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The School of Liturgical Music is the realization of a long-cherished desire of the Orthodox Theological Seminary to effect a systematised and organised form to the music and

Shushrushaka Sangham


AMOSS is a movement working on the following objectives:

To give instructions to the altar boys of all parishes in the Malankara Church to make uniformity in the worship of the church and to serve systematically.

To mould people who have God’s grace, dedication, who follow spiritual & sacramental life, and who have worldly experience to reside as servants in the sacramental service of the holy church.

To train attendants to practice the holy church’s tradition and ritual service without any alteration and to perform it timely with all its meaning and value and to ordain and make them members of the church’s serving community.

The training to these altar boys is given under the supervision of “SRUTI” in the Kottayam Theological Seminary. The activities under AMOSS are:-

1.    Periodical training programmes at the diocese and zonal levels.

2.    Annual conferences aiming in the upliftment and encouragement of youngsters as the altar boys.



The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church is proud of its worshipping heritage. It is through the worship that the faith, tradition, and practice of our fathers are transmitted down the generations. The West Syrian form of worship, language, and music was introduced to the Church in the latter half of the nineteenth century, and we continue to use these in our Church today. Unscientific method of singing has altered Syriac music from its original form. Liturgical music that was passed down through the generations was not through musical notations but through oral tradition. In addition, many Malpans (Teachers) added their own style of singing to their teachings, further increasing the number of variations. 

In the Syriac tradition, singers were ordained specifically for singing liturgical songs. Unfortunately, this was lost in the Malankara Church, and we have not been able to find an adequate solution to this day. However, some musically talented people in the parishes themselves provided the leadership that led to the foundation and establishment of the parish choirs in the form that we see today. Although the message that the quality of liturgical singing in our Church needs to be improved was conveyed as a result of their activities, their efforts were not fully successful. Also, such choirs were not given the necessary encouragement by the clergy and by the laity, However, there are no systematic rules for choir singing that are in force, Consequently, disharmony exists in the singing of liturgical songs, even at the individual parish level.

To rescue our worship from this disharmony and its potential long term effects, Sruti, School of Liturgical Music was established on Jan 9th, 1989, as a result of the foresight and vision of the late Metropolitan Dr. Paulose Mar Gregorios, Principal of the Orthodox Seminary, with the approval of the Holy Episcopal Synod. The mandate of the Sruti School, among other things, is to systematize and improve Liturgical singing. Sruti has been making an earnest effort in this direction. In different parishes, the activities of those who have been trained at Sruti continue to bear more fruit.

In 1995, the Holy Episcopal Synod, presided by the late H.H.Baselios Mar Thoma Mathews 11, consented to the formation of "Malankara Orthodox Choir Association." Unfortunately, this association did not flourish.

 H.H.Baselios Mar Thoma Didymus I  has raised the M.O.C.A to the level of an organisation and placed it under the complete responsibility of Sruti School of Liturgical Music,and the Director of Sruti, has been appointed the central Director of the Association. Sruti is a part of the Orthodox Theological Seminary and the leadership given by the faculty facilitate the smooth functioning of its activities.

Purpose of Parish Choirs

1 Formation of well organized, systematically trained and centrally regulated/controlled choirs in all parishes of the church. 

2 To make arrangements for organised choir singing/to facilitate organised choir singing in all parishes of the church.

3 To systematize and invigorate liturgical singing in the church and to make it more spiritually enriching,musical and euphonious.

4 To ensure the leadership of the clergy and the participation of the laity in the worship of the church.

5 To develop/evolve appropriates styles of worship or music for various sacraments and ceremonies, and at the same time preserve and pass on to the younger generation the (liturgical) musical heritage and tradition of the church.

6 To encourage the recording of new developments in melodies that are appropriate for the Indian culture.



Choirs, which are not formed under the auspicious of parishes, but by individuals and run on a professional basis are designated private choirs.


1      To bring all such professional choirs in the Church under the guidance of sruti.

2.    To revive the liturgical singing in our church making it more systematic and spiritually enriching.

3.    To establish a common code of functioning for choir-singing in our church.


1     Members of the church desiring to form a choir should submit the application for registration to Sruti with the recommendation of the vicar of the parish.

2.    Application in the prescribed form with the recommendation of the vicar accompanied by a registration fee of Rs.250 should be sent to the Director, Orthodox Church Choir, Sruti, Orthodox Seminary, Kottayam- 686 001, Kerala, India.

3.    Temporary registration will be granted to the choirs in the order in which applications are received in Sruti. After evaluating the performance of the choir those found suitable, will be granted permanent registration. After obtaining permanent registration, the choirs shall send annual reports and an annual fee of Rs. 100 to the centre every year.