The Eastern Orthodox Church in West Texas

Welcome to Orthodox San Angelo, the home on the web of Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in San Angelo, Texas.

Church Jan 4 2012

An Eastern Orthodox Church may seem out-of-place in West Texas.

At first glance, the rough and tumble frontier heritage of West Texas does not seem to fit very well with the ancient church of the East.

Fort Concho, San Angelo, Texas founded in 1867 by the 4th U.S. Cavalry
Fort Concho, San Angelo, Texas founded in 1867 by the 4th U.S. Cavalry

 Much about it may seem strange or unfamiliar to Texans at first glance. But, that is only if we look at the surface.  In reality, deep down, where things matter most, they have much more in common than one may realize.

Sunrise on Mt. Sinai - photo courtesy of Fr. Justin
Sunrise on Mt. Sinai – photo courtesy of Fr. Justin

The dry desert is where they both were born and where they grew up. They have passed through episodes of violence, privation and adversity which have become an integral part of their character. They hold fast to the ways of their fathers and, although they embrace new ways of doing things, they know deep down that the old ways are usually the best.

They also know that the words we say do not mean nearly as much as what we do and how we live. Fiercely independent, they are also fiercely loyal and understand that they can accomplish more by working together than by working at odds with each other.

The Orthodox faith fits the West Texas character very well.

We invite you to explore our site and find out something about our Church and the Eastern Orthodox faith in West Texas.