Enter in the full assurance of spirituality, so may I welcome you as Jesus has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
We greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are an Orthodox parish dedicated to welcoming and extending genuine Christian love to everyone. We are an Orthodox parish dedicated to welcoming and extending genuine Christian love to everyone. As Orthodox Church, we believe that our worship is an authentic, biblical, and powerful experience. We practically observe the same liturgy as the early Church did. By continuing this unbroken tradition of service and worship, we maintain the Church’s faith and influence, which Jesus Christ Himself founded. Every Orthodox Church in the world today worships God in the same way as our forefathers did in truth and spirit. We hope you have a good experience with our community and that our Lord Jesus Christ will continue to bless you abundantly by His loving grace.
St. Mary's Malankara Orthodox church in Houston was established on October 17, 2010, by the blessing of the then Metropolitan H.G. Alexios Mar Eusebius. Its goal is to provide a community for local Orthodox Christians and make the Orthodox faith known in this area. The Orthodox Church has been historically connected with various ethnic cultures - the Orthodox Faith, claiming unbroken continuity with Apostolic Faith, is universal in character and calls all to “come and blessed.”
We are also enthusiastic about serving our community and the people around us in every possible way. I know that St. Mary’s will be a shining light to everyone for many years to come, and I encourage you to look through our website and visit our parish.
Fr. Johnson Punchakonam (Vicar)
We cordially invite everyone to our house of worship, where we hold traditional Malankara Orthodox (Kerala, India) services.
St. Thomas founded the Orthodox Church in India AD 52. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about the Indian Orthodox Christian faith, our ancient and venerable roots, and the many ministries and services offered by our wonderful community. We offer something for all to learn and develop in the image and likeness of God thanks to our stewards’ gracious efforts within the context of good Christian fellowship.
Houston St. Mary's Orthodox Church is a member of the worldwide Orthodox Churches’ communion. We are part of the Diocese of South-West America, led and cared for by H.G. Dr. Thomas Mar Ivanios Metropolitan. The Malankara Orthodox Church, headquartered in Devalokam, Kottayam, Kerala, India, is led by His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Mathews III, the Catholicose and Malankara Metropolitan of India.
She represents the reversal of the fatal fall of Eve in the Garden of Eden, and so is also given the designation “the second Eve.” The concept and role of St. Mary in the Malankara Orthodox Church can be appreciated only in the connection with its Christology and ecclesiology.
St. Gregorios Geevarghese, “PARUMALA THIRUMENI”, saintly father was closely and intimately associated with varied activities and development of the Malankara Orthodox Church. Blessed with the order of Korooyo at the tender age of ten by Palakunnath Mathews Maor Athanasius at the Karingachira St. George Orthodox Syrian Church, by the age of 18, he was ordained Shamshono by Yuyakim Mor Koorilos, the Reesh Episcopa to Malankara (Patriarchal delegate)
Very little is known about the real St George. He is thought to have been born into a noble Christian family in the late third century in Cappadocia, an area which is now in Turkey. He followed his father’s profession of soldier and became part of the retinue of the Emperor Diocletian. The emperor ordered the systematic persecution of Christians and George refused to take part. In 303, he was himself tortured and executed in Palestine, becoming an early Christian martyr.