History

Introduction

Malankara Orthodox Church is an ancient Church of India and it traces its origin to as far back as A. D. 52 when St. Thomas one of the Disciples of Jesus Christ came to India and established Christanity in the South Western parts of the sub-continent.

The St. Thomas Christians or the Syrian Christians exist at present in different churches and denominations. But a major section of the parent body of St. Thomas Christians which has maintained its independent nature constitute the Orthodox Church under the Catholicate of the East with Headquarters at Devalokam, Kottayam.

The Beginning of the Church

That the Apostle Thomas one of the twelve is the founder of the St. Thomas Christians has been well established. Christian writers and representatives of the Churches at least from the 4th century refer to the evangelistic labours of the Apostle Thomas in India and the Indian Christians ascribe the origin of their Church to this event in the first century.

It is reasonable to believe that the Apostle came to India, preached the gospel, established the Church and died here as a Martyr.Tradition has it that the Apostle Thomas established Churches in Kerala and appointed Priests for them.

The Persian Connection

The Indian Church came in contact with the East Syrian Church possibly from the 4th century. In the 5th century, the church of Persia came to its own. The Catholicos with his seat at Seleucia -Ctesiphon began to be called also Patriarch and in 486 A. D. the Church officially accepted a resolution in its Synod to recognise Nestorius as a Saint and Church Father. This decision was not however accepted by a minority of Persian Christians who acknowledged a Catholicos at Tagrit in northern Mesopotamia as their spiritual head in 629 A. D.

We have evidence that in the 8th century the Indian Church had its Primate known as “The Metropolitan and the Gate of All India” a title adopted presumably under Islamic influence. The Vatican Codex 22, written in Cranganore in 1301 gives the titles as “The Metropolitan of the Throne of St. Thomas and of the whole Church of the Christians in India.”

The Indian Church maintained its autonomous administration. The Church of Persia had a tradition which acknowledged autonomy of Churches in its communion abroad. The Church in Kerala continued as an administratively independent community till the 16th century.

The Portugese Period

Things changed during the Portuguese period. The missionaries who came from abroad were eager to bring the Indian Church into communion with Rome. They worked on it almost through the 16th century. In 1599 by the Synod of Diamper, the assembly of representatives from churches was forced to give up the Indian Church’s connection with the Patriarch of the Persian Church in favour of the Pope of Rome. But there was dissatisfaction among the people. This dissatisfaction led to a general revolt in 1653 known commonly as the Coonan Cross revolt. Portuguese efforts to put it down by force did not succeed. Now Rome entered the field directly through Missionaries, and a section of those who rebelled went back to Roman allegiance.

A body of the people led by the Archdeacon, who stood for the administrative autonomy of the Indian Church inspite of serious difficulties were determined to keep to the independence of the Indian Church. The Portuguese were in fact instrumental in causing a division in the one united church in India. Although they succeeded in getting the allegiance of a party in the Church to the Roman Catholic community, an equally important party did not follow their way.

The Antiochene Connection

The party that sought to preserve the Church’s freedom appealed to several Eastern Christian Centres for help in restoring its episcopal succession. The Antiochene Syrian Patriarch responded and sent to India a Bishop, Metropolitan Mar Gregorios of Jerusalem who came to India in 1665. The Archdeacon who had been declared in the meantime to be Metropolitan MarThoma by the laying on of hands by twelve Presbyters was now confirmed by him in his episcopal rank, and both of them worked together to organisethe church on firm footing. Mar Thoma I was followed in succession by a series of Prelates with the same name till 1816 when the last of them namely Mar Thoma IX came to the scene, but was soon replaced by Mar Dionysius II.

Malankara Orthodox Church had felt the need of assistance for establishing systematic education for its clergy, teaching the people in the faith, instructing the clergy in properly celebrating the liturgical services and above all assistance in the maintenance of the episcopal succession intact. But the Orthodox Church maintained its autonomous administration and life under local leadership. Even the help from the Antiochene Syrian Patriarch was without any idea of formally submitting to his jurisdiction, but only for an over all spiritual supervision and of keeping to a friendly relation.

There were differences of opinion over the authority of the Patriarch in the Malankara Church and it created certain difficulties. But the Church has always been successful in maintaining its freedom and never allowed any foreign domination.

Co-operation with the C.M.S

By 1795 the British established themselves in South India and Kerala came under their sway. During the time of Col. Munroe who was the British Resident in Kerala, P’ulikottillttoop Ramban expressed his interest in founding a Seminary for the teaching of the Church’s Clergy. The Resident supported him and the seminary was founded in 1815. Pulikottil lttoop Ramban became a Bishop -Metropolitan Mar Dionysius II.

From 1816 the experiment of co-operation between the Malankara Church and the C. M. S. of the Anglican Church was carried on, but it was found to be unsuccessful and was called off in 1836.

This incident led to the division of the community into three bodies. One of them a reformed group tried to bring about serious reforms in the liturgy and practices of the Church as a whole but failed. After about half a century of conflict within the church this body had to withdraw and organise itself as the Mar Thoma Syrian Church. A smaller body of the Syrian Christians opted to join with the missionaries and be absorbed in the Anglican Church. The majority of the community continued in the Church without accepting the reforms.

Authority of the Patriarch of Antioch

The conflict between the body which adopted the reform and that which opposed it, was a serious development in the church during the 19th century. This led to the latter to appeal for help from the Antiochene Syrian Patriarch. In 1875 Patriarch Peter III came to Kerala and held a Synod of representatives of Churches .at Mulanthuruthy in 1876. This Synod adopted a number of resolutions including an admission that the Church would continue in the communion of the Patriarch and the Syrian Church of Antioch. However the Patriach tried to see in these decisions more than the Indian Church really wanted to acknowledge.

Following the Synod of Mulanthuruthy in 1876 a litigation in court between the party in favour of the reforms and the party against it continued. It came to an end in 1889 with the judgement announced in favour of the latter by the then highest court of Kerala, the Royal Court of Appeal. The majority in a panel of three judges gave their verdict admitting that from the middle of the 18th century an over- all spiritual supervision used to be-exercised by the Patriarch over the Malankara Church and that he had a right to claim it.

Patriarch Peter I1I was not satisfied with this judgement. He was keen to establish that he had full authority over the Malankara Church bothin its spiritual and in its temporal matters and not merely an over all spiritual supervision. In fact he protested though nobody responsible in the matter took note of it. His second successor Patriarch Mar Abdullah II was determined to follow up the matter. With this intention he came to Kerala in 1909 and pressed the issue. But that led to a sad division in the Church from 1911, one party siding with the Patriarch and the other lining up with Metropolitan Mar Dionysius VI of Vattasseril who stood against him and wanted to keep up the independence of Malankara Church.

Catholicate established in Malankara in 1912

In this conflict the Metropolitan could obtain the support of Patriarch Mar Abdul Messiah the immediate successor to Patriarch Peter III. Patriarch Peter III was succeeded in 1895 by Mar Abdul Messiah. Bya state interference he had lost his position in Turkey and came to be replaced by Mar Abdulla. While Mertopolitan Mar Dionysius VI clashed with Mar Abdullah, the Canonical senior Patriarch Abdul Messiah offered to come to the assistance of the former. Thus in 1912 he came to Kerala and associated with Mar Dionysius VI and the Bishops and the Church with him, to establish the Catholicate of the East in Malankara. The ceremony was held at St. Mary’s Church, Niranam on 15 September 1912; Niranam Church is one of the seven Churches founded by St. Thomas during his visit here in the first century.

The Catholicate of the East was thus established in Malankara, with the co-operation of the canonical Patriarch Abdul Messiah, who was senior to Mar Abdulla. Thereby the Patriarch himself has withdrawn his right of spiritual oversight if any in the Indian Church, which the Royal Court of Appeal had acknowledged for him in 1889.

The designation “Catholicos of the East” to the successors of St. Thomas the Apostle was given by the Jerusalem Synod of AD 231. The head quarters of the Orthodox Church of the East was first at Uraha (Edessa) in Persia. This was moved to ‘Selucia’ and it was there the title “Catholicos of the East” originated. Catholicos is an ecclesiastical dignitary recognised in the Antiochen Syrian Church also. He is equal in rank with the Patriarch though the latter is considered as first among equals (primus interparees)

Constitution of the Church Adopted in 1934

Malankara Orthodox Church is now administered as per the constitution adopted in 1934 which was passed by the Malankara Syrian Christian Association. The Association is a fully representative body of the church with elected members -priests and laymen -from all the Parish Churches. Now one priest each and laymen 1 to 10 depending on the number of members in each parish are members of the Association. There are about 1400 parishes under the Malankara Orthodox Church. It is the Association which elects the Catholicos and the Malankara Metropolitan and also the Bishops.

There is a Managing Committee for the Association with members from each Diocese elected by the Association. The Malankara Metropolitan is the President of the Managing Committee and the remaining Prelates having administrative charge are the Vice-Presidents.

The Association Mahaging Committee has a Working Committee with Malankara Metropolitan as the President. The Working Committee is aJso the Consultative Committee of the Malankara Metropolitan.

The Episcopal Synod has all the Prelates of the Malankara Church as members. Matters concerning Faith, Order and Discipline are under the authority of the Episcopal Synod. It is the Episcopal Synod which installs the Catholicos.

Conclusion

The Indian Church has an Apostolic foundation. Now with the establishment of the Catholicate in 1912 the Orthodox Church has come to its own.

Although majority of the members of the church numbering about 2.5 million live in Kerala, they could be found now spread over not only in all the different states of India, but also in all the continents through out the world. There are a total of 21 Dioceses now, 15 of them in Kerala and 6 of them outside Kerala ie Madras, Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi, America and the Diocese of Canada-UK-Europe. Parishes outside India, other than those in the two Dioceses of America and Canada-UK-Euro.pe are included in the four Dioceses of Madras, Bombay, Calcutta and Delhi.

Orthodox Church is an Ancient, Autonomous, Independent, Indian Church whose Supreme Head is His Holiness The Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan, with headquarters at Catholicate Aramana, Devalokam, Kottayam, Kerala.

Ashrams

BETHANY ASHRAM: RANNY

Address:

Bethany Ashram,
Perunad- Ranny,
Pathanamthitta – 689 711
Phone: 0473-5240223

The Ashram was started by Metropolitan Mar Ivanios and Alexios Mar Theodosius in 1918. The Ashram has three branches in Kunnamkulam (1920), Kuzhimattom (1969) and Elapara (1993) respectively.

A hospital in (Perunad) a Bethany High School in ( Kunnamkulam) and an old age home in (Kuzhimattom), are functioning under the Bethany Ashram.

Office Bearers:
Fr. P.T. Geevarghese (1918- 1930)
Alexios Mar Thevodosios (1930-1965)
Abo Yuhanon (1980-1986)
Fr.Kuriakose (1989-1989)
Fr.Paulose (1989-1992)
Fr. Solomon (1993-1996)
Since 1996 Fr.Stephen O.I.C is the Superior.

MOUNT TABOR ASHRAM: PATHANAPURAM

Address:

Mount Tabor Dayara,
Pathanapuram 689 695
Phone: (0475) 2352475, 2352231

The Ashram was started by Thoma Mar Dionysius in 1929.

Office Bearers:
Thoma Mar Dionysius (1929-1972)
Thomas Mar Timotheos is the superior since 1972.

The Ashram has branches at Pattazhi Maduraimalai, Melam Kulamudie. Kurienayam, Malloor, Podukal- Ramankuth, Mananthavadi- Thondarnadu, Thiruchirapalli Malankara (Tamilnadu) and Puthenkodu Mathoor (Tamilnadu)
A Home for Boys at Melam , Kulanudi and a 100 bedded hospital at Mathur, Tamilnadu, Two Colleges, One Higher Secondary School, 6 High Schools, 6 lower- upper primary schools are functioning under the Ashram.

CHRISTU SHISHIYA ASHRAM: COIMBATORE

Address:

Christu Shishya Ashram,
Thadakam PO, Coimbatore, TN- 641108
Phone: (0422) 2658228

The Ashram was started by Bishop Herbert Bachen Ham Walsh, in 1936.

Office Bearers:

Fr.K.V. Jacob is the Acharya and Mison Mathew.M is the P.R. O.
Philipose Mar Eusebios Metropolitan is the Visiting Bishop

Bishop Walsh Hospital (1972), St.Gregorios Balabhavan (1997) and Bishop Walsh Seminary School (1995) are functioning under the Ashram.

MAR KURIAKOSE ASHRAM: MYLAPRA

Address:

Mar Kuriakose Ashram,
Mylapra, Kumbazha North PO, Pathanamthitta.
Phone: (0468) 2222295, 2321295.
The Ashram was started by Ramban P.I.Mathews in 1937.

Office Bearers:

P.I. Mathews Ramban (1962-91)
Christophorus Ramban (1991-93)
Since 1993 Aprem Ramban has been its superior.

The Attachakkal High School and Mathews Ramban Memorial English Medium School are functioning under the Ashram.

The Ashram has a branch at Thannithottil.

St.PAUL’S ASHRAM: KOZHIKODE

Address:

St Paul’s Ashram,
Puthppady, Kozhikode 673586
Phone:(0495) 2235247, 2235805

The Ashram was started by Metropolitan Geevarghese Mar Osthathios in 1958.
St. Paul’s printing press and Book Binding Unit are functioning under the Ashram.

Office Bearers:

Fr. P.M. Thomas (1958- 65)
Fr. K.I. Philip (1965-70)
Since 1971, Ramban P.M. Thomas is the Manager

BETHLEHEM ASHRAM: KOTTARAKARA

Address:

Bethlehem Ashram,
Chengamanad, Kottarakara.
Phone: 0474- 2402543

The Ashram was started by Mathews Mar Coorilose (Present BAVA) in 1960.
The Bethel Ashram at Kuttikonam, Mount Ashram at Kottarakara , Calvary Ashram at Pattazhi are the branches.

Chengamanad I.T.C, St. Gregorios College, Kottarakara, B. Ed College and Baselios School, Kottapuram are functioning under the Ashram.

Office Bearers:

Fr. Philip. K. Alex,
Ramban Cyril.
Fr. K. Mathai
Ramban Solomon
Fr. P.M. Koshy.
Rev.Fr. V. Varghese is the Ashram superior:

St. GREGORIOUS MOUNT ASHRAM: PULAMON, KOTTARAKARA

Address:

St. Gregorious Mount Ashram
Pulamon P.O,
Kottarakara.
Phone: 0474- 2451707

The Ashram was started by Metropolitan Mathews Mar Coorilose (Present BAVA)
in 1964.

Office Bearers:

Fr. P.M. Koshy (1964-66)
Fr. P.M. George (1966-73)
Fr. P.K. Solomon (1973-81)
Since 1981 Fr. Thomas Varghese is the Ashram Superior.

ST. GEORGE MOUNT (CHAYALODE) ASHRAM: ADOOR

Address:

St. George Mount Ashram,
Chayalode P.O, Nedumon
Adoor – 691 556.

Phone: 04734 – 240949, 240933

The Ashram was started by Mathews Mar Coorilose Metropolitan (Present BAVA) in 1968.

Thehayalode St. Goerge High School ,and U.P School are functioning under the Ashram.

Office Bearers:

Rev. Alex Kurumbil Cor Episcopa.

HOLY TRINITY ASHRAM: RANNI

Address:
Holy Trinity Ashram,
Angady, Ranni – 689 674
Phone: 04735 – 200335

The Ashram was started by Metropolitan late Geevaryhese Mar Dioscoros in 1970.

Office Bearers:
Fr. K. P. Varghese
Fr.K.T.Mathews
Fr. M. Johnson

MAR BASELIOUS ASHRAM: NJALIKUZHY, VAKATHANAM

Address:

Mar Baselios Ashram,
Njaliyakuzhi, Vakathanam, Kottayam.
Phone: (0481) 2462629, 2462099

The Ashram was started by Metropolitan Mathews Mar Athanasios in 1971.

Office Bearers:
Fr. K.V. Thomas (1971-75)
His Holiness Mathews I Catholicose (1975-87)
Ramban Bursauma (1987-90)
Since 1990.Geevarghese Mar Ivanious of Kottayam diocese has been giving the leadership.

St.THOMAS ASHRAM: BHILAI

Address:

St.Thomas Ashram
Near Durga Station
13 kms from Bhilai Rly Station

The Ashram was started by . Stephanos Mar Thevodosios in 1973

Office Bearers:

Fr. K.M. Varghese (1973-80)
Fr. M.Varghese (1980-85)
Fr. George Mathew (1985-1994)
Since 1994 Fr. Raju Thomas, is the Superior.

BETHEL ASHRAM: KOTTIKONAM

Address:

Bethel Ashram,
Kuttikonam, Kunnicode P.O,
Kottarakkara 691 508
Phone:0474 – 2322450

The Ashram was started by Mathews Mar Coorilose Metropolitan in 1976.
Kuttikonam Bethel Ashram is to the Bethelehem Ashram at Kottarakara.

St. Gregorios English Medium L.P.School and the Malayalam Medium U.P School are functioning under the Ashram.

Office Bearers:
Fr.Philip K. Alex (1976-1985)
Since 1985 Fr. S. K.John is the Superior.

CALVARY ASHRAM: PATTAZHI

Address:

Calvary Ashram,
Pattazhi- Kottarakara 691 522
Phone: 0475- 2399575

The Ashram was started by Metropolitan Mathews Mar Coorilose in 1976.

M.G.English Medium School is functioning under the Ashram

Office Bearers:
Fr. Thoma (1976-86)
Ramban Geevarghese (1986-88)
Since 1988 Fr. Mathews John is the Superior.

St.THOMAS ASHRAM: SOORANAD

Address:

St.Thomas Ashram
Sooranad PO, Kollam 690522

The Ashram was started by Metropolitan Mathews Mar Coorilose (Present BAVA) in 1978

Office Bearers:.
Fr. W.A.Cherian (1978-79)
Since 1979 Fr. K.C.John is the Superior.

MOUNT CARMEL ASHRAM: KALLADA

Address:
Mount Carmel Ashram, Mathilakom,
East Kallada, Kollam 691502
Phone: (0474) 2585262, 2585062

The Ashram was started by Metropolitan Mathews Mar Coorilose (Present BAVA) in 1978

An I.T.C and an English Medium School are functioning under the Ashram.

Office Bearers:.
Fr. John C. Cherayil (1978-1980)
Since 1980 Fr. T.Y. Geevarghese is the superior.

MOUNT HOREB ASHRAM: SASTHAMKOTTA

Address:

Mount Horeb Ashram, Poruvazhi,
Muthupilakad P.O, Sasthamkotta 690 520
Phone: (0476) 2830778, 2831712

The Ashram was started by Metropolitan Mathews Mar Coorilose (Present BAVA) in 1978

Office Bearers:
Fr. V.M.James is the superior.

St.THOMAS ASHRAM: ATTAPADI

Address:

St. Thomas Ashram, Nellipathi,
Agali P.O, Attapadi, Palakkad -678581.

Phone: 04924- 254430

The Ashram was started by Metropolitan Thomas Mar Timotheos, Catholicose- designate in 1994.

Office Bearers:

The Catholicate-designate Thomas Mar Timotheos (President)
Ramban Paulose (Vice- president)
Fr. M.D. John are the chief office bearers.

Organizations

Organizations Under Indian Orthodox Church
There are many spiritual organizations under theIndian Orthodox Church. The main Organizations are:

Orthodox Syrian Sunday School
Orthodox Vacation Bible School (OVBS)
MGOCSM
Martha Mariam Vanitha Samajam
Servants of the Cross
St.Thomas Orthodox Vaidika Sangam
Malankara Orthodox Baskiyamma Association
The Orthodox Christian Bala (Balika) Samajamf
The Malankara Orthodox Church Prayer Group Association
Akhila Malankara Orthodox Susrusha Sangham
St. Paul’s & St. Thomas Suvishesha Sangam
The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Mission Board
National Association For Mission Studies

Catholicate Emblem of Indian Orthodox Church

Sunday School

ORTHODOX SYRIAN SUNDAY SCHOOL ASSOCIATION OF THE EAST

This is a spiritual organization functioning in all the parishes of the Orthodox Church throughout the world. It takes care of the spiritual nurturing of the children, by bringing them up in the knowledge and fellowship of Jesus Christ and His Church.The Orthodox Church from the very beginning took utmost care in educating the Children the Values of Christian life, the contents of the Bible and the Church history.

The “Koonenkurish Sathyam” in 1653 was a turning point. It emphasized the need for Catechism and Scriptural studies. During the 1765-1808 period, the study of sacraments and prayers were also included in the lessons. This was the beginning of the Sunday school in the Church. The Sunday School Samajam started functioning in 1931 with the appointment of Puthencavu Geevarghese Mar Philexinos as its President and Fr.K.David as the General Secretary. On 15 October 1964 it got its present form as “Orthodox Sunday School Association of the East” (OSSAE). The classes are conducted in Malayalam for the children in Kerala and for others in English. It has a separate wing for the outer Kerala region.


The classes range from Pre-primary classes to the 12th class. As in secular schools, class ten concludes the secondary level and a certificate is awarded –Sunday School final Certificate (SSFC) to the successful candidates. Higher Secondary course is for another two years. We follow a curriculum, jointly prepared and published by the Oriental Orthodox Churches which is revised from time to time.

The vacation Bible School conducted during the mid summer holidays (OVBS) is a very vibrant wing of the O.S.S.A.E. we publish separate text books, devotional materials, song books and cassettes for the OVBS every year.

PATRON

His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Didymus 1st Catholicos of the East

PRESIDENT

H. G. Dr Yacob Mar Iraneus.f

DIRECTOR GENERAL

Rev. Fr. Dr. O. Thomas , Ph: 0479 2472339

PUBLICATION OFFICER

Rev. Fr. K.V.Thomas.

TREASURER

Sri. Santhosh Baby A. K.

Head Quarters

The headquarters of O.S.S.A.E is located in the complex of the Devalokom Catholicate Aramana, Kottayam.

Address


O.S.S.A.E CENTRAL OFFICE,
Devalokam  P.O Kottayam 38. South India.
PHONE 0481  2572890
visit us at http://www.ossae.org
Office Manager  Mr Cherian Mathew
(
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Office Staff

Mr. Chady Samuel. (Babu)  Accountant
Mr .Sunil P Korah
Mr. Benny M  C
Mr. Thomas C V
Mr. Reghukumar  M P
Mrs. Marykutty Joseph

O.V.B.S
The Orthodox
Vacation  Bible School

Conducted during the midsummer holidays is a very vibrant wing of the OSSAE

Theme for OVBS 2007 was ISAIAH 6: 8

Rev. Fr. K.V. Elias Ph: 0484 2765060

Outside Kerala Region of O S S A E (OKR )

Office

St Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary,
Ubali Road, Brahmani P.O Kalmeshwar, 447501,Nagpur, Maharashtra
PHONE 071118-271696,  271994
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President

H.G. Dr. Yakob Mar Iraneus

Director

Rev. Fr. Dr. Regi Mathew

Treasurer

Rev. Fr. Alex Daniel

Editor 

Rev. Fr. Dr Shaji P John

MGOCSM (Mar Gregorios Orthodox Christian Student Movement)

MGOCSM is the student wing of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, It was formed to bring together Orthodox students at colleges and high schools levels and to create in them brotherly love. Initially the movement was started in 1907 by a group of Students and Senior leaders in Madras under the name ‘Syrian Student Conference’ and its first Annual meeting was held at Thiruvalla on January 1, 1908.The “Syrian Student Conference” assumed its present name “MGOCSM” after Mar Gregorios of Parumala, its Patron Saint with the moto “ Worship, Study, Service in the year 1960. MGOCSM is the oldest Christian Organisation in India. The Platinum Jubilee of Student’s Movement was celebrated in 1983 on a grand scale in the Old Seminary. 

Over the years several wings of MGOCSM like the High School wing, University wing, University Teachers wing, Medical Auxilliary wing, Technical Auxilliary wing, Missionary wing, Publication wing came into existence.
It also experienced tremendous growth with the establishment of MGOCSM Centers at Kottayam, Trivandrum, Alwaye, Kothamangalam, Pampady, and Bangalore.Each Centre provides hostel facilities in addition to Chapel, Auditorium, Reading room, and Guest rooms.

Any student of a College or a High School who belongs to the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church shall be eligible to become a member of the Movement. Any person other than a student belonging to the Church and subscribing to the aims and objects of the Movement shall also be eligible to become a member of the Movement.

The high ideals behind finding of the Movement included bringing together the Orthodox Christian students of different educational institutions into one body in order to get them rooted in Orthodox faith and traditions and to strengthen them in spiritual life and Christian fellowship. The Movement has grown as an international one with about 1500 units all over the world. It has been maintaining inter-disciplinary contacts in the academic field for a long time by the formation of its wings. They are the high school, higher secondary, college-post college wings; University, higher secondary, high school teachers association, medical auxiliary, technical auxiliary, missionary forum, literary forum and publication wing.

The greatest contribution the Movement has made to the Church and society is that it has prepared and provided able and outstanding leaders from time to time. Heading towards the centenary in 2008, the Movement looks forward to venture into new areas and to establish more centers for effective work.

Motto of MGOCSM

  • Worship
  • Study
  • Service

Three Fold Aims of MGOCSM

 

  • To deepen the spiritual life of the students.
  • Helping them to grow up as loyal members of the Church and encouraging them to dedicate themselves for the ministry of GOD.
  • Help them to be good citizens wherever they are.

    Office Bearers:

 

President : H.G. Philipos Mar Eusebius Metropolitan
General Secretary : Fr. Dr. V. M. Abraham Ph: 0481 2569338,
Office Secretary : Sri. K. C. Zachariah Ph: 0469 2611231

Address: (Central Office)

MGOCSM,
Orthodox Student Center,
Post Box No.610,
Kottayam – 686 001
Kerala State / India
Phone: Kottayam:+91-481-2567338, 2567215 / Trivandrum:+91-471-2477604

Official Website: http://www.mgocsmindia.com/

Matha Mariam Samajam

Saint Mary Womens Association (Martha Mariam Samajam) is the womens association of the Indian Orthodox Church. It is a vibrant association of the women and depends on the intercession of Holy and Ever Virgin Saint Mary, the Mother of our Lord.

The Samajam has its humble origins as prayer groups in the various parishes scattered all over the Malankara Church in India around 1928 with the objectives “Pray, Illumine and Act”. Mrs. K.M. Annamma (Kandathil), the visionary lady behind the Samajam, and the Rev. Ramban Barskeepa brought the entire parish based womens prayer groups under one umbrella, The Martha Mariam Vanitha Samajam. Mrs. Kandathil Annamma served as the organizations first Secretary and helped it grow into a viable womens wing of the Church in India. In 1964, the constitution of the organization was recognized by the Synod. The head office is the ‘Vanithasamajam Mandiram’ in Kanjikuzhi, Kottayam. More than hundred thousand women are members of the Martha Mariam Samajam.

Address:

Marthamariam Mandiram,
Kanjikuzhi , Kottayam 686 004
Kerala State , India
Phone: 0481- 2571840

The Chief Office bearers:
Persidents

Barskepa Ramban (1928-31),
Puthencavu Geevarghese Mar Philexinos (1931-51),
Fr.Alexios O.I.C,
Mathews Mar Ivanios,
Yuhanon Mar Sevarios,
Mathews Mar Barnabas (1981-92),
Zechariahs Mar Anthonios (1992-95),
Paulose Mar Pachomiose (1995-)
H. G Dr. Zachariah Mar Theophilus Metropolitan (Present)

General Secretary:

K.M. Annamma Kandathil (1928-64),
Alice Mani (1964-91)
Accamma Paul (1991-) Phone: +91 479 2303352

Vice President : Rev. Fr. John Sankarathil (Ph: 04812 582518)

Motto of the Samajam:

Pray
Act
Shine

The Orthodox Christian Bala (Balika) Samajam

Bala Samajam

Bala-Balika Samajam is the student wings of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. Malankara Orthodox Christian BalaSamajam aims at the integrated personal development of the youth in Malankara Orthodox Church. The main objectives are worship, study and community living. The Balasamajam was organized on an all Malankara basis in 1982. The Balasamajam was already functioning very actively in the southern dioceses.

The Chief Office bearers:
Geevarghese Mar Dioscorus (1982-86)
Thomas Mar Athanasios (1987-)

General Secretary:

Rev- Fr. Mathai Kunnil (Present General Secretary)
Fr.Mathew Koshy (1987-)
Fr.Daniel Puliel (1986-87)
Fr. Thomas Muttuveli (1982-85),

Address: Bethel Aramana, Chengannur

Office Bearers

Dr. Yuhanon Mar Chrisostomos Metropoltan (President)

Rev. Fr. Biju Mathew (Vice-President)

Rev Fr. Mathai Kunnil (General Secretery)

Rev. Sr. Rosilin (Joint Secretery)

Balika Samajam

The Balika Samajam was organized on an all Malankara basis in 1981. It was Daniel Mar Philexinos Metropolitan who first started the Balika Samajam (Thumpamon Diocese). The Balika Samajam has been organized in several of the southern diocese. The objectives of Balika Samajam are worship, study and community life. Membership is open to all girls below the age of 18. The central office is at ‘Vanitha mandiram’ in Kanjikuzhi, Kottayam.

Chief Office bearers:
President Mathews Mar Barnabas (1981-92),
Zechariah Mar Athanasios (1992-95),
Paulose Mar Pachomiose (1995-)

General Secretary
G. Thankamma (1981-89),
Mariamma Samuel (1989-)

Diocesan Secretaries:

Deenamma Jacob (Thiruvanthanapuram),
Thankamma Oommen (Kollam), Kunjamma Jacob (Thumpamon),
Annamma Joseph (Chengannur),
Valsamma Mathula (Niranam),
Annamma Abraham (Kottayam),
Annamma Varghese (Kottayam Central),
Mary Mathews (Idukki),
Sarakutty Varghese (Kochi),
Thankam Charlie (Malabar)

Address:

Martha Mariam Mandiram,
Kanjikuzhi,
Kottayam 686 004
Phone: 0481 571840

Office Bearers

H.G Paulose Mar Pachomiose Episcopa(President)

Associations:

There are many associations under the Indian Orthodox Church. The main Associations are as follows:

1. Prardhana Yogam (The Malankara Orthodox Church Prayer Group Association)

2. St. Thomas Orthodox Vaidika Sangham

3. Malankara Orthodox Baskiyamma Association

4. Akhila Malankara Orthodox Susrusha Sangham

5. Choir Association

6. DivyaSandhesham

7. SnehaSandhesham

8. Sextons Association

Mission Board

6. The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Mission Board

7. National Association For Mission Studies

8. St. Paul’s & St. Thomas Suvishesha Sangam

Social Welfare Projects

Sleebadasa Community

House Building Scheme:

Scheme for Community Marriage

Mariamma Samuel (General Secretery) Ph. +91 481 431786

Prardhana Yogam (The Malankara Orthodox Church Prayer Group Association)

Address:
General Secretary,
Prarthana Yogam
Catholicate Office,
Devalokam, Kottayam
Kerala State / India

Prarthana Yogam, the Prayer wing of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, was started on 21 September 1993. The objective of this group is to ascertain the inculcation of firm faith, love of the church and brotherhood and bring about the spiritual, material and educational upliftment of the people. A unit consists of 20-30 heads of families and grown-up men. However, the women and children of these families can participate in these meetings. Once in a week (preferably Sunday) the prayer meetings are conducted at a convenient time in different houses or in a common place of convenience. Each unit has the vicar of the parish as the president and should have a secretary who should maintain the credit and debit account as well as the report. Once in three months, a common meeting as per the directions of the Vicar is to be convened with a general Secretary to oversee the conduct of the meeting.

Chief Office bearers:

H.G.Dr. Thomas Mar Athanasius Metropolitan (President)
Rev. Fr. Ninan V. George  (Vice- President)
Rev. Fr. Eby Philip (General Secretary)

The Devalokam Catholicate Aramana is the head office.

If anyone interested in the publications / journals of Prarthana Yogam, contact the above address.

St.Thomas Orthodox Vaideeka Sangam

Vaideeka Sangam is the Association of all priests of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church started with the objectives of worship, study and fellowship among the Priests of the Church. A monthly magazine “Purohithan” is published by this Organisation. The origin of this clergy association can be traced back to the time of Parumala Thirumeni, who organized the first meeting of the Priests and grouped them as an Association. It was revived again during the days of Joseph Mar Dionysius II, the founder of the M.D. Seminary.

Office Bearers:

H.G. Dr. Mathews Mar Severius Metropolitan (President)
Rev. Dr. John Mathews (Secretary)
Fr. Dr. John Panicker (Joint Secretary)
Address:

STOVS Office
P B No.98
Kottayam – 686001
Ph:+91-481-2566526

Buskiyama Association

Buskiyama Association is the organization for the wives of the married priests of the Malankara Orthodox Church. Here the Buskiyamas can get together in prayer and share their views. This organization was started in 1977 with the objectives of “worship, study and fellowship”. Late Poulose Mar Gregorios Thirumeni was the first president. Seminars, counseling, study classes are some of the activities of the association.

Current Office Bearers:


H.G. Dr. Mathews Mar Severius Metropolitan (President),
Rev. Fr. George Mathew, Mrs. Marykutty Mathew (Vice Presidents),
Mrs. Elizabeth Thomas  (General Secretary)(Ph. +91 479 2472339)
Mrs. Aleyamma Poulose (Treasurer)

Previous Office Bearers:


Dr.Mathews Mar Sevarios (President),
Fr.K.V. Eapen, Leelamma Jacob (Vice President),
Dr. Aleyamma Isac (General Secretary)(Ph. +91 474 2415412)
Rachel Samuel (Joint Secretary)
Mary George (Auditor)

Previous Diocesan Secretaries:

Ponnamma Thomas (Thiruvananthapuram),
Sally Thomas (Kollam),
Sally Mary Mathews (Thumpamon),
Saramma Mathew (Chengannur),
Babykutty Tharakan (Niranam),
Baby George (Kottayam),
Ammini Kuriakose (Kochi),
Annamma Peter (Angamali),
Chinnakutty Simon(Kandanad),
Dr. Annamma Mathai (Sultan Bathery),
Sheeba Thomas Panicker (Bombay)
Kunjala George (Kunnamkulam)

Akhila Malankara Orthodox Susrusha Sangham

President : H.G. Dr. Gabriel Mar Gregorios Metropolitan
Vice President: Rev. Fr. M.P. George
Organizing Secretary: Rev. Fr. Varghese George

Malankara Orthodox Choir Association

Malankara Orthodox Choir Association” (MOCA) the Central Organization of all the music groups of the Malankara Orthodox Church was started in 1994 with the objectives of bringing uniformity in worship, and to impart awareness regarding worship through music. Our present Catholicose H.H Baselious Mar Didymus I has raised the MOCA to an organization level and has placed it under Sruti School of Liturgical Music.

Sruthi (School of Liturgical Music)

Sruthi (School of Liturgical Music), is located in the campus of the Orthodox Seminary. Thus it is a part of the Orthodox Theological Seminary. More than 226 choir groups of the Church have registered in this school. It was established on Jan 9th 1989, by the late Metropolitan Dr. Paulose Mar Gregorios who was then the Principal of the Orthodox Seminary, with the approval of the Holy Episcopal Synod.

Chief Office Bearers

H.H. Baselios Mar Thoma Dydimus I (President)
Rev. Fr. M.P.George (Director)
Rev. Fr. Varghese George (Co-ordinator)

Address:

Orthodox Sabha Gayak Sangham
Sruthi,
Orthodox Seminary
Kottayam. – 686001
Ph: 0091-481-2585384

Divya Sandhesham

Divya Sandhesham is the visual media project of the Malankara Orthodox Church. The main aim of this project is to spread the message of pure spirituality by means of an electronic media to all the viewers around the world. In this era of modern communication and technology, electronic channels have a major role to play in our lives. The Malankara Orthodox Church is aware of this fact and knows the importance of starting a powerful media to spread the uncorrupted spiritual wisdom of the Orthodox faith. Thus we have launched into the process of creating an Orthodox TV Channel for the church.

The church has also made a tie up with Shalom TV and has obtained a permanent time slot on all Tuesdays 11 – 1130 AM and on all Thursdays 0930 – 1000 AM. More than 50 devotional talks of eminent Orthodox personalities were already broadcasted.

Address:

A Visual Media Project of the Malankara Orthodox Church
Catholicate Palace,
Kottayam – 686 038,
Kerala,
India
Ph: +91-475-2328200 

 

About Catholicos

Catholicos (plural Catholicoi) is a title used by the Patriarch (head/regional head bishop) of the Eastern churches. The word is a transliteration of the Greek, meaning concerning the whole, universal or general. Any Apostolic and national church has the authority to declare and call its head, Catholicose, Pope, or Patriarch and the area of influence of a catholicos is a catholicate.

Thus the head of Indian Orthodox Church is stated as “Catholicos”. There have been seven catholicoses in the Indian Orthodox Church whose names have been listed below:

HH Baselios Marthoma Didymos I , 7th & Present Catholicose of the East in Malankara (31st October 2005 – Present)

HH Baselios Marthoma Mathews II , 6th Catholicose of the East in Malankara (29th April 1991 – 29th Oct 2005)

His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Mathews I, 5th Catholicos of the East in Malankara (27th October 1975 – 27th April 1991)

His Holiness Baselios Augen I, 4th Catholicos of the East in Malankara (22nd May 1964 – 24th September 1975)

His Holiness Baselios Geevarghese II, 3rd Catholicos of the East in Malankara (15th Feb 1929 – 3rd January 1964)

His Holiness Baselios Geevarghese I, 2nd Catholicos of the East in Malankara (30th April 1925 – 17th December 1928)

His Holiness Baselios Paulos I, 1st Catholicos of the East in Malankara (15th Sept 1912 – May 3rd 1913)