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Ss. Gervasis & Prothasis Forane Church, Kothanalloor is one of the famous and ancient Churches in the Diocese of Palai, in the District of Kottayam, in Kerala, India. It is believed to be established in the very early period of A.D. 826 by Persian Missionaries and is famous and particular for its Twin Patron Saints called St. Gervasis and St. Prothasis who are also known locally in the syriac name Kantheesangal which means Saints.

Most Holy and Adorable Triune God, Father - Son and Holy Spirit, I firmly believe that you are present here. I adore you with profound humility; I praise you, love you and give you thanks with all my heart for the innumerable favours you have bestowed on me. I offer you my whole being and especially all my thoughts words and actions. O my Lord and my Redeemer Jesus Christ, Son of God, you have come down from heaven for our salvation and the salvation of the whole Creation. Lord Jesus, by your sufferings and your death on the cross and by your glorious resurrection and ascension you conquered death, defeted satan, and gave new life to all mankind and to all Creation. Almighty and merciful God, lead us from darkness to light, from falsehood to truth, and from death to life. God almighty, your servants St. Gervasis and St. Prothasis, the heavenly Patron Saints of this parish suffered martyrdom for their faith and are now in heavenly glory.

O God almighty, through the powerful intercession of St. Gervasis and St.Prothasis We ask this favour from you.................................. (mention the favour you desire). In heartful gratitude for this favour we will always sing your praises.


1. Our Father 1. Hail Mary 1. Glory Be

The Persian Missionaries established a christian community at Kothanalloor in 826 AD (second year of Malayalam Era). The “St. Thomas Cross” of Kothanalloor which is also known as the “Kothanalloor Cross” is a rare Persian cross in Kerala. It was probably brought by these Persian Missionaries. It was installed in the Pallikunnu Church which was the first church built in Kothanalloor. The cross was shifted to the present church (the fourth one) on 18th December 1985. The same Cross (Persian cross), is now exhibited in a small chapel constructed near the protopresbytery of the parish. It was installed there by Mar Joseph Kallaragatt on 18th December 2007 (Commemoration of the Miraculous Cross of Mylapore: December 18, 1547). Kothanalloor Cross (Marthoma Sliba) recalls the ancientness, tradition, faith and growth of the Christian community at Kothanalloor (J .Vazhuthanapally, Archaeology of Mar Sliba, Jerusalem, 1988 & J. Vazhuthanapally, Kurisinte Bhoshatham, Cicar & Hirs Publications, Changanachery, 1998)