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 will resume next month
ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN ARCHDIOCESE
OF THE BRITISH ISLES AND IRELAND
“Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The Virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Emmanuel”.
My beloved children,
ln this blessed feast, our Saviour became man. He came to our world to save us from darkness and freely He gives us salvation which comes from Him and in Him. He humbly came from the Virgin Mary in the stable to teach us that humility is the path to salvation. Firstly, our world pulls us towards darkness through the door of the passions and especially through pride. Let us then hold on to our Master humbly, because He is our salvation through the Church which is His body.
l ask you to hold firmly to the teaching of the Church and the Fathers, because they have the mind of God. The salvation of our soul is through Jesus Christ and the Church. Whoever moves away from the mind of the Church and of the Fathers departs from the mind and will of God and loses salvation.
l ask you to be like our incarnate God in love, humility and goodness. The Lord came and taught us the way of salvation, we must follow His example and teach our children and all those around us that salvation comes by being Christ-like. We must read the Bible and learn from it His way, starting to follow His way, with the help of our Lord and the saints of the Church and its teachers, especially our all holy Mother of God, Mary.
As we start the New Year and say goodbye to this year, let us pray for peace for the whole world. Do we want peace in the world? Let us possess Christ who gives us inner peace. This is not the peace which comes from this world but the peace which come from the Child of the stable, because He alone is the true peace that starts from inside us and moves out to all those around us and to all the word.
Also, l ask you to pray for all the suffering, wounded, homeless, poor, needy, lonely, and suffering people from inner emptiness, that all may have the Lord with them to give them the strength to resist the temptation to allow despair to enter into their hearts. He strengthens everyone through prayer. Do what you can to stand by them and help them. l ask our Lord that you and l will be those who save others in prayer, because our salvation is through the salvation of the "other".
Pray for all the world to know God through Christ and the Holy Spirit and live according to His teaching by loving one another and especially loving our enemies. Only in Him can there be peace and joy. Only then can we shout with the angels: "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of goodwill."
Happy New Year
Metropolitan of British Isles and Ireland
Please pray -
FOR THE SICK:
especially Patriarch John, Mother Esodia, Margaret, Joan, Doris and George Brailsford, Maria, Charlotte, Emma, Megan, Olga, 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 Fr Michael Harper (6th), Michael Szpakowiz (9th), Percy James Punter (12th), Joanna Szpakowiz (12th) and Vasilikee Luxton (17th), Exaterina (28th), and Katerina (28th) 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