Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese
of the British Isles and  Ireland

"the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch."

[Acts 11:26] 


Antiochian Orthodox Deanery of the United Kingdom and Ireland
Registered Charity No. 1057533

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After the decision of the Holy Synod of Antioch on 15th October 2013 the communities on this site all belong to the Archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland.  The existing charity will serve them until a new charity for the Archdiocese can be set up, ie., after the first Metropolitan Archbishop is elected and enthroned. COMMUNIQUE TEXT.

Fr. Philip

After a recent meeting with the Cathedral Council it was agreed unanimously (as in the Deanery) that Fr. Philip Hall should be our candidate for the first Metropolitan of this Archdiocese, and to be presented as such to the Holy Synod of Antioch in due course. Please pray for him, for us and, of course, for the Holy Synod when it next meets, (probably in June 2014). This historic action in unity of the Deanery and the Cathedral community in London is a cause of great rejoicing for the Antiochian Orthodox communities in the British Isles and Ireland. Now begins the important task of making Fr. Philip better known to those who will bear the important responsibility of making this decision, hopefully next year in June.  We have received supportive references from His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos Ware (English)  (Arabic) and Mother Photina of the Pokrov Skete, (metochion to Valaam), Saint Mars de Locquenay, France (English)  (Arabic).

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Fr. Dennis Moffatt Reposes in the Lord
(Funeral 8th October)

Fr. Dennis

On Friday 8th. October the funeral of Fr. Dennis took place. At his home his family and a few friends surrounded his coffin and a panikhida was served. His body was then taken to the Church of St. Columba and St. Kentigern for the funeral service.

A large congregation filled the church to overflowing. Eleven priests and two deacons from four jurisdictions were in attendance surely a fitting tribute to Fr. Dennis's life as a priest. The augmented choir sang beautifully and the address was given by Fr. George (Evans). The service in church concluded with the Last Kiss.

Fr. Dennis was then laid to rest in the Orthodox plot at Rosehill Cemetery in Doncaster. After the singing of "Memory Eternal" we sang the Easter troparia "Christ is risen....." in English, Greek, Church Slavonic and Arabic, a truly moving moment for everyone.

On returning to church a further panikhida was served. A reception was held at the country club where not so long ago Father held his seventy fifth birthday party.

Father Dennis "Memory Eternal!"

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