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St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox church at Malayidamthuruthuin Angamali diocese was established by the diocesan Metropolitan H.G. Mor Dionysius Thomas (Catholicos Aboon MorBaselios Thomas I) in 1975. The three altars in the church are dedicated to Holy Virgin Mary, St. Thomas the Apostle and St. George the Martyr (Mor Geevarghese Sahdo). The 'Eight-day lent' in commemoration of the birth of Holy Virgin Mary is observed by the parishioners with great fervor and dedication; the main festival of the church falls on September 8 which is the concluding day of the lent period. There are two chapels and two shrines under this church. Various spiritual organizations like the Sunday School, Vanitha Samajam (Women's organisation), Youth Association, Anthiochea Viswasa Samithi etc. are functioning in the church.    Read more

H H Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II

Moran Mor Ignatuis Aphrem II, the 122nd successor to St. Peter in the Apostolic See of Antioch, Born in Kamishly, Syria on May 3, 1965, the youngest son of Mr. & Mrs. Issa Karim, His Holiness lost his father at an early age and was raised ,with the rest of his family, by his late and loving mother Khanema. He entered St. Ephrem’s Theological Seminary in Atchaneh, Lebanon in 1977, following his primary schooling in Kamishly. In 1982, His Holiness served the Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo, Syria, for the next two years. From 1984 to 1988, as Archbishop Karim he pursued higher studies at the Coptic Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt, graduating with a Bachelor Degree of Divinity.    Read more

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