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The York Christian Orthodox Community

Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch
Archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland



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of Saints, Bible readings, and fasting rules for each day:

the new Archbishop
of The British Isles and Ireland


The Patriarch with Metropolitan Silouan
Metropolitan Silouan (right) with the Patriarch at the ordination

Ordained on Sunday 30th August at the Patriarchal Monastery of St.George Al Humayrah where he has served as abbot, Metropolitan Silouan said,

I turn now to my children in the British Isles and Ireland with these words: From here, from Antioch, from Saint George’s Monastery, I would like to speak to you all in every Parish in our Archdiocese of The British Isles and Ireland and say that from the moment I was elected Metropolitan, I felt that I have known you for a long time and love you in Christ... 

I ask for your prayers, you whom I love, so that the Lord may enable me to lead you securely in His example, to sanctify myself and others, so that His Church is shining, resplendent, full of saints."

More details here...

     Metropolitan Silouan has sent a message of encouragement
     to the clergy and people of the diocese. You can read it here.


In the light of the continuing crisis in Syria, the three Syrian Patriarchs have this year issued a joint Easter message

      His Beatitude John X            The Patriarchs' Paschal Message 2015


The Community of St. Constantine the Great normally meets at the Chapel of York St. John University. The liturgical language in use is English.

The congregation is effectively pan-Orthodox with British members as well as those whose 'home' churches are Russian, Greek, Romanian, Antiochian, etc. In the spirit of the inter-Orthodox talks at Chambesy all Orthodox Christians of any jurisdiction are welcome.

Visitors and enquirers are also welcome to join us at the Divine Liturgy. Please make yourselves known to us: we look forward to meeting you.

To find us, see the map showing how to find St John's and the map of the university campus on which the chapel is clearly marked.

The Community, under the direction of the archdiocese, has a policy for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. There are more details here.

The monthly calendar (see the link above) lists the major saints commemorated on each day, including those for the British Isles, details of the appointed readings for the day and a note on the fasting rules.

Newsletter of the Archdiocese
This edition has an article by our own sub-deacon Ibrahim

PDF Document: Autumn 2014 Edition