St.Peters Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Cathedral Church, Delhi is a sacred place for Syrian Orthodox Christians. It is located near Gol Dak khana on Bhai Vir Singh Marg, New Delhi. Smt. Indira Gandhi has selected this particular location for the Church. This church plays an integral part of the Syrian Church which is established and managed by the Syrian societies overseas. The inaugural service was hosted in semi constructed church in 1989.
The Holy Mass in St.Peters Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Cathedral church is conducted in Malayalam Language.
History of St.Peter’s Cathedral Church, Delhi:
Till 1976, St. Mary’s Church at Hauz Khas was the only one spiritual place for Syrian Orthodox in Delhi. Due to the unfortunate separation in the Malankara church(The Malankara Church refers to the collection of Indian apostolic churches) in the early 1970s, the Syrian Orthodox Christians were left with no option but to find another place of worship.
In July 1976, Reverend Sleeba conducted the first service in a school in Defence Colony i.e. St. George school. After which everyone decided to make Parish i.e. an ecclesiastical district having its own church and member of the clergy. The parish was formed in Oct 1976 and started worshiping regularly at the Abner Memorial School. Later in Nov, it was relocated to Mater Dei School. In Nov 1977, after the registration of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church Society, they submitted an application for a plot for the construction of the Church. In Aug 1980, area of 940 Sq. yard was allocated but soon after that, all constructions were banned in the ridge belt. The late Catholicos and the diocesan bishop dint give up and continue to find a new location, as a result of which, Smt. Indira Gandhi herself instructed to allocate a new location in central Delhi. On Christmas 1989, the inaugural service was hosted at St.Peters Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Cathedral Church, Delhi.
Architecture of St.Peter’s Cathedral Church, Delhi:
The St. Peter’s Cathedral church is constructed in cruciform (cross) shape. The beautiful interior of the church will take you back in history to when the Apostle of Christ visited India in the 1st century. The Church building has 3 segments. The most important is the main congregational assembly hall, the church also has a community hall in the basement and the upper floor is used for Church internal offices.
You will be mesmerized by the decoration of St.Peters Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Cathedral Church, Delhi on the occasion of Christmas.
How to Reach?
St.Peters Cathedral Church is located very close to the Central Secretariat metro station on the Yellow Line. From the metro station, it is around 1.6 km.
Sunday Morning Prayer: 8:15 AM
Holy Qurbana: 9:00 AM
Evening Prayer: 05:30 pm
Address: 1, Bhai Vir Singh Marg, New Delhi – 110001, India
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