The Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church (officially the Malankara Mar Thoma Suryani Sabha) also known as the Mar Thoma Church is a Christian denomination based in the state of Kerala in southwestern 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.” Its regular work 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.
Until the beginning of 20th century Marthomites lived in a few districts of Central Travancore and Kunnamkulam in Kerala. Since that time 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.
St. Andrews Marthoma Syrian Church, Avadi
St. Andrews Marthoma Syrian Church belongs to the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church and is located at Avadi in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. It comes under the Chennai – Bangaluru Diocese which is headed by Rt. Rev.Dr.Isaac Mar Philoxenos Episcopa
|Sunday School||7:45AM [All Sundays]|
|Malayalam Holy Qurbana Service||9:00 AM [I,II,III,V Sundays]|
|English Holy Qurbana Service||9:00 AM [IV Sunday]|
|Edavaka Mission||5:00 PM [Every Wednesday]|