Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese
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).

Arabic Fr. Philip


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OPENING OF OUR HIGHLAND MISSION

Highland Mission

The first weekend of the Mission under the patronage of St Duthac and St Columba was an interesting one. It included (of course) a good deal of discussion, but also blessing a flock of sheep, as well as the house, seeing several ancient Pictish Christian carved slabs in situ, the remains of the cell of St Duthac and of course serving Great Vespers and the Holy Liturgy.

Ian and Stacey are very hospitable. Fr Christopher looks forward to returning and to building on a very good start. Thanks also for Duncan Neill's help, not least in serving as the choir.

HISTORIC FIRST JOINT MEETING OF THE CATHEDRAL AND THE DEANERY

Meeting

Since 1995 the Deanery and the Cathedral of St. George in London have constituted administratively separate entities within the same Archdiocese.  Although the Deanery and the Cathedral have always worked closely together, decision making has not until now been joint.  This has now all changed with the creation of an Archdiocese for the British Isles and Ireland.  Saturday 11th January saw the historic first joint meeting in London between the Deanery Clergy, the Deanery Trustees and representation from the Cathedral Board.  (Not all attendees had arroved by the time this photograph was taken).

THE ABDUCTION OF THE BISHOPS

Bishops

We continue to pray for their Eminences Paul (Yazigi) of Aleppo and Alexandretta (right) and Bishop John (Ibrahim) Syriac Orthodox Bishop of Aleppo (left), abducted by unknown persons and whereabouts unknown.

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Communique 1 (23 April)

Communique 2 (25 April)

Patriarch's Pastoral Letter
(27 April 2013)

Palm Sunday 2013
Hierachical Divine Liturgy
Balamand


THE ORDINATION OF DEACON JOHN HICKEY TO THE PRIESTHOOD IN PARIS
21ST APRIL 2013

Ordination

The Ordination of Deacon John (Hickey) to the priesthood by His Grace Bishop Ignatios at St. Helen, Vaucresson, Paris on Sunday 21st April 2013.

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THE HOLY SYNOD 13 MARCH 2013

Concerning Qatar and the Patriarchate of Jerusalem

Synod

Synod Decision - Synod Statement


THE NEW PATRIARCH - MANY YEARS!

Enthronement Archive Site

The Patriarch


MEMORY ETERNAL!

Patriarch

Our beloved Patriarch, His Beatitude Ignatius IV fell asleep in the Lord on the 5th December after a short illness.  We owe him so much!



The Funeral
(Damascus, 10th December 2012)



DEANERY CONFERENCE 2012

Hayes
(Hayes Conference Centre)

"Discipleship Today"

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DEANERY CLERGY CHAPTER IN MANCHESTER

Clergy Chapter

The deanery clergy met in the church of St. Aidan on Saturday 14th July.  They committted themselves to the humanitarian appeal of the Patriarchate for Syria and then approved a new process to consult in the Deanery in order to advise the bishop on the deployment of newly ordained clergy and the planting of new missions.  The provisions for this may be found on a new page here.


ANTIOCHIAN PRIEST-MONK DIES FOR A WOUNDED MAN IN HAMA, SYRIA

Fr Basil

FR. BASIL - MEMORY ETERNAL!

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