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Holy Trinity Armenian Church, Tangra, Calcutta (Kolkata)

Holy Trinity Armenian Church, Tangra, Calcutta (Kolkata)

Sunday Mass

Also see my blog posts on Armenians of Calcutta (Kolkata)

Tangra, Calcutta’s (Kolkata’s) Chinatown known for its tanneries and Chinese restaurant is also the home of the Armenian Church of Holy Trinity.

L: Holy Trinity Armenian Church, Tangra, Kolkata. R: Graveyard with the church

L: Holy Trinity Armenian Church, Tangra, Kolkata. R: Graveyard with the church

The Armenians claimed to have settled in Calcutta (Kolkata) much before the arrival of Job Charnock. A vibrant commercial community they wanted to reestablish their socio – cultural activity in Calcutta and Bengal.

Sunday Mass at Holy Trinity Armenian Church , Tangra, Calcutta (Kolkata)

Sunday Mass at Holy Trinity Armenian Church , Tangra, Calcutta (Kolkata)

This was one of the reasons that urged them to build churches in their settlements and invite priests. The Church was considered as the centre of all community activities.

Sunday Mass at Holy Trinity Church, Tangra

Sunday Mass at Holy Trinity Church, Tangra

In India, wherever they build settlements, they constructed churches. Today, all over India, one can find many beautiful Armenian churches, chapels and historical monuments standing as mute witnesses or silent sentinels of a once-flourishing Armenian settlement.

Today West Bengal houses 5 Armenian Churches, excluding the one at Dhaka, Bangladesh. Three of the Armenian Churches are located in Calcutta (kolkata). The small and dwindling Armenian community takes turn in celebrating their festivals and conducting their Sunday Services in different churches to keep them active.

Sunday Mass at Holy Trinity Church, Tangra

Sunday Mass at Holy Trinity Church, Tangra

For the other two Armenian Churches in West Bengal they are opened only once a year. The St. John the Baptist Church in Chinsurah is opened on the 2nd / 3 rd Sunday of January for the Annual Pilgrimage of Calcutta (kolkata) Armenians while the St. Mary Armenian Church in Saidabad is opened in mid August for the Blessing of Grapes Ceremony.

The Holy Trinity Armenian Church in Tangra was inaugurated on 1st March 1867. It has an adjoining graveyard and the oldest grave dates back to 19th March 1867.

The Holy Trinity Armenian Church celebrated its centenary in style in March 1968 with a large number of Calcutta (Kolkata) Armenians attending the Holy Mass.

Sunday Mass at Holy Trinity Church, Tangra

Sunday Mass at Holy Trinity Church, Tangra

After that the church was literally abandoned and left in utter neglect. It was only in 2007 the Armenian community of Calcutta (Kolkata) took up the initiative by restoring the Holy Trinity Church at Tangra.

An initiative of Rev. Fr. Oshagan Gulgulian, then Pastor of Armenian Church, India the church was reconstructed. On February 29, 2007, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians re-consecrated the historic Armenian church of the Holy Trinity.

Since then regular masses have been held in the Holy Trinity Armenian Church and the the graveyard and the compound well maintained.

Sunday Mass at Holy Trinity Armenian Church, Tangra

Sunday Mass at Holy Trinity Armenian Church, Tangra

On 26 April 2014 I had the opportunity of attending the Holy Mass at the Holy Trinity Church at Tangra. Lead by Rev. Fr. Geghart Ghabaghyan and with Sevil Arakelyan leading the choir it was a mesmerizing experience.

  1. indrani
    April 30, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Great to know about this and I am glad they allowed photography there.

    • May 13, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      Thanks Indrani for the comment.

      Photography is not generally allowed and also visitors are not allowed in the church compound.

      But since I have the advantage of working with the Armenian Community of Calcutta I do enjoy some special advantage!!!!

      • indrani
        May 14, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        Cool!🙂

  2. April 30, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    You are becoming the Brand Ambassador of The Armenians at Kolkata. Great Job.

    • May 13, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      Thanks Amitabha for the compliment, but the Armeninas have called calcutta their home beyond the days of Charnock, so its not easy documenting their heritage and culture.

      Still a lot of work left.

  3. ANTLY ANTONY
    January 24, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    Rangan-Pls let me know the holy mass timings on Sunday

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