The full-fledged Episcopal synod of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian
held here on Thursday in the presence of the Patriarch of Antioch,
H.H Moran Mor
Ignatius Zakka Iwas, after nearly 186 years.
The synod, held at St George Jacobite church at nearby Karingachira,
attended by Catholicos Baselious Thomas I and 18 metropolitans. This
first time in the recent history of the Malankara Church that the
meeting in the presence of the Patriarch.
Briefing reporters on the synod deliberations in the presence of the
synod secretary Joseph Mor Gregorius said that the Church would
carry out its
expansion with special emphasis on indigenization. ``The Church is
the path of Indianisation. But we want to accelerate the pace,'' he
As part of the Church's ``expansion project'', the synod also
decided to set up
more dioceses, consecrate additional bishops and new churches would
be set up
outside Kerala and efforts would be made to translate the liturgical
rites in regional languages of other states. He said the church had
followers in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and north India.
Another major decision was the declaration of the St Mary's Church
as a pilgrim centre.
The synod also permitted the parishioners of St Thomas Jacobite
North Paravoor, and St George Church, Arthattu in Kunnamkulam to
Jaleel Mor Gregorius and Sleeba Mor Osthathios respectively in their
The names of both the departed spiritual heads were included in the
`Thubdeen'(the episodes in the prayer which remembers the
forefathers and the
rich heritage of the Malankara Church) of the Jacobite Church.
On the disputed closed churches, the Patriarch said churches are for
Churches should be opened and followers of both the Orthodox and
factions should be allowed to worship, he said. The court cases with
regard to the disputes between the two factions should be freezed,
The synod assumes importance in the light of the ongoing factional
the Jacobite and Orthodox factions of the Malankara church over
including distribution of church properties.
In the morning, Patriarch declared the ancient St George Jacobite
at Karingachira near Tripunithura here as Cathedral of the Jacobite
Established in AD 722, the St George church has witnessed several
events in the history of the Malankara Church. The late Geevarghese
Gregorius Metropolitan, popularly known as `Parumala Thirumeni'
first step of ordination at this church. The church structure is a
of Persian and Indian traditional architecture.
In the press conference the Patriarch said that his decision to
George Jacobite Church as a cathedral would not amount to violation
Supreme Court judgment. ``It is a spiritual matter. My act cannot be
dubbed as a
violation of the Supreme Court directives,'' His Holiness said.
In His Love
Thomas Daniel (Reji)
St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church
Cheppaud, Alleppy Dist, Kerala, India.