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of the British Isles and  Ireland

"the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch."

[Acts 11:26] 

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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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Orthodox theology is "theandric/Trinitarian" and "holistic/doxological." 

Let's unpick the techno-speak!

It is "theandric" (cf. "theanthropos" or Christ as the God-Man) because it deals with the "hypostatic" or personal union of the created humanity and the Uncreated Divinity who is Christ, the Incarnate Word, and how this informs the salvation of both humans and the Cosmos as the Holy Spirit from the Father works both with us and within us.  In consequence Orthodox theology is thoroughly Trinitarian.

It is "holistic" because although it is necessary to distinguish elements in theology, (sometimes quite radically as in the distinction between what is created and Uncreated, ie. God), it is never possible to divide them.  So theology is never pursued separately from worship nor either of these from life.  In consequence Orthodox theology is also both right belief and true glory (doxology).

Some people (understandably) are nervous of theology and theologians.  Lay aside all such cares!  Here you will only find the gospel, the Good News of our salvation in our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ!

Fr. Gregory