The recent post about the chant of Father Saji Thomas (which is beautiful beyond words) has reminded me of a couple questions I’ve been meaning to ask:
How exactly are the Syrian and Indian Orthodox related? I have the impression that Indian is very influenced by Syrian… is this correct?
Also, I recently read an issue of a very prominent (and anonymous for now) EO publication that featured an article about “The Orthodox Church in India.”
Here is the beginning:
“In the middle of the first century, the Apostle Thomas arrived in India, bearing the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Laboring in southern India, he performed numerous miracles and was eventually martyred for the Faith…
“Despite being geographically separated from the rest of the Orthodox world by Muslim empires for many centuries, Christianity survived in small pockets into modern times. Although many of these groups trace their lineage back to the Apostle Thomas, none of these churches remained in communion with the [Eastern] Orthodox Patriarchates
From the OO perspective, is this accurate? Are there “fringe” groups in India that aren’t officially part of OO?… or is this EO publication simply referring to the OO in India?
Thanks in advance