Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Christians
Jacobite - The term Jacobite originated from the name of St. Yacoub Bourdana, the Metropolitan of Edessa (A.D. 543), and the name Jacobite means admirers of St.
Yacoub of Edessa. Syrian Orthodox Christians are also known as Jacobite Christians or in short Jacobites.
Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church
Syrian orthodox church occupies an important position among the ancient independent churches of the world. The Syrian Patriarchs of Antioch are successors of St.
Peter. They are the head of the Syrian orthodox churches.
In Kerala, foundation of Syrian orthodox church is ascribed to St. Thomas and the missionary enterprises of Syria. It is believed that St. Thomas came to Muziris
(present Kodungallur) in A.D. 52 from Edessa, capital of Eastern Syria during the time of king Gondophornes. According to another belief Christianity spread in Kerala by
the efforts of Cana Thoma, 3 bishops of Edessa, clergymen and Syrian families in A.D. 345. Since there are no historical or anthropological evidences, it is difficult to
make foolproof statement of the origin of the Syrian Christians of Kerala.
The traditional Christians of Kerala are called Malankara Syrian Christians. Before the Portuguese arrived in 1498, Christians were divided into 2 sects - Thekkumbhavar
(southerners) and Vadakkumbhavar (northerners). The Syrian orthodox Christians are also known as Jacobite Christians. The term Jacobite originated from the name of
St. Yacoub Bourdana, the Metropolitan of Edessa (A.D. 543). Jacobites, in church history means admirers of St. Yacoub of Edessa. The headquarters of Syrian
orthodox churches or the Jacobites churches is in Damascus, capital of Syria.
Traditional architecture of the Syrian orthodox churches is a hybrid architecture of Gothic Style, Jewish Synagogues Style and Hindu Temple style structures.
Our Place of Worship
We thank Rv. Marcus and Rv. Philemon and all the members of St. Marcus Coptic Church of Scottsdale for accommodating us in their facility from March
12, 2006 until August 23, 2008.
Our church services are held at 5600 S 6th Street, Phoenix, AZ - 85040 (Map)
St. Peter's Jacobite Church, Phoenix