British Orthodox Church

Father David Seeds to be consecrated a Bishop of the British Orthodox Church

September 16, 2017 News
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British Orthodox Church – (Independent Oriental Orthodox Church in Britain) – 16/9/17 On 7 August the Synod of the British Orthodox Church elected Father David Seeds to the Sacred Order of the Episcopate to serve as Auxiliary Bishop to Metropolitan Seraphim. During a session of the Supreme Ecclesiastical Court of the British Orthodox Church convened at […]

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Letter of Condolence from Metropolitan-Primate Abba Seraphim of the British Orthodox Church

December 12, 2016 Featured News

The British Orthodox Church – 12/12/16 Letter of Condolence from His Eminence Metropolitan-Primate Abba Seraphim of the British Orthodox Church, addressed to His Holiness Pope Tawadros II  on the tragic bombing in Cairo that killed several people. Source:

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Death of Tasoni Effa 1919 – 2016

February 16, 2016 Featured News
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February 2016 – The British Orthodox Church  MEMORY ETERNAL During the evening of 5 February 2016, Tasoni Effa died in Cairo died in her 97th year. Miss Effa Boules Garas was born on 28 November 1919 in Nagada, Egypt. She was the eldest of three children in a devout Coptic Orthodox family. In the 1940s, […]

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Ethiopian and Eritrean Martyrs commemorated in Portsmouth

May 4, 2015 Featured News
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The British Orthodox Church – 4/5/15 The Portsmouth Divine Liturgy celebrated on Saturday 2nd May included prayers and hymns of commemoration for the new Ethiopian and Eritrean Martyrs of Libya. Announcing the hymn “For all the saints who from their labours rest, who Thee before the world confessed” Father Simon emphasised how these martyrs had […]

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Metropolitan Abba Seraphim attends Genocide Commemoration

April 20, 2015 Featured News
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The British Orthodox Church – April 2015 Among the events organised by the Armenian Genocide Centenary Commemoration Committee (AGCCC) in the United Kingdom, was a special Service in Southwark Cathedral on 18 April, which Abba Seraphim and Deacon Daniel Malyon attended. The Cathedral was very full and people arrived to the sound of the duduk, […]

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Admitting past faults purifies nations

April 13, 2015 Featured News
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The British Orthodox Church – 13/4/15 In a response to the news that the Turkish Republic has recalled its envoy to the Vatican in retaliation at Pope Francis referring to the Armenian Genocide, Abba Seraphim observed that this came as no surprise, as Turkey has a long history of denial. Abba Seraphim applauded the Catholic […]

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Metropolitan- Primate Abba Seraphim Ordains Deacon for South Coast British Orthodox communities

February 10, 2015 Featured News
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The British Orthodox Church –  February 2015 On 8 February at Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church in Bournemouth, Antony-Paul Holland of  Portsmouth , who has served as a subdeacon for the BOC South Coast communities in Portsmouth, Southampton and Bournemouth since July 2012, was ordained to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate at the hands […]

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Babingley’s contribution to “The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity”

February 2, 2015 News

British Orthodox Church – February 2015 For a number of years, the British Orthodox congregation at Babingley have extended a warm welcome to their neighbours to attend a special service of Evening Prayer with a guest speaker on an ecumenical theme during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This year, however, it was decided […]

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New British Orthodox Mission begins in Swindon

January 29, 2015 Featured News
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January 2015 – The British Orthodox Church On Wednesday, 21st January, the first liturgy of the British Orthodox Community of St Martin in Swindon was celebrated in the Church of St Mary, Commonweal Road, Swindon. The Church had been made available thanks to the kind hospitality of the Dean of Swindon, the Revd. Simon Stevenette, […]

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Launch of new British Orthodox community in Bristol

January 29, 2015 Featured News
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The British Orthodox Church – January 2015 The new British Orthodox community in Bristol, under the patronage of Saint Cyril the Great, was launched with a celebration of the Divine Liturgy led by Father Simon Smyth on Sunday 4 January. The Bristol Fellowship meets for worship in the Church of Saint Peter (Church of England), […]

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Funeral of Father Michael Robson of the British Orthodox Church

November 12, 2014 Featured News
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The British Orthodox Church – November 2014 The funeral of Father Michael Robson took place on 3 November following the celebration of the Divine Liturgy in the chapel of Morden College, Blackheath, where he had lived and died. Abba Seraphim was the celebrant, assisted by Father Peter Farrington (who delivered the homily) and Subdeacons Michael […]

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Metropolitan Abba Seraphim visits Cusworth Church Community

September 5, 2014 News

The British Orthodox Church – September 2014 Metropolitan Abba Seraphim, accompanied by Deacon Daniel Malyon and Subdeacon Trevor Maskery, visited the Church and congregation at Cusworth for the weekend of Saturday & Sunday, 30 & 31 August. After the Raising of Evening Incense on Saturday evening he dined with Father David Seeds and the clergy […]

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Stand in Solidarity for Iraqi Christians

July 27, 2014 Featured News
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The British Orthodox Church – 27/4/14 Following reports of the threats against Christians in the Northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which has led to their flight from a city with a continuous Christian presence for more than 1,600 years; the Iraqui Christian community in the UK organised a demonstration outside Parliament on 26 July. Among […]

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Orthodox Way of Prayer in Farnham

July 20, 2014 Featured News
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The British Orthodox Church – 20/7/14 All are warmly invited to The Orthodox Way of Prayer, an ecumenical study day being organised by the British Orthodox Church within the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate. This interesting event will take place at St Peter’s Church of England, Beales Lane, Wrecclesham, Farnham, Surrey. GU10 4PY on Saturday 26th July. Registration […]

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Celebrations of the Twenty Years of Unity between the British Orthodox Church and the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate (Photo-Report)

July 13, 2014 Featured News

    The British – Coptic Orthodox Churches – 13/7/14 More pics at FLICKR: After several days of torrential rain, the morning of 12 July proved to be a perfect day for the British Orthodox Church to hold its special Thanksgiving Service for the twentieth Anniversary of the union of with the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate […]

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Abba Seraphim’s condolences on the death of the late Catholicos of the East

May 28, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 – The British Orthodox Church On behalf of the clergy and faithful of the British Orthodox Church, Abba Seraphim sent a message of condolence to His Holiness Mar Basilius Mar Thoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the East, on hearing a report of the death of his predecessor, Mar Basilius Mar Thoma Didymos I, […]

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Coptic Clergy Retreat held in Italy

May 3, 2014 Featured News

The British Orthodox Church – May 2014 Following Holy Pascha, at the invitation of His Grace Bishop Kyrillos, Bishop of Milan and Papal Deputy for All Europe, Abba Seraphim and the priestly members of the Synod of the British Orthodox Church, travelled to Northern Italy for a retreat in the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Milan. […]

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New Liturgical editions published by the British Orthodox Church

April 23, 2014 Featured News

British Orthodox Church – 23/4/14 To commemorate the fact that 2014 marks the twentieth anniversary of the union of the British Orthodox Church with the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria, the British Orthodox Press has published two new editions of liturgical texts, as authorised for use in The British Orthodox Church. A third edition of […]

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British Orthodox Church Opens Stroke Mission with Liturgical Celebrations

April 13, 2014 Featured News

The British Orthodox Church – April 2014 First Liturgy for Stoke Mission on Lazarus Saturday On 12 April the new BOC Stoke Mission at Stoke-on-Trent hosted its first celebration of the Divine Liturgy.  This memorable event took place at St Paul’s Church, Church Square, Burslem, Stoke on Trent, ST6 4BY and was celebrated by Abba […]

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British Orthodox celebrate their first centenarian

February 25, 2014 Featured News

  February – 2014 On 22 February Joyce Alice Edwards became the first recorded member of the British Orthodox Church to celebrate her hundredth birthday. (The previous longest lived member was the late Martha Coppin of Bournemouth, who died in her 99th year.)  Joyce Edwards was the first cousin to the late Metropolitan Georgius of […]

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Abba Seraphim visits Coptic Diocese of Milan

January 31, 2014 Featured News

The British Orthodox Church – January 2014 On 27 January Abba Seraphim arrived in Milan on a fraternal visit to His Grace Bishop Kyrillos, who – accompanied by some diocesan clergy – welcomed him at Malpensa airport. This was Abba Seraphim’s first visit to Milan since July 1996, when he had assisted at Bishop Kyrillos’ enthronement. The […]

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