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 December
The Light of Christ
When Christ was born in Bethlehem, His light entered our world to illumine all the dark places. Today our world appears to be a dark and dangerous place. Where darkness exists so does evil, as evil cannot abide the light where everything is exposed for what it is.
We light lamps before the Holy Icons in honour of the Light of Christ and to reflect the light that emanates from Christ, His Mother and the saints. If you do not have an icon lamp at home you could always light a candle before your icons at times of prayer.
Keeping an icon lamp lit is a small but rewarding act of service and honour to Christ. A lamp fuelled with olive oil, with a wick for the flame takes an effort that is far more than switching on an electric light.
If you need to pray and have not the opportunity to have a lamp or the luxury of a candle, know that a vigil light burns continually in the Altar of our temple. This is to honour God and to witness to Christ's Presence in the Holy Mysteries reserved in the tabernacle for the communion of the sick. So even in the darkest of nights a light burns in our church for God and for us who acknowledge His Presence wherever we are.
In the night of the Nativity no doubt a little clay oil lamp was all that lit the cave in Bethlehem when the Mother of God first beheld the face of her beloved Son. Enjoy the Feast of the Nativity and Christ's light in the world but also remember the other cave that held His dead body and the tremendous light that must have accompanied His Glorious Resurrection.
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 our Patriarch, Ignatius IV of Antioch (5th), Grigori (16th) 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