CSI Immanuel Church, Ernakulam

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CSI Immanuel Cathedral, Cochin Diocese
C.S.I Immanuel Church
C.S.I Immanuel Church
Country India
 • OfficialMalayalam, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Nearest cityKochi

The CSI Immanuel church, Ernakulam, under the Diocese of Cochin of the Church of south India, was dedicated more than 103 years ago.


The site, originally costing 56 cents, was purchased in 1905 by Rev. J.H. Bishop and the original church was built largely through his efforts, in memory of Rev, E.B. Russel who was the missionary of the Church of England in Travencore - Cochin from 1897 to 1899 and Rev. A.B. Sealy, who was the principal of Maharaja's College. Ernakulam from 1874 to 1892 and also director of education of the Cochin State. A brass tablet in memory of those two missionaries was affixed in the chapel wall and the new church became known as the Russell Sealy Memorial church. Technical advice on the construction of the church was provided by Mr. Browning, son-in-law of Rev. Sealy, who was the chief engineer of the Cochin State.

The foundation stone of the new church was laid by governor of Madras, Sir Arthur Lawley and the church was dedicated for divine worship by the Most Rev. R.S. Coplestone, metropolitan of India and Ceylon, at a benediction service held on 11th Feb 1908.

Initially the church was attached to Trichur pastorate as there were only a few families that took up permanent membership in the new church. There were therefore no pastors in charge of the parish from 1908 to 1927; the church was administered by the missionaries in Trichur and the parish duties carried out by lay workers, the first of whom was P. P. Lazarus of Trichur. The first graduate catechist of the parish was Mr. K.S. George. He was followed by Mr. George Koshy. After working as catechist for a few years, Koshy left to study at the Serampore Divinity College; he was to return as pastor of parish in 1952. In 1928 Ernakulam was made a separate parish with Mulavukad as its outstation. Rev C. K. John was the first priest of the new parish and served initially as catechist, but after a few years was ordained as deacon and then, still later, as the presbyter.

The church celebrated its silver anniversary in 1933 during the tenure of Rt. Rev E.A.L Moore, bishop of the diocese of Travencore - Cochin

The foundation stone for the parish hall was laid in 1945 by Sir George Boag, De wan of Cochin state in the presence of the most Rev Foss Westcott, metropolitan of India and Ceylon and Rt. Rev. C.K Jacob. bishop of the diocese of Travencore Cochin. The hall was, however, completed only in 1950. The funds were raised by the ladies of the church, who had been given the responsibility by the vicar, Rev N. I Joseph. The hall is named the Wescott Hall in the honour of the metropolitan, who served the needs of the congregation for over 60 years, it was finally pulled down in 2008 when the construction of the present church was under way.

In 1947, soon after the formation of the church of south India, the church established its youth league, now called the youth fellowship.[1]

Church Altar

Worship timings[edit]

Every Sunday

  • Holy Communion - English-at 7.30 AM
  • Holy Communion- Malayalam - at 9.30 AM
  • Tamil Service at 3.30 PM
  • Holy communion on (1st & 3rd Sundays)
  • Even English Song Service at 6 PM

Lay workers[edit]

1. Mr. P.P. Lazarus 2. Mr. K.P. Benny 3. Mr. M.C. Varghese
4. Mr. C.P. John 5 . Mr.T.L. Benjamin Mr. C.C. Ittyerah
7 .Mr. A.M. Mammen 8. Mr. A.E. Namby 9. Mr. P. P. John
10. Mr. S.K. George 11. Mr. George Koshy 12. Mr. C.K. John



Year Vicar
1925–1930 Rev. C.K. John
1930–1936 Rev. K.C. David
1936–1938 Rev. C.H. Itoop
1938–1950 Rev. N.I. Joseph
1950–1952 Rev. K.M. Mathen
1952–1959 Rev. George Koshy
1959–1960 Rev. J.L. Wilson
1960–1964 Rev. Thomas Jacob
May to Nov.64 Rev. N.I. Joseph
1965–1969 Rev. M.O. Abraham
1969–1972 Rev. K. C. Seth
1972–1974 Rev. Jacob Thomas
1974–1981 Rev. George Isaac
1981–1982 Rev. Thampan Mathai
1982–1985 Rev. George Ninan
1985–1991 Rev. Jacob Thomas
1991–1998 Rev. M.J. Chacko
1998–2000 Rev. E.G. Korula
2000–2004 Rev. B.N. Fenn
2004–2009 Rev. T.I. James
2009-2013 Rev. Kurian Peter
2013- Rev. Jacob John


Other C.S.I Churches in Kochi area[edit]

  1. Alwaye CSI Holy Trinity Church, Union Christian College
  2. Alwaye St John the Baptist CSI Church
  3. Elamkulam CSI Christ Church
  4. Fort Kochi St. Francis CSI Church
  5. Kakkanad CSI Ascension Church
  6. Kalamassery All Saints CSI Church


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "CSI IMMANUEL CHURCH".