mor Polycarpus Eugene Aydin (Netherlands), Mor Dionysius Isa Gürbüz (Switzerlands & Austria), Mor Severios Hazail Soumi ( Belgium and France), Mor Julius Hanna Aydin (Northern Germany), Mor Athanasius Touma Dakkama (Great Britain) and Mor Militius Malke Lahdo (Australia & New Zealand) were the co-celebrants of the Holy Qurbono.

Moran reserved his time exclusively for meeting of priests and believers a group of 90 who came from India to attend the celebrations. Later Guests took part in the banquet hosted by Moran in one of the big hotels in Ma`arat Saydnaya.

From 19.00 hrs onwards the concert by the different choirs of the Syrian Orthodox parishes all over the world reasserted the beauty of our church music.

SOCM News Bureau - Damascus, Syria.






Photos of The 28th Anniversary of Patriarchal Enthronement

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His Holiness Ignatius Zakka I Iwas,

Patriarch of the Apostolic See of Antioch

& the Supreme head of all the Syriacs in the world


Cochin, September 9: The Supreme head of the Universal Syrian Church and the Patriarch of the Apostolic see of Antioch & all the East, His Holiness Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, is to visit India in the second week of October 2008 to attend the concluding function of the sacerdotal Golden jubilee celebrations of the regional head of the Church in India, His Beatitude the Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I.  As per the program schedule finalized by the Malankara Episcopal Synod, His Holiness is expected to reach Cochin International Airport on October 17 and will proceed to the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church headquarters at Puthencuriz. The Holy father will be accorded the status of State Guest by the honourable Government of Kerala. This will be His Holiness’ fourth apostolic visit to India, the last visit being in 2004.


One of the main programs of  His Holiness will be the official announcement regarding the canonization of three fathers of Syriac Orthodox Church; Maphryono Mor Baselios Shakralla (AD 1764, Kandanad), Mor Coorilos Yuyakkim, the Patrirachal delegate (AD 1874, Mulanthuruthy) and Mor Coorilos Paulose Kochuparamabil, the former Malankara Metropolitan and the regional head of the Church in India (AD 1917, Panampady).  


Church fathers to be canonized during H.H's Apostolic Visit



AD 1764, Kandanad



AD 1874, Mulanthuruthy



AD 1917, Panampady


On Sunday 19th October, the Sacredotal Golden jubilee function of His Beatitude the Catholicos will be held at Marine Drive grounds in Cochin. His Holiness will Chair the jubilee function. Besides the representatives of the State Government, the heads of the Episcopal Churches in India and the other communities will be invited for the function. A 501-member committee has been chosen by the Malankara Association for making preparations for the grand jubilee function. The Episcopal Synod Secretary and Metropolitan of Kochi diocese, His Grace Mor Gregorios Joseph is the Chairman of the committee. 


The Malankara Episcopal Synod and a meeting of the Jacobite Syrian Christian Association will be convened under the president-ship of His Holiness during this apostolic visit. After attending a few more programs in Kerala, His Holiness will proceed to Banglore and will leave for Damascus on October 27th. Hectic preparations has already been started in Malankara to welcome the supreme head of the Universal Syrian Christian community.


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Eight-day feast at the Global Marian Pilgrim Centre of India



Devotees at Manarcaud Cathedral during the annual eight-day lent feast

(Photo: September 7, 2008)

KOTTAYAM, Sep 8: Thousands of devotees thronged the famous St Mary's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Cathedral on Sunday the 7th, to witness the 'nadathurakkal', the auspicious and revered event during the course of 'Ettunombu Thirunnal' (eight-day lent in memory of the birth of Mother Mary).  Earlier in the day, Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I, the Catholicos & metropolitan trustee of the Syriac Orthodox Church in India, offered 'Mooninmel' Qurbana (Tri-Mass) in the old church.

The four km-long route to the church from Manarcad Junction was crowded with devotees from the morning. Special buses and other vehicles proceeded to the church from various centers. The state owned bus service operated special services from various depots in the district and neighbouring ones.  A lull in the torrential rains and a clear sky during the time of the auspicious occasion had brought a sea of faithful to the church. According to an estimate, not less than 50,000 people witnessed the painting of St Mary on Sunday after the nadathurakkal. Believers, cutting across caste, creed and age, were seen offering ornamental umbrellas and sacred flags after making rounds at the church. There was also heavy turnout to offer 'adima panam', another specialty of the church.

On the previous day evening (6th), thousands of devotees took part in the ceremonial procession called RAZA, held in connection with the festival. A fireworks display was held late at night followed by 'margamkali' and 'parichamuttukali', the traditional art forms connected with the arrival of Christianity in Malankara.

The festival came to a close on Monday the 8th with the celebration of Holy Qurbono by the Archbishop Mor Severious Kuriakose of the Knanaya Archdiocese.  A procession was held at 2.30 pm. The ceremonies ended with a 'nercha vilambu' by 3.30 pm.

Ceremonial RAZA held on 6th September 2008

Official website of the Manarcaud St. Mary's Cathedral





First Internet Radio of the Syriac Orthodox Church



Sep 4, 2008, Manarcaud: Today at a grand function held in connection with the famous Eight-day lent festival at the Manarcaud Morth Mariam Jacobite Syrian Cathedral, the internet radio of the Syriac Orthodox Church,  "Shubho" – Radio Malankara, promoted by was officially inaugurated by His Beatitude the Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I, the head of the Church in India.


Early in the morning itself the live broadcasting from Manarcaud Cathedral was started with Morning Prayer followed by Holy Qurbono by H.E. Mor Theophilos Kuriakose, the resident Metropolitan of Malankara Syrian Orthodox Theological Seminary.  It was at 2.30 pm the RADIO MALANKARA was officially inaugurated by H.B. the Catholicos. Their Eminences Metropolitans, Mor Thimotheos Thomas of Kottayam & Archdiocese of Greater India, Mor Gregorios Joseph of Kochi diocese & Malankara Synod Secretary and Mor Dioscorous Kuriakose, Abbot of Malecuriz Dayro & metropolitan of Simhasana churches, were  present during the occasion.  Ministers of State, Sri. Mathew T Thomas and Sri. Mons Joseph, Opposition leader of Kerala Legislative Assembly Sri. Oommen Chandy, Kottayam M.L.A Sri. V Vasavan, local Panchayat members and other dignitaries also attended the function.


For the last few weeks, the Radio Malankara was broadcasting programs on a test basis and ever since was popular among the Christian population around the world. Holy Qurbano of our Catholicos and Bishops, Traditional & Liturgical songs, Christian Devotional Songs, audio biography etc were broadcasted during these test period.


Those who are interested in supporting this unique project may kindly do so by providing the promoters with more audio recordings of Syriac Orthodox worship, songs of different occasions and spiritual talks of our prelates, clergy and church recognized lay ministers.


Inauguration of "Shubho" - RADIO MALANKARA, by His Beatitude Mor Baselios Thomas I, Catholicos & Metropolitan Trustee of the Syriac Church in India


Mr. Nibu M John, Chennithala, Director, Radio Malankara - Shubho, & Advisory

 Board member Chev. Bibby Abraham explaining about the operation

of Radio Malankara to His Beatitude the Catholicos

Live audio broadcasting of 'Shubho': RADIO MALANKARA at






Malankara Syrian Church blessed with two more Metropolitans




Patriarchal Cathedral, Damascus: His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the Patriarch of Antioch & all the East and the Supreme head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church today on Aug 24th 2008, consecrated Very Rev. Raban Sthepahnos Thukalan by name MOR CLEMIS KURIAKOSE and Very Rev. Raban Shemavun Vettikkunnel by name MOR IRENIOUS PAULOSE as the metropolitans for the dioceses of Idukki and Calicut of Malankara Church at the Monastery of St. Aphrem the Syrian, in Ma`rrat Sayyidnaya, Damascus, Syria.
His Beatitude the Catholicos of the Indian Church Aboon Mor Baselious Thomas I , Mor Timotheos Aphrem Aboodi (Former Patriarchal Vicar for Canada), Mor Theophilos George Saliba (Secretary to the Holy Synod), Mor Gregorios Joseph (Metropolitan of Kochi Diocese & Malankara Episcopal Synod Secretary), Mor Selwanos Petros AL-nemeh (Metropolitan of Homs & Hama),
Mor Justinos Paulos Yousef Safar (Patriarchal-Vicariate of Zahle & Beqa', Zahle, Lebanon), Mor Philexinos Mathias Nayis (Patriarchal Assistant & Metropolitan of St. Aphrem Theological Seminary, Ma’arrat Saidnaya,Damascus), Mor Severios Malke Mourad (Patriarchal-Vicar for Jerusalem & Jordan) and Mor Aphrem Mathews (Angamali High-Range region) assisted His Holiness in the holy ceremony.
The solemn function was also attended by a large gathering of Rabans (Monks), Priests, Deacons, Nuns, the Syrian Orthodox Faithful and other Distinguished Guests from Syria, India and and 40 Syriac Orthodox Faithful from Malankara.

SOCM News Bureau - Damascus, Syria








Mor Clemis Kuriakose:

Mor Irenious Paulose:







Metropolitan consecration at the Patriarchal Cathedral  in Damascus on 24th

August 11, 2008, Puthencuriz:    Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Abraham Thukalan and Rev. Fr. Paul (Ullas) Varkey Vettikkunnel who were chosen as Metropolitan designates for the dioceses of Idukki and Calicut recently, were elevated to the order of Ramban (Rabban- Monk) by His Beatitude the Catholicos Mor Baselios Thomas I at a solemn function held at the St. Athanasius Cathedral, Puthencuriz today afternoon.  Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Thukalan will henceforth be known as 'Sthepahnos' and Rev. Fr. Paul Varkey will be known by name 'Shemavun'. Metropolitans Their Eminences, Mor Polycorpus Geevarghese (Evangelical Association) , Mor Severios Kuriakos (Knanaya Archbishop), Mor Athanasius Geevarghese (Bahrain & Qatar), Mor Theophilos Kuriakose (Seminary), Mor Mathews Aphrem (Angamali High Range), Mor Chrysistmos Markose (Evangelical Association), Mor Theovodosius Kuriakose (Kollam), Mor Koorilose Geevarghese (Niranam), Mor Athanasius Elias (Patriarchal Cathedral) and Mor Ivanios Kuriakose (Kanaya) participated in the holy ceremony. On Sunday 24th August, both the newly elevated Rambans will be consecrated as Metropolitans for the dioceses of Idukki and Calicut by the supreme head of the Church His Holiness the Patriarch of Antioch & all the East at the St. Peter & St. Paul Cathedral, Mor Aphrem Seminary, Damascus.

Photos of Ramban ordination:






** Malankara Episcopal Synod endorses the selection of bishops

for the newly formed dioceses of Idukki and Calicut **


July 29, 2008, Puthencuriz:  The Malankara Episcopal Synod that met here today formally approved the names of Fr. Dr. Kuriakose T Abraham, Pulliattu Thukalan and Fr. Ullas Varkey, Vettikkunnel, as bishops for the newly formed dioceses of Idukki and Calicut, both elected by the respective diocesan bodies at their meetings held in the month of June and July.  His Beatitude Mor Baselios Thomas I, the Catholicos and Metropolitan Trustee of the Church in India, presided over the holy Synod held at the Church headquarters in the Puthencuriz Patriarch Centre. The Malankara Synod is now awaiting the final approval from the supreme head of the Church, His Holiness the Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, after which the new Metropolitans will be consecrated.


The Holy Synod also officially declared the details of the forthcoming apostolic visit of His Holiness the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, to Malankara in October. The holy father will preside over the concluding function of the year-long  sacerdotal Golden jubilee celebrations of His Beatitude the Catholicos Mor Baselios Thomas I , the head of the Syriac Church of India.

Fr. Kuriakose T Abraham, the bishop-designate for the Idukki diocese was born on August 10, 1967 as the son of T P Abraham and Saramma of the Pulliattu Thukalan family of Mulanthuruthy.  They belongs to the old Morth Mariam Church at Kandanad.

 Fr. Kuriakose received his Bachelors degree in  Physics from the Ernakulam Albert College in 1988 after which he joined for the diploma course in the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Theological Seminary, Vettikkal and completed it successfully. In 1996 he was awarded the degree of Bachelor in Divinity from the Sermapore University, Calcutta. Later he successfully completed different courses, in ECUMENICAL THEOLOGY (from ISET, Bangalore), in COMMUNICATION (from the ‘Gurukul Lutheran Theological College’, Chennai) and in TRANSACTIONAL ANALYSIS (from P.O.C, Kochi). In 2006, he received the doctoral degree in Social Psychology from the open International University for Complementary Medicines. 

It was H.G. Mor Gregorios Joseph, the Metropolitan of Kochi diocese who ordained Fr. Kuriakose, both as 'Kooroyo' and 'Kassisso'. Fr. Kuriakose who had earlier served as Vicars in the Mulanthuruthy Marthoman Church, the Cherai St. George Church and the Cherai St. Mary’s Valiyapally, is currently the vicar of Kulayettikkara St. George Church in Kochi diocese. At present he is the Vice President of the Antioch Faith protection Movement of Kochi diocese, Director of St. Mary’s New Jerusalem Prayer Fellowship, Mulanthuruthy and Vice-Patron of St. Thomas Charitable Trust, Mulanthuruthy.

Fr. Paul (Ullas) Varkey, the bishop-elect for the newly formed diocese of Calicut was born on August 24, 1972 to Vettikkunnel Varkey Abraham and Saramma of Mangalore. The family originally belonged to Manarcad in Kottayam district; they migrated to Mangalore about 60 years before. At present they are members of the St. Antony’s Church in Jeppu, Mangalore. Late Fr. Kuriakose Vettikkunnel who was the vicar of the Manarcad St. Mary’s Church, is an uncle of Fr. Ullas Varkey.  

It was from the Karnataka University that he received his Bachelors degree and his Post-Graduation in Sociology was from the Mysore university.  From Sermapore University he received the Bachelors in Divinity and Masters of Theology (NIIPGIS) degrees. His seminary education was at the Manjinikkara Dayro (1989-90) and Vettikkal M.S.O.T Seminary (1994-’98).  

He was ordained ‘Koroyoo’ on May 27, 1990 by Mor Osthatheos Benyamin Joseph, the late lamented Metropolitan of Simhasana churches, and ‘Kassisso’ on May 15, 1998 by Mor Polycarpus Geevarghese, the senior Metropolitan of Evangelical Association of the East. Before assuming the general charge of the various newly formed congregations of Australia in 2006, he had served as Vicar of the churches in Karnataka, Rajasthan, West Bengal and New Delhi. For a while he had been the managers of St. Antony’s Educational Society (Honnavar Mission), Karnataka and the bishops house of the Evangelical Association of the East, Perumbavoor and was also the superior of St. Thomas Orphanage in Perumbavoor.

The ordination of both the bishop elects are expected to be held together at the Patriarchal cathedral in Damascus soon.





The Malankara Syrian Church observed the 80th birthday of the

Catholicos & Metropolitan trustee of the Church in India,

Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I


July 23, 2008, Puthencuriz:   The 80th birthday celebration of the Catholicos and Metropolitan Trustee of the Malankara Syrian Church, Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas Ist Bava, was held yesterday in the Church headquarters at Puthencruz Patriarchal centre. Early in the morning, His Beatitude the Catholicos celebrated the Holy Qurbono at the St. Athanasius chapel in the patriarchal centre.

Later in the morning, a combined meeting of the working committee and managing committee was held  in the Church headquarters which congratulated Bava and extended their birthday wishes. The Episcopal Synod Secretary H.E. Joseph Mor Gregorios presided the public meeting, and felicitation messages were delivered by metropolitans Their Eminences, Abraham Mor Severios, Kuriakose Mor Dioscoros, Geevargese Mor Athanasius, Geevarghese Mor Divannasios, Geevarghese Mor Coorilos, Markose Mor Chrisostomos, Mathews Mor Aphrem, Mathews Mor Thevodosios, Kuriakose Mor Eusebios and Elias Mor Athanasios.

Scores of people from all walks of life attended the meeting. During the meeting Bava inaugurated a new website for the newly organised foreign affairs department, in presence of the metropolitans and church officials. The site contains the details regarding the Malankara churches outside India. H G Mathews Mor Aphrem metropolitan is acting as the metropolitan in-charge of J.S.C. Foreign affairs dept.  The website address:






'Saint Ephrem Universal Syrian Orthodox Medical Mission', the social ministry of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch inaugurated

The grand opening of the Saint Ephrem Universal Syrian Orthodox Medical Mission, the social ministry of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch was held at the Saint Ephrem Seminary in Ma’raat Saidnaya, Damascus, Syria.

Holy Eucharist was celebrated July 7th at the St. Ephrem monastery in Ma’arrat Saidnaya on the occasion of the inauguration of the St. Ephrem Syriac Orthodox Universal Medical Mission. This historic and important event was headed by the president of the missionary, His Eminence Archbishop Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Patriarchal Vicar of the US Western Archdiocese. His Eminence was assisted by Bishop Mor Gregorius Joseph, Bishop of Cochin in India, and representative clergy members from different churches.

During the opening ceremony His Eminence Archbishop Mor C. Eugene Kaplan presented a sermon in which he stressed upon the agenda of this mission, which includes; establishing a human medical institution to secure a healthy, scientific, educational, and servicing organization, in addition to physicians who would offer their human services free of charge, adding that this mission will have branches worldwide and wherever anybody needs this free service. He also added that it will facilitate the ways by which it could medically educate people and also eases moral and financial burdens especially during natural disasters or many other human tragedies.

His Eminence emphasized the vital role His Holiness Mor Ignatius Zakka 1 Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, the spiritual head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church who has called for greater lay participation in the life and mission of the Church. His Holiness expressed his adoption to this new mission in being spread worldwide in order to bring together the Syriac fabric through a human institution that offers medical services free of charge, by securing the needed finance and in supporting the scientific and educational activities among which offering medical scholarships for specializing in this human servicing field.

The Holy Eucharist service was attended by bishops, priests, and representatives of the Christian denominations, as well as the Pope’s ambassador in Damascus, a group of monks, nuns and laity and a number of physicians who are involved in this field from Damascus, Homs, and other countries around the world.

During the Holy Divine Liturgy His Holiness Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I, lit the lamp symbolically to inaugurate the medical mission organization. In the inaugural address His Holiness stated the symbolization of the lamp which brightly shines for others and our burning and grateful love for God. Furthermore, His Holiness addressed that this new organization should reach out to every poor, destitute, deprived and sick person with help. He said that serving such unprivileged and the wounded is equal to providing services to Jesus Christ and following the Scripture teachings. Soon after, His Holiness lighted the candles in celebration of the grand opening of this mission worldwide, asking God to bless this medical work and the Universal Medical Mission for the benefit of humans and humanity.

It is worth mentioning that St. Ephrem the Syriac was the first to establish such a wide spread missionary in the region in the fourth century. And following in his footsteps and in his blessed name, this mission carries his name to imitate his work and his sacrifices universally. He was the first one to raise funds from the wealthy and purchase homes and provide beds where all plagued people were gathered in Urhoy (Edessa, Urfa in the modern Turkey). He himself was later plagued and departed to his Lord as being a victim to this human service.

At the banquette that followed the Eucharist, the president of the Medical Mission, Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan in his welcoming speech expressed his gratitude to all the attendees. Dignitaries at the banquet included diplomatic representatives of several countries:

Deputy Health Minister of Syria, Apostolic Nuncio, Moramdimi John Baptist; various church heads, and the Mayor of Damascus attended the function: Mor Gregorios Joseph, Fr. Babu Peringol, and Dr. Abraham Edathara who spoke on the goals of the mission. Dr. Suhail Savaro, Dr. Susan Jacob and Dr. George Hanna spoke on the social and medical mission pertaining to Christianity, and Lony Thomas gave the Vote of Thanks.

This inauguration comes after several meetings that were held on Saturday in St. Ephrem monastery, blessed by His Holiness the Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka Iwas the supreme patron, and His Beatitude Mor Baselius Thomas I, the patron of the Mission. The meetings were headed by His Eminence Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, the president of the Mission along with the participation of the executive committee members of this mission who came from North America, India, and Europe as a step in supporting the decision of establishing this mission and  apply our Lord Jesus Christ's doctrines of faith and ethics to medical science and practice throughout the world for serving humanity.








ALEPPO, SYRIA, JUNE 9 – 12, 2008

The Symposium commemorating the 1300th anniversary of the passing away of Mor Jacob of Edessa, the prominent Syrian polymath was held in Aleppo, Syria, June 9 – 12th, 2008.

The Participants who came from Austria, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States as well as Lebanon and Syria enjoyed the papers presented at the Symposium, included contributions from scholars and specialists in Syriac studies. The se contributions, which included twelve papers that were delivered in five sessions, discussed the writings of the celebrated scholar Mor Jacob of Edessa as a chronicler, man of letters, grammarian, exegete, theologian, and as a major contributor to church liturgy and canon law.

The proceedings of the Symposium also included an opening session in which a welcoming address was delivered by Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, Metropolitan of Aleppo and a keynote lecture by Prof. Dr. Malphono Sebastian Brock, as well as a final session.

The Symposium programme included visits to a number of archaeological locations of Syrian monasteries that for centuries were beacons of knowledge. These included the Monastery of Tell’Ada, where Mor Jacob lived the last ten years of his celebrated life, and where he died and was buried on June 5th, 708; the Monastery of St. Simeon the Stylite, a major fifth century cathedral that was named after St. Simeon the Stylite, the founder of the Stylite Monastic practice; the recently uncovered Monastery of Qenneshrin, which was founded by Yohanna Bar Aphtonia in 538 and which remained active up to the thirteenth century; and the town of Mabug, the birth place of Theodora, the Syrian Queen, and the seat of Mor Philoxenus of Mabug ( + 523).

In its final session, the Symposium resolved the following:

1. The proceedings of the Symposium will be published in English by Gorgias Press and in Arabic by Mardin Publishing House. The full texts of the papers should be submitted to Gorgias Press by October 1st, 2008 and the Arabic translation of the texts to be completed by March 1st, 2009.

2. Encouraged by the immense success of the Symposium and in order to promote continuity in the study of the Syriac literary heritage, and in recognition of Aleppo’s special place in this heritage, it was decided to hold a series of colloquia, each under the title Aleppo Syriac Colloquium (A.S.C.), every two years. Each colloquium will be devoted to one theme or studying the works of one renowned historic Syriac Scholar. The subject of the colloquium will be defined one year in advance and expert scholars will be invited to participate. In this respect it was resolved to hold the next colloquium during the second half of June, 2010 in Aleppo and will address the work of the outstanding Syrian polymath Mor Gregorios Yohanna Abu al-Faraj Barhebraeus (+1286).

3. The participants expressed their profound appreciation and thanks to the host of the Symposium, Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, for his initiative to hold the Symposium, for his tireless efforts, which ensured its complete success, and for the generous hospitality. As a token of this a ppreciation, the participants presented His Eminence with a book authored by George Kiraz that included on its initial pages hand written notes that expressed their appreciation. The participants also expressed their deep thanks to the secretariat of the Symposium, to the monks and deacons and members of the different working groups of the Aleppo Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese, particularly the board of trustees of St George Church in Hay Al-Syrian, which accommodated the venue of the Symposium.


1. Metropolitan Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim (Syria)
2. Prof. Dr. Malphono Sebastian Brock (UK)
3. Fr. Dr. Abdo Badwi (Lebanon)
4. Prof. Dr. Khalid Dinno (Canada)
5. Prof. Dr. Theresia Hainthaler (Germany)
6. Prof. Dr. Amir Harrak (Canada)
7. Dr. Andrea Juckle (Germany)
8. Dr. George Kiraz (USA)
9. Rev. Dr. Richard Price (UK)
10. Prof. Dr. Alison Salvesen (UK)
11. Dr. Aho Shemunkasho (Austria)
12. Rev. Dr. Columba Stewart (USA)
13. Jack Tannous (USA)








(Malankara Metropolitan,  1876-1909)

Date of demise:  11 July 1909

Death centenary year2008-2009

          The Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church commemorates the 99th dukrono of its former Malankara Metropolitan and regional head, H.E. Mor Divanasious V Joseph Pulikottil with special prayers during Holy Qurbono on July 12 & 13th, 2008.  His Beatitude the Catholicos and Metropolitan trustee of the Malankara Syrian Church, Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I will lead the holy service at the St. Athanasius Cathedral,  Puthencuriz.  During this death centenary year of the holy father, the Church is to organize various conferences and exhibitions at different places in the next one year period which will culminate with Holy Qurbono on July 11, 2009.

H.E. Mor Divanasious V Joseph, popularly known as Pulikottil Thirumeni II, is  one of those illustrious fathers of the Church who for nearly four and half decades led the Malankara Syrian Community; first as the assistant to the then Apostolic delegate Mor Kurillos Yuyakim (Mulanthuruthy) and later as the head (Malankara Metropolitan) of the Malankara Edavaka (Archdiocese).

Born in the 'Pulikottil' family of Kunnamkulam, Mor Divanasious V was ordained Metropolitan by Patriarch Ignatius Yakub II at the Church in Amida, Turkey in A.D. 1865. (One of his predecessors and the founder of the Syrian seminary in Kottayam, Mor Divanasious II, also hails from the same family). Mor Divanasious V's tenure as metropolitan was a very crucial period in the history of Malankara Church. He had to lead the Malankara Syrian Christian community against the activities of various European missionaries who tried to forcibly convert the Orthodox faithful into their fold with the help of the then British rulers of India. Initially there was the patriarchal delegate Mor Koorilos Yuyakkim to support Mor Divanasious V, but after his death in 1873, Mor Divanasious V had to lead the Church single handedly. As the situation worsened the Malankara Edavaka seek the help of the Church's supreme head and accordingly His Holiness the Patriarch Mor Ignatius Pathros IV arrived in Malankara in March 1876. As part of the administrative restructuring, His Holiness has convened a synod at Mulanthuruthy in July the same year which gave birth to the popular and democratic 'Malankara Syrian Christian Association'; a body comprising of representatives from each parishes of Malankara. As per the decision of this historical Synod, Malankara Edavaka (Syrian Archdiocese in India) was divided into six new dioceses for administrative convenience, and later Metropolitans were ordained for each. The other major decision of the synod was to elevate Mor Divanasious V Joseph Pulikottil, as the first Metropolitan President of the newly formed Association and as the chief of the local Synod, with the designation MALANKARA METROPOLITAN. 

During his reign as the head of the Church in India, Mor Divanasious V initiated a series of measures for the social development of clergy and laymen of the Church. He established the Parumala Seminary and the St. Thomas Press at Kottayam Seminary, authorized printing of Texts for the liturgy (Thaksa) and festivals, started monthly magazines under the titles ‘Malankara Edavaka Pathrika’ and the ‘The Syrian Evangelist’. Many schools including the M.D. Seminary High School (1892) at Kottayam were also established by him. The famous Church historian and  the author of the book ‘The Indian Church of St.Thomas’, E M Philip Edavazhikkal, was his most trusted aide. E M Philip was also the secretary of the Pulikottil Mor Divanasious Metropolitan.

In 1901 the silver jubilee of his priestly ordination was celebrated in Kottayam during which the famous biographical work of His Eminence was released. In 1902, St. Gregorios Chathuruthil and in 1907, Mor Athanasius Kadavil, both of whom considered as successors to Mor Divanasious in the seat of Malankara Metropolitan, died which led to the selection and installations of two new Metropolitans. On July 11, 1909 Mor Divanasious V Pulikottil was called to his heavenly abode at the age of 76. His body was entombed on the northern side of the Chapel in Syrian Seminary, Kottayam.

For a detailed biography of Pulikottil Mor Divanasious V, visit:










Metropolitans Mor Silvanos Ayoub (left)

&  Mor Ivanios Kuriakose (right)

On Thursday, June 12, 2008, His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East and the Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, ordained two Metropolitans for the Knanaya Archdiocese of Malankara at a solemn function held in the St. Peter & St. Paul's Patriarchal Cathedral at Mor Aphrem Seminary, Ma'arrat Seydnaya, Damascus, Syria. The new metropolitans will henceforth be known as MOR IVANIOS KURIAKOSE (Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Kolath) and MOR SILVANOS AYOUB (Rev. Fr. Job Thottathil). Their Eminences Metropolitans Mor Sevarios Kuriakose (Archbishop of Knanaya diocese), Mor Gregorios Kuriakose (Metropolitan of Kallisseri region), Mor Timotheos Aphrem Aboodi (former Patriarchal Vicar for Canada), Mor Theophilos George Saliba ( Secretary to the Holy Synod) and Mor Clemis Daniel (Lebanon diocese) assisted His Holiness at this blessed consecration ceremony. The holy ceremony was attended by a large gathering of Rabans (Monks), Priests, Deacons, Nuns and around 75 Syrian Orthodox Faithful from India.

With the ordination of Mor Ivanios and Mor Silvanos, the total number of prelates in the Knanaya Archdiocese has been raised to four. Earlier it was the Knanaya Association, the supreme decision making body, that  met at the Archdiocesan headquarters near Kottayam in March, that elected Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Kolath and Rev. Fr. Job Thottathil as auxiliary bishops for the community. Later in the month of May, both Rev. Fr. Job Thottathil and Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Kolath, were raised to the order of Raban by Archbishop Mor Severios Kuriakose at the Patriarchal cathedral in Ma'arrat Seydnaya, Damascus and Ranny St. Thomas Church, Kerala, India respectively.

Knanaya community of Malankara:

The history of the Knanaya community of Malankara (India) begins with the arrival of a group of about 300 people from Edessa (in S. E Turkey)  in AD 345, which was once a famous Christian city in the old Syrian province of Eastern Roman Empire. The group of Syriac Christians who reached here for missionary activity was led by Metropolitan Mor Yousef and the person who guided the historic migration was Knanaya Thoma. Since their arrival, the Knaniates who derived their name from their leader Knanaya Thoma, preferred to live as a closed community all through the history inspite of their close cooperation with the local Christians who accepted Christ as their Saviour through the early Apostolic mission of St. Thomas in AD 52. Unlike the St. Thomas Syriac Christian sect of Malankara which faced many splits to this day, the Knanaya community had not come across such divisions barring the separation of group in the 16th century following the Portuguese era of forceful conversion to Roman Catholicism. Hence the entire Knaniates are either Syrian Orthodox (Jacobite) or Roman Catholics. It was in 1910 that the Knaniates had giot their first Metropolitan from their own community, Mor Severios Geevarghese Edavazhikkal, following the formation of Knanaya diocese in the Malankara Syrian Church. He was succeeded by Mor Dioscorous, and later by Mor Clemis Abraham who in 1980's received the honorary decoration of 'Chief Metropolitan of the East'. It was after the passing away of Mor Clemis Abraham in 2003 that the present senior Metropolitan, Mor Severios Kuriakose Edavazhikkal was ordained Metropolitan for the diocese. In 2007, the community got their fifth metropolitan and subsequently His Holiness the Patriarch raised the diocese as an Archdiocese and installed Mor Severios as its first Archbishop under whom Mor Gregorios Kuriakose and the presently ordained two Metropolitans comes. The Knanaya Syrian community since the last century enjoys certain amount of autonomy in their administrational matters which helped them to achieve an unique identity among the Apostolic Christian communities of Malankara. The 'Knanaya Association' formed in 1918 under the leadership of of its first bishop Mor Severios Geevarghese laid the foundation for the separate status for the community within the Malankara Church. The Knanaya Association and thus the Archdiocese too, comes directly under H.H. the Patriarch and its all major decisions has to be reported to the supreme authority and get H.H's consent. However the Archbishop and metropolitans of the Knanaya Archdiocese are part of the Malankara Episcopal Synod of the Indian Church headed by His Beatitude the Catholicos (Maphriyono).  



Prelates of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church


Mor Silvanos Ayoub


Mor Ivanios Kuriakose





100th anniversary of the Metropolitan Consecration of 


the former Malankara Metropolitan and head of the

Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church

The Syriac Orthodox Church of India is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Metropolitan Consecration of Mor Koorilos Paulose Kochuparambil, the former Malankara Metropolitan and head of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church with special functions on the coming Saturday and Sunday (31st of May and 1st of June 2008).  Seminars, photo exhibition etc. on the life and times of the late metropolitan, will be conducted during the occasion to be held at the Panampady St. Mary’s Church where the mortal remains of the Holy Father is interred.  The two day programs will begin on 31st May 29, 2008 with the Holy Qurbono being celebrated by His Eminence Mor Thimotheos Thomas, metropolitan of Kottayam and Archdiocese of Greater India. On Sunday June 1, 2008, Mor Gregorios Joseph, metropolitan of Kochi and the Secretary of the Malankara Episcopal Synod will offer Holy Qurbono. The seminars and other functions will be led by Very Rev. Kuriakose Corepiscopa Moolayil, Fr. Dr. Mani Rajan and other eminent scholars of the Church. 

It was on 31st May 1908, H.E. Mor Koorilos Paulose Kochuparambil was elevated to the high priest-hood by the then reigning Patriarch of the Holy See of Antioch and all the East and the supreme head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, H.H. Moran Mor Ignatius Abded Aloho II (Abdulla II). The historical consecration ceremony was held at the St. Mark’s Syriac Orthodox Monastery in Jerusalem. H.G. Mor Dionsuysis Geevarghese Vattasseril who became the Malankara Metropolitan after Pulikottil Mor Dionsyius Thirumeni too was ordained Bishop along with Mor Koorilos on that gracious occasion.  

For the detailed biography of His Eminence, visit:





His Beatitude the Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I Bava visits Australia - April 2008

           Starting the first-ever visit of a Syriac Orthodox Catholicos to Australia, H.B. Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I, the Catholicos and Metropolitan Trustee of the Indian Church, reached the city of Perth in Australia on Monday 21st April 2008. The Catholicos who reached here from Singapore was received at the airport by the Syriac Orthodox Church delegation headed by V. Rev. Fr. Boutros Touma Issa. Later His Beatitude celebrated the Holy mass at the St. Ephraim Syriac Orthodox Church in Perth.

On 24th April 2008 the Catholicos reached Melbourne. Rev. Fr. Ullas Varkey, the vicar of the Melbourne Malankara Syriac Orthodox congregation, its Vice President Mr Jacob Cherian, Trustee Mr. Joy Alexander, Secretary Mr. Thomas Abraham (Saji), Committee Members and the others received the Catholicos at the Airport.

His Beatitude celebrated the Holy Qurbono on Friday, 25th at St. Mary’s Church, Adelaide and on the 26th Saturday at St. Mary’s Church, in Sydney. Catholica Bava will return to India on May 1st.

Special issue on the Visit of Catholicos  H.B. Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I  to Perth

--Reproduced with permission from Noohro--

--Source: Noohro, the Light, Volume 13, Issue 26 - 27 April 2008--





H.H. Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the Patriarch of Antioch & all the East and the supreme head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, celebrates 75th Birthday on April 21, 2008

By the Grace of Almighty God, our Holy father, Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas the Patriarch of the Holy Apostolic See of Antioch and all the East and the Primate of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church is celebrating 75th birthday on 21st April 2008.

On this gracious occasion we wish, our beloved Moran, a blessed and esteemed, healthy and long life. In our daily prayers, let us pray for His Holiness to continue to lead the Holy Church with the divine guidance.

Website dedicated in 2005 on the occasion of His Holiness' 25th year of Patriarchal enthronement in the Apostolic See of Antioch:






Diocese of Idukki in Kerala, India, formed

- Catholicos Mor Baselios Thomas I took charge of the new diocese -


Wednesday, April 16, 2008:  The Idukki diocese in Kerala, India, was formally inaugurated at a grand function held at the Kattappana St. George Church today. The official declaration regarding the diocesan formation was done by Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I, the Catholicos and the primate of the Syriac Church in India, at the public function held soon after the Holy Qurbono  in the Kattapana Church. The concerned bull from His Holiness Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the Patriarch of Antioch & all the East and the Supreme head of the Church, was read by H.E. Mor Aphrem Mathews, the Assistant Metropolitan of the High range region of the Angamali diocese. Metropolitans, prominent dignitaries of the area and a large number of faithful from the new diocese were present during  the function.

Earlier in the morning a Holy Tri-Mass held at the Kattappana St. George Church was led by H.B. the Catholicos and assisted by Their Excellencies the Metropolitans, Mor Aphrem Mathews and Mor Athanasius Elias. At about 11am the public function started which was presided by His Beatitude the Catholicos.

The vast majority of churches and area which, from now onwards comes under the new diocese was earlier part of the Kottayam diocese. A small part of the Kandanad diocese  is also included in the new diocese. H.B. Catholicos will hold charge of the new diocese until a new Metropolitan is installed soon. A diocesan body, elected from the representatives of the churches in the diocese, also came into effect from today onwards.

Photos of the Holy Qurbono and the public function that followed are available in the below link:





Syriac Orthodox priest shot dead in Baghdad

Father Youssef Adel is the second Syriac Orthodox priest

killed in Iraq in the last 2 years

Report by Josef Aslan,  []

      April 6, 2008 : An Aramaic Syriac Orthodox priest was shot to death yesterday Saturday morning in a neighbourhood of the capital of Baghdad.

Father Youssef Adel was gunned down and killed in a drive-by shooting in one of Baghdad’s considered safest neighbourhoods Karrada. This barbaric attack took place outside of his house near the St. Peter and Paul Syriac Orthodox church where he presides.

Father Youssef Adel, had once before escaped the Sunni dominant neighbourhood of Dora and the slaughtering of the Christians, at a time when rebellious Islamic were burning down churches and Christian homes.

Father Youssef Adel and his wife Lamia moved to a considerably safe area called Karradah and became the priest of St. Peter and Paul Syriac Orthodox Church.

But the Christian blood colours the streets of Iraq, and father Youssef Adel became yet another martyr of the Syriac Orthodox Church. On 9th October 2006 another west Aramaic Syriac Orthodox Priest was kidnapped and beheaded by a terrorist group in Mosul. His name was Paulus Iskander Behnam of St. Afrem Church.

Father Youssef Adel was shot down with a silencer, and collapsed in front of his home. Neighbours and arameans (syriacs) from all over the district flocked and cried outside father Youssef Adel house.

His body was brought to the church of Saint Peter and Paul Syriac Orthodox Church and the funeral was led by the Archbishop of Baghdad Mor Severius Hawa and Syriac Orthodox clergy on Sunday morning.

The Patriarch of Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, H.H. Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, condemned this barbaric action and said “We should not surrender to grief but we must look on his departure through the eye of faith and see his pious spirit flying in paradise with the spirits of the martyrs, saints and devout priests.”

Pope Benedict XVI expressed his sorrow over the killing of this Aramaic Syriac orthodox priest and urged for an end to the violence in Iraq.


Message from Patriarch H.H. Ignatius Zakka I Iwas,                              



News from (Report by Josef Aslan)


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         News from

              1. Iraqi Christian Priest Killed in Baghdad

           2. Martyrdom of the clergyman Yousif Adel Aboudi in Baghdad


           3. Sorrow, defiance, Iraq Christians bury slain priest

           4. Funeral and burial ceremony for Fr. Yousif Adel Aboudi






Jubilee celebration of H.B. Catholicos at the

Patriarchal Cathedral, Damascus


The jubilee celebration of H.B. Baselius Thomas I was held at Damascus in presence of the Patriarch H.H. Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, on 1st April 2008. The event was attended by His Excellency the Ambassador of India Sri. Guatam Mukhopadhay, Italian Ambassador to Syria H.E. Mr. Achille Hmerio, H.E Dr. Mor Coorilos Geevargis etc. and paid their felicitation speeches and the Catholicos paid the reply speech.

It was attended by the 245 faithful from India, the Mor Aphrem Seminary students, Sisters, and other guests from Syria. After that there was a love feast for all at a hotel with Jubilee Cake cutting. The photos of the event can be viewed at the following links:





New Auxiliary bishops elected for the

Knanaya Archdiocese in India

The Knanaya Association, the supreme decision making body of the Knanaya Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese in India, which met at the Archdiocesan headquarters at Mor Aphrem Seminary, Chingavanam in Kottayam on Wednesday, has elected two auxiliary bishops, Rev. Kuriakose Kolath and Rev. Job Thottathil, for the community. They were elected by the 317 member body through split votes. Rev. Thottathil received 214 votes. Rev. Kolath received 187 votes. The meeting was chaired by Archbishop Mor Severios Kuriakose, head of the Knanaya Jacobite Syrian Archdiocese. His Holiness Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the Patriarch of Antioch & all the East and the Supreme head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, is expected ordain them as new Metropolitans within the next two months at a solemn function to be held at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Damascus, Syria. With the induction of the newly elected Metropolitans, the Knanaya Archdiocese will have four Metropolitans.

One of the newly elected metropolitan designates, Rev. Fr. Job Thottathil, is now serving the Knanaya churches at London, Manchester and Bristol in Great Britain. He was born on April 18, 1972 as the son of Thurithikad Thottathil K O Uthup and Kunjujamma. He took his Commerce degree from Calicut University and had the theological studies at the St. Ephraim Seminary, Damascus, Syria and Serampor University, India. It was on August 9, 1999 he entered full priesthood. He is now having his doctoral studies at the Manchester university.

Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Kolath, the other bishop-elect is at present the Vicar of the Ranny St. Mary's Church (Valiya Pally). He is also the secretary of the priestly council of the Archdiocese. Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Kolath was born on June 9, 1964 to Kolath K G Abraham and Thankamma. He attained his degree and post graduation from the Kerala and M.G. Universities respectively. Later he joined the Vidiya Jyothi Catholic seminary, New Delhi from where he received degree in theological studies. On August 15, 1993 the former Metropolitan of the Archdiocese, H.E. Mor Clemis Abraham ordained him Kassisso (full priest) at the St. George Church, Neelamperoor. He is also one of the directors of the Othara Asramam.





Passion week in Malankara, March 16-23

Maundy Thursday observed;

Washing of feet ceremony held by high priests


Maundy Thursday was observed in all the churches of Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church  with special services on 20 March 2008.

Later in the evening, 'Washing of the Feet' ceremony was held by the high priests in  churches commemorating Jesus having washed the feet of his disciples before the Last Supper.

The Primate of the Syrian Church in India, His Beatitude the Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I,  is leading the passion week ceremonies at the St. Peter's Simhasana Cathedral in the State Capital, Trivandrum.  His Beatitude the Catholios performed the 'Washing the Feet' ceremony as part of the Maundy Thursday ceremonies at St. Peter's Cathedral. Thousands of faithful attended the holy ceremony. On  Friday 21, 2008, the Malankara Syrian Christians observes the Good Friday services.

The Church in Malankara since 1953, is observing the Great lent as per the Gregorian calendar in par with the other major Christian communities in India. The Syrian Orthodox Church elsewhere, in Middle East & Diaspora,  follows the Julian calendar as per its age old tradition. This years passion week as per the Julian calendar comes on the fourth week of April this year.



              St. Peter's Cathedral, Thiruvanthapuram

              St. Peter's Church, Bahrain


The Holy Service being conducted  by H.E Dr. Kuriakose Mor Theophilose, the resident metropolitan of M.S.O.T. Seminary in Kerala and the diocesan Bishop of UAE, U.K. & EUROPE at the St. Peter's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, Bahrain

(Source: Bahrain Church website)






2008 Lent Encyclical from


the Patriarch of Antioch & all the East













 St. Paul the apostle said, “Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follows, considering the outcome of their conduct.” (Hebrews 13:7)

We offer apostolic benediction and benevolent prayers, to our brethren, His Beatitude Mor Baselius Thomas 1st, Catholicos of India, and their Eminences the Metropolitans, our spiritual children the Patriarchal Vicars, archpriests, priests, monks, deacons, and our blessed Syriac Orthodox people worldwide. May the divine providence embrace them through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and the rest of the saints and martyrs. Amen.

Dearly beloved,

We pray for your well being and ask God to keep you in good health body and soul.

On the occasion of the One Thousand Three Hundred years anniversary of the assumption of St. Jacob of Edessa to the heavenly abodes, we are pleased to declare this year “2008” the year of St. Jacob of Edessa in our Universal Syriac Orthodox church. And as we issue our decree in this regard, we ponder the lifetime achievements of this great Saint and summarize his glorious biography as follows:  ...........

 For the full text of the Patriarchal Encyclical,  click ...









Cover page: pdf link

Quintessence of Relig. Doctrines

Cover page: pdf link


Cover page: pdf link


Ethara Kanonika Grandhagal

Cover page: pdf link

Eucharist Services of the

 Jacobite Syrian Christians

Visudha Granda Vayanakurippu

Cover page: pdf link

For books contact:

Very Rev. Kuriakose Corepiscopa Moolayil,

Director, Mor Adai Study Centre







(119th Patriarch of the Holy See of Antioch & all the East)

... Pilgrim week at Manjinikkara dayro beings on February 10th ...

... Pilgrims to reach the dayro on 15th evening ...

... Holy Tri-mass on 16th ...

  PATHANAMTHITTA: Preparations have been completed for the 76th Dukrono of St. Ignathios Elias III at Manjinikkara Dayro in Omallur from February 10 to 16. Adequate facilities are arranged for the thousands of participants who are expected to reach dayro as part of the annual Manjinikkara pilgrimage.

All the Syrian Jacobite churches in India would observe February 10 as the Patriarchal-flag hoisting day. On that day a special Holy Tri-Mass would be held at the dayro cathedral under the leadership of H.E. Yuhananon Mor Milithios (Metropolitan of Thumpamon diocese), H.E. Mathews Mor Thevodosios (Metropolitan of Kollam diocese)  and H.E. Geevarghese Mor Athanasios (dayro auxiliary Metropolitan).

After the Holy Mass, Patriarchal flag would be hoisted on the dayro premises. Discourse meetings would be held on all days from February 11 to 14.

On the pilgrim sangamam day on February 15, the participants would be given a traditional reception at Omallur Cross Junction under the leadership of dayro head H.E. Geevarghese Mor Devanasios and auxiliary Metropolitan H.E. Geevarghese Mor Athanasios.

The pilgrim sangamam to be held on the dayara premises would be presided over by His Beatitude the Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I, the Metropolitan Trustee & head of the Malankara Syrian Church. The honourable Minister for State, Shri. Mons Joseph, would inaugurate the sangamam. Representative of His Holiness the Patriarch of Antioch would deliver the benediction address. H.E. Yuhananon Mor Philexinos, Metropolitan of Malabar diocese, would deliver the key-note address.


On  February 16, at 3 am, Holy Mass led by H.E. Yuhananon Mor Milithios will be held at St. Stephen's church situated adjacent to the dayro cathedral.


At 5.30 am, the Holy Tri-Mass at the Dayro Cathedral will be led by His Beatitude the Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I, assisted by H.E. Mor Severios Abraham and H.E. Mor Chrysostmos Markose.


The pilgrim week and the 76th dukrono celebrations of St. Elias III will come to an end with the Holy Mass to be con-celebrated at 8.30 am at the dayro cathedral by His Eminence the Patriarchal delegate, followed by a Rasa.


Biography of Patriarch St. Elias III




St. Ignatius Elias III,  a slide presentation








Fifth meeting of the International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Oriental Orthodox Churches &

Roman Catholic Church held at St. Aphrem Syriac Orthodox Monastery, Maarrat Saydnaya, Syria, from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, 2008



The fifth meeting of the International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches took place in St. Aphrem Syrian Orthodox Monastery in Maarrat Saydnaya, Damascus-Syria, January 27 to February 2, 2008.  The meeting was chaired jointly by His Eminence Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and His Eminence Metropolitan Bishoy of Damiette, General Secretary of the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church.  In the opening speech, His Holiness Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch and All the East, emphasised the importance of joint meetings of Oriental Orthodox and Catholic Churches, which are very close in faith matters, to improve and expand its bilateral relations, due to the increased religious terrorism, secularism etc. seen today.

Joining delegates from the Catholic Church, were representatives of the following Oriental Orthodox Churches: the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Syrian Orthodox Church, the Armenian Apostolic Church-Catholicosate of All Armenians, the Armenian Apostolic Church-Holy See of Cilicia, and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

The two delegations met separately before the first plenary session, which took place on January 29. The bulk of the meeting was devoted to the examination of a draft document produced by the drafting committee, entitled “Nature, Constitution and Mission of the Church.” The drafting committee will elaborate the document in the light of the discussion at this plenary session and present a revised text at the next meeting. In addition, two papers were presented on the goal of our dialogue

On the morning of January 31, on behalf of the Commission, His Holiness the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch and His Eminence Walter Cardinal Kasper were received by His Excellency Dr. Bashar Al-Assad, President of the Syrian Arab Republic. His Eminence Metropolitan Bishoy was unable to attend for health reasons. On the evening of January 31, the members of the commission attended a concert in the patriarchal cathedral. The event was followed by a banquet in the St. Aphrem Seminary that was attended by government officials as well as Muslim and other Christian leaders.

Meanwhile the absence of one of the two Oriental Orthodox Churches from India, the Indian Orthodox Church (also called Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church), is said to be because of the recent developments in Kerala where two of their metropolitans were said to have ordained a German person, who is under the jurisdiction of Syrian Orthodox Patriarch, as a Bishop, and it was strongly condemned by all Oriental Orthodox and Catholic Church heads. The Joint Commission's Co-Chairman and Pontifical Council President Cardinal Walter Casper informed that the Catholic Church issued instruction to its European Church centres, not to receive the said Bishop in any of its dioceses or institutions. The Armenian Church head H.H. Aram I is planning to visit Malankara to meet and discuss with the warring factions, in order to arrive at a peaceful solution.

H.E. Mor Theophilus George Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Secretary of the Holy Synod of the Syriac Orthodox Church led the Antiochian Syriac Orthodox Church delegation.

The Antiochian Syriac Orthodox Church from India (Jacobite Syrian Christian Church) was represented in the meeting by H.E. Dr. Kuriakose Mor Theophilos, Metropolitan of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kerala and the Catholic Church in India was represented by Rev. Fr. Dr. Mathew Vellanikkal.

The sixth meeting of the International Commission will be hosted by the Catholic Church in Rome in January 25-31, 2009.

Source: SOCM Net & Suryoyo Online





 55th Dukrono of St. Athanasious Paulose (Valiya Thirumeni)

                                         - Malankara Metropolitan, 1918-'53

** Thrikkunnathu Church Perunnal on January 25th & 26th**

St. Athanasious Paulose, popularly known as 'Valiya Thirumeni', is one of the luminous stars of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, who as the head of the Church in India, successfully guided its destiny for nearly four decades. It was his firm faith, persistent efforts and ardent prayers that helped the Malankara Syrian community to maintain their ancient links with the Holy See of Antioch. Because of his strong determination to uphold the traditions and faith of the Holy Church, he is often described in the Church history as 'Sathya Viswasa Samrakshakan' (Defender of True Faith), a title conferred to him by the Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem I

Consecrated as Metropolitan for the Angamali diocese in 1910 by Patriarch Mor Ignatius Abded `Aloho (Abdulla II), he became the Malankara Metropolitan of the Jacobite Syrian Church in 1918 following the demise of Mor Koorilose Paulose Kochuparambil. The historical Malankara Association of 1935 held at Karingachira St. George church once again unanimously chose H.G. as the Malankara Metropolitan. It was Valiya Thirumeni who sowed the seed for the overall development of the Angamali diocese in its present form. Under his able and determined leadership, the seminary at thrikkunnathu became a major study centre for the upcoming clergy. During his 34-year tenure as Malankara Metropolitan, the Thrikkunnathu Seminary also functioned as the Jacobite Syrian Church headquarters. In 1932 he rebuilt the nearby Thrikkunnathu St. Mary's Church in its present form. Around that time he brought many Syriac Christian familes from various parts of Angamali diocese and gave them land bought by him, free of cost, near to the Thrikkunnathu Seminary and also helped them to construct houses by distributing his personal savings which he raised through the selling of his inherited family properties.

St. Athanasius Valiya Thirumeni is the founder father of many of the spiritual organizations in the Church like the Sunday School Association and the Marth Mariam Samajam. 'Mor Gregorios Students  Association', named after his mentor St. Gregorios Chathuruthil, happens to be the first students organization in Malankara that adopted the name of St. Gregorios of Parumala. The St. Antony's brotherhood and St. Mary's sisterhood, were started under his guidance and initiative. After serving the Church in Malankara for more than four decades, he passed away on 25th January 1953 at the age of 84 and was entombed the very next day in the room on northern side of the madbho of the St. Mary's church at Thrikkunnathu, Alwaye, confirming to his last wishes. The sacred tombs of the former Angamali diocesan Metropolitans Their Graces  Mor Athanasious Paulose Kadavil and Mor Gregorios Vayaliparambil are also situated by the side of Valiya Thirumeni's last resting place.

Known for his piety, integrity, sincerity and unflinching faith, the spiritual father is remembered by the Malankara Church with great veneration. Valiya Thirumeni loved his people and defended them until his last, leaving behind him a magnificent legacy. He dedicated his entire life for the cause of the Church and the society. People revere him as a saintly father; he is the pride of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church. Fifty one years after his demise, on 19th August 2004, the Church beatified Mor Athanasius Paulose. Valiya Thirumeni is the only prelate from India, other than  St. Gregorios Geevarghese Chathuruthil (Parumala Thirumeni) of Malankara who has been raised to the status of sainthood. 

Recently launched website on the life of

St. Athanasious Paulose of Malankara (Valiya Thirumeni)



St. Athanasius Valiya Thirumeni,

the Malankara Metropolitan (1917-'53)





Mulanthruthy Marthoman Church, known as the Jerusalem of Malankara, completing 900 years of its founding

The historically important church of the Jacobite Syrian Christians at Mulanthuruthy, named after Apostle Thomas,  is now on the verge of completing 900 years of its founding. The occasion is also marked with the 1100th year anniversary of offering the first Holy Mass at Mulanthuruthy Cross. The year long celebrations connected with these historic occasions was inaugurated on 12th January 2008 at a grand function held at the Church premises.  Rt. Rev. Joseph Marthoma Metropolitan the head of the sister Marthoma Syrian Church of Malabar lighted the traditional lamp marking the inaugural function and Metropolitan of Kochi diocese His Grace Mor Gregorios Joseph presided over the meeting. His Beatitude Mor Baselios Thomas I, Catholicos and head of the Jacobite Syrian Christian Church of India who is celebrating the sacerdotal golden jubilee was facilitated during the ceremony. A large number of dignitaries including Metropolitans, Ministers, representatives of State and thousands of parishioners participated in the inaugural meeting and the subsequent programs.

Rt. Rev. Joseph Marthoma Metropolitan, head of the Marthoma Syrian Church

inaugurating the year-long celebrations

Mulanthuruthy Mar Thoman Church, established about 900 years before, has great historical significance for the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church. The church in its long history has hosted many prominent fathers of the Church and was also the venue of many important meetings. At least three prelates from Antiochean Syrian Orthodox Church is entombed here, besides being the mother parish of many past and present metropolitans including St. Gregorios of Malankara. The relic of Apostle St. Thomas is interred in this church. Because of its historic importance, the church is known in Malankara as '2nd Jerusalem'.

In 1675, Mor Anthrayos arrived at this church and lived here for several years. Mor Ivanius Hidayatullah who accompanied Maphryono Mor Baselius Yaldo resided at this church for a few years, entered into eternal rest on August 16, 1693 and was buried on the south side of the sanctuary of this church. The Patriarch of Jerusalem, Mor Gregorius Yuhanon took residence at this church in 1751, entered into eternal rest on July 10, 1773 and was buried on the north side of the sanctuary. On Tuesday, September 2, 1874, Mor Qurillos Yuyakim from Tur `Abdin consecrated and sent to Malankara by Patriarch Ya`qub II in 1846 as Reesh Episcopa of Malankara was buried on the north side of the church. Patriarch Peter IV presided over the famous Mulanthuruthy Synod at this church from Mithunam 15 to 17, 1876. The Malankara Association was formed at this Synod. On August 17, 1876 the Mulanthuruthy padiyola was registered. On Chingam 15, 1876 Patriarch Peter IV consecrated Holy Chrism (Mooron). On August 6, 1911, Patriarch `Abded Aloho II consecrated Holy Chrism at this church. Patriarch Ya`qub III visited this church on June 15, 1964 and Patriarch Zakka I on March 11, 1982, April 9, 2000, and September 27, 2004. On September 27, 2004, the second Mulanthuruthy Synod was held here presided by Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas. This Synod reiterated the Malankara Church is an integral part of the Syrian Orthodox Church and under the spiritual authority of the Patriarch of Antioch. The Synod marked the formal separation of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church from the erstwhile 'Metran Faction' now known as Malankara Orthodox Church or the Indian Orthodox Church.

On December 20, 1987, the historic Patriarchal Encyclical permitting the inclusion of the names of Mor Baselius Yaldo, Patriarch Elias III and Mor Gregorius of Parumala in the fifth diptych in Malankara Churches was first read here. On July 3, 1994, a relic of St. Thomas given to the church by Patriarch Mor Zakka I, who as Archbishop of Mosul had discovered the relics in the Church of St. Thomas at Mosul, was installed in this church. This church is also the home parish of the famous bishops of the Malankara Church known popularly as Kattumangattu Bavamar, the lone saint of the Malankara Church, Mor Gregorius and Malankara Metropolitan Kochuparambil Paulose Mor Koorilose. Qasheesho Shrambikkal Pallathittayil Gheevarghese, the spiritual master of Mor Gregorius of Parumala was laid to rest in this church on December 23, 1863.


News from the Malayalam dailies on the inaugural ceremony:


SOR website on the Mulanthuruthu church:           





18th All Malankara Gospel Convention held at Puthencuriz

from 26th to 31st December


Inauguration of the All Malankara convention by His Beatitude  the Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I, primate of the Syriac Church in India, on 26th December 2007





Convention news of each day from Mathrubhumi newsdesk:  (in Malayalam)

Day 1  26-December 2007:

Day 2  27-December 2007

Day 3  28-December 2007

Day 4  29-December 2007

Day 5  30-December 2007

Day 6  31-December 2007






Grand beginning to the Sacerdotal Golden jubilee celebrations

of Catholicos Mor Baselios Thomas I              


Kothamangalam: The golden jubilee celebrations of the priestly ordination of Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I, head of the Jacobite Syriac Christian Church of India, got to a grand start at Kothamangalam on Sunday 16th December. The celebrations started with Holy Qurbono led by the Catholica Bava at the Kothamangalam MarthMariam Cathedral (Valiya Pally) followed by prayers at the sacred tomb of Maphryono St. Baselios Yeldho Bava at the nearby Mar Thoma Church (Cheriapally).

Later in the evening a massive rally, attended by thousands of faithful, was taken out from Mar Thoma Cheriapally premises to converge on the Mar Athanasius College indoor stadium where a mammoth public meeting was inaugurated by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanadan.

The greeting message from His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the Patriarch of Antioch & all the East and the supreme head of the Holy Church, addressed to the Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I on His Beatitude's 50th year of priestly ordination was read out by Metropolitan Mor Ivanios Mathews of Kandanad diocese.

The Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanadan while inaugurating the meeting, described the Catholicos as an asset to the social and cultural spheres of the State and the Christian Church and called noted his exemplary interventions in social issues.

Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi gave away the keys of the 10 completed houses out of the 100 houses to be built for poor in the next one year period of the jubilee celebrations. Kothamangalam bishop of Roman Catholic Church, Mar George Punnakkotil delivered the keynote address.

Minister of State for fisheries, S Sharma dedicated the pain and palliative cancer care centre at Perumbavur, built in memory of the Golden jubilee celebrations of Catholica Bava. Assistant Metropolitan of the Angamali diocese, H.G Mor Severios Abraham presided over the meeting which was attended by 19 Metropolitans of the Church. Members of Parliament P.C.Thomas and Francis George, Members of Kerala legislative Assembly T.U.Kurivilla and Saju Paul, UDF convener P P Thankachen, Mar Athanasius College association secretary M P Varghese, Chairpersons of Kothamangalam and Muvattupuzha municipalities, the trustee, secretary and other key office bearers of the Church also spoke on the occasion.


Catholicos Baselios Thomas I, a biography:

Catholicote of the Syriac Orthodox Church:





Mor Abded Aloho II, Patriarch of Antioch & all the East

    (Dec 9, 1915  - St.Mark Monastery, Jerusalem)

Patriarch Mor `Abded-Aloho II Sattuf (Abd'Allah II in Arabic) was born in Sadad in the year 1883. He became a monk at an early age, and later was ordained priest. In 1870, he toured the area of Tur `Abdin and recorded the names of villages, monasteries, churches, clergy and the families living in the area. He was consecrated bishop of Jerusalem in 1872 by Patriarch Peter IV and accompanied the Patriarch to England and India from 1874 to 1877. After the return of the Patriarch from India, he stayed for two more years before going back to London where he secured a printing press for Deir al-Za`faran. After his return, `Abded-Aloho served as the bishop of Syria and then of Amid. He paid a second visit to London, during which he attended sessions of the 1888 Lambeth Conference, and secured a second printing press. After the deposition of Patriarch `Abded-Mshiho II (`Abdul Masih) in 1903, `Abded-Aloho was elected and consecrated Patriarch in 1906. Shortly after, he visited London for the third time en route to India in 1908-12. In London, he met King Edward VII twice. In India, he established the Knanaya diocese. After his return from India in 1912, he stayed at Dayro d-Mor Marqos in Jerusalem till his death in 1915 and was buried there.





Monk Mushe Görgün excommunicated

Moshe Gurgan, a former Monk Priest in the Syriac Orthodox Church Archdiocese of Europe was officially excommunicated by His Holiness the Patriarch, following his anti-Church activities.

            The concerned Patriarchal bull can be accessed here .....

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Akaparambu Mor Sabor Mor Afroth Church  - Estd. 825

* declared Cathedral on 1st December *

       [Feast of Mor Sabor & Mor Aphrot - Nov 30 to Dec 2]

Established in 825, Akaparambu Mor Sabor Mor Afroth Church is one of the ancient churches of the Angamaly Diocese of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church. It is believed to have been founded by Mor Sabor and Mor Afroth, two saintly men who came to Malankara along with a group of Syrian Christian immigrants lead by a merchant named Sapor Esho to preach the Gospel in 822.. This church was named after the martyr saints of the early church, Mor Sabor and Mor Aphroth, after whom the two were also named. The church they established in Kayamkulam was also in the same name of these two saints. Both churches were popularly known as the 'Church of the Qadishangal'. The main feast of the church is held for 3 days every year from November 30th November to December 2nd.

More about the church at -  

Official site.....  &   SOR link.....






DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Syriac Christian priest kidnapped this week in southeast Turkey was released unharmed on Friday.

"The priest was released in good condition...," Batman province Deputy Governor Aziz Mercan told Reuters. Television images showed the bearded man wiping tears from his eyes and embracing security personnel.

Unknown assailants ambushed Daniel Savci's car on Wednesday as the 55-year-old priest was traveling to the Mor Yakup monastery near the town of Midyat. The kidnappers were reported to have sought a ransom of 300,000 euros ($442,400).

To read more.....

News on kidnapping

Asia News:

Suryoyo Online:

BBC news:


Police arrest five in abduction of Syriac priest






St. Yacoub Burd'ono (Jacob Baradaeus)

       [Nov 28/July 31, 578]

St. Yacoub Burd’ono (James or Jacob) was born at Tella Mouzalat, as the son of Theophilus (Theophilus Bar-Manu) who was a priest of the Syrian Orthodox Church. At the age of 2 years, Yacoub was entrusted to the care of Eustathius, the chief of the Monastery (Reesh Dayro), at Phaselita, near Nisbis. He learnt Greek, Syriac and the basics of asceticism at the monastery.....The Syrian Orthodox Church gratefully remember Yacoub Burd’ono for he is responsible for restoring the Church from extinction by his indomitable zeal and untiring activity..... Yacoub Burd’ono died at the monastery of Romanus or Cassianus on July 30, 578.  His episcopate is said to have extended over 37 years, and his life, according to Renaudot to 73 years. The feast of Mor Yacoub Burd’ono, the protector of faith, is celebrated mainly on two days, viz; November 28 and July 31st..






Mor Michael Rabo the great, Patriarch of Antioch   

       [Nov 7, 1199]

Mor Michael Rabo, a renowned scholar and famous historian, is considered one of the greatest Patriarchs of Antioch.  He. was born in Melitine in the year 1126 and became monk at Mor Barsawmo Monastery. He mastered Literature, Linguistics, Declension, History, Theology and all sorts of literature. On 18th October 1166 Mor Michael Rabo was installed the 79th Patriarch of Antioch. He reigned the Holy See for a period of thirty three years and departed this earthy life to the heavenly chamber on 7th November 1199.





Niranam diocese HQ. consecration

       [Photos enclosed]

ST. GREGORIOS CENTRE, the new headquarters of the Niranam diocese, located near to Thiruvalla town was consecrated by His Beatitude the Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I Bava on 2nd November 2007.  A nuumber of Syriac Christian Metropolitans and clergy were also present during the consecration ceremony.  The centre, consecrated on the 105th feast day of  the great Saint of Malankara, Chathuruthil Mor Gregorios, was named after the holy father who was the first Metropolitan of the diocese.





St. Gregorios Chathuruthil  (Parumala Thirumeni)

       [Nov 2, 1902]

105 years have passed since the great Saint of Malankara MOR GREGORIOS BAVA (Parumala Thirumeni), departed to his heavenly abode.  But his memories are still afresh in the minds of Malankara people, passed through generations. He was born in the distinguished priestly family of 'Pallithatta Thanagattu' in the village of Mulunthuruthy near Cochin on 15th June 1848. From childhood days he followed a very disciplined life which was enriched by prayer and fasting. His Grace was a man of prayer and made it clear to the world that Prayer and devotion is mightier than any worldly possession.




Kanadanad diocese HQ consecration 

       [Photos enclosed]

The new HQ of the Kandanad diocese named after Maphryono Shakralla Mor Baselios and located near to the ancient Kanadand Morth Mariam church was consecrated on 21st October 2007.  The holy ceremony was led by His Beatitude Catholicos Mor Baselios Thomas I.







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