All Saints Church (Secunderabad)

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All Saints Church
Country India
Denomination Church of South India (previously Anglican)
History
Dedication All Saints
Administration
Diocese Diocese of Medak
Province Secunderabad

All Saints Church is a church under the auspices of the Church of South India. It is located in the Trimulgherry locality of Secunderabad. It was originally a Garrison Church, presided by Army Chaplains but was subsequently bequeathed to the Church of South India in 1947. The church currently serves the Tamil Anglican congregation of Secunderabad and offers services in English every week and in Tamil every alternate week.

History[edit]

All Saints Church was constructed in 1860 AD to serve the British Cantonment of Secunderabad. The church was the first permanent structure in the Trimulgherry Entrenchment.[1][2][3]

Architecture[edit]

The church is an imposing Gothic structure with a multitude of turrets and a tower belfry. The altar piece of the church is a beautiful stained glass window depicting Jesus carrying the cross. The stained glass window is dated 1884 and dedicated to the memory of Edward Dawson, Lieutenant of Royal Artillery.[4] Sixteen memorial tablets along the walls of the church describe the various British officers that lived and died at Secunderabad.

Antique pews, lamps along with a baptismal font are some of the prized possessions of the church. The church received the INTACH Heritage award from the Government of Andhra Pradesh from good maintenance.

Queen's visit[edit]

In 1983, Queen Elizabeth II visited the church[5][6] The Queen also visited the nearby Holy Trinity Church, Bolarum where she celebrated her 36th wedding anniversary along with Prince Philip in a service led by Bishop Victor Premasagar.[7]

Worship Services[edit]

  • 1st Sunday : 8:30 Am English
  • 2nd Sunday: 7:00 Am English & 9:00 Am Tamil
  • 3rd Sunday: 8:30 Am English
  • 4th Sunday: 7:00 Am English & 9:00 Am Tamil
  • 5th Sunday: 8:30 Am English[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Hindu Newspaper. August 17, 2006 Edition.
  2. ^ hyrjm. "The Hindu : Saving sentinels from decay". hindu.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  3. ^ "Google Groups". bbs.keyhole.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  4. ^ The Hindu Newspaper. August 17, 2006 edition
  5. ^ chakrapani. "One of the oldest edifices in Secunderabad - Architecture Photos - Chakra'View'......". cp.aminus3.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  6. ^ Lodi News-Sentinel, 21 Nov 1983.
  7. ^ "Welcome to Holy Trinity Church Bolarum". htcbolarum.org. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  8. ^ "Facebook". facebook.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06.