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).

Arabic Fr. Philip


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St. Edward, King and Passionbearer Athelhampton

iconostasis athelhampton

The Iconostasis at St. Edward's Church

How to find us

The church may be found near Puddletown (5 miles east of Dorchester).  It is owned by the Athelhampton Estate in which it is situated.

Services and Contact

Web Site:

fr. david harris 

Fr. David

Church in the grounds of the Estate

Divine Liturgy: Sunday, 10.00 am

Fr. David Harris

01305 849410


Who was Saint Edward?

Edward lived from c.959 to 978 or 979. He was the great grandson of Alfred the Great, and uncle of Edward the Confessor.

After a short reign he was murdered near the gates to Corfe Castle on 18th March978/9.  It was thought that his step-mother was implicated, and her son, Ethelred, succeeded Edward.  He is known to history as “the Unready”

Edward was initially buried at Wareham, where many came to visit and pray at his grave, and miracles were reported.

In 980 the body was translated to Shaftesbury Abbey, where it was enshrined in 1001 and Edward was canonised in 1008.  During the Middle Ages, many pilgrims visited the shrine until the Reformation, when it was destroyed and the relics disappeared.

The relics were re-discovered in the ruins of the Abbey in 1931 and are now enshrined in the church of the Orthodox Monastery of St Edward, in Brookwood Cemetery, Surrey.

“Men murdered him but God has magnified him.”  Anglo-Saxon Chronicle