St. George’s Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Diocese of Madras, Church of South India. The Cathedral is located in the centre of the Chennai City and is a grand building with the steeple reaching the skies as if looking up to God in prayer for the people of the Church and for the whole world.
The entire cathedral campus is being filled with prayers and it is called as ‘House of Prayer’ for all people. The Cathedral is kept open from 6 am to 6 pm for the people who are seeking comfort and peace and they may come and surrender themselves to God from the place filled with prayer.
The Congregation worshipping at the Cathedral is a vibrant believers’ community from all over India and there are some from different parts of the world as well. Anyone visiting the Cathedral will be spellbound by its grandeur and spirituality. The members have a wide range of involvement in the community and the Cathedral empowers.
The congregation of St. George’s Cathedral is also a community of mission. The Cathedral being the mother church of the Diocese of Madras, it supports other rural communities and congregations by participating in the life and growth of them and in the Diocesan institutions.
The Cathedral has a unique place in the history of the church. The inauguration of the united Church of South India took place here on the 27th September 1947. The cathedral therefore stands tall as a major landmark in the church union and ecumenism.
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
(Luke 2:8-11) listen to chapter (Read by Max McLean. Provided by The Listener's Audio Bible.)