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About St. Basil's Church, Boston

The St. Basil’s Syriac Orthodox Church in Boston, a Jacobite Church, mainly consists of the SOCA members from South India (Kerala) who speak the Malayalam language. We belong to the very ancient church called ‘Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch (SOCA)’, one of the members of the Oriental Orthodox Church family. The Syriac Orthodox Church is held to be the first church of Christianity established by the Apostle St. Peter.

Our Archdiocese, The Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America is a non-profit religious organization in the United States, incorporated in the State of New York. The Archdiocese is under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of His Holiness the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church. This Archdiocese comprises of the parishes all over the United States and Canada for the people predominantly from India who follow the Syriac tradition. The liturgy in this church is in the Malayalam language. Syriac and English languages are also used intermittently during the liturgy.

Boston is an attractive place for settlers from India because of its richness in education system, hospitals, biotech /IT companies , many elite universities and other institutions around the area. More importantly, the openness, helpfulness and welcoming nature of the great people of Massachusetts make all of us feel at home. Although there were several members of the SOCA from India living in Boston and neighboring areas for several decades, a church for this community was not fulfilled until August of 2009. It was by the dedication, prayers and efforts of seven SOCA families from India, which grew to nine by the time of inauguration, that this church was formed in Newton, Massachusetts. The archbishop of the Malankara Syriac Orthodox Church in N. America, Mor Titus Eldho, officially inaugurated the church and conducted the first Holy Qurbono (Mass) in Malayalam on August 30, 2009. By the blessing of the lord, this church has come far along since then, and now has about twenty members.

The church is named after the saint of SOCA, St. Mor Baseliose Eldho, who is entombed at Kothamangalam Mor Thoman Cheriapally in Kerala, India, by the archbishop. Second Baptist Church of Newton was kind enough to share their church facilities with us to make this dream come true. Read more


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