Liturgical Research Centre (LRC)

The Liturgical Research Centre (LRC) was established in order to promote serious study and research into the heritage of the Syro-Malabar Church like liturgy, theology, spirituality and discipline, a heritage that is differentiated by the culture and circumstances of history of the St. Thomas Christians of India. (Cf. CCEO, c. 28, §1). The St. Thomas Christian Museum and the Documentation Centre are managed by LRC. LRC also publishes the bi-annual journal “St. Thomas Christian Heritage”..

The Liturgical Research Centre is part of the Major Archiepiscopal Curia of the Syro-Malabar Church at Mount St. Thomas. It is governed by a Board of Directors and headed by the Executive Director.

Board of Directors
Chairman

Mar Pauly Kannookadan
Member

Bishop Mar Remigiose Inchananyil
Executive Director:

Rev. Dr. Peter Kannampuzha
Member:

Rev. Dr. Tony Neelankavil
Member: Rev. Dr. James Puliurumbil
Office Secretary:

Sr.Mereena SD

Address

Liturgical Research Centre
Mount St Thomas, P.B No. 3110, Kakkanad P.O., Kochi 682 030, India
Tel. 0484-2425727, Mob. 9497328768 Fax: 0484-2422727 E-mail: lrcsyromalabar@gmail.com


The primary function of the Liturgical Research Centre is to conduct research seminars and coordinate research on Syro-Malabar heritage. LRC also manages the St. Thomas Christian Museum and the Library and Documentation Centre, publishes books and the journal Thomas Christian Heritage and gives the Syro-Malabar Research Centre Award.

Erection
The Synod of Bishops of the Syro-Malabar Church held in Rome in January 1996 decided to erect a Liturgical Research Centre at the Major Archiepiscopal Curia of the Syro-Malabar Church at Mount St. Thomas. The synod held from November 3-14, 1998 at Mount St. Thomas followed up the matter. The then Apostolic Administrator of the Syro-Malabar Church, Mar Varkey Vithayathil, with a decree dated April 10, 1999, erected the “Liturgical Research Centre”.


THE ACTIVITIES OF THE LITURGICAL RESEARCH CENTRE (LRC)

1. Research Seminars
In the last 13 years LRC had organized 43 research seminars on different important subjects that concern the Syro-Malabar Church with the participation of experts in the field. Through the seminars LRC has been able to prepare a venue for experts to come together and deliberate about the past, present and future of our Church in an atmosphere of fraternal cordiality and intellectual seriousness.

2. LRC Publications

  • LRC has published 19 books, produced one CD and publish a half-yearly Journal “Thomas Christian Heritage”.

3. Library and Documentation Centre

4. St. Thomas Christian Museum

5. Thomas Christian Heritage (LRC Journal)

6. Syro-Malabar Research Centre Award

7. Other activities as per the direction of the Synod


RESEARCH SEMINARS

LRC has organized 44 research seminars on different important subjects that concern the Syro-Malabar Church with the participation of experts in the field. The topics of the research seminars are the following:

1
Life and Nature of the St. Thomas Christian Church in the Pre- Diamper Period (Oct 4-6,1999)
2
Some Historical Questions (Sept 4-6,2000)
3
Literary and Linguistic Study of the Malayalam Text of the Anaphora of the Qurbana. (Oct 5, 2000)
4
Historical and Cultural Heritage of St. Thomas Christians (Jan 24-26, 2001)
5
Seminar on Enarxis and Offertory Part of the Qurbana (March 7-8,2001)
6
Seminar on Archives (May 8-9,2001)
7
Literary and Linguistic study of the Malayalam Text of the Anaphora of the Qurbana-2 (June 6-8,2001)
8
The History of St. Thomas Christians Before the Arrival of the Portuguese (Oct.24-25, 2001)
9
Ecumenical Seminar on The Cultural Heritage of St. Thomas Christians and the Efforts to preserve it (Nov.10, 2001)
10
The Pastoral aspect of the prayers of our Qurbana from the beginning up to Laku Mara (Dec. 6-8,2001)
11
Liturgical Music (January 31,2002)
12
The Spirit of the Liturgical Calendar (June 25 – 27 – 2002)
13
New Name for our Church (August 28-29. 2002)
14
The Liturgy of the Hours (Nov. 26-28,2002)
15
Seminar on St Thomas Dravidian Christianity, Historical Perspective, (from 21-22 January 2003.)
16
Anaphora of Addai and Mari (23-24 June 2003)
17
Pre-Anaphora Part of the Qurbana (October 7-9-2003)
18
The possibilities of Further inculturation of the Syro-Malabar Liturgy (January 27- 29-2004.)
19
Seminar on the Liturgy of the Hours for the Central Liturgical Committee (30 March 1 April 2004)
20
The Post Anaphora & Communion part of the Qurbana (22-24 June 2004)
21
The Kerala Christian Art and Architecture (19-21 Oct. 2004.)
22
The Anaphorae of Mar Theodore and Nestorius (11-13 January 2005)
23
The Eucharistic Theology of Pope John Paul II (5-7 April 2005)
24
The Liturgical Music of the Syro-Malabar Church (19-21 July 2005)
25
The Social Life of Kerala in the First Millennium (15 -17 November 2005)
26
The Vatican Council II and the Syro-Malabar Church ( 21-23 March 2006)
27
The Sacramentals of the Syro-Malabar Church (14-15 June 2006)
28
The popular devotions in the Syro-Malabar Church (19-21 September 2006)
29
Mission Theology of the Syro-Malabar Church (27 February – 1 March 2007)
30
The Spirituality of the Syro-Malabar Church (17 July 2007 - 19 July 2007)
31
The Christology of the Syro-Malabar Church (18-20 December 2007)
32
The proclamation of the Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church (20 - 22 May 2008)
33
The Role and Mission of the Laity in the Syro-Malabar Church (11-12 July 2008).
34
Ecclesial Mission of the Syro Malabar Church in India and abroad (ISI, New Delhi on 14, 15, 16 November 2008)
35
Catholic Response to Kerala Law Reform Commission (Saturday 21 February 2009)
36
The Ministry and Life of the Priests of the Syro-Malabar Church (.3rd November 2009, Tuesday - 5th Nov. 2009, Thursday.)
37
The Seminar on Consecrated Life. ( 26 -28 July 2010, Kakkanad.)
38
The Seminar on Eco – Theology. (24-26 Nov. 2010, Kakkanad.)
39
The Early Christian Communities of St Thomas Tradition In India .(29-31 July 2011, Mumbai - First Mission Seminar)
40
New Evangelization Within and Beyond: An Eastern Catholic Perspective -31 March, 2011, Rome
41
St. Thomas Christians and Evangelization -22-24 (Tuesday – Thursday), November 2011, Bangalore - Second Mission Seminar)
42
Ecclesiastical Archives, 25th Wednesday.( 26th Thursday 2012, Kakkanad)
43
Missionary Challenges and prospects. (9-12 February 2012, Wardha - Third Mission Seminar)
44
Contributions of the Syro - Malabar Church to the Mission in India.(26-28 March 2012, Bhopal - Fourth Mission seminar)


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