St Joseph's Church, Chennamkary, Changanacherry


St Joseph's Church, Chennamkary, Changanacherry

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Comment by Nikhil Joseph on August 10, 2016 at 9:11

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Comment by tessymolkurian on January 28, 2011 at 15:40
When we think of how St. Joseph’s church at Chennamkari which is shining forth against the rural background has achieved world renown, we should look back at its history. Its claim to fame rests on the fact that it is the first Catholic Church dedicated to St. Joseph ever erected in the whole of the continent of Asia. St. Thomas the Apostle landed in lush green Kerala which is lying between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats on the extreme end of India in 52 A.D. St. Thomas founded a Christian community which extended through out Kerala by baptizing many people. It is popularly believed that as the community grew up, 7 churches namely, Maliankara, Palayoor, Paravoor (Kottakayal), Kokamangalam, Niranam, Chayal (Nilackal),Kollam and a half completed church at Thiruvankodu which were called ‘ezharapallika’l, were founded. Of these, Niranam situated close to the sea was very prominent. Christians from Niranam and Kuravilangadu and its neighbourhood immigrated to the present Kuttanadu which was abounded with kandal forests in those days-later this area was converted into fertile paddy fields-.Most of the immigrant Christians settled in Kalloorkadu area. They had to depend on the distant Niranam church for worship. As it had been extremely difficult to travel to Niranam, the faithful of Kalloorkadu erected a church in the locality in 427 A.D. Some 550 years passed by. In the meantime more and more Christians had immigrated to different parts of Kuttanadu. The Christians who had been living in scattered settlements in and around Chennamkari found it extremely hard to depend on Kalloorkadu church for worship. Therefore, the elders of 11 powerful families of Chennamkari, Nedumudi and Kainakari areas met and decided to erect a church in Chennamkari. After getting the required sanction from political and church authorities, a church was erected in Chennamkari with the united effort of the faithful on 1 August 977 A.D. Though it is not known for certain what materials were used for the construction of the church, it is generally believed that it was built with palm leaf and bamboo. Later in 1201, the main portion of the church was renovated with stone and lime mortar. The wings in the south and north were built in 1300.Later the southern wing was pulled apart to construct the cemetery. Prior to the construction of the cemetery, the dead were buried in different parts of the church yard. The ‘mondalam’(roof) was constructed in 1601. Chennamkari had been included in the list of churches under the jurisdiction of Varapuzha Diocese published in 1786 which is entered in the History of Indian Church written by Rev.Fr. Xavier Koodapuzha. No other document about the history of Chennamkari church between 1800 and the famous Coonan cross Oath of 1653 is available.

Blessed Rev. Fr. Chavara Kuriakose Elias who is the pride of Kerala was born in Chennamkari parish in 1805 and was baptized at Chennamkari church. The granite baptismal font which witnessed the sacred rite still adorns the church.Rev.Fr. Chavara Kuriakose Elias was ordained in 1829.Through the efforts of Rev.Fr. kuriakose Elias, the first ……………….(Darsana samuham) dedicated to St. Joseph in India and Asia was founded in Chennamkari in 1836 vide the decree of Pope Gregory XVI which was sent through H.E. Mar Sauriar, the Bishop of Varapuzha Diocese. Those who assumed the Presidentship of the Darsana samuham each year became the prasudenthi. The Sunday following 14 September (the thirunnal of the Veneration of the Cross), the Darsanathirunnal of St. Joseph is celebrated. The Darsanathirunnal has been conducted by prasudenthis without lapse except during the construction period of the present church building. As more unity and co-operation was required for the construction of the church building, the Darsanathirunnal had been conducted commonly by the parishners during the construction of the church.
Kainakari St. Mary’s parish church(1877), Nasreth St. Jerome’s (1966),Pallathuruthi St. Thomas’(1969), Thottuvathala Sacred heart’s (1 January 1980, Narbhonapuram St. Sebastian’s(1 March 1980), Ponga Mar Seeva (1999)and Koolipurackal Lourde Matha (2006).Chennamkari which wishes to ascend heights of glory has thus 7 children. The mother church of Chennamkari has 887 families and 2057 members.
Comment by tessymolkurian on June 22, 2010 at 13:17
st joseph nte perilulla ASIA yile adyathe palli...... blessed chavaraychante edavakapalli..... ente PARISH chennamkary palli........

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