St Mary's Indian Orthodox Church, Bristol

Malankara Orthodox Syrian

Bristol, South West, United Kingdom


1B Bank Road
Bristol South West, United Kingdom


Holy Qurbana - Sunday @ 9.15am
St Mary's Indian Orthodox Church, Bristol

44 778 752 5273

The history of a congregation at Bristol can be traced back to October 2002, when a Prayer Meeting was held with all the Orthodox faithful in the region. This was followed by the first Holy Qurbana on Saturday 10th October 2002 which was celebrated by Fr. Abraham Thomas, the then Vicar of St. Gregorios Orthodox Church in London. The 25 who had gathered on that day unanimously decided to continue a regular Prayer meeting on the Friday before every fourth Saturday followed by Holy Qurbana on the Saturday. This practice continued until August 2003. The first Holy Week at Bristol was celebrated during the Holy Week of 2003 and was led by Fr. George Joy. The Holy Week celebration gave a new impetus to the congregation which eventually led to the formation of a Parish. It was on Friday 29th August 2003 that the then Diocesan Metropolitan Late Lamented Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios proclaimed the congregation in Bristol as an independent Parish. Fr. Varghese T Mathew was appointed as the first vicar of the Parish.

Over the past 14 years, the Parish has grown remarkably. It was in 2011, a property was purchased in the name of the Church and a new Church building was constructed. The new Church Building was consecrated by HH Baselios Mar Thoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan assisted Diocesan Metropolitan HG Dr. Mathews Mar Thimothios and HG Thomas Mar Athanasius, Metropolitan of the Diocese of Chengannur on September 6 and 7, 2013.