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
The Good Earth
On 1st. September, the day of the Church's New Year, we are called to a day of prayer for the protection of the environment. We constantly hear of one disaster after another, whether it be an oil spill, chemical plant explosion or nuclear reactor meltdown. These events are down to the fact that we are constantly using the earth's resources at an alarming rate with little thought of the consequences apart from economic and so called betterment of the human condition.
This is nothing new, we have examples of civilisations worldwide that have flourished and disappeared because of over exploitation of the environment. For example in South America, civilisations flourished and great temples were built needing lime for the plaster. One temple was built over by another and another like Russian dolls, needing more and more plaster. How do you
make plaster? By heating limestone. How do you get heat to bake the limestone? By chopping down trees for fuel. What happens when all the trees are gone? The fabric of society breaks down and the civilisation disappears leaving spectacular ruins with no inhabitants.
In living memory in China, Chairman Mao had the brilliant idea of ridding the country of sparrows to stop them eating the grain harvest. Millions of people were dragooned into making lots of noise for days on end with anything they could find so that the terrified birds flew and flew until they fell dead in their millions. The next year the little grain that the sparrows ate was saved but much, much more was lost to other innumerable pests that the sparrows also ate.
So let us pray for the environment, that greed and the empty promise of money do not get in the way of looking after this God given earth. There is poverty in the world and people are starving but this is not because there is not enough food but because the powers that be put economics first and we know how successful that has been in recent years!!!!!
We had the Garden of Eden and look what happened there.
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 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