Syro-Malabar Community Honors Father Of The Faith By Antonina Zielinska (With Slideshow)
Vibrantly colored umbrellas, women dressed in Indian garb and people radiating with the love of God could be seen and heard as a procession headed out of Guardian Angel Church onto Ocean Parkway July 1.
Syro-Malabar Indian Catholics were giving glory to God and honoring their patron in Brighton Beach.
“We come to celebrate St. Thomas the Apostle, the father of our faith,” said Father Shiju Chittattukara, S.D.V., director of the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Mission at Guardian Angel Church.
It is believed that St. Thomas the Apostle made his way to India to spread the Gospel there in 52 A.D. The Syro-Malabar people from Kerala, India, trace their roots back through generations to St. Thomas. They continue their traditions in their Eastern rite while remaining in full communion with Rome and the pope.
In New York, most of the Syro-Malabar priests also fill positions as priests in the local diocese including as pastors and vicars of the Roman Catholic churches.