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
TOWARDS HOLY PASCHA
As we journey towards Holy Pascha let us meditate on and wonder at God’s intervention into the historical time of mankind. On 25th March we celebrate the Annunciation when the Holy Archangel Gabriel announced to Mary the Mother of God that she would bear a son who was to be called Jesus. Mary was taken aback at the angelic greeting but said 'Yes' to God. By doing so the Incarnation of Christ was possible and the joy of the Nativity was given to us. However this joy was to have terrible consequences for the Son of God who willingly submitted to the horror of wrongful and brutal crucifixion so that our sins were carried for us. We cannot imagine the pain of Mary who saw her Son suffer and die in such a way. We see Mary on the Epitaphion (the icon of the dead Christ carried in procession on Holy and Great Friday and on the Antimension that the priest unfolds during the Divine Liturgy) cradling the head of her dead Son in her arms with a face wreathed in grief. Christ is buried and the tomb is sealed. The disciples are in disarray fearing for their own safety and staying indoors leaving it to the Holy Myrrh Bearing women to go and anoint the body of the dead Christ. The tomb is empty, it is not yet certain what has happened but across the universe, as Easter seems so distant to us at this time of Lent, a quiet whisper can be heard which will soon become a roaring shout of joy for all Orthodox Christians……
……"CHRIST IS RISEN!"
Please pray -
FOR THE SICK:
especially 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 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