Re-dedication of New Delhi, Hauz Khas St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral on Friday, October 21

Written By: on Oct 20th, 2011 and filed under Columns, Opinions.

“Give thanks to the Lord because he is good; his love is eternal.” Psalms 107:1

Thanks to The Almighty, St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, Hauz Khas, New Delhi has been renovated and is ready for rededication. His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Paulose II will be the Chief Celebrant for the consecration ceremony on Friday, 21st October 2011 at 5.30 p.m. Metropolitans H.G. Dr. Youhanon Mar Demetrios, H.G. Joshua Mar Nichodemos and His Grace Dr. Zachariah Mar Aprem will be the co-celebrants.

Going down memory lane many of you will remember this church as the first congregation of Orthodox Christians in the Delhi. Since the year 1952 from the day of parish formation till date, it has covered various milestones. It has undoubtedly been the mother of all parishes across Delhi and NCR and has been able to live up to the expectations of the objectives set by the visionaries – both priests and laity who worked hard for its development. It is seen today as not only a place of worship, but contributing to the Society through educational institutions like St. Paul’s Senior Secondary School, St. Paul’s Junior School and a Healthcare centre for the needy at St. Mary’s Medical Centre, Aya Nagar.

Words are not enough to thank those who have contributed immensely to this parish since its inception. The moment of rededication is right time to bring together our thoughts, dreams and challenges to continue working towards the people of God and the society as a whole to keep the value of ‘True service’ alive through our Cathedral.

A walk through of how our Cathedral has evolved over these years:

Parish Formed on 19 December 1952

Foundation stone laid on 19 May 1964 by His Holiness Moran Mar Ignatius Yacoob III
Consecrated on 6,7 April 1968 by His Grace Mathews Mar Athanasios

The Parish Hall Inaugurated on 30 April 1968 by His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia

Declared Cathedral – On 11 July 1976 by H.G. Dr. Paulos Mar Gregorios, Metropolitan, Delhi

Kurisumthotti – Foundation stone laid on 19 July 1999 by H.G Job Mar Philoxenos, Metropolitan, Delhi

Consecrated on 2 May 2000 by H.G Job Mar Philoxenos, Metropolitan, Delhi in the presence of H.G. Kuriakose Mar Clemis, Metropolitan, Sultan Bathery Diocese.

St. Paul’s Chapel - Consecrated on 7 April 2000 by H.G Job Mar Philoxenos, Metropolitan, Delhi

Golden Jubilee Celebrations – Inaugurated on 18 December 2001 by H.H. Baselios Marthoma Mathews II, Catholicos and the Malankara Metropolitan, in the presence of H.B. Thomas Mar Themotheos, the Catholicos Designate.

St.George Chapel, Aya Nagar – Consecrated on 25 April 2002 by H.G Job Mar Philoxenos, Metropolitan, Delhi

Golden Jubilee Celebrations – Concluded on 29 December 2002 by H.H. Baselios Marthoma Mathews II, the Catholicos and the Malankara Metropolitan, in the presence of H.B. Thomas Mar Themotheos, the Catholicos Designate. H.G Job Mar Philoxenos, Metropolitan, Delhi

Give thanks to the Lord….

Samuel George
St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral
Hauz Khas, New Delhi

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4 Responses for “Re-dedication of New Delhi, Hauz Khas St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral on Friday, October 21”

  1. M.D. Jose says:

    Dear Samuel George

    You may be not aware of the Founder of our school Late Rev. Fr. whose photo is in our school. He is my uncle. Lakoor Achen. He spent all his money for the purchase of school land . May be you are not aware of this.

  2. dejy paulose says:

    We have still founding members of this Church who has detais of each coin received and please read the formal website of the church.History is in the hearts and it is well documented. Delhi Parish was formally established on 19 December 1952, by the late Rev. Fr. T.G. Koshy, who had come from Bombay.

    In January 1953 a full time priest Rev. Fr. K.C. Thomas (now His Grace Thomas Mar Makarios) assumed charge of the parish. For a few months Sunday service continued to be held in Lady Hardinge Chapel and then in St. Thomas Church. Later, as the congregation grew larger, the Bishop of Delhi (Rt. Rev. Willis) and the Cambridge Mission Brotherhood of Delhi came to our rescue by allowing us to use the St. James Church, Kashmere Gate for conducting our services. This arrangement continued for an extended period, to the end of March 1968. We gratefully acknowledge the help rendered by all of them.

    In the initial stage, financial support in the form of a small but very useful monthly contribution started coming from the Kottayam Cheriapally towards the upkeep of the parish. This continued for a little over a year, when it was found no longer essential, and the parish committee wrote to Cheriapally conveying “deep sense of gratitude and the wish that this contribution might be diverted to some more needy parish.”

    Members of the parish continued to dream about having a place of worship of their own. A Society had to be registered for acquiring land from the government for religious and charitable purposes. Accordingly The Delhi Orthodox Syrian Church Society was registered (No. S. 1758 of 1960-61) under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860, with the three fold aim of establishing a place of worship, an educational institution and health care facility.

    Proceeds from a Fete organized in February 1961, a few ad hoc donations, a transfer of Rs. 3,000 from the parish funds, and the net receipts from two charity film shows arranged in Vigyan Bhavan on 8 April 1962 had in all helped to accumulate a balance of Rs. 11,006.31 in the accounts of the Society at the end of 1963. Additionally, there was a resolution of the general body that every member would voluntarily contribute a month’s emoluments in easy installments. It was with this small bank balance, but with abundant faith in the Almighty, that the small number of active members of the parish pushed ahead to achieve the objective of building a place of worship of their own.

    Following the Supreme Court judgment of 1958, giving the quietus to half a century of litigation between the feuding Patriarch and Catholicate factions, peace had been established in the Church. Consequently, there was complete cooperation amongst the members of the combined congregation irrespective of factional loyalties. We could press for urgent allotment of a plot of land by the DDA to enable us to have the foundation stone of the church laid by His Holiness Moran Mar Ignatius Yacob III, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East on May 19, 1964.

    Intensified efforts in 1964, assistance from sources within the country and abroad, collections from a succession of Fetes and Souvenirs and above all the blessings of the Lord Almighty helped us proceed with the project to completion successfully.

    The construction work started on April 13, 1966 and the building with a covered area of 7870 sq. feet on a 0.32- acre (13941 sq. ft.) plot, costing Rs. 32,004.13, using 202.85 tonnes of cement costing Rs. 38,284.40, and 35.15 tonnes of steel costing Rs.290,96.65, involving a total construction cost of Rs.2.46 lakhs, was completed in two years. A generous timely donation of Rs.50,000 from His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia helped us immensely, and in gratitude the Parish hall has been named after the Emperor and His Majesty inaugurated it on April 30, 1968.

    The church building was consecrated by His Grace Mathews Mar Athanasios, Metropolitan of the Diocese outside Kerala on April 6 & 7, 1968. Thus came into existence the ‘mother parish’, now St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, in the Delhi Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Church of India.

    Becomes a Cathedral

  3. Fr. Joshua says:

    Many thanks Thomas for mentioning and bringing this fact back to light. I doubt they uttered his name during the functions which took place in Delhi.


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