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St:Mary's Jacobite Syrian Church, Pangada

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According to tradition, Christianity in India was established by St. Thomas,  who arrived in Malankara (Kerala) from Edessa in A.D. 52. The Church in Malankara has had close ties with the Church in the Near East ever since. The ties between the Church in Malankara and the Near East formalized and strengthen by, when under the leadership of the merchant Thomas of Cana and 72 families (around 400 odd persons comprising men, women and children, reached Cragananore (Kodungalloore).  The group consisted of the Bishop Mor Joseph of Edessa as well as some priests and deacons)  traveled and migrated to India and met Christians there by AD 345.

 

The church in Malankara is an integral part of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church  with the Patriarch of Antioch [His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatious Zakka 1 Iwas] as its supreme head. The local head of the church in Malankara is the Catholicose of India [His Beatitude Baselious Thomas 1], ordained by and accountable to the Patriarch of Antioch.

PATRIARCH OF ANTIOCH AND ALL THE EAST

 
Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church

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122nd successor of St.Peter in the Apostolic See of Antioch
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THE  CATHOLICOS  OF  INDIA

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CATHOLICOS H.B.  BASELIOS THOMAS I

  The President of the Malankara Episcopal Synod & the Metropolitan Trustee of the Church in India

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H.G Thomas Mor Themothious
Metropolitan - Kottayam Diocese

"Long live Antioch Malankara Relation"