The SOC in the Middle East and Diaspora follow the Julian calendar
for Great Lent & Easter. That is the case with almost all Eastern
churches in the Middle East.
Malankara switched to the Gregorian calendar only in 1953 by the
Bull of Patriarch Aphrem I.
The changes are applied to Malankara was as per the request of
faithful from Malankara. The reasons for the changes are well
explained in the Apostolic Bull. A copy of the Apostolic Bull (in
Malayalam language) is available at following links.
Wish you a blessed Holy week and happy Easter
In the intercession of Holy Cross
Thomas Daniel (Reji)
--- In SOR-Forum@yahoogroups.com
, "George K. John" <gkjohny@y...>
> Dear Thomas,
> The message was very informative. Would you also shed some light
on WHEN and WHY the Malankara church started following the Gregorian
calendar instead of the Julian calendar?
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Thomas Daniel
> To: SOR-Forum@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: 20 March 2005 9:41 AM
> Subject: [SORForum] Holy Qurbono in Malankara Syrian Orthodox
Churches on Holy Friday 2005
> The last such instance was on April 7, 1950 when the Malankara
> Church followed the Julian calendar. The Syriac Orthodox Church
> the Near East and its diaspora observes the Holy week according
> the Julian calendar and hence does not have a similar
> "Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger."
> (James 1:19)
> Syriac Orthodox Resources: http://sor.cua.edu