Declaration of 3 July 2021
This declaration of 3 July 2021 as Indian Christian Day (Yeshu Bhakti Divas*) as an annual day of remembrance, is for followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, of Indian origin, to celebrate the person and message of JESUS CHRIST which was brought to India in 52 AD by one of His twelve disciples, St. Thomas the Apostle.
This day, historically observed as St. Thomas Day, commemorates the martyrdom of the Apostle in 72 AD near Chennai. In marking it in 2021 and every year henceforth, we as followers of the Lord Jesus, also preserve our identity within the Indian cultural heritage, while uniting with all who wish to celebrate, irrespective of language, custom, creed, region or religion.
The celebration of Indian Christian Day (Yeshu Bhakti Divas*) on 3 July 2021, will launch the Decade of Celebration (2021-2030) to honour the 2000th anniversary of the earthly ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ whose teaching and life principles have helped to shape and transform India and the world.
*with corresponding regional names
To celebrate the person and message of Lord Jesus Christ that was brought to India in AD 52 by St. Thomas the Apostle, while preserving our identity within the Indian cultural heritage and promoting unity in India.
Significance of 3rd July 2021
July 3rd, is the traditionally accepted martyrdom day of Apostle St. Thomas, Apostle of India, disciple of Lord Jesus Christ, who arrived in India in 52 AD and was martyred in Chennai in 72 AD.
Decade of Celebration
A decade-long celebration (2021-2030), leading to the 2000th anniversary of the earthly ministry of Lord Jesus Christ, who traveled, taught and ministered from 30 – 33 AD.
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