Since at least the fourth century the St. Thomas Christians of Malabar have been sharing the same liturgy of the East Syrian tradition. The St. Thomas Christians had the East Syrian rite of marriage until the arrival of the European missionaries. However, the Thomas Christian marriage is not just a copy of Mesopotamian (East Syrian) celebration. There are also ceremonies in it like the rite of Tali and the rite of Mantrakoti, which are found only among the Thomas Christians. Thomas Christians have the rite of tying the Tali, instead of the rite of rings, which is an important element of the Chaldean and Assyrian tradition of marriage. In this paper we shall concentrate on the specific elements found in the marriage celebration of the Thomas Christians. First, we shall first of all take a general view of the East Syrian marriage, focusing on the theological aspects of the marriage liturgy. This general survey of the East Syrian marriage and its theology is followed by the analysis of the specific elements found in the St. Thomas Christian liturgy of marriage and its theology.

You will be required to attend a Pre-Marriage Course.

SYRO-MALABAR MATRIMONY ( ) is a Catholic matrimonial service provided by the St.Thomas the Apostale Syro-Malabar Diocese Melbourne. It is part of the pastoral initiatives taken by the Syro-Malabar Church to reach out to its faithful world-wide with various pastoral and spiritual servicesusing the new medium of internet. The Internet Mission benefits mostly the members of theSyro-Malabar Community, who have moved to other parts of India and the world in search of a living.The matrimonial service directly benefits young men and women who are seeking suitable life-partner from their own faith and community to start a Christian family. Parents, who are eagerly searching for good brides and grooms for their sons and daughters can also make use of this service.

Please Contact Fr. Anish for more details. – 0405940305.

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