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St.Mary's Indian Orthodox Cathedral

Welcome

"Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it."1 Corinthians 12:27

The Holy Church (in Greek 'kyriakon') is the sanctuary where the Lord dwells. It is the one place we can turn to when we are faced with tribulations; the one place we can seek refuge. The Orthodox faith is the 'One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic' faith. The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, also known as the Indian Orthodox Church, was founded by St. Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ, in the first century (A.D. 52). The Church has today grown to over 3.5 million faithful.

Beginning in the early 1970s, several Keralites migrated to Australia in search of better lives for themselves and their families. With the growing number of Orthodox families, the need was felt to establish a Church following Indian Orthodox tradition. The St. Mary's Indian Orthodox Church (SMIOC) was established on 30th August 1980 at East Coburg, Victoria.

Cathedral

Address
118 - 122 Nicholson St,
Coburg East, VIC 3058.

Service Time
First Saturday
Morning Prayer - 8:00 AM
Holy Qurbana - 9:00 AM
Saturday
Evening Prayer: 6:30 PM
Sunday
Morning Prayer - 8:00 AM
Holy Qurbana - 9:00 AM

THE CATHOLICATE

The word ‘Catholicos’ means “the general head” or “general bishop”. It can be considered as equivalent to “universal Bishop”. This title and rank is much more ancient than the title Patriarch in the church.

In India the position and authority of the catholicose is the great development in the history of the Church throughout the past centuries.

The first stage of the apostolic ministry in the Malankara Church is from the time of St.Thomas till the middle of the fourth century when the authority of the Church was vested in the hands of the Archdeacon.

The second stage is the period of the reign of the Arcdeacons which started from the middle of the fourth century and lasted till the sixteenth century.

The third stage started when the archdeacon was elevated to the position of a Bishop by the community with the name Marthoma I in 1653.

Since then the head of the community was the Marthoma Methrans and later the position was developed to Malankara Metropolitan with more recognition.

When in a religious turmoil the Patriarch of Antioch interfered and suspended then Malankara Metropolitan demanding complete surrender, the Church consecrated the senior Metropolitan as the Catholicose and head of the Church in 1912.

In 1934,through the meeting of the Malankara Association the authority and powers of the Malankara Metropolitan was entrusted to the Catholicose. Thus both the spiritual and temporal authorities of the Church was vested in one person who is the Catholicose and Malankara Metropolitan. The development of authority in that direction was completed.

Upcoming Event

01

Nov

Feast of Saint Gregorios

Feast of Saint Gregorios will be held from 1st Nov – 3rd Nov 2019


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