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The Mar Thoma Orthodox Church
An ancient tradition with progressive faith. Our communion has always been inclusive and forward thinking regarding our worship and culture. Founder and first Archbishop Veron Mar Enoch Ashe was keen on maintaining the traditions of the St. Thomas lineage (Syrian Orthodox), at the same time he discerned the need for adaptations for the western context.
In honor of his memory, we strive to maintain our spiritual lineage in a way that is faithful to the past, present, and future. We welcome all on this journey!
The Proximity Portal is the official newsletter of the MTOC. In this edition, we reflect on the life of our founding Archbishop Veron Mar Enoch Ashe. Those who walked with him share his vision of "The Proximity of the Kingdom." You don't want to miss these rare insights to our spiritual father who taught us how to live out this mission in thought, word, and deed.
The legacy of spiritual wisdom continues with Archbishop Cheryl Naomi Davis' book Seven Keys To Awaken The Kingdom Within. This book is designed to usher the reader into a deeper level of contemplation and spiritual awakening in discovering the inner kingdom. Get your copy today and visit Amma's website at www.bishopcherylnaomidavis.com
Blessings to all of you. On behalf of all of the clergy and faithful, I would like to welcome you to the Mar Thoma Orthodox Church. We hope that you will explore our rich and dynamic history. Our jurisdiction was founded by the late Archbishop Veron Mar Enoch Ashe. His prophetic voice is still being discovered worldwide with profound relevance. Our church welcomes ALL, as we obey the command of the Lord who declares that: My House shall be a House of prayer for all peoples."
++ Archbishop Mar Abraham
A communion of Christians seeking continual union with the
The Mar Thoma Orthodox Church is a self-governing (autocephalous) jurisdiction of the Universal Church of Jesus Christ. Our roots are ancient and eastern. However, we also maintain our respective cultural identity as contemporary people of the west.
The teachings of The Mar Thoma Orthodox Church are derived from Holy Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and Conciliar affirmation. Scripture contains those truths taught by Christ to the Apostles and later put into writing. Apostolic Tradition represents those truths, and the conciliar nature of the church affirms the continuation of the apostolic witness through the unity of the Spirit as manifested through the people of God.
We are a
in that we recognize and practice Seven Holy Mysteries (Sacraments) as channels of God's grace by which we share in the Divine Life of God himself for our salvation. These include: Baptism, Eucharist. Chrismation, Reconciliation, Ordination (Holy Orders), Holy Unction (Healing and Last Rites), and Holy Matrimony.
We are an
that is commited to working side by side with all who proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord. Differences of theology or denomination do not prevent The Mar Thoma Orthodox Church from working together for the common good for the sake of Christ.
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H.E. Mar Enoch-Veron Ashe
Founding Archbishop 1968-2014
There's Got To Be More!
I'm too ORTHODOX to be PENTECOSTAL and too PENTECOSTAL to be ORTHODOX.
GOD became the SON OF MAN so that the SONS OF MEN could become the SONS OF GOD.
THE CALL of the CHURCH is to be CHRIST in the earth; WHEN YOU'VE SEEN US, YOU'VE SEEN THE CHRIST.
PROSPERITY to the NEGLECT of NECESSITY is ANTI-KINGDOM.
THE HARVEST truly is RIPE! The PROBLEM is not with THE HARVEST!