FAITH & PRACTICES OF MARTHOMA SYRIAN CHURCH OF MALABAR
This church follows the faith as it was defined by the first three holy Ecumenical Councils of Nicea (AD 325), Constantinople (AD 381) and Ephesus (AD 431). The following points are a summary of the main doctrines of this church:
1. The Church believes that God is the Almighty One in three most holy persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Who has one will and one action, and that these three persons are equal in their grandeur.
2. The Church believes that the second Person of the Holy Trinity came down from heaven to earth, dwelt in the womb of the holy Virgin Mary, and took through her and the Holy Spirit a full human body.
3. The Church believes that our Lord and Master Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man, and that He has one composite nature after the union of the two natures (divine and human). In this union, the two natures never separate, nor undergo any fusion, changing blending, or transformation.
4. The Church believes that the Incarnate God, was crucified, died and was buried, while the divinity never departed, neither from his holy soul, nor from his holy body. The Church further believes that He rose on the third day from the dead and saved the entire humanity from death, Satan and sin, and that He has ascended into heaven, and will come again to judge the world. The church awaits his coming at any time.
5. The Church believes that the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Holy Trinity, proceeds from the Father. The Holy Spirit sanctifies and perfects everything.
6. The Church believes in the seven holy Sacraments; these are: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Confession, Annointing of the sick, Matrimony and Priesthood.
7. The Church believes in the resurrection of the body and soul on the Day of the Last Judgment at the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Each will receive his proper reward.
8. The church believes that the Holy Bible containing 66 books is complete and should be considered as the foundation of faith.
9. The church believes that the church in Malabar coast established by Apostle Saint Thomas maintains the continuity of historical Episcopacy and the church accepts the three offices of priesthood viz Episcopa( Bishop), Qashisho( Priest) and Shemshano(Deacon).The senior most Episcopa is elevated as MarThoma Metropolitan .
10.The administration of church is as follows:
Parish level consists of General Body, Executive committe of elected members , presided by Vicar
Diocesan level consists of Diocesan Assembly of Elected representatives of each parishes and clergy presided by Diocesan Bishop
Central level consists of i)General Synod of representatives of parishes called 'Sabha Mandalam' ii) Executive council of the Church consiting of elected and nominated members called 'Sabha Council' and iii) Holy Episcopal Synod, consisting of all the Bishops presided by the MarThoma Metropolitan..
We believe in the One God, The Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.
We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only-begotten Son of God, Who was begotten of the Father before all worlds; Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten and not made, of one substance with the Father, by Whom all things were made.Who for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and of the Virgin Mary and became man. He was crucified for us in the days of Pontius Pilate, suffered, died and was buried; and the third day He rose again by His father’s holy will, ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of His Father. And He shall come again with great glory to judge both the living and the dead; and of His kingdom there will be no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father; Who together with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, Who spoke by the prophets and the apostles.
We believe in one Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
We aknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.
And look forward for the resurrection of the dead ,
and the new life of the world to come.