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Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland

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Acts 11:26

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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Next Pilgrimage – St Bertram of Ilam

holy_cross_ilamOur Annual Pilgrimage takes place this year on the Second Saturday in August – the 13th. This event, nearing its 20th Anniversary has become a highlight of the Summer for parishes of all jurisdictions from across the UK and recently as far away as London. 2016 will be particularly special as our celebrations at the Shrine of Saint Bertram will be led by our long awaited, recently enthroned Metropolitan Silouan. This is a huge blessing for us, not only for the parish but for the Archdiocese and for the British Isles and Ireland. Please join us as we celebrate a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, Bless the Waters at Bertram’s Cave on the bank of the river Manifold and take a short hike to Saint Bertram’s Spring to Bless the Waters there, ending our day with Great Vespers. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the spectacular Manifold Valley of the Staffordshire Peak District in the wonderful and peaceful surroundings of Ilam Hall. If walking to the spring, bring sensible shoes, sun-screen and an umbrella just in case – although we rarely need one. The timing of the events of the day vary, but the Hierarchical Liturgy will be at 11:00am and Great Vespers at around 4:00pm. You don’t need to be Orthodox to enjoy a day in Ilam, so bring family, friends and neighbours. Satnav: DE6 2AZ gets you to Ilam!


Faithful Servant of God

frpeterford2Before travelling to the Archdiocesan Conference, Sayedna visited  Fr Peter Ford at his new home in south Derbyshire.  Fr Peter is part of the team of clergy in our York community.  Unable now through ill health to get out and about, he lives a daily round of prayer and contemplation in the Orthodox tradition as his new work for the Community. Father Æthelwine and Fr Michael  have visited Fr Peter in his private chapel.  Many years Father Peter!

Colchester’s Icon of St Constantine and St Helen


a Hymn to St Helen of Colchester

Native of our land, according to our fathers, Colchester’s Daughter,
after quiet retirement, and at the pinnacle of earthly fame,
fair Mother Helen, venerable and most pious Empress,
in the cause of our holy Faith thou didst hasten to Jerusalem,
and gloriously finding, as treasure buried, the life-giving Cross of our Saviour,
didst raise it high among the rulers of this world:
Now, Holy Equal to the Apostles,
with the most Christian Emperor Great Constantine, thy son, flower of Britain, citizen of Colchester, pray for us to Christ our God, that he will save our souls.