Purchase of St Martin’s Church, Colchester

After many years of prayer and dedication, our community in Colchester has been able to buy St Martin’s Church. Located in the centre of the historic town, St Martin’s may now be the permanent home of this community and stand as a testament to the power of the Gospel.

Our Father and Metropolitan, Sayidna Silouan, wrote a congratulatory letter to Fr Alexander, Fr Mark and all the community following news arriving on Friday 14th January 2022, the Apodosis, Leavetaking, of the Great Feast of Theophany.

More information may be found at the appeal website of the parish or its Facebook page.

15th January 2022
St Paul of Thebes
St John the Hut-dweller

Reverend Father Alexander
Reverend Deacon Mark
Esteemed members of the Parish Council
Honoured benefactors and founders of this Holy Temple
Faithful members of our Church of Saint Martin and Saint Helen
Friends of this sacred community

Grace, peace and mercy from our Great God and Saviour Jesus Christ be unto you all!

This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 117:24

The Lord has accounted us worthy that we now see the day of the purchase of St Martin’s Church for Orthodox worship: the purpose for which it was built has been secured.  This, truly, is the day which the Lord has made and we will rejoice.  News came on the Apodosis, the Leavetaking, of Theophany and as God was manifest in the Jordan River so too he is manifest in this great event: God has descended and, through each one of you, has worked a sign of the Kingdom in Colchester and in our country.

Yet now is not the time for complacency, my beloved children, for there is much work to be done.  We must all remain united so that we may beautify our Temple of God: this will require love and sacrifices—of our time, of our energy, of our talents and of our money—that the Lord will be glorified in us and in this new temple.  I beseech the Almighty God that we all offer prayer to him to direct each one of us to offer fitting sacrifices to his glory.

We remember the words of the Apostle, “you are the temple of the living God,” (2 Corinthians 6:16) that the temple of God is made not of wood, of brick nor of stone but of the human heart: therefore, our primary task must be to change ourselves, for each one of us to repent, that we may show ourselves worthy inheritors of him.  Let us offer him our very selves that by our service and sacrifice our hearts may be softened to fertile soil and the Holy Spirit may enter and grow within us.

Today, beloved faithful, is a great day: let us rejoice in it.

Asking your prayers for this parish, for our Archdiocese and for me, I remain your Father in Christ.


Metropolitan of the British Isles and Ireland

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