St. Mary's Church, Marady

St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Church is a church located in Kurukkunnapuram, East Marady, Muvattupuzha, Kerala, India.[1]

St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Church
Under the Holy See of Antioch and All the East
  • Classical Syriac: ܥܺܕܬܳܐ ܣܽܘ̣ܪܝܳܝܬܳܐ ܝܰܥܩܽܘܒܳܝܬܳܐ ܕܡܳܪܬܝ ܡܰܪܝܰܡ ܒܡܰܪܰܕܺܝ
  • Malayalam: മാറാടി വി. മർത്തമറിയം യാക്കോബായ സുറിയാനി പള്ളി
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St. Mary's Church, Marady is located in Kerala
St. Mary's Church, Marady
St. Mary's Church, Marady is located in India
St. Mary's Church, Marady
9°57′17″N 76°34′05″E / 9.9547224°N 76.5679345°E / 9.9547224; 76.5679345
LocationMuvattupuzha, Kerala
DenominationSyriac Orthodox
TraditionWest Syriac Rite
Membership1,800 (2016)
Founded1865; 159 years ago (1865)
Founder(s)Fr. Paulose Kuttipuzha
DedicationVirgin Mary, God Bearer
Relics heldSaint Qaumo
Functional statusActive
Years built
  • 1865–1867 (Old Church)
  • 2007–2015 (Reconstructed Church)
DivisionMuvattupuzha Region
ArchdioceseCatholicate of India
ArchbishopCatholicos Baselius Thomas I of India
Bishop(s)Anthimus Matthews Metropolitan
Vicar(s)Fr. Joby Oorppayil

History edit

The Old Church

From the ancient times, there was a strong Christian presence in these areas. St. George's Church, Kadamattom and St. Mary's Church, Rackad were the parishes of Jacobite believers in the earliest times.

When the number of Jacobite Christians in Marady increased and they were struggling to carry on their spiritual activities in the church at a distance of miles away, the ancestors decided to build a church in Marady. The foundation stone of the church was laid on 1865 (1040 ME) at Kurukkunnapuram, a hill surrounded by paddy fields and fruit trees. Fr. Paulose Kuttipuzha led the building of the church. The construction was completed on 1867 (1042 ME) as a result of the collective activity of 70 families in Marady and nearby.

The church was established with the intention of continuing to follow the traditions of Universal Syriac Orthodox Church under the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East.

Reconstruction edit

The consecration of the Church

The reconstruction of the church began on 2007 and completed on 2015. On 10 February 2015, Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II of Antioch consecrated the church during his First Holy Apostolic Visit to India. He was assisted by Catholicos Baselios Thomas I of India, and Anthimos Matthews Metropolitan.[2]

Holy altars edit

Holy Qurobo

There are five altars at the church. The main altar, the central one, is in the name of Virgin Mary, God Bearer (Mother of God).

There are two altars on the north and south of the main one. The altar on the northern side is consecrated to Saint Thomas the Apostle and the altar on the southern side is consecrated in the name of Saint George.

There are two smaller altars, to the front of the main altar. The north among these is in the name of Saint Constantine the Great and his mother, Saint Helena of Constantinople. The southern among the small altars is consecrated to Patriarch Saint Ignatius Elias III of Antioch.

Holy relic edit

The reliquary which keeps the Holy Relic of Mor Qaumo

The Holy Relic of Saint Shemvun Qaumo Abilo (also called Mar Kauma), a 5th century Syriac monk who meditated for 45 years in the standing position, has been installed at the church in 1928 by Saint Osthathios Sliba, the Patriarchal Delegate of the Holy See of Antioch to India.

The Holy Relic is ceremoniously taken out and exhibited for public veneration on the Saint's Feast Day (14 November) every year.

Feasts edit

  • The Feast of Ma`alto - 2 February (It is the main feast at the church)
  • The Feast of Shunoyo - 15 August
  • The Feast of Saint Qaumo - 14 November

Holy Qurobo timings edit

Morning Prayer Holy Qurobo
Sundays 7:00 AM 8:00 AM
Feast Days 7:00 AM 8:00 AM
Other Days 6:30 AM 7:00 AM

References edit

  1. ^ Google Maps
  2. ^ "മാറാടി സെന്റ്. മേരീസ്‌ യാക്കോബായ സുറിയാനി പള്ളിയുടെ വിശുദ്ധ കൂദാശ പരിശുദ്ധ പാത്രിയർക്കീസ് ബാവാതിരുമനസ്സുകൊണ്ട്‌ നിർവ്വഹിച്ചു". JSC News. Archived from the original on 15 April 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)