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 October
A NEW BOILER.
For those of you who don't already know we have had to have a new boiler fitted as the old one was passed its “sell by date”. We also have hot water to the sink in the toilet and in the meeting room. Nothing perhaps remarkable about that but it will be much more efficient and for the first time I that I can remember, when the heating is on one can't hold one's hand on the radiator in the sacristy!
It got me to thinking that the old boiler was installed eighteen years ago about a year after we moved in. There were some doubters who couldn't see where we were going, there being so few of us and no young people. How things have changed; by the grace of God and our love of the Faith we now have a deacon, Fr. Tom and Mihai our sub-deacon who hopefully, in the not too distant future, will be elevated to the priesthood and diaconate respectively. Our congregation has slowly but surely grown and we now have young people, children and, best of all, babies. The font is certainly getting used.
When Katya Todorova, who gave us the font on behalf of all the family and whose Mum is painting us a large new icon of Saint Columba and Saint Kentigern, refers to the church in Edlington as “our” church, let no one doubt how far our roots have spread. Prayers are said for our sick in monasteries in Bulgaria and churches in Sofia. Please pray for Lilia that she may finish the icon as she would wish.
I wish to thank all members of the congregation for welcoming our visitors who more often than not return and join us. Your love and kindness in helping one another and others is what we are all about. Christ reminds us of this in the Gospel of this year’s first Sunday in October:
Please pray -
FOR THE SICK:
especially Ann Hamblen, Emma, 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 Maria Laskaris (2nd), Ioana Pop (4th), Joan Wilkinson (11th) and Lois Talbot (23rd) 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