‘A Native Church Existed in Malankara before the Arrival of Foreign Christianity’ – Catholicos of the East

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OCP News Service – 4/7/19

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Malankara-India: In a recent speech at the St. Peters and St. Paul’s Parumala Seminary Church, His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II (Catholicos on the Apostolic Throne of St. Thomas and Malankara Metropolitan) stated that a Native Church (Malankara Nasrani Community) existed in Malankara way before the arrival of foreign Christianity. This statement is in line with the recent research interest with regards to the Pre-Persian, Pre-Portuguese and Pre-Syriac history and origins of the Malankara Nasrani Church.

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The Primate also hailed the help and contributions of the Hindu Kings to the Malankara Church and Malankara Nasranis.

Recent research efforts by the Center for Orthodox Studies (COS) under the leadership of Geevan Philip has come up with new findings on the Pre-Nestorian, Pre-Portuguese, Pre-Syriac history of the Malankara Church.

St. Thomas & the Native Judeo-Dravidian Malankara Nasrani Church – A Brief Overview

The ancient Orthodox Church of Malankara was established by St. Thomas the Apostle of Christ. The Primate of the Malankara Orthodox Church (Orthodox Syrian Church of the East) is the Chief of the Office of the Catholicate of the East, who is seated on the Apostolic Throne of St. Thomas. The Primate is also the Chief Custodian of the Malankara Nasranis.

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4 thoughts on “‘A Native Church Existed in Malankara before the Arrival of Foreign Christianity’ – Catholicos of the East

  1. L’Eglise Syrienne Orthodoxe en Europe et ses missions (France, Cameroun, Brésil et Pakistan) rend grâce à Dieu pour les découvertes tellement importantes sur la présence Chrétienne aux Indes, suite à la prédication de Saint Thomas, dès avant les diverses vagues d’immigrations de Chrétiens étranger.
    Nous rendons-grâce aussi à Sa Sainteté le Catholicos, comme gardien de plus authentique Tradition du Malankare, d’avoir fait ressortir la contribution des Princes autochtones. C’est en effet d’une importance particulière en cette période ou certains, probablement influencés, seraient tentés par des actions violentes contre les Chrétiens et d’autres Communautés pourtant elles aussi constitutives de l’Identité Nationale, au nom d’un certain fondamentalisme Hindou.
    L’Eglise Syro-Orthodoxe francophone de Mar Thoma, prie pour que les découvertes archéologiques établissent toujours plus clairement la présence très tôt dans l’histoire de l’Inde des Communautés Chrétiennes de Nazaréens. C’est important, tant pour confirmer l’apostolicité déjà bien établie de l’Eglise Locale que pour la paix entre communautés au Malankare comme dans les autres Régions.
    Tel est le regard que, de France, je porte sur la déclaration de Sa Sainteté. Telle est ma réflexion. Venant d’un regard étranger aux affaires indiennes, peut-être ce regard, cette réflexion paraîtra t-elle erronée à quelques uns. Si tel est le cas, je leur serai reconnaissant de me corriger afin que j’affine mon analyse et la redresse.
    En vous remerciant pour votre patience et votre attention, votre fraternellement dans le Christ, notre Seigneur. Aloho m’barekh (Dieu vous bénisse)!
    +Métropolite Mor Philipose

    The Syrian Orthodox Church in Europe and its missions (France, Cameroon, Brazil and Pakistan) give thanks to God for such important discoveries on the Christian presence in India, following the preaching of Saint Thomas, before the various waves of immigrations of foreign Christians.
    We also thank His Holiness the Catholicos, as custodian of the most authentic Malankare Tradition, for highlighting the contribution of the indigenous Princes. It is indeed of particular importance at this time when some, probably influenced, would be tempted by violent actions against Christians and other Communities, which also constitute National Identity, in the name of a certain fundamentalism. Hindu.
    The Syro-Orthodox Francophone Church of Mar Thoma prays for the archaeological discoveries to establish ever more clearly the presence very early in the history of India of the Christian Communities of Nazarenes. This is important both to confirm the already established apostolicity of the local Church and for peace between communities in Malankare as in other regions.
    Such is the look I have from France on the declaration of His Holiness. That is my reflection. Coming from a look foreign to Indian affairs, perhaps this look, this reflection will seem erroneous to some. If this is the case, I will be grateful to them for correcting me so that I can refine and analyze my analysis.
    Thanking you for your patience and your attention, your fraternally in Christ, our Lord. Aloho m’barekh (God bless you)!
    + Metropolitan Mor Philipose

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  3. As per Church history, Saint Thomas the Apostle reached India and preached there long before the other denominations arrived. ”The ancient Orthodox Church of Malankara was established by St. Thomas the Apostle of Christ. The Primate of the Malankara Orthodox Church (Orthodox Syrian Church of the East) is the Chief of the Office of the Catholicate of the East, who is seated on the Apostolic Throne of St. Thomas. The Primate is also the Chief Custodian of the Malankara Nasranis”. The word Orthodox was added much later, however, the church known Church of The East is the same church which followed the teachings of Saint Thomas the Apostle and that is The Holy Apostolic Assyrian Church of The East whose presence continues in its faithful and even the faithful known as Saint Thomas christians historically were part of the Church of The East long before the words Syrian and Orthodox were introduced. Hence, personally, I do not agree with these claims which are mixing historical facts with false claims. Something not Christian like is being planned.

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