Consecration of St. Thomas’ Orthodox Church of Toronto, Canada

The Holy Consecration of St. Thomas Orthodox Church - 23 Brownlea Ave Toronto, ON M9P 1W2 was conducted on Friday October 4th and Saturday October 5th. On Friday October 4th the parishioners under the leadership of Rev. Dr. P.K. Mathew, Vicar to the parish, along with the clergy and the faithful, received His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos of North East American Diocese Of Malankara Orthodox Church, to the new church at 23 Brownlea Avenue.

The 'Foundation stone laying'- first part of Consecration was completed on Friday evening. The second part which began with morning prayers on Saturday October 5th continued into the rite of consecration and was perfected with the celebration of Holy Qurbana. His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, led the services assisted by Rev. Fr. Dr. P. K. Mathews, Very Rev. Raban Lazarus Mathew Chor Episcopos, Rev. Fr. Dr. Thomas George, Rev. Fr. Mathew (Shinoj) Thomas and Rev. Dn. Abraham (Philemon) Philip. Rev. Shaji Johnson represented the CSI church.

His Grace spoke on the significance and meaning of Church consecration. The congregation with family members prayerfully participated in the function throughout and witnessed this solemn and sacred moment.

The Church key was symbolically given to the Vicar by the Metropolitan to administer the parish as per the constitution under the jurisdiction of North-East American Diocese of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. The Vicar handed over the key to the present trustee Mr. P.V. Thomas. His Grace congratulated the parishioners which has been functioning since 1976 for acquiring this place of worship.

Rev. Fr. Dr. P. K. Mathews extended his heart felt thanks to everyone who attended the ceremony, and making our dream a reality.

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