It has been 1,960 years since Sr. Thomas the Apostle founded the Indian Orthodox Church or the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church at Kodungallur in Thrissur district of Kerala.
Careful not to let the passage of time dim the memory, the Syrian church is celebrating its inception by organising various spiritual and cultural programmes. The most recent such event was held at the Christ University auditorium in the city on Tuesday.
The highlight of the function, inaugurated by the Governor of Maharashtra K. Sankaranarayanan, was the La Moriyo Zegtho , a liturgical symphony to Oriental beats.
Conceived and conducted by John Samuel, project co-ordinator, Shruti School of Music, the musical event combined Orthodox liturgical hymns in harmony with the chamber choir, accompanied by a philharmonic orchestra. The performance also recreated, through audio-visual aids, events believed to have occurred in the life of Jesus Christ.
The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church is an autocephalous and autonomous church and a part of the Oriental Orthodox Church. It is centred at Devalokam, Kottayam, Kerala.