St Louis Church, Mundamveli

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St. Louis Church (Santiyago Church) is situated in Mundamveli, Kochi in the Indian state of Kerala. It is 9 km from the Ernakulam Junction railway station and 42 km from Cochin International Airport. It is one of the oldest and most popular churches in Kerala and the 3rd Parish in West Kochi, after Edakochi and Mattancherry.

         History

The first church (St. Mary's) was originally constructed by Saint Thomas Christians of Maanaanjery near the Arabian sea in the 9th century, It was located 4km from the South-West location of today's St. Michael's church Maanaassery.

. That Church was destroyed by the waves of Arabian sea in 15th Century and is now under water. In AD 1498 Portuguese missionaries are arrived in the land they built a new church and they changed the name to "St.Louis" it was the Second Parish Church. In 17th Century the church was destroyed by Tsunami In19th century another Church was established in AD1808 the church was burned by the soldiers of king of Kochi. After that incident In AD 1850 Parishioners were built a small church in Cemetry this is the 4th church, at that time the parish vicar was very confused about the continued flood and how to overcome this in his mind it was deficult to find a plcace to built a new church at that time Government offerd like a gift to built a chirch in Mundamveli farm and was inaugurated on June 20, 1868.The church was renovated for its 130th anniversary on November 16, 1997.

AD 1605ൽ സുറിയാനി ദേവാലയങ്ങൾ ആയിരുന്ന മട്ടാഞ്ചേരി, ഇടക്കൊച്ചി, മുണ്ടംവേലി എന്നീ ഇടവകകൾ ലത്തീൻ ദേവാലയങ്ങളുടെ റീത്തിലേക്ക് മാറ്റപ്പെട്ടു

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The biggest celebration of this church is the feast of St. Jacob (called Santhyapunnyalan by the people of Mundamveli), celebrated every December 30.

Other feasts celebrated include: 1) St. Sebastian - January 2nd Sunday, 2) St.Peter & St.Paul - January Last Sunday 3) St. Franciss Xavier - May 1st Sunday, 4) St. Franciss Of Asissi - August 1st Sunday, 5) St. Louis - June 22, 6) Sacred Heart - June Last Sunday, 7) St. Jacob - July 25, 8) Our Lady Of Ambaro - Seprember 2nd Sunday, 9) Infant Jesus - October 1st Sunday, 10) Our Lady Of Liberation - November - 2nd Sunday, 11) St. Treasa - August Last Sunday, 12)

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