13th January: All Saints of Lincolnshire, Lincoln.
20th January: Cathedral of St George.
27th January: St Botolph, London. Alexandru Pop to be made a subdeacon.
“On this Holy Nativity, our wishes are for each human being to make his or her heart a cave for the King of Glory. We also pray to the newborn Child for you, our beloved children of the Antiochian See in the homeland and abroad, that peace and quietness may abound in your heart, the peace that comes from the Lord of peace, to Whom we give glory and honour forever, Amen.”
Nativity Pastoral Letter (full text)
On 14th July, 2018, the feast of The Apostles Aquila and Priscilla of the 70, the Monastery of Sts Antony and Cuthbert were canonically received into the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland, under the Omophorion of our bishop Metropolitan SILOUAN. Monks will come to live permanently in the monastery from October 2018 onwards. Go here for details….. Monastery Web Site
God is with us; Understand all ye nations and submit yourselves!
We, the Patriarchs: John X, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Ignatius Aphrem II, Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, and Joseph Absi, Melkite-Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, Alexandria, and Jerusalem, condemn and denounce the brutal aggression that took place this morning against our precious country Syria by the USA, France and the UK, under the allegations that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons. We raise our voices to affirm the following:
We offer our prayers for the safety, victory, and deliverance of Syria from all kinds of wars and terrorism. We also pray for peace in Syria and throughout the world, and call for strengthening the efforts of the national reconciliation for the sake of protecting the country and preserving the dignity of all Syrians.
Greek Orthodox Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East:
We condemn America’s recent statements and threats against Syria which are based on mere unsubstantiated allegations of the use of prohibited weapons. We deplore any potential American aggression against our people, which will bring more destruction to the country and the region.
April 12, 2018
James Clarke & Co. Ltds. Cambridge 2017
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.
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.
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.