Welcome to St. Thomas Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church
Welcome to the website of St. Thomas Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, Melbourne. St. Thomas Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church Melbourne is an independent church affiliated with the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church in India, which recognizes Holy Apostolic See of Antioch and all the East, His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II as its supreme head and His Beatitude Catholicos Baselios Thomas I as the spiritual head in India.
The church named after St. Thomas, the Apostle of India, is most known for how he is portrayed in the Gospel of John, he first appears as a symbol of strength, encouraging the others to follow Jesus to Judea where death awaits. Later he expresses doubts about following Jesus. Finally, after Jesus resurrection, he is the “doubting Thomas” who refused to believe that Jesus had been raised from the dead. He insisted: “Unless I see the marks of the nails in his hands, and put my hand into the wound in his side, I will not believe.” If he doubted, he also believed! He made what is certainly the most explicit statement of faith, St. Thomas the apostle cries out “My Lord and My God.”(John 20:28) this is the clearest affirmation of the divinity of Christ something which none of the other apostles had done and in so expressing his faith, gave Christians a prayer that will be said till end of the time.
We have a weekly service on Sunday evening to fulfil the needs of the growing Malankara Syrian Jacobite Christian community in the north western suburb of Melbourne, Australia. The vicar and the managing committee of St. Thomas Jacobite Syrian church Melbourne would like to welcome all to our congregation.
We wish you all the best and God's blessings now and always. Let the Lord Almighty shower his blessings abundantly on this humble congregation through the years and the parish continues to prosper through the intercession of the Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of God and its patron saint, St. Thomas.
"..Whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
Faith is more than what happens on Sundays. It's a part of who we are, inside and out. At St. Thomas Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church Melbourne, we believe in sharing the joy of the gospels daily, and living a life that embodies the spirit of Christ.