Indian Christian hymnody

The beginning of Christianity in India is ascribed to the arrival of St Thomas—one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ—in the Southern part of India during the first century of the Common Era. Even though such an ascription is contested in some scholarly circles, it is certain that the Eastern Orthodox tradition of Christian faith was in existence in India quite early in the Common Era. The Indian Orthodox Church, Orthodox Syrian Church of the East, Armenian Apostolic Church, Chaldean Syrian Church, and few other smaller Orthodox groups belong to the Eastern Orthodox tradition in India. In 1887 some of the Syrian Christians separated to form the Mar Thoma Church under the leadership of...

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