Post-Mar Thomas I Developments

Succession and Continuity

After the demise of Mar Thomas I on April 22, 1670, leadership of the Malankara Church transitioned to his successors, known as Mar Thomas II (1670-1686), Mar Thomas III (1686-1688), Mar Thomas IV (1688-1728), and Mar Thomas V (1728-1765). The historical validity of their episcopal consecrations has been a matter of debate, adding a complex layer to the church's ecclesiastical history.

Further Syrian Orthodox Influence

The period following Mar Thomas I's death saw continued efforts to deepen the Syrian Orthodox influence within the Malankara Church. In 1685, two more bishops from the Syrian Orthodox tradition, Eldo Mar Basilios and Hidatulla Mar Ivanios, arrived in Malabar, further cementing the Antiochene connection. Mar Basilios passed away shortly after his arrival, on September 29, 1685, and was interred at Kothamangalam Church. Mar Ivanios continued his efforts until his death on August 13, 1693.

Autonomous Church Governance

In the absence of additional Syrian Orthodox bishops after 1693, the Malankara Church operated autonomously. Despite the introduction of Antiochene elements, the community maintained many of its Syro-Oriental or Chaldean traditions, particularly in liturgical practices, reflecting a unique blend of Eastern Christian traditions.

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