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Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland

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Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East

'... And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch'

Acts 11:26

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The Human Icon – Orthodoxy and Hinduism

“The Human Icon” by Dr Christine Mangala Frost (2017)
ISBN: 978 0 227 17635 1
pb 349 pages

James Clarke & Co. Ltds. Cambridge 2017

Available Here

Dr Frost has capably achieved a gargantuan task in shining a light on the spirituality of Orthodox Christianity for a Hindu audience and likewise illuminating the richness and depth of Hinduism for her own Orthodox Christian community.  This has been achieved precisely because she has a foot in both worlds with insights that transcend the possible disjunctions of language, concepts and practice that exist on the surface between the two faiths.  Raised as a Hindu but becoming an Orthodox Christian in later life, she speaks from within both religious traditions with an authenticity that is personally tested and encyclopaedic in scope.

In this book, Dr Frost has not simply described the major themes of each religion, comparatively and in parallel.  That would have presented a relatively straight forward task.  She has gone further and much deeper by identifying possible points of contact, even overlap and congruence, between corresponding themes and insights from both faiths.  This has been achieved while at the same time identifying with clear sightedness possible irreducible differences that need to be acknowledged in inter-faith dialogue.

Her realism in addressing these elements of both convergence and divergence is never compromised by any personal intrusive commitments, yet her own blessings in both faiths clearly shine through.  She is a critical observer who strives to be fair to both religions both on their own grounds and in dialogue.  A reader of this book will be enlightened and encouraged by the possibilities that lie ahead for mutual enhancement and understanding between Orthodox Christians and Hindus alike.


First Trustees Meeting in London

On Saturday 8th July 2017 the First Archdiocesan Trustees met at St George’s Cathedral in London to agree the Constitution of the soon to be formed Archdiocesan Charity.  Although the meeting was lengthy and, for the most part, technical, it established a firm foundation for the Archdiocese’s activities as covered by charity law.  Several amendments to the Charity Commission’s basic template were considered and either approved or dismissed.  The process now begins to get the charity approved and registered at the Charity Commission.  It will probably not be before the end of the year that this process is complete.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Mr Christian Karam, The Very Reverend Archpriest Gregory Hallam, Mr Simon Abdel-Nour, Mr William Hunter, The Very Reverend Archimandrite Philip Hall, His Eminence Metropolitan Silouan Oner, Dr Samir Hraiki, Revd Fr Dr Alexander Tefft, Mrs Annemieke Lommaert-Blondeel, Mr Gabriel Michel El-Kassir, Mr Johnny Tabbal, Dr Sami Carouba.


St Fursey’s Appeal

Can you help our parish in Sutton near Norwich cross the final hurdle to acquire a redundant police station for its much needed enlarged place of worship?  Please read Fr Stephen’s Appeal for the Community of St Fursey.  Thank you.

Glastonbury Pilgrimage: 2nd, 3rd June


This pilgrimage, organised by our Poole parish, has places still available.  It will take place from 2nd to 3rd June.  The saint of the parish, St Dunstan of Canterbury, (opposite) was originally abbot of the monastery at GFlastonbury.  The town has long and ancient Orthodox Christian associations in England.  Clink on this link for full details.

Kh. Jeanne Harper, Memory Eternal!

Kh. Jeanne, who was the widow of Archpriest Michael Harper, reposed in the Lord of the afternoon of Great and Holy Friday.  Kh. Jeanne remained a great blessing to the Antiochian Church in this Archdiocese although ill health latterly prevented her from attending her parish of St Botolph in London.  Many clergy can attest both to her personal and pastoral support and prayers.  Memory Eternal Kh. Jeanne.

Jeanne’s funeral will take place on Saturday 29th April at 12.30 p.m at St. Giles Church, Cambridge, CB3 OAQ.  The church is on the corner of Castle Street and Chesterton Road.  Father Raphael will take the funeral service.

Following the service, her burial will take place at the Cemetery on Huntingdon Road at 2.30pm.  Huntingdon Road Cemetery (and Crematorium) is five miles from the centre of Cambridge, off the A14 westbound carriageway.

There will be simple refreshments available, so if you able to attend and would like refreshments (to assist the volunteer caterers) please call Mrs Gladys Bland on 01223 366150 or email her at gladysbland@btinternet.com

Elsewhere on this site and NEW!


New Mission in Development in Worcestershire

Check out the Details on the MISSION page.

(Missions in Development represent early stages in planting new Orthodox Communities where we are trying to discern the leading of the Holy Spirit.  If God blesses the initiative, such communities will migrate into full mission status in due time).




The eighth annual pilgrimage to Barking this year takes place on Saturday 13th May.  The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be served by Sayedna Silouan and there will be a talk in the afternoon by Fr Timothy Curtis of the Parish of St Anne, Northampton.

10:30 Divine Liturgy in the Church of St Margaret with Metropolitan Silouan
Followed by lunch (bring your own) and veneration of the cross in the Curfew Tower
14:00 Talk by Fr Timothy Curtis
15:00 Great Vespers



Youth Festival dates: Friday 26th May (from 18:00) to Monday 29th May (until 16:00)
Festival Title: “Smashing Your Idols”
Subtitle and theme description: Dealing with passions and temptations in our daily lives.
Guest Speakers: Sister Vassa, Father Alexander, Father Christodoulos, Carsten
Venue: St Mark’s College, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JD

Website: http://www.stmarkscollege.co.uk
Map link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/College+of+Saint+Mark/@52.0172919,0.2186247,17z




New Icon of St Constantine and St Helen by Br. Efrem Carrasco of and for St Aidan, Manchester

If you would like to commission an icon from Efrem you can find contact details here.