Ethiopian and Eritrean Martyrs commemorated in Portsmouth

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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 indeed ...

Metropolitan Abba Seraphim welcomes the Founder of Coptic Orphans

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The British Orthodox Church - April 2015 On 23 April, Abba Seraphim welcomed for tea at the Church Secretariat in Charlton, Nermien Riad of Washington DC, the Founder and Executive Director of Coptic Orphans, who was accompanied by Jean-Paul Markos from Amsterdam. While visiting London they came to speak with Abba Seraphim about the amazing way ...

Metropolitan Abba Seraphim attends Genocide Commemoration

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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, an ...

Admitting past faults purifies nations

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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 Church, and ...

British Orthodox clergy support Coptic Medical Conference

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March 2015 The Coptic Medical Society of the UK held a Spiritual Conference for Medical Personnel at the Frontier Centre, Wellingborough from 27 February-1 March, under the direction of Father Daoud Lamei of St. Mark’s Church, Heliopolis. The theme of the conference was “Doctors as missionaries of God”. Among others participating by invitation were Fr. Peter ...

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

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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 of ...

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

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 to ...

New British Orthodox Mission begins in Swindon

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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, who ...

Launch of new British Orthodox community in Bristol

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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), Church ...

Metropolitan Abba Seraphim welcomes new missions in the west of England

The British Orthodox Church - December 2014 The announcement that 2015 will begin with the inauguration of two new British Orthodox missions on the western side of England is a welcome development and we pray that God will bless the ministry in these places. At 2.00 p.m. on Sunday, 4 January, the British Orthodox Bristol Fellowship will ...

British Orthodox clergy speak at Moorland’s Bible College

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November - December 2014 At the invitation of Alistair McKitterick, Tutor and Lecturer in Biblical and Theological Studies, two British Orthodox priests delivered lectures this month to students at Moorlands Bible College, Sopley, Christchurch, Hampshire. On 5 November Father Peter Farrington lectured on prayer and one week later, 12 November, Father Simon Smyth gave a richly ...

Funeral of Father Michael Robson of the British Orthodox Church

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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 Kennedy, ...

Russian Parish History – Book Launch

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The British Orthodox Church - November 2014 To mark the publication of Embassy, Emigrants, and Englishmen. The three Hundred Year History of a Russian Orthodox Church in London, a reception was held on the evening of Tuesday, 4 November, 2014. The publishers of the book, Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, USA, and the Cathedral parish of the ...

Can the Oriental Orthodox receive the Eastern Orthodox Councils?

Fr Peter Farrington - British Orthodox Church - October 2014 Visit The blog here: At the beginning of the 21st century it seems that the relationship between the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox communities is as close as it has been for centuries. There certainly remain those within the Eastern Orthodox community who perhaps view the Oriental Orthodox ...

Metropolitan Abba Seraphim visits Cusworth Church Community

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 at ...

Stand in Solidarity for Iraqi Christians

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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 its ...

Orthodox Way of Prayer in Farnham

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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 and coffee begins ...

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

    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 of Alexandria. The Thanksgiving ...

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

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, ...

Coptic Clergy Retreat held in Italy

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. Arriving in ...

New Liturgical editions published by the British Orthodox Church

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 The Offering ...