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  • George C Kuriakose
    Dear All, That was a very good history of the holy relic of Holy Soonoro. But it is very surprising that people of the Sysrian Orthodox community do not know
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 2, 2003

      Dear All,

      That was a very good history of the holy relic of Holy Soonoro.

      But it is very surprising that people of the Sysrian Orthodox community do not know about the churches where the Holy relic have been kept. I know of three churches in India where the relic is kept:

      1) St. Mary's Soonoro Church, Elamkulam, Ernakulam
      2) St. Thomas Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, Anna Nagar, Chennai
      3) St. Peter's Jacobite Church, Malad, Mumbai

      So there are atleast two churches outside Kerala where the Holy Relic has been kept.

      If someone could expand this list, It would be great

      Thanks & regards

      George C Kuriakose

      SOR-Forum@yahoogroups.com wrote:


      Rare relic of Mary to be on display in Mumbai (Bombay)

      Rare relic of Mary to be on display
      By: Manoj Nair
      September 1, 2003

      http://web.mid-day.com/news/city/2003/september/62714.htm

      A rare relic of Mary � a part of the girdle worn by her
      � will be on display at a city church this week and is
      expected to attract thousands of Christian pilgrims.

      The relic, called the `Soonoro' or belt, will be on display
      at St Peter's Jacobite Church, Malad, between September 1 and 8,
      the period corresponding to the `Eight day Lent' called `Ettunombu'
      in Malayalam.

      The relic is a small piece of thread from the girdle believed
      to have been worn by Mary. It was brought to Kerala from Syria
      in the early eighties by the head of the Orthodox faith, Ignatius
      Zakka I.

      The Soonoro is believed to have been in the possession of the
      apost! le St Thomas who brought it to India in the first century
      AD, but was taken to Syria along with his mortal remains. Though
      the girdle was interred in a church in Homs, Syria, and its
      existence was forgotten after the church was pulled down for
      renovation. It was rediscovered in 1953 and its antiquity and
      genuineness endorsed by archaeologists and religious leaders alike,
      says Mathew Thomas, secretary of the parish youth association of
      St Peter's Jacobite Church.

      The relic in the Malad church is a piece of the Soonoro presented
      to a few churches in Kerala in 1982 by the visiting patriarch. "The
      churches where the relic was installed attained special importance
      and became places of pilgrimage," said Thomas. Though the relic has
      been with the Malad church for the last six years, its presence in
      the city is not a well-known fact.

      "Even Christians, especially those belonging to the non-Orthodox
      denominations are not aware of t! he relic," said Thomas.

      The church vicar, father Wilson Jacob, said that it was a privilege
      for the church to have the Soonoro. "In Kerala this Soonoro is
      interred at many churches. But St Peter's Church in Malad is the only
      church outside Kerala where the Holy Soonoro is interred," he said.

      The relic is kept in a casket and worshippers will be allowed to
      kiss and venerate it on September 8, the birthday of Mary.


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    • BIBU PHILIP MATTHEW
      Dear All, Soonooro was placed in St.Marys Jacobite church Angamaly by HH Patriarch Zakka I in 1982. rgds, George C Kuriakose wrote:
      Message 2 of 2 , Sep 7, 2003
        Dear All,
         
        Soonooro was placed in St.Marys Jacobite church Angamaly
        by HH Patriarch Zakka I in 1982.
         
        rgds,


        George C Kuriakose <georgeck@...> wrote:

        Dear All,

        That was a very good history of the holy relic of Holy Soonoro.

        But it is very surprising that people of the Sysrian Orthodox community do not know about the churches where the Holy relic have been kept. I know of three churches in India where the relic is kept:

        1) St. Mary's Soonoro Church, Elamkulam, Ernakulam
        2) St. Thomas Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, Anna Nagar, Chennai
        3) St. Peter's Jacobite Church, Malad, Mumbai

        So there are atleast two churches outside Kerala where the Holy Relic has been kept.

        If someone could expand this list, It would be great

        Thanks & regards

        George C Kuriakose

        SOR-Forum@yahoogroups.com wrote:


        Rare relic of Mary to be on display in Mumbai (Bombay)

        Rare relic of Mary to be on display
        By: Manoj Nair
        September 1, 2003

        http://web.mid-day.com/news/city/2003/september/62714.htm

        A rare relic of Mary — a part of the girdle worn by her
        — will be on display at a city church this week and is
        expected to attract thousands of Christian pilgrims.

        The relic, called the `Soonoro' or belt, will be on display
        at St Peter's Jacobite Church, Malad, between September 1 and 8,
        the period corresponding to the `Eight day Lent' called `Ettunombu'
        in Malayalam.

        The relic is a small piece of thread from the girdle believed
        to have been worn by Mary. It was brought to Kerala from Syria
        in the early eighties by the head of the Orthodox faith, Ignatius
        Zakka I.

        The Soonoro is believed to have been in the possession of the
        apost! le St Thomas who brought it to India in the first century
        AD, but was taken to Syria along with his mortal remains. Though
        the girdle was interred in a church in Homs, Syria, and its
        existence was forgotten after the church was pulled down for
        renovation. It was rediscovered in 1953 and its antiquity and
        genuineness endorsed by archaeologists and religious leaders alike,
        says Mathew Thomas, secretary of the parish youth association of
        St Peter's Jacobite Church.

        The relic in the Malad church is a piece of the Soonoro presented
        to a few churches in Kerala in 1982 by the visiting patriarch. "The
        churches where the relic was installed attained special importance
        and became places of pilgrimage," said Thomas. Though the relic has
        been with the Malad church for the last six years, its presence in
        the city is not a well-known fact.

        "Even Christians, especially those belonging to the non-Orthodox
        denominations are not aware of t! he relic," said Thomas.

        The church vicar, father Wilson Jacob, said that it was a privilege
        for the church to have the Soonoro. "In Kerala this Soonoro is
        interred at many churches. But St Peter's Church in Malad is the only
        church outside Kerala where the Holy Soonoro is interred," he said.

        The relic is kept in a casket and worshippers will be allowed to
        kiss and venerate it on September 8, the birthday of Mary.


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