Re: Apostolic Christian Church Of The Est.
I would be more than happy to elaborate on the work of the Apostolic
Christian Church of the East. We are a small diocese, historically a
part of the Coptic Church of Sudan, which was an independent Synod,
now dissolved. We have no formal relations with the Syrian Orthodox
Church directly, but are involved with the Malankara Orthodox Syrian
Church in the United States, in discussions about being assimilated
into the flock here as a mission to converts. We have never claimed
to have relations with the Syrian Orthodox Church.
The reasons for accepting such a mission into the Church are
monifold. Firstly, Malayali children no longer speak Malayalam.
They have no one to guide them in the Faith, that can teach Orthodoxy
from the standpoint of an American. Always Faith in the Church is
bound up with the culture that in order to survive here, they are
leaving behind. We represent Orthodox Faith that is not bound to
Indian culture, and are therefore in a better position to teach these
young men and women.
Also, the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church doesn't grow! Only when
another family moves from Kerala to America do the Malayalam speaking
parishes grow. It is too difficult for converts to understand the
Q'rbana. There are a few congregations who use the Q'rbana wholly in
English, but they are rare.
By accepting our Diocese (none of the discussed relationships have
been formalised yet), the Malankara Orthodox Church is taking another
step to welcoming converts and toward strengthening the Faith of our
We celebrate the Liturgy of Saint James the Apostle, follow the
Indian Orthodox liturgical calendar, use the traditional Syriac hymns
of Mar Ephraim, and hold dear to our hearts the sacred Tradition,
theology, polity and practice of the Syrian Orthodox Church. We
honour both Patriarch and Catholicos in our litany.
Please pray for us!
God Bless you and keep you all in an abundance of happiness, Faith
and good health, this day and unto ages of all ages. Amen.
Hadrian Mar Elijah Bar Israël
Saint Nikolas Community
Post Office Box 76
Cosmopolis, WA. 98537
> "Apostolic Christian Church Of The Est" is claimng that presentlyEgypt.
> they have relations with the Syrian Orthodox Church and their
> apostolic succession comes from the Coptic Orthodox Church of
> Is this true? If so what sort of relation we have with them? Can
> anyone elaborate it pls.
> In God's Love
> Thomas Daniel