The Orthodox Church was formed in 1972 as a small congregation and is named after the first canonized patron saint of Malankara Church, St Gregorios of Parumala, as (Saint) Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edavaka, Muscat.
The joint church is named St Thomas Church as it co-shares Holy Eucharist services with the Mar Thoma Syrian Church in Oman on Friday mornings and also hosts several ecumenical events throughout the year.
Ahmedabad Diocese Metropolitan HG Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios declared open the yearlong golden jubilee celebrations of the parish by lighting the traditional lamp. Orthodox churches in the Sultanate come under the Ahmedabad Diocese of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church headquartered in Kottayam, Kerala, India.
The Metropolitan compared the milestone church with a verse from Luke 2:40. “And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him...”
Rt Rev. Dr Malayil Sabu Koshy Cherian, Bishop of the Madhya Kerala Diocese, Church of South India, in his blessing speech called to look back upon the days of its early existence. The bishop lamented losing moral values in the present generation, to rectify past mistakes and thank God for the blessing and achievements during the five decades.
Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edavaka Vicar Fr Tiju Ipe Varughese recalled the efforts of the founding fathers who set up the church, and how the church is blessed with the relics of two holy saints of the Malankara Church—Mar Gregorios of Parumala and Geevarghese Vattasseril Mar Dionysios.