Churches to visit this Christmas in South Bombay

  • St Thomas Cathedral

This magnificent cathedral, that was built between 1672 and 1718, is the oldest British-era building standing in Mumbai and the city’s first Anglican church. In fact, the neighbourhood of Churchgate gets its name from this church, built by the East India Company. The erstwhile church was consecrated a cathedral in 1837. The cathedral is a splendid amalgamation of Byzantine and colonial-era architecture, and it is known for its award winning intricately designed stained glass work. The interiors of the cathedral are filled with monuments, including some to commemorate the martyrs of the battle of Srirangapatna of 1799. The memorial stones, tombstones, the tower and clock add to the monument’s charm.

Christmas special: Opened on Christmas Day in 1718, this glorious church is famous among the SoBo community for midnight mass. Carol singing starts around 9:30 PM which is then followed by a mass at 10:30 PM. Wear your finest clothes and bring in the birth of Jesus Christ at this old charming cathedral.

Address: Horniman Circle, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai

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Timings: 7 AM to 6 PM

Contact Number: 022 2202 4482

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  • Afghan Church

The Church of St John the Evangelist, popularly known as Afghan Church, is a Presbyterian church built by the British to commemorate the martyrs of the First Afghan War in 1842. There are eight large bells in the bell-tower and a 60-meter-high tower and spire. Impressive stained glass windows, geometric floor patterns and distinct, wide Gothic arches are the architectural highlights of this remarkable structure. It is owned and managed by the Indian Navy.

Christmas special: Christmas Eve is celebrated with great enthusiasm at this church with a performance by the renowned Wild Voices Choir, starting from 10:30 PM, followed by Holy Communion. The church has the most amazing acoustics and its tall structure helps resound the choral music being sung in unison.

Address: Duxbury Lane, Near Navy Nagar, S.B.S Road, Colaba, Mumbai

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Timings: 7 AM – 6:30 PM

Contact Number: (22) 2202 0420

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  • Holy Name Cathedral

Cathedral of the Holy Name, also called the Wodehouse Church in Colaba is a Neo-Gothic stone monument well known for its frescoes and immaculate interiors. This historic cathedral stands as a reminder of the colonial era. The foundation stone of the building was laid on 9th July 1902, and it was opened for everyone on 15th January 1905 as a parish. It was consecrated as a cathedral on 28th November 1964. Since then, it was declared as the Seat of the Archbishop and the ‘Mother Church’ of the Archdiocese, and continues serving even today. The main doors of the Holy Name Cathedral were also declared ‘Holy Doors of Mercy’ in 2016,  allowing Catholics to walk though, asking for purification and forgiveness from their sins.

Christmas special: This Cathedral is a wonderful place to bring in your Christmas eve. During the midnight mass, traditional Christmas carols sung in English, Konkani and Latin resonate across the beautifully Gothic-structured cathedral. An orchestra band is also present to bring alive the carols. The Cathedral’s choir commences its carol singing 9:30 PM onwards, and the mass begins approximately 10 – 10:30 PM onwards.

Address: 19, Nathalal Parekh Marg, Scindia Society, Police Colony, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai

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Contact Number: 022 2202 0121

Website: cathedraloftheholyname.org

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