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Mysuru's oldest churches celebrate anniversaries

These Church of South India buildings in Karnataka have a history of over two centuries.

 
Mysuru: 

Mysuru's oldest churches - 145-year-old Wesley Cathedral and 116-year-old YesuKarunalaya - celebrated their anniversaries on Feb 14by conducting special mass prayers.

Attached to Church of South India (CSI) Trust Association,Wesley Cathedral on BN Road was built in 1871 and YesuKarunalaya near FTS Circle was constructed in 1900.

In his sermon at Wesley Cathedral, Rev Ravi Joseph, the Presbyterian-in charge of Holy Trinity Church in Ballari, recalled the contribution of Christian missionaries to the field of education, health and service, especially to aged persons and women. He said that many missionaries who arrived here have lost their lives and their family members in India while working for the betterment of humankind.

Claiming that CSI churches in Karnataka have a history of over two centuries, Ravi Joseph stated Holy Trinity Church in Ballari is 205-year-old.

On the occasion, local preachers were felicitated by the committee members of Wesley Cathedral.

Presbyterian-in charge Rev Gurushanth led the prayers at Wesley Church, and he was assisted by associate priest Rev Sujatha. At YesuKarunalaya, a special mass prayer was conducted by Rev Vasanthkumar.

Prior to British taking charge over the Mysore state in 1831, Christian missionaries from Wesleyan Missionaries Society arrived here (by 1821). Rev John Hachian of the Wesleyan Missionary, who was serving here, went to England on a leave in 1863 to collect funds to build a church for native Christians. Later, Hachian got a land sanctioned from the then maharajas of Mysore in 1868, and took up construction of Wesley Church, which was completed in 1871. The Cathedral was renovated and extended to the present structure in 1906.

Source: Times of India

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