Burbank, Los Angeles: A new Church has been acquired by the Burbank Syriac Orthodox Mission of Malankara Orthodox Church, which was previously known as the St James Syriac Orthodox Church of America. The new Church is based in Sunland and located not very far from Burbank.
The Church is being is set under the divine blessings of Dr Yuhanon Mar Meletius, Metropolitan of Thrissur Diocese by the Holy Episcopal Synod of Malankara Orthodox Church.
On September 10, 2008, HH Baselios Marthoma Didymus I, Catholicos of the East and Metropolitan of Malankara, had issued an Encyclical confirming the spiritual relationship of St James Syrian Orthodox Church of America, Los Angeles with the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church of India.
Remodelling of the Church is presently in progress. The new Church has the main sanctuary that can accommodate 300 people. It has also a provision for a hall with capacity for 250 more, an office and media room, kitchen, Sunday School class rooms, vicar’s office, and parking for at least 60 vehicles. The Church was earlier owned by Episcopal Church.
Maiden service in the new Church will be held on Sunday, December 4, 2011 with Dr Yuhanon Mar Meletius as the chief celebrant.
The official opening is set for a later date after completion of all the remodeling work. Presently, the congregation has a total of 300 families. Most of them hail from Syria and a few of them from Middle East countries like Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon.
Dr Mar Meletius met with Cor-episcopos Dr Joseph Tarzi , present Vicar along with the President of board of elders like Rev Dr Elias Afrem and Trustee Mr Abel J Iwas and discussed the future plans and programs.