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 February
As you are aware, our new Metropolitan Silouan will be enthroned in St. George's Cathedral at 4.30 pm. on Saturday 27th February. He will need our love, financial support and, above all, our prayers. Hopefully we will see him in our church before too long and he will receive our customary warm welcome. Unfortunately our beloved Patriarch will not be present at the enthronement as he is still unable to fly for medical reasons. Please pray for him also.
The 27th February is the Saturday of the Prodigal Son that points us steadily towards Great Lent when we endeavour to put God before anything else in anticipation of Holy Pascha. Let us not wait until Great Lent is upon us before we start thinking of what we can do for God in the Great Fast.
Our parish is greatly blessed by the kindness of our friends who have donated generously items for our worship and for the beautification of God's Temple in Doncaster. Lent is not just about giving up certain foods and making a great play of it. It is giving to God what is by the nature of Creation, His own. This means giving to those in need and being especially kind and gentle to all around us, as Christ was kind and gentle to those around Him. Even on the Cross we hear from His own lips that Great Compassion and Love for ALL humanity, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.“
We too need forgiveness and we should make special efforts to confess our sins and shortcomings from which none of us is exempt.
Please pray -
FOR THE SICK:
especially Patriarch John, Joan, Ann Hamblen, Charlotte, 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 Mihajo Milinkovic (2nd) and Nedilco Milic (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