Who are the Syriac Orthodox?



The Syriac Orthodox are the faithful of one of the oldest Apostolic Churches, the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch. The Church is a universal one in the sense that its faithful are from a diversity of backgrounds (mainly Middle Eastern and Indian). It grew in the ancient land of Syria (hence the name) which covers modern Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine, but spread all over the East as far as India. 

The Church is  universal in the sense that it transcends differences of nationalities and culture in the true spirit of the Apostle St. Paul’s admonition to the Colossians (3:11) – “there is neither Gentile nor Jew … Barbarian not Scythian.”; its faithful are from a diversity of backgrounds (today, predominantly from the Middle East and India) and spread across the globe. Its origins are in the ancient region of Greater Syria (hence the name) which covers modern Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine, but spread all over the East as far as India.  The Church is known as Syriac Orthodox because it has Syriac as its liturgical language.


Frequently Asked Questions

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Who are the Syriac Orthodox?  

Where are the headquarters of the Church? 

What is the language of the Church?

How does the Syriac Orthodox faith differ from other Christian faiths?

Is the Syriac Orthodox Church a monophysite church?

Is the Syriac Orthodox Church also called the Jacobite Church?

Is the Syriac Orthodox Church the only church that traces its origins to the Church of Antioch?

What is the relation between the Syriac Orthodox Church in Antioch and the Syriac Orthodox Church in India?

Why do we make the sign of the Cross?

What is the object of Fasting?








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