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 April
CECILIA (SHEILA ) LIDSTER
On Wednesday 29th March Sheila reposed in the Lord. She was a long time member of our congregation serving in the choir and in flower arranging but more importantly in sharing our Orthodox Christian faith being supportive week by week and year by year. Soon we will be celebrating Holy Pascha when we continually sing "CHRIST IS RISEN!" when we celebrate Christ's victory over death, transforming the horror of death into eternal life that is the Kingdom of God. Christ told us "In my Father's House are many mansions" and so we commit our dear sister Cecilia to the eternal memory of God.
CECILIA MEMORY ETERNAL!
I will let you know when I have details of the funeral.
If you would like to help to decorate the bier with flowers on Great and Holy Friday please see Margaret Lilley, there will be a 9 am start.
Also at this increasingly busy time please make arrangements with me to hear confessions before Pascha as soon as possible.
We hope to get the food to the food bank in time for Easter so we need no more contributions until after then.
On the question of food please give some thought to our Paschal meal after the Paschal Divine Liturgy and decide what you are bringing.
In anticipation of the Resurrection of Our Saviour I wish you all a Happy and Joyous Pascha.
Please pray -
FOR THE SICK:
especially Patriarch John, Mother Esodia, Margaret, Joan, Doris and George Brailsford, Maria, Lilia, 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 Cecilia Lidster who reposed last month, also Vasile Page (7th) Alan Thomas Oakley (15th) and Mary Ann (Maureen) Brown (23rd) 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