Mission Center: The Episcopal Church: Partnerships

Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar, India

The logo of the Mar Thoma Church combines four sacred symbols: a cross, a wheel (chakra), a hand lamp and a lotus. The cross symbolizes the fact that Christ is at the center of the Church and its mission, and in the heart of the cross is a wheel (Ashoka Chakra), the emblem of India, symbolizing life. To the left of the cross is a hand lamp, an illustration of the Church’s motto, "Lighted to Lighten." On the right, is a lotus, the traditional Indian symbol of holy living.

Mar Thoma Church - Episcopal Church Agreement
Immigration from India to the United States in recent years has brought increased numbers of the people of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar to the United States. The Mar Thoma Church and the Episcopal Church are in full communion.


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