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The Only Church Dedicated in the name of Saint Baselios Bava in the Heart of North America

St. Basil's Syriac Orthodox Church, Cleveland, Ohio is the only Jacobite Church serving Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, Western New York State and Northeast Indiana and Northwest West Virginia. This church is part of the Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America and is in communion with Oriental Orthodox Churches and enjoys partial communion with Catholic Church. His Eminence Mor Titus Yeldho is the Archbishop & Patriarchal Vicar. The Archdiocese is under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch & All The East and the Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church. The Church services are primarily conducted in Malayalam. The liturgy is interspersed with English and Syriac language, a dialect of Aramaic spoken by Lord Jesus. What is special about Syriac Orthodox Church? - video produced by BBC
HH Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II HE Yeldho Mor Titus Archbishop of MASOC

His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II
Patriarch of the Antioch and All The East and
Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church

His Eminence Archbishop Yeldho Mor Titus
Archbishop and Patriarchal Vicar of Malankara Archdiocese of Syriac Orthodox Church in North America

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December 19, 2015 at 10 AM

Holy Qurbana in Cleveland


St. Monica Church Office - Lower Floor
St. Monica Catholic Church Campus
13623 Rockside Road
Garfield Heights, OH 44125

- Note the service is in the church office building and not in the school.




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Intercession from Baselios Church, from the Heart of North America

We are the only church in the heart of North America dedicated in the name of St. Baselios Bawa.

Since there are many people who have no access to a genuine Syriac Orthodox Church, Baselios Church is providing the opportunity for you to register the names of you and/or your loved ones to be remembered and prayed for by the celebrant priest (or Bishop) during our regularly scheduled services (including the church Day - the feast of St. Basil. Please send email to This service is free. (Register at least 24 hours before the service.)

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A Service of St. Basil's Syriac Orthodox Church, Ohio
Malankara World's focus is on our families. We want to help our families. Since family is a microcosm of church, it will have everything that a church focused website will have. But there will be more. We will cover issues that are important to families. What are the things that keep our members awake at night? Is that about their children? taking care of old aged parents? Relationship with their spouses? Breakdown of marriage? Health issues? Balancing work, family and spiritual life? Managing stress?

We will use a combination of technology and harnessing the resources of our people within our church to do that. The website has currently over 8,000 articles with more than 80% of them indexed in Google. A weekly Malankara World Journal has published over 90 issues. This has subscribers in all corners of the earth.  To learn more, visit Malankara World website

Baselios Church at the 29th Archdiocesan Family and Youth Conference

Twenty ninth Archdiocesan Family and Youth Conference, held in Lancaster, Pennsylvania from July 15-18, created history on many counts.

First, it was the first Family Conference ever where a Patriarch attended the event. Our Holy Father HH Ignatius Aphrem II arrived in time to attend the Public Meeting immediately following the  Heritage Procession, more colorful than ever. Patriarch also led the Holy Qurbano on Saturday, July 18 and individually blessed every participant after the service.

Second, it was attended by the largest crowd ever. 640 people signed up. 625 actually attended from 45+ churches, including several churches in Canada for the first time.

Baselios Church also had a prominent role to play in the event. Dr. Jacob Mathew was a member of the publishing committee of Malankara Deepam, the official souvenir, distributed at the event. For the first time, our church had a full page complement page. Both Dr. Jacob and Dr. Shila Mathew, co-founders of the church, participated in a panel discussion organized by the Division of Pastoral Care Ministry of the Archdiocese at the event dealing with Joint and Nuclear Family and their impact on the Family. They also had written an article in the Souvenir.

It was a great event. We will publish some pictures and more information on the Conference shortly.

Baselios Church at The Malankara Archdiocese Silver Jubilee Convention

July 22-25, 2010, Somerset, NJ

Baselios Church participated in a big way in this year's convention. Teams from our church competed in the Cultural Competition and in Choir Competition. We got a coveted spot in the historic 25-inmel qurbana. Our church members were the active members who served many injured and sick as part of the Emergency Medical Team. The official webmaster for the convention was our member and people could not say enough about the website. And the list goes on and on...

Dr. Jacob Mathew, Secretary of Baselios Church, Honored

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Silver Jubilee Convention is over. And what a convention it was! It was historic in every sense of the word. And Baselios Church, Cleveland was an active participant.

Our church was the only church from about half dozen churches that started in the archdiocese that actively participated in every aspect of the convention - from top leadership, to sponsorship, to participating in both the choir and cultural competitions. They were all capped by participation in the historic 25-inmel qurbana. Dr. Jacob Mathew was the altar assistant in altar #11. (This was a very coveted spot in the qurbana as everyone from the big churches, some with more than a quarter century of experience serving in the altar wanted to get a role out of the 25 available ones and were left standing at the steps of the altar platform. To make it more interesting (although I didn't know it at that time), Dr. Mathew was given the left most altar in the row. Our church gives big importance to the left side. The senior most occupies this coveted spot and the junior most occupies the right most slot. Most of the altars in front were manned by Rev. Deacons who come higher in spiritual hierarchy.) God indeed works in mysterious ways. There is more to this story. ....

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