Jacobite - The term Jacobite originated from the name of St. Yacoub Bourdana, the Metropolitan of Edessa (A.D. 543), and the name Jacobite means admirers of St.
Yacoub of Edessa. Syriac Orthodox Christians are also known as Jacobite Christians or in short Jacobites.
Jacobite Syriac Orthodox Church
Syriac orthodox church occupies an important position among the ancient independent churches of the world. The Syriac Patriarchs of Antioch are successors of St.
Peter. They are the head of the Syriac orthodox churches.
In Kerala, foundation of Syriac orthodox church is ascribed to St. Thomas and the missionary enterprises. It is believed that St. Thomas came to Muziris (present
Kodungallur) in A.D. 52 from Edessa (middle east) during the time of king Gondophornes. According to another belief Christianity spread in Kerala by the efforts of Cana
Thoma, 3 bishops of Edessa, clergymen and Syriac families in A.D. 345. Since there are no historical or anthropological evidences, it is difficult to make foolproof
statement of the origin of the Syriac Christians of Kerala.
The traditional Christians of Kerala are called Malankara Syriac Christians. Before the Portuguese arrived in 1498, Christians were divided into 2 sects - Thekkumbhavar
(southerners) and Vadakkumbhavar (northerners). The Syriac orthodox Christians are also known as Jacobite Christians. The term Jacobite originated from the name of
St. Yacoub Bourdana, the Metropolitan of Edessa (A.D. 543). Jacobites, in church history means admirers of St. Yacoub of Edessa.
Traditional architecture of the Syriac orthodox churches is a hybrid architecture of Gothic Style, Jewish Synagogues Style and Hindu Temple style structures.
Our Place of Worship
We thank Rv. Marcus and Rv. Philemon and all the members of St. Marcus Coptic Church of Scottsdale for accommodating us in their facility from March
12, 2006 until August 23, 2008.
Our church services are held at 5600 S 6th Street, Phoenix, AZ - 85040 (Map)
St. Peter's Jacobite Church, Phoenix
Members of St. Peter's Jacobite Church, Phoenix are originally from the southern state of India, "Kerala".