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. Helen, Colchester

St. Helen's Shrine

Shrine of St. Helen

How to find us

St Helen's Chapel, St Helen's Lane, Maidenburgh Street, off High Street, Colchester  CO1 1UB 

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to drive to the church:


Services, Contact and Parish Web Site

Great Vespers: Saturday, 4.30 pm
Matins: Sunday, 9.45 am or (alternate Sundays):-
Hours: 10.15 am
Divine Liturgy: Sunday, 10.30 am

Fr. Alexander Haig
01206 530530
07947 047201

St. James Anglican Church, Beatrice Road
CO15 1DA


Divine Liturgy: 3rd Saturday, 10.00 am


Saint Agnes' Chapel,
18 St Agnes Road, off Noak Hill Road (A176),
Essex, CM12 9UR.


Divine Liturgy: 1st Saturday, 10.30 am

Contact Paul Brighton-Cross
01702 305527

Fr. Alexander
Fr. Alexander


Parish Web Site


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."