Source: Photograph dt. Oct 28, 2001 taken during the flag hoisting event for the feast of the patron saint Mor Gregorius of Parumala.
Mar Gregorius Syrian Orthodox Church is located in Tampa, Florida, and
is a parish in the Malankara Archdiocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church
in North America and Canada. The church was established in 1988 by immigrants
from the state of Kerala in India. Worship services are held every Sunday.
12001 58th St.
From Route 4 West:
(813) 962-0143 (Vicar Fr. George Abraham's Residence)
Note: The schedule may vary on feast days. On certain feast days, evening prayers are held on Saturday. The worship services are conducted in Malayalam.
A Brief History of Mar Gregorius Church
Mar Gregorius church was established in 1988 by Syrian Orthodox immigrants from Kerala, India who settled in Tampa, Florida. In the early ninetees, the church acquired the 2 acre property on 58th Street near University of South Florida. A house on the property was converted into a temporary building for worship services. On November 4, 2001, the foundation stone for a permanent church building was laid.
The church is one of the few Malankara churches in the US that have a kurishumthotti (a road side mini chapel that is common in churches of Kerala). Feast days are celebrated with fire works, lighting, colorful processions, etc., reminiscent of celebrations in Kerala.
About 25 families are members of this parish. Vicar Fr. George Abraham has served this parish since its beginnings.
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