Syriac Church History
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch
"The Syrian/Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch" is the official name of our sacred Church, in Syriac, the proper name of the Church is 'ldto Suryoyto Treeysath Shubho'. In the past, the name of the Church had been translated to English as "Syrian Orthodox Church". The Holy Synod of the Church approved the translation "Syriac Orthodox Church" for use in English speaking countries in its session of March 28-April 3, 2000. It refers to "Antioch" because of the Holy See that was established in that city by St. Peter, head of the Apostles, in 37 A.D. in Antioch "The disciples were first called Christians" (Acts 11:26).
Our Church confirmed the apostolic Orthodox faith and spread it all over the world. It used the Aramaic language, the language of our Lord, His Holy Mother, and His righteous apostles, in all of its liturgies.
This Church embraces a group of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ; The God Incarnate, Savoir of the world, and in His Father and the Holy Spirit, The Holy Trinity, One God. An unshaken faith based upon the commandments of the Gospels, the teachings of the Apostles, the opinions and views of their legitimate successors, and the decisions of its Holy Synod as well. All of which represent the Sacramental Body of Christ. Its Spiritual Fathers who were given authority by Jesus Christ in order to fulfill its evangelical mission manages its Spiritual affairs. By this authority they guide and stress upon Christian teachings, justifications, consecration, preserving the Holy Sacraments, and achievement of justice for all mankind.
Our Spiritual Heads
The Jacobite Syrian/Syriac Christian Church (The Holy Synod of the Church approved the translation "Syriac Orthodox Church" for use in English speaking countries in its session of March 28-April 3, 2000.) is an Integral part of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church with the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East as its supreme head. The local head of the Church in India is the Catholicos, ordained by and accountable to the Patriarch of Antioch. The faith, traditions, customs and rituals of Jacobite Syrian Christian Church are of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church. They use the same liturgy and hymns, but in a different language - Malayalam.
Beginning in Australia
In the recent past, especially in the last decade (Early AD 2000), a considerable number of Jacobite Syrian Christians in India, migrated, naturalized and settled down in Commonwealth of Australia. They followed the Jacobite Syrian Christian Church's faith, maintained their distinct identity and preserved glorious traditions of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church. In order to accomplish that, they formed Churches/Parishes, Congregations and Spiritual Organisation under the Spiritual leadership of H.E. Kuriakose Mor Theophilose under Malankara Syrian Orthodox Council Europe.
And the journey so far..
Later in 2006/7 His Holiness Ignatius Zakka IWAS, the then Patriarch of Antioch and All the East constituted a Vicarate for commonwealth of Australia and appointed H.E. Mar Timotheos as Patriarchal vicar/Metropolitan for a period of three years. In 2008 His Holiness appointed H.E. Paulose Mar Ireneous as new Patriarchal vicar/Metropolitan for this for the next three years. In 2014, H.H. Ignatius Aphrem II, appointed H.E. Geevarghese Mar Athanisius & from 2017 onwards, H.E. Yuhanon Mor Meletheose as current patriarchal vicar/metropolitan of Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, Australia & Newzealand.