Brahmavar (Goan) Orthodox Church

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Brahmavar (Goan) Orthodox Church is a split faction from the Catholic Church formed under the leadership of Bishop Antonio Francisco Xavier Alvares in 1889.

He was excommunicated, stripped naked and paraded through the streets.[1] He left the Church with some hundreds of Goan Catholic families and joined the Malankara Orthodox Church and the Brahmavar (Konkani) community has come into existence since then as a part of the Indian Orthodox Church. The church uses the Tridentine Mass, in Konkani, although, in recent years, part of the liturgy has been West Syrianized, with use of the West Syrian Rite 3 times out of 4 in a month when it comes to Sundays. [2]

Antonio Francisco Xavier Alvares was ordained as the first Orthodox Metropolitan of Goa, Ceylon and Greater India in 1889 A. D. by Paulose Mar Athanasius and Geevarghese Mar Gregorios of Parumala at the Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam in the state of Kerala.

Presently, they are under the Brahmavar diocese[3] of Malankara (Indian) Orthodox Church.


  1. ^ Stalvares Archived 4 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Holy Brahmavar". The Orthodox Church. Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  3. ^ Retrieved 4 November 2016. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)