How many St Thomas Christians are there?

How many St Thomas Christians are there?

Today about seven million people, a fifth of Kerala’s population, call themselves St. Thomas Christians after Jesus’ apostle, who many here believe arrived in India in 52 A.D. Even today, parts of some liturgies are sung in Syriac, close to the Aramaic language spoken by Christ.

How many churches did St Thomas established?

52–72 The Apostle founded eight churches: Palayoor, Kodungaloor, Paravur, Kothamangalam, Niranam, Nilackal, Kollam and Thiruvithamcode ‘half church’.

How did Christianity come to Kerala?

The tradition of origin among Saint Thomas Christians relates to the arrival of Saint Thomas, one of the 12 disciples of Jesus at the ancient seaport Muziris on the Kerala coast in AD 52.

What church did St Thomas start?

Thomas is described as arriving in or around Maliankara and founding Ēḻarappaḷḷikaḷ (Seven great churches): Kodungallur, Kottakavu , Palayoor, Kokkamangalam, Nilackal, Niranam and Kollam.

Which are the 7 churches of St Thomas?

The seven churches are located at Kodungallur, Kollam, Palayoor, Kottakkavu (Paravoor), Kokkamangalam (South Pallippuram), Niranam and Nilackal (Chayal).

Which churches are built by St Thomas?

The churches were built at Maliankara in Kodungallur, Kollam, Niranam, Nilackal, Kokkamangalam, Kottakavu, Palayoor and Thiruvithamkode which are located in the present-day Kanyakumari. An Interesting factor is that all the churches in this group belong to the different congregations of Christianity.

Is marthoma Protestant?

It employs a reformed variant of the West Syriac Rite Divine Liturgy of Saint James, translated to Malayalam….

Mar Thoma Syrian Church
Classification Oriental Reformed
Orientation Protestant Syrian Christian
Scripture Holy Bible
Theology Reformed

Did St Thomas came to India?

According to traditional accounts of the Saint Thomas Christians of India, the Apostle Thomas landed in Muziris (Cranganore) on the Kerala coast in AD 52 and was martyred in Mylapore, near Madras in AD 72. The port was destroyed in 1341 by a massive flood that realigned the coasts.

What is the caste of Roman Catholic?

Roman Catholic Kshatriyas (also simply Cxatrias in Romi Konkani, Indo-Portuguese& Indian English) are a modern Christianised caste among Goan, Bombay East Indian, Mangalorean, Kudali& Karwari Catholics.