SARNI : The consecration of the newly built St.Thomas Orthodox Church was held on 13th of January 2012, by Calcutta Diocesan Metropolitan Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius in a two days ceremony.
The first part of the consecration was held on January12, following the evening prayer. The second part was conducted on January 13 after the Morning Prayer. In the newly consecrated church the first Holy Qurbana was conducted and the Metropolitan Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius was the chief celebrant on the occasion.
A public meeting was organized where in Priests, Sisters and faithful from other denominations were present.
Fr. Geevarghese Ramban from Bhilai, Fr. P.J. Joseph from Thumpamon along with other Priests of the Diocese assisted the Metropolitanduring the varied ceremonies
The Sarni Project started in the year 1985 was an initiative of Late Lamented Dr. Stephanos Mar Theodosius Metropolitan, then vicar Fr. K M Varghese and all the members of St.Thomas Orthodox Church. Though 14 Acres of land was purchased and a Higher Secondary school developed there in, the believers longed for a place of worship. The church services were conducted in an Ecumenical church shared along with other denominations. The church members felt the need of having a worship centre inside the campus. The foundation stone for the new church was laid on the 26th of January 2011.
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