St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church First MOSC Church in Connecticut

Over 250 people attend the inauguration of the St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church (Hartford, CT), the first Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church in state of Connecticut, on Saturday, September 11th, 2010

The inaugural Eucharistic celebration was conducted by Northeast American Diocese Metropolitan (Bishop) His Grace Mathews Mar Barnabas and Assistant Metropolitan (Bishop) His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos.    Attendees included State of Connecticut Representatives Mr. Christopher Coutu and Mr. Douglas McCrory, Rev. Eva Steege of the Grace Lutheran Church, along with many other local and regional dignitaries.

Along with the Eucharistic celebration, a moment of silence was held for the victims of the September 11th, 2001 attacks and their families.   This was followed by speeches by dignitaries, musical performances and a traditional lunch.   In addition, Governor Jodi Rell, through Representative Coutu, pronounced September 11, 2010 St. Thomas Indian Orthodox day in the state of Connecticut.

In reflecting on the day’s activities, Rev. Dr. Varghese M. Daniel commented “While September 11th commemorates a tragic day in American history, it also demonstrates the resilient American spirit to rebuild from the ashes and to maintain restraint and tolerance in the face of trying circumstances.   The inauguration of the St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church in Hartford, CT demonstrates these characteristics in the birth of a new church with diverse customs and traditions.”

In particular, the St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church is thankful for the support of the Grace Lutheran Church’s staff and members, particularly Rev. Eva Steege, without whom this parish and inaugural service would not have been possible.

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