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Welcome to the St. Gregorios Orthodox Church of Austin Website! Our Church belongs to the South West Diocese of America under the Malankara Orthodox Church led by H.H. Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, the Catholicos of the East and the Malankara Metropolitan. Our present diocesian metropolitan is His Grace Alexios Mar Eusebius.

Sunday School Area Level Competitions 2015: St. Gregorios Austin takes it home

St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, Austin, TX takes home first place at the Sunday School Area Level Competitions 2015. Thank you Lord!

Care Packets for the Homeless

There was a sense of joy in the church as everyone’s hands were staying busy. The little children stood in line with open bags and wide smiles, as the older students quickly filled the emptiness.

On March 1st, St Gregorios Orthodox Church Sunday School and MGOCSM in Austin, Texas packaged 144 care packages for the homeless. Each pack contained various food and hygiene items.

St. Thomas Mission Attappady - The Tribal Mission

The Malankara Orthodox Church was never afraid in walking into unchartered territory and go into places that many had neglected. The tribal area of Attappady is one among them.  
 
H.H. Moran Mar Baselius Didymus I had the inner calling to be the blessing for the tribals of Attappady. H.H, a man of prayer and service served the backback diocese of Malabar for 4 decades. In 1994, H.H. sowed the seeds of the first Tribal mission in Kerala by starting Society of the Missionaries of St. Thomas to serve the underdeveloped tribal region of Attappady in Palakkad district in Kerala.

The Great Lent FAQ

The Great Lent is the time of sharing of our time, talents and resources for the benefit of others. During this lenten season, we encourage people to share their knowlege about Great Lent for others to learn and embrace the importance of Great Lent. Here, we will collect frequently asked questions on Great Lent.

 

Qn 1. What is the siginificance of Great Lent ?

Answer: Lent is a time the church prepares us for the resurrection of Christ. The resurrection is more than a historical event. It prepares us to come closer to  God and thus for our own salvation. The Church, in its wisdom, provides us a time to refocus on our relationship to God and to live a Christ centered life.

 

Qn 2. Why do Orthodox Christians fast on Wednesdays and Fridays?

Answer: Orthodox Christians fast on Wednesday in remembrance of the betrayal of Christ and on Fridays in remembrance of His crucifixion and death.

 

Prayer Meeting Songs

Psalm 96:1 reminds us, "Sing to the LORD a new song; Sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.…". During our monthly prayer meetings, our goal is to learn atleast 2 new songs.
 
Month Song Name Lyrics
April 2015 Parishudhathmave

Malayalam

Manglish

  Daivam Vathil Malayalam and Manglish
  Here I am Lord (Song 15)
Showers of Blessing (Song 30)

Bible Crusade

The Bible Crusade program was designed to help the children read and understand the bible in their daily lives. . Every week the children read a portion of the bible and complete questions online. There are two groups. Juniors: 2nd grade to 7th grade complete the quiz for juniors.
Seniors: 8th grade and above complete the quiz for seniors.
 
Deadline for completion: Students get two weeks to complete the quiz. They can answer the quiz till the deadline listed.

St. Thomas Bhilai Mission - The roots of Village Mission

Christ had great plans for Malankara Orthodox Church. The church didnot curtial its missionary reach to just the state of Kerala, but the missionary reach of the church expanded to places beyond the boundaries of its home state of Kerala.

Mahatma Gandhiji once said - 'The soul of India is in its Villages'. In the early 1970's, many of these villages in North India were extremely backward in education, healthcare and womens welfare. H.G. Stephanos Mar Theodosius, the metropolitan of Calcutta and the pioneer of the mission work in North India took on this daunting mission for the Malankara Orthodox Church by laying the foundation stones of its village mission.

St. Pauls Mission and the Mission board

For any true organized and sustainable mission, it is very important to train the missionaries and provide guidance and resources. In such a persuit, the church established the Mission board which has taken the initiative of training the missionaries and providing them the resources needed for their mission.

Sabharatnam H.G. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios thirumeni, and the visionary of the malankara mission saw the need for training the missionaries in the early days and established the St. Pauls Mission center at Mavelikara in 1953 on his return from US after his education. The land was purchased by  and using his savings that he had in the US.
 

Servants of Cross

In the early 19th century, caste segregation and Untouchability plagued the society. This era saw the rise of Mahatma Gandhi and other social leaders who focussed on the reform movements. At the same time, in the land of Malankara, Deacon Peter  began his deicated service for equal rights for the so called lower castes in the Hindu society. With his simple life style and care and love for the neglected and his mission to preach the class less Gospel of Christ, Fr. Peter was very influential and attracted many to the Orthodox faith.

 

In 1924, H.G. established the 'Servants of Cross', (Sleebadasa Samooham) a monastic missionary movement to care for the upliftment and welfare of the people attracted to the Orthodox faith.

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