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India became independent on August 15, 1947, and one month later, the formation
of the Church of South India took place, its inauguration on 27th September
1947 was a historic event - an Indian Church in an Indian - ruled country. The
formation of the Church of South India wasss one of the remarkable events in the
History of Christianity.
Bishop Jacob was the Presiding Bishop at the great service of Inauguration and Consecration
of the new Bishops, which took place in St. George's Cathedral, Madras. Presbyterians,
Congregationalists, Methodists and Anglicans, with a section of the Basel Mission,
became one of the first union of Episcopal and non - Episcopal Churches. It was
Bishop Jacob who delivered the momentous words: "Dearly beloved brethren, in
obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church, who on the night of
His Passion prayed that His disciples might be one, and by authority of the governing
bodies of the uniting churches".
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