Kudassanad is a Christian dominated township
blessed with great natural beauty. The early Christians of this area are
believed to have come from the regions of Nilackal. Archaeological evidence
proves that up to 14th century Nilackal was a thriving Christian settlement.
The Christian communities enjoyed here a wholesome and vibrant life,
interacting with the neighbouring kingdoms. However, gradually they had to
flee to other areas, such as Aruvithura, Chengannur, Kallooppara,
Kanjirappally, Kodassanad (Kudassanad), Mallappally, Poonjar, Ranni,
Thumpamon and Vaypur due to certain natural calamity or as a result of the
depredations of folks from the neighbouring areas. The newcomers found the
place congenial for cultivation and conducting trade. The Kings of Pandalam
dynasty, the erstwhile rulers, gave them land and enabled them to practice
The Kudassanad St. Stephens Cathedral is a very ancient and famous parish
unit in the Diocese of chengannur of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.
It is situated in the centre of palamel and Kurampala villages. Our
forefathers worshipped firstly in St. Thomas Cathedral Kadampanad and
afterwards in St. Marys Cathedral, Thumpamon. Due to the long journey of
worship, they decided to build a church at Kudassanad itself. Firstly they
decided to build the church at pappadikoikkal junction, but due to some
technical problems, they changed their decision and selected “Vyippin kunnu”,
a near by mountain (later it is renamed as St. Stephen’s Mount) and
constructed a small church with Bamboos and palm leaves.
(On every year, there is a church procession is Pappadikoiekal junction on
the main day of the fest of St. Stephen’s)
Stages of Growth
It is firmly believed that the present church is the fourth one. The
previous church the third one, was established in 1872. It was very
beautiful with different kinds
art works and picture of St. Stephen. After 100 years in 1972 H. G. Daniel
Mar Philoxenos, Metropolitan of Thumpamon Diocese, laid the foundation stone
for the present church. On 23rd January 1984 the church was conscecrated by
H.H. Baselios Mathews I, the Catholicose of the East, as chief celebrant and
H.G. Daniel Mar Philoxenose as co-celebrant. Rev. Fr. K. M. Thomas was the
Vicar of the church
1989 April 22nd H.G. Daniel Mar Philoxenose, declared the Parish as a
Cathedral of Malankara Orthodox Church. Before the establishment of
chengannur Diocese in 1985, this Cathedral was the part of of Kollam and
then Thumpamon Diocese. It was the one and only Cathedral in the Diocese of
Chengannur at the beginning.
Festivals, Celebrations, Special programs etc..
The main festival is on makaram 7th and 8th, the day of Holy feast of St.
Stephen. This big festival is celebrated for 10 days. On 7th there is
Tri-mass by any of the three parish priests and all believers will attend
the special prayers for the passed parish priests and all the diseased at
the cemetery and there is a procession in the night. (To cover the limits of
the parish, there should be festival procession of concecutive three years).
On 8th, there will be Holy Qurbana in five altars under the leadership and
guidance of metropolitans of different dioceses and thereafter public meals
to all the participants. From 2 p.m. onwards there will be grand procession
from the Cathedral to Pappadikoyikal junction where our forefathers first
planned to construct the church but changed that idea due to some technical
reasons. This procession continues from generations without fail. Besides
the most important festival there are festivals and processions in
connection with the birth and death of Holy Mary, St. Thomas, St. George,
St. Parumala mar Gregorios and St. Yona. Under the leadership of the Youth
league of the church, there is pilgrimage to Parumala and to the tomb of St.
Vattasseril Mar Divanasios.
On 22-01-1984 H.H. Baselios Mathews I Catholicos installed the Holy reliese
of St. Parumala mar Gregoriose in our parish. In1992 H. G. Geevarghese Mar
Dioscoros consecrated the prayer home where the Holy Relies of St. Parumala
mar Gregorios is installed. Now this centre is most convenient for the
believers to worship.
on 07-4-2018 Chengannur Diocese Metropolitan
HG Thomas Mar Athanasios, Assistant Metropolitan HG Dr. Mathews Mar
Thimothios & Thrivandaram Diocese Metropolitan Gabriel Mar Gregorios
installed the Holy reliese of St. Stephen our parish.
St Stephens orthodox Cathedral
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