ST. THOMAS CHURCH

St. Thomas Marthoma Church, Kozhencherry is a famous church in Kerala. This is the largest Marthoma Church.

The Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church (official name Malankara Mar Thoma Suryani Sabha) also known as the Mar Thoma Church is a Christian denomination based in Kerala, the south-western state of India.

One of the Saint Thomas Christian churches tracing its origins to the missionary activity of Thomas the Apostle, the Mar Thoma Church defines itself as "Apostolic in origin, Universal in nature, Biblical in faith, Evangelical in principle,Ecumenical in outlook, Oriental in worship, Democratic in function, and Episcopal in character." It is independent and indigenous. Its regular works as well as special projects are almost entirely financed by contributions from its members at home and abroad. It is currently in communion with the Anglican Communion and the Malabar Independent Syrian Church.

The Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church sees itself as continuing the apostolic succession and traditions first introduced by Apostle Thomas. Its direct origins lie in the activities of Anglican missionaries in the 18th and 19th centuries among the Malankara Church, the Syriac Orthodox church that emerged out of the first split in the Saint Thomas community in the 17th century. Particularly influential was the introduction of the first Malayam-language version of the Bible. The Mar Thoma Church became officially independent of the Malankara Church and its hierarchy after a court case in the late 19th century (seminary case: 1879-1889).

Until the beginning of 20th century Marthomites lived in a few districts of Central Travancore and Kunnamkulam of the southern Indian state of Kerala. But it has spread with the 20th-century Indian diaspora to North America, Europe, the Middle East, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and currently has around one million members worldwide. Their mother tongue is Malayalam the language of Kerala.


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