Mar Thoma Syrian Church, Thiruvalla

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Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church (Malayalam: മലങ്കര മാര്‍ത്തോമ്മ സുറിയാനി സഭ, Malankara Mar Thoma Suriyani Sabha) otherwise called as Mar Thoma Church in a shorter form, is one of the ancient Churches in the world. It is traditionally belived that St. Thomas (Mar Thoma in Syriac), the disciple of Jesus Christ came to India in AD 52 and established the Church in the Malabar coast. Kerala is known as Malankara in those times.

Being rooted in the Bible, the Church, which is a part of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, maintains its Episcopal heritage and value oriented democratic form of administration. The Church believes in Jesus Christ, the God incarnate for the redemption of humankind, and in the Triune God revealed by Him, who Himself is one among the Trinity. The Church cherishes its Oriental heritage and Episcopacy as a gift of God. The Church accepts Holy Bible as the basis for all matters of faith and doctrine, and the Nicene Creed formulated in accordance with the Holy Scripture. The Church is regarded as a ’bridge’ church in the Ecumenical world.

The Church identifies its goal and function as: to be the repository of the divine doctrines revealed by Jesus Christ and proclaimed by His Apostles; to maintain these doctrines in their purity; to promote the spiritual life of its members through the administration of the sacraments and by the ministry of the Word. The Church affirms that the people of God are sent all over to the world and they partake in the soteriological mission of God, to unite everything in Jesus Christ through the ministry of reconciliation begun in Jesus Christ. The Church is blessed and enriched by the leadership of Metropolitan, Episcopas, ordained Clergy and deacons. Metropolitan is the Supreme head of the Church. The laity has full participation in the Priestly ministry, given through the Church, by Christ. They are called to profess and practice Christian truths and teachings in their daily life and vocations. The laity shall take active part in the life and ministry of the Church and co-operate in the general administration of the Church.

The Church is at present blessed by the able leadership of thirteen Bishops and is headed by His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan who is the 21st Malankara Metropolitan to occupy the Holy Apostolic Throne of St. Thomas. The Church is served by 1037 clergy through thirteen dioceses to approximately 1.5 million people.
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  • Mar Thoma Syrian Church is an autonomous church with its presence in several countries and its headquarters at Thiruvalla, Kerala. The operations of other churches, educational Institutions...  more »
  • One of the oldest Marthoma church.Very large campus with school,collage and bishop house.Good place for meditation  more »
  • Here is the administrative office of the Mar Thoma Church, where the Mar Thoma (Administrative & Episcopal Head of the Church) resides. All the Head offices of the church organisations also situated here. This place is very calm and quiet. We can see the SC Church and also the burial places of all the previous bishops of Marthoma Sabha.
  • Head quarters of the oldest church found in India by St. Thomas the Apostle of Christ
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