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 August
It is at this time of year that a lot of people go on holiday. In times past and today in Orthodox and many Roman Catholic countries Holy Days are still holidays. Even in far away Japan that I know something about, Buddhist and Shinto holy days are holidays for the people.
This month we have several significant Holy Days observed by the church. It is a pity that so many people go on holiday for enjoyment and yet neglect the days set apart from the ordinary pedestrian way of the world, that gives us great hope and regeneration which several weeks indulging ourselves does not.
The Dormition fast starts on the first day of the month culminating in the feast of The Dormition (Falling Asleep) of Our Most Holy Lady The Theotokos (Mother of God) and Ever Virgin Mary on the 15th.
On 6th. August we celebrate The Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, when some of the disciples witnessed Christ in His true glory conversing with Moses and Elijah on a mountain top.
We too this month can rejoice in the saints of this land of which there are eleven including our own Yorkshire, St. Hilda of Whitby the translation of whose relics is remembered on Tuesday 25th. Also included this month is the beloved Northumbrian Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne.on 31st. Perhaps you could discover who the other saints of the British Isles and Ireland are this month and remember their witness for us and ask for their prayers that we can indeed have some good holydays!
Please pray -
FOR THE SICK:
especially Ann Hamblen, Megan, Olga, Dani, Shirley Carolyn, and James Dellow.
FOR THOSE IN NEED:
especially Michael Moore, Ondar, Christos, George, Christina 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 John Alfred Luxton (22nd) and Maureen Fletcher (30th) and all whose anniversaries occur this month; also for those who have died recently and 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