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Holy Girdle

of

Morth Mariam Yoldath Aloho

(Mother Of God)


 

 

 

Holy Girdle of Virgin Mary

St. Mary's Soonoro Syriac Orthodox Church, Holms, Syria.

 

Apocryphal writings from the early church mention that St. Mary died in the presence of all the Apostles except St. Thomas. St. Thomas was brought to Jerusalem by Holy Spirit through 'Oyar' and saw St. Mary's body was taken to heaven by the angels. He got the girdle from St. Mary as a token to show it to other apostles that he actually saw St. Mary in 'Oyar' and to confirm asked the apostles to open the tomb and then there was no body in it. The Apostles concluded that she had been taken up to Heaven, body and soul.

 

Our Holy Syriac Orthodox Church has the rare privilege to have with her the Girdle of St. Mary. The Holy Girdle of Virgin Mary which was handed over to Apostle St. Thomas, during her assumption to heaven. St. Thomas carried this precious treasure of Virgin Mary with him to India where he died a martyr. In 394 A.D. together with the coffin of St. Thomas, this valuable Girdle of Holy Virgin Mary was also moved from India to Raha and was established in a Church. (In the Syriac history of Raha, it is mentioned that in Aug 22, 705 Greek era they brought the coffin of St. Thomas the apostle to his large church in the days of Mar Kora, the bishop of Raha. Ref: The Orien Biblio of Assimaany, Volume I, page 399). This Church where the Holy Girdle of Virgin Mary was established came to be known as the "The Church of Girdle".

Holy Girdle is now kept in the St. Mary's Soonoro Church in Holms, Syria.

 

Parts of the Holy Girdle was distributed all over the world, and now the remaining small part is rolled and covered with cotton and is kept in an "Arulikka", in a special place near to the Madbaho in this Church. The Holy Girdle was earlier kept in the 'Altar' and in 1953, when the Church was renovated, it was taken out by L.L. Patriarch Mor Aphrem. It was then carbon tested by the archieologists to determine its age and after that they confirmed its authenticity. Photographs of these events are also kept near to the Holy Girdle's place. The two stone plates, one with a hole inside where the Holy Girdle was kept, and the other one which was covering the first stone plate with an inscription about it, is also kept in a nearby place of the Madbaho.

 


 

 

The two stone plates, one with a hole inside where the Holy Girdle was kept, and the other one which was covering the first stone plate with an inscription about it.


 

 

Icon of the Holy Girdle is handing over to Apostle St. Thomas in Oyar


 

 

Chevalier Thomas Abraham and his friend Mr. Jose Samuel in front of

St. Mary's Soonoro Syriac Orthodox Church, Holms, Syria


Source:

Photos: Chevalier Thomas Abraham, Bahrain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
       
       
       
 

 

 

 
       
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
   
       
       
 
   

 

   

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