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 March
Forgiveness and Love
In Great Lent we try and grow closer to God as we anticipate Holy Pascha. We should strive all of the time to do this because as Christians this is what we are called to do. God so loves us that our response should be to try and love as He does. This means that our love is real and not just window dressing or sentimental self indulgence. Before we love we must first forgive those who have hurt us in reality or as we perceive some hurt that we may imagine. If we do not forgive, how can we share the love of God with anyone? If we cannot forgive others we sit in judgement and so put ourselves above our fellow human beings which leads to pride and folly.
Let us not forget that on the cross we see humanity at its most barbarous and cruel and a death that terrifies us all. Let us not also forget that on the cross we see the Incarnate God suffering as a human being in ways we dare not even contemplate but at the same time we see the most beautiful love of God in the words our Saviour spoke in such depths of human despair “ Father forgive them for they know not what they do. “ Do not shudder at the sight of the cross but rather glorify the great, great love that God has for each of us which we are emboldened to share with others. Words are cheap but actions speak volumes. That is why we support the local food bank and other causes that show our love for our brothers and sisters. Please try and make a special effort this Lent to give to the food bank even more than you do now. God knows the secrets of all hearts so let us forgive each other and love each other so that we can share God's love with others.
Please pray -
FOR THE SICK:
especially Patriarch John, Mother Esodia, Margaret, Joan, Doris and George Brailsford, Maria, Lilia, Charlotte, Emma, Megan, Olga, 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 Violet Heighton (24th) 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