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 September
LIFT UP YOUR HEARTS.
1st September is the Church's New Year when the cycle of feasts and fasts starts over again. This outward aspect of our faith recalls the life, death and resurrection of Our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ. Also we commemorate the feasts of the Most Holy Mother of God, of the martyrs reflecting the passion of Christ and the saints who in their love and lives show us the light that comes from the glory of God.
However these outward signs of our faith are at the most basic level a reminder and a prod in the right direction but which, in themselves, contain much deeper and profound significance. We must not just “do” the Liturgy, we must be taken up by it and keep it in us, within our hearts. Does not the priest say “Let us lift up our hearts “And does not the congregation respond “We lift them up unto the Lord “At each Liturgy we do what Christ told us to do so that He comes to each of us and all of us, in all our frailty, weakness and sinfulness, enabling us to share in the Heavenly life. We too must play our part and respond to His invitation with preparation and confession and profound humility. Although we serve the Divine Liturgy with its strict formula, each one is unique and especially beautiful. Often time itself seems to disappear and our hearts are indeed lifted up unto the Lord.
Ours is a living faith which we carry within us wherever we go and in whatever circumstances, not just confined to our church buildings or in our private prayers.
So at the start of the Liturgical Year let us lift up our hearts to God and make special efforts to share our love with all those who cross our paths sent by the Lord.
Please pray -
FOR THE SICK:
especially Patriarch John, Margaret, Joan, Pauline Moorhouse, Doris and George Brailsford, Charlotte, Emma, Megan, Olga, Dani, Shirley Carolyn, 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 Peter Fletcher (9th), Barbara Clift (12th) and Fr Dennis Moffatt (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