Welcome to our website which we hope will be of interest or a source of information to you. Ours is a parish of the Antiochian Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch, which is in communion with all the canonical Orthodox Churches and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. In line with Orthodox practice, our services are in the language of the people; in our case, English, Orthodox visitors of other backgrounds saying the Lord's Prayer in their native tongue.
The Orthodox Church lies in a tradition that goes back in an unbroken line to the Church of the Apostles and the earthly life of Christ Himself. We are often portayed as a very conservative church but this is a matter of faith and history; one cannot change the truth to fit into a very fleeting, passing, timescale when viewed with the eternity of God and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
In our church you will see many icons of Christ, the Mother of God and many saints and sacred events; a feature of Orthodoxy that proclaims the Incarnation of our Lord and God Jesus Christ and are often referred to as "windows into heaven". The priestly vestments are very beautiful; not for the glorification of the clergy but for the glory of sinful humanity transformed by the Grace of God. The Divine Liturgy is the principal service, when the faithful may receive the Body and Blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Incense is used in all our services and permeates the fabric of the church itself. Thus we have a church that is internally very beautiful visually, has the aroma of sanctity and our ears are filled with beautiful music (Just human voices: instruments are not allowed). In some way the church building reflects the glory of Heaven and a place fitting for God.
Fr George's Letter for July
This month we celebrate All the Saints of Britain as well as Saints from other countries and regions. These are they who are deemed to be Holy Ones by the Orthodox Churches. Many of our own Saints led lives of great hardship and penance as well as experiencing and teaching others of the joy and fulfilment of our faith. Among other nations all the Saints of Russia are commemorated, Tsar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra and their children, murdered by the Bolsheviks, having their own day as Holy Passion Bearers. The Russian royal family were extremely wealthy and powerful and devout, but their power and wealth could not stop them suffering degradation and death for their faith. If you look at the back of church you will see an icon of the New Martyrs of Russia. In the centre is the Royal Family surrounded by images of martyred hierarchs and representations of countless men, women and children being led off to the Siberian camps to face almost certain death for their faith. The world does not pick and choose rich or poor to persecute but anyone who, however poorly and stumbling, tries to follow Christ.
Many of our own saints were martyred for preaching the Christian Faith in our land but we, with gratitude and thanks, remember them and ask for their prayers before God. We in our time see a world in turmoil brought about by greed, prejudice and failure to see in ALL God's children the divine spark that calls us to love everyone. Do not despair, the world has always been so, each age having its own difficulties and traumas that pass into history from which we never learn. What we can learn is from the lives of the saints and their message that is ageless.
WE ASK ALL THE SAINTS OF BRITAIN TO PRAY FOR US!
Please pray -
FOR THE SICK:
especially Patriarch John, Kallistos (Bill), Margaret, Joan, Pauline Moorhouse, Doris and George Brailsford, Charlotte, Emma, Megan, Olga, Dani, Shirley Carolyn, and James Dellow.
FOR THOSE IN NEED:
especially Michael Moore; Ondar; George; Christina, Christos and family.
FOR THOSE IN CAPTIVITY:
especially Archbishops Paul (Antiochan) and John (Syriac) of Allepo, kidnapped in Syria and for all held captive in that troubled country;
FOR THOSE WHO LIE ASLEEP IN THE LORD:
All Orthodox Christians departed this life, in particular all whose anniversaries occur this month and all who have died recently, also for all who are coming to the end of their earthly lives..
Abduction of the Archbishops
Please join us in praying for their Eminences Archbishop Paul (Yazigi), Antiochian Orthodox Bishop of Aleppo and Alexandretta and Archbishop John (Ibrahim), Syriac Orthodox Bishop of Aleppo, along with countless other Syrian and Iraqi peoples, abducted by persons unknown and whose whereabouts are unknown.
Archbishop John (Ibrahim)
Syriac Orthodox Bishop of Aleppo
Archbishop Paul (Yazigi)
Antiochian Orthodox Bishop
of Aleppo and Alexandretta