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 June
SAINT COLUMBA OF IONA
“THE DOVE OF THE CHURCH”
St. Columba, or St. Columcille which in his native tongue means “Dove of the church”, as one of our patrons has his feast day on 9th June*. He was born in Gartan in what is now Ireland on 7th December 571 AD and died on his so beloved Iona on 9th June 597 AD. He was of royal parentage in a time that is known as the Dark Ages, on the edge of the then known world. Being somehow partly responsible for a battle in which many lives were lost he was banished from his beloved homeland and founded a monastery on the island of Iona.
This was no Dark Age: wonderful works of art were produced in our islands to the Glory of God. It is believed that that great treasure of the Irish nation, the Book of Kells, was written and illuminated on Iona. St. Columba set out from Iona to evangelise what is now Scotland. Other monasteries were subsequently established including that place so dear to many hearts, the island of Lindisfarne that we call Holy Island in Northumbria.
St. Columba met our other patron St. Kentigern, affectionately known as Mungo which means “Dearest”, and exchanged pastoral staffs which if you look at our icon of our patrons you cannot fail to notice. These men led harsh and austere lives and shone like beacons when the rest of Europe had descended into chaos after the fall of the Roman Empire. Yet it was their love for Christ and His Church and all God's people that surely in the harsh and difficult world in which they lived were given affectionate nicknames of “Dove” and “Dearest”.
Please be aware that we are continuing our collection for the Edlington food bank, a blot on our so called civilisedsociety that such things are needed, but as an opportunity to use action rather than words. PEOPLE CAN'T EAT WORDS!
Please try and make every effort to come on our pilgrimage to Crowland to honourtwo saints of our ancient land, St. Guthlac and the martyed abbot St. Theodore who's relics we are still able to venerate. This will take place on Saturday 25th June. Divine Liturgy 11.00am. Followed by picnic lunch and Akathist to St. Guthlac. Please put your name on the notice in the back room.
(*We will keep the Feast of St Columba on Sunday 12th June as the 9th is the Feast of the Ascension - James)
Please pray -
FOR THE SICK:
especially Patriarch John, Kallistos (Bill), Margaret, Joan, Pauline Moorhouse, Doris and George Brailsford, Charlotte, Emma, Megan, Olga, Dani, Shirley Carolyn, 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 Ninian Dixon (20th); 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 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