Medak Cathedral

Medak Cathedral
Medak Cathedral

The bell tower of the cathedral is visible across the surrounding areas for several miles

17°21′37″N 78°28′24″E / 17.360305°N 78.473416°E / 17.360305; 78.473416Coordinates: 17°21′37″N 78°28′24″E / 17.360305°N 78.473416°E / 17.360305; 78.473416
Country India
Denomination Church of South India
Website [1]
History
Dedication St. Peter
Administration
Diocese Diocese of Medak
Clergy
Bishop(s) B. P. Sugandhar

Medak Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop in Medak for the Church of South India (formerly Anglican). The Cathedral is the largest of all churches in Andhra Pradesh. The Cathedral also sees over the Diocese of Medak, which is the single largest diocese in Asia and the second largest diocese in the world. It was consecrated on 25 December 1924. Built by the British Wesleyan Methodists, the Cathedral is now under the jurisdiction of the Church of South India.

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History

The Church of South India Cathedral at Medak. It is considered to be one of the largest churches in Asia
View of the altar in Medak Cathedral

The cathedral was built under the stewardship of Reverend Charls Walker Posnett who was driven by the motto My best for my Lord. Rev. Posnett arrived in Secunderabad in 1895. He first ministered among the British soldiers at Trimullghery. Unsatisfied with the army work, he launched forth into villages. In the year 1896, Rev. Charles Walker Posnett visited a village called Medak and built a bungalow there by staying in dock bungalow.[1] There was no railway route to Medak in those days. The journey of 60 miles (97 km) from Hyderabad had to be done on horseback and Rev. Posnett could do it in a day. There were then hardly two hundred Christians in the whole of Medak area. When he came to Medak, there was a small tiled house as the place of worship. As the number of Christians increased, he felt the need for expanding the church building. Rev.Posnett soon raised a moderate structure on that very spot just enough for the Christian community within the Mission Compound in the traditional shape of a church. He thought it was not a worthy place for divine worship. He started building the present Cathedral in 1914 on a sprawling 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) of land in Ghusnabad area. The foundations for the new church were laid in the beginning of the year 1914.During the early part of the 20th century, Medak district was reeling under famine and Rev. Posnett in order to provide succour to the suffering masses gave the masses employment in the construction of the church in stead of running a free kitchen. The construction wonk on the cathedral went on for 10 years. The cathedral was consecrated in 1924 by Rev. Posnett expressing his grateful thanks to God for mitigating the sufferings of the people.[2][3]

Architecture

The cathedral is 100 ft (30 m) wide and 200 ft (61 m) long and conforms to the Gothic Revival style. It can accommodate about 5,000 people at a time. The mosaic tiles were imported from England and are of six different colours. Italian masons from Bombay were engaged for decorating the flooring. Massive pillars built with fine hewn and well dressed grey stone support the gallery and the whole edifice. The roof of the church is made sound-proof by means of hollow sponge material and has an impressive style of vaulting. The vaulting on the ceiling is in the shape of squares. The bell-tower of the Cathedral is 175 ft (53 m) high. When the Nizam of Hyderabad came to know that the height of this Cathedral was going to be far more than that of Charminar, he made a vain bid to order that its height should be brought down.[2]

Stained Glass

The biggest attraction of the Cathedral are its stained glass windows depicting different scenes from Christ's life - Ascension behing the altar, Nativity in the west transept, and Crucifixion in the east transept. The windows were designed by Sir. O. Salisbury of England. The stained glass windows were installed at different periods. The chancel window depicting the ascension was installed in 1927, two years after the cathedral was built. The nativity window was installed in 1947 and the crucifixion window was installed in 1958. [4]

Timings

Services:

  • Sunday General Service - 9:30 am
  • Sunday Morning Service - 7 am

The cathedral is open daily from 7 am to 6 pm for public viewing and silent prayer.

See also

References

  1. ^ Medak Diocese
  2. ^ a b Cover Story
  3. ^ Deccan Chronicle Newspaper, January 16, 1999 edition
  4. ^ Deccan Chronicle Newspaper, January 16, 1999 edition

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