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 May
ASCENT AND DESCENT.
This month we are called by our earthly nature to participate in our country's General Election. As Christians we should not look to our own desires and prejudices when voting but how our votes are used for the benefit of all especially the poor and dispossessed in our society. Do not forget the biblical injunction “ Put not your trust in man or any child of man. “ and “Where your heart is there will your treasure be also. “
This month also sees two of our greatest festivals, the Ascension of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. When Christ ascended into Heaven the disciples and the other followers of Jesus must have felt many emotions. He had risen from the dead and people had borne witness to this and now they had seen Him disappear again. However, He promised them that He would send the Holy Spirit to us to be an aid and comfort when the Risen Christ could no longer be seen on earth. From a bunch of confused and troubled people at Pentecost they were given strength and mission to proclaim the Good News throughout the world. They didn't do a bad job did they? Their conviction and love have inspired generations of believers for nearly two thousand years and the Holy Spirit still comes to the aid of the Church.
We hear so much nonsense about democracy etc. from our politicians who seem to think they have a legacy in history. They will be assigned to the dusty pages of some history book or the electronic alternative. As Christians this is pure vanity as all we have to offer is the priceless love of God. No it is not democracy as the world sees it but I ask anyone to show me something better!
Please pray -
FOR THE SICK:
especially 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 Alexander (2nd), Winifred Swaby (22nd) and Yevgeny Aleksandrovitch Rodionov (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