“O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.” – Psalms 34:3
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St Thomas’ Indian Orthodox Church, London is a parish of UK-Europe & Africa Diocese of the Indian (Malankara) Orthodox Church .
Our church was declared as a parish by the Diocesan Metropolitan, Late Lamented His Grace Dr Thomas Mar Makarios on the 1st of January, 2007 and Rev Fr George Joy was duly appointed as the Vicar of the church.We used to worship at Edgware Parish Hall in Rectory Lane, Edgware .
St Thomas’ Indian Orthodox Church,London moved to Hemel Hempstead and our newly built church which was consecrated on Friday 31, August and Saturday 01, September 2012. The consecration was led by H.G. Dr. Mathews Mar Thimothios, Metropolitan, Diocese of UK-Europe & Africa of The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, and assisted by the Bishops and priests from the Oriental Orthodox family.
The Indian Orthodox Church also known as the Malankara Orthodox Church is a Church founded by St.Thomas, one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, who came to India in A.D. 52 and established Christian communities in various parts of India. History and tradition confirm that he even ordained a few people to the ecclesiastical authority and established the Apostolate in India. The Malankara Orthodox Church is part of the Oriental Orthodox family of Churches and is in communion with the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the Eritrean Orthodox Church and the Syriac Orthodox Church. Nevertheless, no one is barred from worshipping along with us if they are sympathetic to our faith and practices.
We belong to the Pan-Orthodox Communion. Our Church is a member of various national and international ecumenical bodies like National Christian Council of India and World Council of Churches and also a member of joint committees and commissions with the Catholic and Lutheran Federations. Members of our church had been presidents and moderators of both NCCI and WCC.