The Indian Orthodox Church is also known as Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, a Church founded by St. Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ, who came to India in A.D. 52. St. Gregorios Church London is the first parish church of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church in the United Kingdom. and it is the mother church of all other parishes and congregations in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. Our mission is to the people of Indian origin in the British Isles, and though we are completely Orthodox in our faith and practice, we remain Indian in our ethos and in our appreciation of the Orthodox heritage. The Malanakara Orthodox Church, as part of the Oriental Orthodox family of Churches, is in communion with the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Syrian Orthodox Church, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the Eritrean Orthodox Church.But we also warmly welcome all who wish to worship and learn with us, whatever their culture.
Dearly Beloved in Christ,
Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ !
"Open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying 'One sows and another reaps' is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor." ( St John 4:35-38 )
Festival of Harvest !!!
"Celebrate the Festival of Weeks with the firstfruits of the wheat harvest, and the Festival of Ingathering at the turn of the year. "Bring the best of the firstfruits of your soil to the house of the Lord your God."( Exodus 34:22, 26 )
Festival of Harvest has been observed since the Exodus era. It was God's command. It was observed as an expression of gratitude towards God's blessings and provisions. For our parish, Harvest Festival has been an event observed by everyone with enthusiasm. We have been helping out the needy ones these many years by disbursing the monetary collections generated through the Festival. The last year we helped a good number of people who were desperately in need of assistance. We managed to disburse about fifteen hundred thousand rupees on various requests. I am sure, their prayers have helped us a lot. As a community, it is very empowering to realise that there are individuals and families who keep us in prayer out of gratitude for what they have received from us. Every member of our parish has a share from that great blessing ! Read more...