Fr Salim Joseph speaking to children from the Syro-Malabar rite. Seven of them will receive their first Holy Communion and Confirmation on Jan 30.Fr Salim Joseph speaking to children from the Syro-Malabar rite. Seven of them will receive their first Holy Communion and Confirmation on Jan 30.

Seven children from the Syro-Malabar rite will receive the Sacraments of first Holy Communion and Confirmation on Jan 30 at the Church of St Anthony at 3pm. The Mass will be celebrated by Franciscan Fr Salim Joseph, chaplain of the Archdiocesan Commission for Malayalam Apostolate.

The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is one of the 22 Eastern Catholic Churches in full communion with Rome. It traces its origins back to India along with the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church.

The Syro-Malabar Catholic community has been in existence in Singapore since 2000.

There are currently about 450 families or 2,000 people in Singapore who belong to the Syro-Malabar rite, Fr Salim told CatholicNews. They are mainly migrants from Kerala, India.

Fr Salim also shared how “Syro-Malabar liturgical services are completely different from the Latin liturgical services. The whole Syro-Malabar liturgy comprises singing and chanting.”

Other differences mentioned by Fr Salim were the liturgical rubrics, the terminologies used, and the theological meaning of those terminologies.

The Malayalam apostolate was established on July 1, 2014.

The commission was constituted to ensure effective evangelisation programmes for local and migrant Malayalees.

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