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Hospitality is one of the key components of St. Mary’s. There is no Spirituality without the welcoming of guests. For, one day, He will say: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
In other words, hospitality is essentially based on the Gospel values. St. Mary the Protectress Syriac Orthodox Community is a monastic community and mission church Visitors come for many reasons. Some come for a quiet time, for personal prayer or to join the monks at the Mass or the daily Prayer Services. They come to seek counsel or support in a difficulty or simply “to return to the source.” And yes, some come for diapers. In a turbulent and hectic world, or visitors it is a place to gently return towards God who is the source of peace.