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The Ancient Church of the East
List of Patriarchs Mar Addai II
Headquarters Baghdad Iraq
Territory Iraq, Iran
Language Assyrian
Followers 50,000–70,000[1]
Website http://www.karozota.com/

The Ancient Church of the East (Syriac: ܥܕܬܐ ܥܬܝܩܬܐ ܕܡܕܢܚܐ, Arabic: كنيسة المشرق القديمة‎) separated from the Assyrian Church of the East in 1964, after Mar Eshai Shimun XXIII, the Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East introduced reforms which were not supported by a certain number of traditionalist followers of the church. Baghdad is the seat of the Ancient Church of the East and Mar Thoma Darmo its first Catholicos-Patriarch (1968-1969). The present head of the church is Catholicos-Patriarch Mar Addai II since 1970.

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Establishment

His Holiness Mar Thoma Darmo

The Ancient Church of the East was established in opposition to reforms introduced in the Assyrian Church of the East including using the new Roman liturgical calendar rather than the traditional calendar. The schism arose in the Assyrian Church of the East in 1964 in resistance to these changes made to the church, thereby causing a separate Ancient Church of the East to be established and centered in Baghdad. In 1968, the followers of the newly established church elected a rival catholicos-patriarch Mar Thoma Darmo while Mar Shimun XXIII continued as the official head of the Assyrian Church of the East.

The elected catholicos-patriarch was a native of Mesopotamia, a former Metropolitan of the Assyrian Church of the East in India from 1952 to 1968 based at Thrissur, India. He became the head of the Ancient Church of the East in October 1968 and relocated to Baghdad. Following his death in 1969, Mar Addai II was elected to head the Ancient Church of the East in February 1970.

Organization

The Ancient Church of the East is divided into a number of archdioceses and dioceses as follows:

  • Patriarchal Archdiocese of Baghdad (Baghdad, Iraq) - Overseen by H.H. Mar Addai II Catholicos Patriarch
  • Archidiocese of Kirkuk (Kirkuk, Iraq) - Overseen by Archbishop Mar Narsai Toma
  • Archidiocese of Nineveh (Mosul, Iraq) - Overseen by Archbishop Mar Toma Gewargis
  • Archidiocese of Syria and Lebanon
  • Archidiocese of Europe (Mainz, Germany) - Overseen by Archbishop Timothaus Mar Shallita
  • Diocese of USA and Canada (Chicago, Illinois) - Overseen by Bishop Mar Emmanuel Eilya
  • Diocese of California (Modesto, California) - Overseen by Bishop Mar Daniel Yako
  • Diocese of Australia and New Zealand - Overseen by Archbishop Mar Yacoub Daniel

List of Catholicoi-Patriarchs of the Ancient Church of the East

See also

References

  • Mar Aprem Mooken, The Assyrian Church of the East in the Twentieth Century. Mōrān ’Eth’ō, 18. (Kottayam: St. Ephrem Ecumenical Research Institute, 2003).
  • Bishop James Hess, Nestorian Apostolic Bishop, "Bishops at Large", by Bishop Alan Bain published in the UK. 1985
  • Most Rev James H Hess, "A Directory of Autocephalous Bishops" by Bishop Karl Pruter, St Willibrord Press, USA, 1985
  • Rev George Badger (Anglican priest and protege of the Archbishop of Canterbury), "Nestorians and Their Rituals", published by Oxford University circa 1860.
  • The Thirty Nine Articles of the Church of England, as published in the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England, Cambridge University Press, 1968
  • "The Pearl (Marganitha), On The Truth of Christianity" Written in the year 1298 AD by Mar Odisho, Metropolitan of Suwa and Armenia. Translated and published in English by the late Patriarch, Shimun (Simon) XXIII, in 1964.
  1. ^ Baumer, Christoph (2006) (in English) (Hardback), The Church of the East: An Illustrated History of Assyrian Christianity (1st ed.), London, England, United Kingdom: I.B. Tauris, p. 272, ISBN 1-84511-115-X  

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Simple English


The Ancient Church of the East separated from the Assyrian Church of the East. This happened because Mar Shimun XXIII, the patriarch of Assyrian Church of the East introduced reforms which were not supported. These reforms included changes such as those of using the new Roman calendar rather than the old calendar. The people who did not support the changes thought they were opposed to the sanctity of being one of the oldest Christian churches in the world. For this reason, the followers of the Ancient Church of the East resisted the changes made to the church. Mar Thoma Darmo, a native of Mesopotamia, who was Metropolitan of the Assyrian Church of the East in India from 1952 to 1968, based at Trichur separated from the Assyrian Church of the East. He became the head of the Ancient Church of the East in October 1968 and moved to Baghdad. He died the following year. Following his death, Mar Addai II was elected to replace him.


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