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 July
It is at this time of year that people disappear to go on holiday, some to go abroad and some to holiday in our green and pleasant land. We should remember that the word holiday derives from the words Holy Day. In times past the holy days of the Church were the only time that the vast majority of people had a break from a life of drudgery and hard work. They did not go away but went to church and often afterwards had a good time eating and drinking. The reformation in the West put a stop to this almost by slow strangulation as there were still holy days but their power was gone. So we are left with the popular idea that to go on holiday is to fulfil the current madness when the world chases ever more pleasure and selfishness because “it is our right”.
In countries were the reformation did not occur, and of course in Orthodox countries, the power of the Holy Day is still potent; a time when people celebrate a church feast or a local Saint and, yes, have a good time. However, this is balanced by days of fasting and turning to God in sorrow for our sins. This month we will be going on pilgrimage to Crowland on Saturday 12th and I would like as many people to go as possible. How we get there at the moment is in the hands of God but, as in the case of our new font, we were assured by Katya that somehow it would be transported to us. Were we disappointed? Of course not. Please come on holiday with us and enjoy a spiritual journey and also a joyous occasion.
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 all whose anniversaries occur this month and all who have died recently, also 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