Welcome to the Home page of St. Gregorios Orthodox Church of India, Queens, New York. The Church belongs to the North East American Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. Located on the border of New York City and Long Island, at 987 Elmont Rd in North Valley Stream, the Church is accessible from all major Parkways. We hope you will find this website useful and join us soon.
St. Gregorios of Parumala
Saint Gregorios of Parumala (15 June 1848 – 2 November 1902) is popularly known as ‘Parumala Thirumeni’. Metropolitan Geevarghese Mar Gregorios of the Malankara Orthodox Church who passed away on November 2nd 1902, became the first declared saint from Malankara (Kerala, India) naturally to be called, ‘Parumala Thirumeni’. He shines in the cloud of witnesses as a bright luminary giving rays of hope to millions in their suffering and struggles.
Parumala Thirumeni is the saint par excellence in the Malankara Orthodox Church. The holiness of his disciplined life, humility, fasting and prayer, the grace he earned through mortification, and the miracles that his presence or words wrought, were well acknowledged and appreciated by Christians and non-Christians of his time. Those who met him were deeply touched and impressed by his unassuming life and purity of conscience. The beneficiaries include people of different cultures, languages and religions. The tomb of St. Gregorios at Parumala is the refuge for thousands people who are being plagued by the ills of body and mind, and the multitudes who throng his tomb bear witness to this. Mar Gregorios lives as a brilliance in the minds of the members of the Church, and also of those outside it. More...