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!
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.
There's Got To Be More!
H.E. Mar Enoch-Veron Ashe
Founding Archbishop 1968-2014
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!
This summer, join the bishops and other representatives from the Archdiocese to explore the worshipful, theological, intellectual and therapeutic virtues of the Mar Thoma Orthodox Church. Celebrate the birth of our new mission in Virginia under the pastoral care of Fr. Yacob (Jason) McNair.
Archbishop Ashe on"Divine Perspective"
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On behalf of the entire MTOC family, I would like to invite you to join us for an online learning opportunity.
Welcome to the all new MAR ENOCH CENTER FOR SPIRITUALITY. We have opened our first introductory classroom where you can get a taste of our interactive programs. In this course we will examine some of the video highlights of Archbishop Veron Ashe, with commentary from his direct successors. Join us today!
++ Archbishop Mar Abraham