The York Christian Orthodox Community
Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch
Archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland
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BISHOP'S VISIT - May 2016
On Sunday 22nd May we had the joy and privilege of welcoming our bishop, Metropolitan Silouan, who made his first visit to York to celebrate with us the feast of St Constantine, an occasion of great blessing and encouragement to us all. There are photographs of the visit here.
Archbishop of The British Isles and Ireland
In his Enthronement address on 27th February 2016 at St George's Cathedral in London, Metropolitan Silouan said,
"Be Holy as Christ is Holy in your daily life, witnessing to others Christ’s example of love, beauty and splendour. Pray unceasingly, observe the fasts, read the Holy Bible, follow Christ’s teachings and example, keep all the Holy Sacraments of the Church, building your relationship with Christ through the Holy Spirit...
Now, at last, I am with you all. I will be with you in your parishes and homes sharing with you the words of our Lord and the consolation of our perfect faith...
Christ showed us the way of obedience and humility through the Great and Life-Giving Cross. He permits each of us to carry a small cross to lead us to salvation while He carried the Great Cross for the salvation of all. I will help you bear your cross and you will help me to bear mine, until it is time for us to join Him eternally, entering salvation together. Our lives are now bound to each other for evermore,our purpose is salvation and our destiny is Christ and only Christ."
The full text of Metropolitan Silouan's address and more photos from the Enthronement can be found on the website of the Archdiocese.
Following his election and ordination last year Metropolitan Silouan sent a message of encouragement to the clergy and people of the diocese. You can read it here.
Community of St. Constantine the Great normally meets at the Chapel of
John University. The
liturgical language in use is English.
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.
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.