St. Mary the Protectress


St. Mary the Protectress Syriac Orthodox Mission


We are a  Syriac Orthodox Christian community who live according to the Gospel. We strive for a balance of communal and private prayer, work, and leisure in our lives. Through our diverse ministries we are committed to helping create a more just and compassionate world. Christ tells us “Whatsoever you do to the least of my people, so you do unto me.” If we listen, we hear the call to be open to one another, to give what we have and to welcome all guests as we would welcome Christ.
We are  place of healing and nourishment, where folks respond to each others human needs. It is the generosity of caring people that makes our work possible. In His love, Christ took our shame and gave us His Image. He took what was ours and gave us what is His. Through the Blood of Christ, a person regains the Image of God and eternal life. We seek the forgiveness of our sins and the salvation of our souls through faith in Christ (Acts 16:31; Rom. 5:1), good works (James 1:14, 1:17, 2:24; Rom. 2:13; 1 Cor. 13:2), and the church sacraments.

Every Day We Meet Christ

Every day when we pray, we thank Christ for His willingness to let us be with people and allow us to be their neighbors. We thank Him not just to see His face but to also meet and listen to Him. 

This defines us as Christians: when we’re with people, strangers who come to the door, we don’t put them into little social boxes – refugees, the poor, the displaced. With Christ, we say: they are our brothers and sisters. In them we see not only the face of Christ, but Christ Himself.

The most fundamental need of your brothers and sisters, your neighbors, is something that most take for granted - a meaningful place in a healthy community, a sense of belonging. And this lack of community in the world today. 

Folks, your brothers and sisters, are being shut out. You treat them as a category, you call them the poor. Christ calls your brothers and sisters something far different.Hecalls them by their names.

Want to meet Him? Come on down. We don't talk about volunteering. We introduce you to Him. Christ and all His Saint are in every Orthodox Church. Be His heart and His hands. That is all of our calling.     


You Can Help

We are small and would like to grow.  And we also need folks to join us. In other words, hearts and hands to do Christ’s work. Want to join us? 


Our Mission and Our Calling

Traditional Orthodox Christianity. Serving God by Serving the Poor and the Poorest of the Poor in America's Inner Cities and Missions. Bringing the truth of Orthodox Christianity to the disenfranchised and marginalized, the poor and forgotten...the Message of the Stable. “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John9:4-6