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Edappally St.George Church

Built in 594 AD, the Edappally St George church is one of the oldest churches in Kerala. It is also known as St George’s Syro-Malabar
Catholic Forane Church or Edapally church. It is located at a distance of 10 kms from Cochin. The history of this church is as long as fourteen centuries, even before the nation Indian was formed, or for that matter even Cochin. During that time only a small hamlet of Edapally existed which belonged to the princely kingdom of Elangalloor. People there lived a very simple and a peaceful life and most of them were Hindus. They were later converted to Christianity by St. Thomas the Apostle. He had come to India with the sole purpose of teaching the gospel. As the population of this place grew the old church became small and hence a new church was constructed in 1080 AD. The altar of the new church had the picture of Virgin Mary surrounded by sculptures, angels and vines. There is also a painting of heaven behind the altar which fills one’s heart with unlimited joy and happiness. The fa├žade which was renovated is now being restored to the old one and the foundation stone for this was laid by none other than Pope John Paul II.

There are many nearby attractions that one can visit while visiting this church. There is a well nearby which is believed to have miraculous properties. The water from the well is considered holy and sacred and people drink this water and bathe their head and face in it. They also take the water home in bottles. Besides this, the soil from the churchyard is also considered holy. People take it from there and sprinkle it in their homes and grounds. It is believed that doing so will prevent them from snake bites. Besides this there is other nearby shrines like the South Church, Church of Mary Rani, Church of Martin De Porres, Church of Thevackal, Church of Kalamassery, Church of Mount Assissi, Church of Vennala, Church of Vazhakkala and many more in and around the vicinity which the devotees can visit. 
The most important festival celebrated out here is the feast of St. George which is celebrated from the 23rd of April and lasts till the 15th of May. On 3rd and 4th of May the annual feast of St. George of Octave is celebrated and the octave on the 10th and 11th May. Before the feast there is 40 hours of adoration and 9 days of novena. People from different parts of the country and state come here to attend this feast and pay their homage their god and saints.

The Mass Timings for Edappally St George Church Are as Follows:-

§  Every Days:– 6 am, 7 am and 6 pm.
§  Friday:- 6 am, 7 am, 12:30 pm and 6 pm.
§  Sunday:- 5:45 am, 7 am, 8:45 am, 10:15 am, 4:15 pm (English), 5.30 pm

First Friday of The Month

The first Friday of every month is observed as a solemn day for prayer and penance at the Edappally Church.

Programme of First Friday

5.45 am
Holy Qurbana and Benediction
7.00 am
Holy Qurbana
9.00 am
Holy Qurbana
10.30 am
Holy Qurbana
12.00 pm
Holy Mass (Latin Rite)
4.00 pm
Holy Qurbana
5.30 pm
Holy Qurbana and Benediction

How to Reach Edappally St George Church


St. George Syro-Malabar Forane Church is located in Edappally, about 10 km from the city of Kochi. It is accessible by road from any part of India. Two national highways NH 47 and NH 17 join the bypass junction at Edappally which begins and continues up to Panvel, Maharashtra, in India.

By Air:-
§  Cochin International Airport situated at nedumbassery (Cochin) is the nearest international airbase from Edappally which is located 23.1 km (34 mins) away. Kochi airport is well connected with all the major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hydedabad, Trivandrum, Calicut, Coimbatore, Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Goa, etc. and the countries abroad like Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Muscat, Kuwait, Sharjah, Al Ain, Jeddah, Riyadh, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo, etc. one can either rent a cab or board a state transport bus both from nedumbassery for Edappally.
By Train:-

RailWay Stations Connecting Edappally:-
§  Edappally:- Kerala,Ernakulam,Edappally
§  Kalamassery:- Kerala,Ernakulam, Edappally, 4 KM near.
§  Eranakulam Jn :-Kerala,Ernakulam, Kochi,8 KM near. Major Near By Railway Station that connects to Maximum Number of Main stations in India. Kanyakumari Express, Trivandrum Express, Kerala Express etc are the trains that run at this railway station and connect Cochin with important cities of India like Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, etc.
By Road:-
§  KSRTC (Kerala State Road Transport Corporation) and Private buses that operate from Cochin connect Edappally.

Edappally St.George Church Root Map



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