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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.

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.

 

The Great Lent

The Great lent or the fifty day's lent is observed as a preparation for our Lord's death on the cross and His resurrection. The great lent is a time for prayers, fasting, repentance and reconciliation with God. It's a time to be thankful for all the blessings the Lord has showered on us.


Fasting and Prayer are an integral part of the great lent. The Lord taught us "Except by prayer and fasting, it is not possible to gain victory over Satan - St. Mathew 17:21".

Volunteer Appreciation 2015

As we march towards the end of the year, and we look back at the wonders that the Lord has done, we thank all our volunteers for their selfless service to the church and the community. H.G. Alexios Mar Eusebius, Metropolitan, Southwest diocese of America appreciated the awesome work that the youth volunteers undertook and presented them a token of appreciation. With our 'I volunteer at St. Gregorios Austin' campaign of undertaking one volunteer event a month, our youth volunteers have made a big difference this year and has exceeded all set goals of volunteer hours. Thank you!
 
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Christmas Carols 2015 - Spreading the Joy of Christmas

The Jingle bells ring and the cheer of Christmas spreads in Austin with more than 60 carolers spreading the joy of the birth of Jesus Christ. The St. Gregorios Austin carols were held on 19th and 20th of December, 2015.

 

Checkout the videos by clicking the icons below.

Saturday - 19, December 2015

Austin Ecumenical Christmas 2015

The Austin Ecumenical Christmas was held on December 13, 2015 at the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church. The fellowship was attended by St. Alphonsa Catholic Church, Austin Marthoma Church and St. Gregorios Orthodox Church.

 
The chief guest for the event was H.G. Alexios Mar Eusebius, Metropolitan, South west diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Church.
 
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MOSC Ministry of Human Empowerment: Enriching Family Values

Rev. Fr. P. A. Philip, deputy secretary of Ministry of Human Empowerment (MOHE) talks about the projects of Ministry of Human Empowerment of the Malankara Orthodox Church. From 2009, MOHE has been doing a commendable service in enriching families through its projects focused at the various units of the families. Click here for the brochure of the projects of MOHE.

Sharing joy with children at Casa Marianella

On October 31st 2015 KFC (Kids for Christ) kids were so fortunate to visit Casa Marianella, a transition shelter for immigrant homeless woman and children.

Our KFC kids did an amazing job decorating and filling the bags with lot of goodies that are useful for the kids at the shelter. KFC Kids got a firsthand experience about the life of kids at the shelter.

Patron Saints Perunal 2015

Parumala Thirumeni's (the Patron Saint) Perunal will be celebrated on 7th and 8th November, 2015 at St. Gregorios Orthodox Church. Rev. Fr. P. A. Philip, secretary of the ministry of Human Empowerment of MOSC will be the chief celebrant. The anniversary of the spiritual organizations will be held on 7th at 3.00 pm. All are cordially invited. For more details, click here.

 

Spiritual Organizations Anniversary 2015

Click the icons to view the videos. Enjoy the great performances by the spiritual organizations and an inspiring message by Rev. Fr. P. A. Philip.

 

Perunal 2015 - Saturday

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Operation Christmas Child 2015

What goes in a shoe box is fun, but what comes out is eternal. It is this, what encouraged the Sunday school students to pack shoe boxes for children as part of the Operation Christmas child, a project of the Samaritan's Purse internaltional relief organization last year. Last year, our shoe boxes were sent to Peru, Ghana and Macedonia.
 
Read the story of the Rexes.
 
Just like last year, we will participate in the Operation Christmas Child charity.

Our part is very simple -

  1. Get the box from church
  2. Choose if you want to send it to a boy/girl and what age group,
  3. Pick quality gifts to put in the box,
  4. Pray for the box when you finished packing,
  5. Bring the box back to church by Nov 7th.

Heping to create a Safer Down Home Ranch

The volunteers of St. Gregorios Orthodox Church joined the volunteers at Down Home Ranch (DHR) during DHR's Annual Texas Chainsaw Manicure event on October 10th, 2015 to make DHR a safe place by protecting it from the ravages of wildfires. Down Home Ranch is a home that cares for people with Down syndrone disability in Elgin, TX. 
 
 
 
 

Giving Back Corner


Pidi Ari Project

Making a Difference, one can, at a time...

6962 lbs

of canned food donated since the start of the project. Thank you!

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