What is special in Kerala today?
Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi will inaugurate the celebrations. J.W. Gladstone, moderator, Church of South India, will be the chief guest. Shashi Tharoor, Union Minister of State for External Affairs, will release a sesquicentennial souvenir.
The church, which completes 150 years on Sunday, was consecrated by Bishop Dealtry of Madras in 1859.
Bishop Middleton, the first Bishop of Kolkata, initiated service for the members of the Church of England by deputing Rev. Hutchinson in 1817. There were also a small number of Tamil Christians who were employed in the government or in the households of Europeans.
A Tamil congregation was formed in 1837 through the efforts of a man with knowledge of English, Christian David. The Malayalam congregation was started in 1876 by M. Chandy followed by regular services by M.P. Mathen in 1878. At this time, ...more