The most commonly believed tradition of origin among Christians in Kerala relates to the evangelical activity of Thomas the Apostle, who is said to have come to India in middle of the 1st century (AD 52). In Kerala, the people who were converted to Christianity by St. Thomas Apostle in 52 AD were known to be ‘Nasranis’. As years went on, there occurred many changes in the life, rituals and faith of these ‘Nasranis’. During the domination of the Portuguese, a group of ‘Nasranis’
St. Stephen the first martyr of Christianity, in whose name our church is named, was a deacon in the early church at Jerusalem, who aroused the enmity of members of various synagogues by his teachings. Accused of blasphemy, at his trial he made a long speech fiercely denouncing the Jewish authorities who were sitting in judgment on him and was stoned to death.
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Thiruvalla, Kerala, India