On receiving sanction from the Government to build a church at Peroor, His Grace
laid the foundation stone on 3rd January, 1905.
There were only 64 families following the Jacobite Syrian faith at that time in peroor
and surrounding areas, and they unitedly laboured hard to make their great dream of having a church
a reality. The construction work was almost completed in September, 1905 ( Kanni 8, 1081 M.E ) on
the birth day of St Mary,the Mother of god. It was really a momentous day when our forefathers
finally found a permanent worship center in their own place.
Though the construction of the church was completed, that of the
Holy Madbaha -
continued with the engravings and beautification which needed more time. The church was
consecrated by His Grace Joseph Mar Dionysius on the 24th September 1907,dedicating it to the holy
memory of the Saintly Mother Marthashmooni,her seven sons and their Rabby Eleazer. The church is
the first one in India dedicated to these saintly mother who held fast to her faith in the true God and
sacrificed her mortal body. ( Refer the life and martyrdom in the Second book of Macabees)
Since 1907,as per the directions from the Church authorities, August 1 is declared as
the Annual feast Day (Perunal) in memory of the saintly Mother Marthashmooni, the seven sons and
their Rabby Eleazer. Since that year, the church has been known as Marthashmooni Church and
people belonging to all religions and castes from peroor and the neighbouring localities and every
nook and corner of Kerala gather at the church to worship, make their offerings and receive blessings
from the Patron saints of the church.
During the first years of the church, the revered Jacob Parayil,Thycad Achan and
Painumkal Achan,as Vicars,conducted the religious ceremonies .Rev Yakob Thuruthel and Rev.Jospeh
Manalel,like their predecessors,led the laity in the true faith of the Jacobite Church.
The next generation of the revered priests brought about comprehensive growth in
the activities of the church. Rev.Mani Kallapurathu,Rev.A.T.Mathews Anathanathu and Rev.Mathews
Thuruthel were in fact instrumental in the progress in the society. The sudden demise of
Rev.Mathews Thuruthel on 11.5.2008 shocked the parishioners as also the public at large.
At present Rev.Mani Kallapurathu is the Vicar of the Church. Rev.Mathew
Anathanathu and Rev.Abhilash Valiyaveettil serve as the Asst.Vicars. Very Rev.Kuriakose Cor
Episcopa Kunnathu, serving at the St.Peter and St.Pauls Church, Bangalore, is a member of the
As already been mentioned , the church first in India dedicated to holy mother
Martashmooni,her seven children and guru and guardian Eleazer. The centenary of the Church was
celebrated on a large scale in 2005. The year-long celebrations were a rich devotional and cultural
experience to thousands of devotees. As a landmark in the history of the Church for having completed
100 years , a large cross made of Granite stone and a small chapel with an altar were erected infront
of the Church.
The long period of 107 years witnessed tremendous progress. The heavenly care of
God, the Supreme Benefactor, and the holy presence of Marthashmooni Amma have made the
church one of the well-known Malankara Churches. Thousands of devotees irrespective of religions
and castes,take refuge in this spiritual centre and free themselves from their physical and mental
A nine-day fasting with prayers and meditation is observed from 24 th July to
August every year. People in large numbers participate in this religious observance with devotion .
In the year 1994, His Grace Dr. Geevarghese Mar Greegorios Perumpallil, brought from Karakkosh
Church in Moosal, the hallowed robes of Marthashmooni Amma. This holy relic is enclosed in a
decorated chest and installed inside the church close to Madbaha. Worshippers pay abeisance to the
holy relic and seek blessings.
The Church is one of the important ones in the Kottayam Diocese under the Jacobite
Syrian Church. Every year a nine-days fasting from 24th July to 1st August is observed with piety.
During this period worshippers pay reverence to Marthashmooni Amma and on all the nine feast
days’ Metropolitans of the Jacobite Church lead the prayers and celebrate the Holy Qurbana at the
altars of the church . On the last day ,the mass is celebrated by nine Metropolitans and Cor-episcopas
at Nine Altars. This celebration of the Holy Qurbana is unique and followed only in this church.
There is one “ Kurishupally” and four “Kurushinthottis” located in different localities
of peroor parish area ,where a large number of the people attend and pay obeisance. There are also
five prayer units and other Spiritual Organizations such as Sunday School,Youth
Association,Marthamariam Vanitha Samajam,Mar Baselios Paulose
Foundation,Anthokya Viswasa Samrakshana Samithi,Mar Eliaser Old Age Foundation,Mar Greegorios
Vidharthi Prasthanam and Hail Mary League. All these function well enriching the spiritual life of the
Parishioners.The Holy Qurbana is celebrated on all Fridays. Special prayers are conducted on all
Fridays praying for the mediation of the saintly Marthashmooni Amma. Devotees gather on these
days at the church for intercession . There are nearly 500 parishioners in the church.
On the 14th day and 15th January, the church observes the festival of the Mother Of
God -St Mary. Abstinee is observed from the 1st September to the 8th of September . 8th January of
every year celebrates the memory of St.Stephen, the guardian Saint and mediator of the church.
Prayers are conducted in memory of His Beatitude Baselios Catholicose and that of His Grace
Geevarghese Mar Greegorios, the Metropolitan and the President of the Synod on the first Sunday of
September and on the next Sunday after the 22nd February, respectievely.