Unified Mass Debate in Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese: Another 10% of Parishes Adopt the Change

"Amidst ongoing debate, more parishes in the Ernakulam-Angamaly archdiocese embrace Unified Mass. Explore the complexities and community reactions to this significant change within the Syro-Malabar Church.
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In a continuing saga within the Ernakulam-Angamaly archdiocese of the Syro-Malabar Church, the debate over Unified Holy Mass has seen developments, with approximately 10% more parishes now implementing the unified mode of celebrating Mass.

Upholding Tradition Amidst Dissent

Despite resistance from some priests citing various reasons, Church sources have confirmed that a growing number of parishes have begun practicing the officially mandated Unified Holy Mass. This move follows the directive issued by Major Archbishop Raphael Thattil, although the total compliance rate across all parishes is yet to be determined.

Challenges and Adjustments

Even among parishes that have adopted the unified mode, differences persist, particularly in the scheduling of Mass times—a subtle indicator of dissenting views. Larger churches under the archdiocese are reported to have scheduled four unified Masses, whereas smaller parishes are conducting two. The timing of these Masses, set for 11 am, 1 pm, or 3 pm in many instances, has seen historically low attendance, reflecting ongoing tensions.

Legal Challenges and Community Reactions

In a notable development, Fr George Nellissery from Chunangamvely St Joseph’s Church faced opposition preventing him from conducting the Unified Mass, prompting him to consider legal recourse. Tenson Pullickal of the Mar Thoma Nasarani Sangam (MTNS) indicated that Fr Nellissery plans to approach the court regarding this matter, highlighting the contentious nature of the issue within the community.

Recent Developments and Future Actions

Recent meetings between Major Archbishop Raphael Thattil and representatives from MTNS at Mount St Thomas signify heightened tensions and potential future actions within the Church. Discussions at these meetings were pivotal as they addressed mounting concerns and plans for advocacy within the community.


As the debate over Unified Holy Mass continues to evolve, the Ernakulam-Angamaly archdiocese remains at the center of deliberations on tradition, compliance, and community sentiments. The ongoing developments underscore the complexities faced by religious institutions in balancing doctrinal mandates with pastoral practices amidst dissent and legal challenges.

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