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:
As we begin Great Lent on Forgiveness Sunday we ask each other for forgiveness. As your Parish Priest I ask each of you for your forgiveness:-
for the times I have not been there for you,
for the times I have failed to pray for you,
for the times I have been lazy,
for the times when I have been forgetful,
for the times when I couldn't find the right words,
for the times I have been impatient,
for the times when I have not had the true humility to be the servant of the servants of God.
It seems a long way off but Thomas Ward's ordination to the diaconate will be upon us on 25th of May and we should be making sure that on that day we fill our Church in gratitude that God has sent Tom to us. Please pray for Tom as he makes this very important step in his own life and that of our little community in Doncaster.
We shall also during Great Lent be collecting things for the Food Bank. I seem to recall that we provided around 80kg of food etc., last time, let us try this time to increase that amount. There will be a list provided of things that will be very acceptable. The last Sunday when gifts may be left will be the Lord's Entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday).
The Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified will take place on Wednesday evenings at 7pm during the Lenten period excluding Holy Week.
Please pray -
FOR THE SICK:
especially Olga, Dani Williams, 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 Paul (Yazigi) of Aleppo and Alexandretta (right) and Bishop John (Ibrahim) Syriac Orthodox Bishop of Aleppo (left), along with countless other Syrian peoples, abducted by unknown persons and whose whereabouts are unknown.
Archbishop John (Ibrahim)
Syriac Orthodox Bishop of Aleppo
Archbishop Paul (Yazigi)
Antiochian Orthodox Bishop
of Aleppo and Alexandretta