The British Orthodox Church
The British Orthodox Church
within the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate

Welcome to The British Orthodox Church website

The British Orthodox Church is a small Orthodox jurisdiction, canonically part of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria. Our mission is to the people of the British Isles, and though we are completely Orthodox in our faith and practice we remain British in our ethos and in our appreciation of the Orthodox heritage of these islands.

The British Orthodox Church was originally established in 1866 when a Frenchman, Jules Ferrette, was consecrated as a bishop by the Syrian Orthodox Church with the purpose of re-establishing Orthodoxy to the West.

Discover the Orthodox Faith for yourself

The mission of the British Orthodox Church within the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate is to share the good news of the Orthodox Faith with British people in their own culture.

We have launched the British Orthodox Fellowship, so that our many friends and enquirers can join a community supported by the life of the British Orthodox Church.

Our aim is to help British people discover that they can be authentically and canonically Orthodox while remaining genuinely British. But we also warmly welcome all who wish to worship and learn with us, whatever their culture.

Event Calendar

April  2015
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  • Raising of Incense & Divine Liturgy: Shadwell
    9.30 am Raising of Incense
    10.00 am Liturgy of St. James
    11.45 am Refreshments
  • Divine Liturgy: Portsmouth
    Incense (10.00) & Liturgy (10.30)
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  • Palm Sunday: Bournemouth
    Morning Incense 09.30, Divine Liturgy 10.15
  • Palm Sunday: Doncaster
    Raising of Incense – 9:45am
    Divine Liturgy – 10:30am
  • Morning Incense & Divine Liturgy: Chatham
    Raising of Incense: 10:00 am
    Divine Liturgy: 10:30 am
  • Prayer Service: Bristol

    Prayer Service (Agbia) (13.00)

  • Palm Sunday: Portsmouth
    St Marks Church, North End
    12 Derby Road, Portsmouth PO2 8HR

    7pm Eve of Monday Prayers
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  • Holy Monday: Bournemouth
    Monday Prayer 12.00, Eve of Tuesday Prayer (19:00)
  • Holy Monday: Portsmouth
    12 noon Holy Monday Prayers
    7pm Eve of Tuesday Prayers
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  • Holy Tuesday: Bournemouth
    Tuesday Prayer 12.00, Eve of Wednesday Prayer (19:00)
  • Holy Tuesday: Portsmouth
    7pm Eve of Wednesday Prayers
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  • Holy Wednesday: Bournemouth
    Wednesday Prayer 12.00, Eve of Thursday Prayer (19:00)
  • Holy Wednesday: Portsmouth
    7pm Eve of Thursday Prayers
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  • Holy Thursday: Bournemouth
    Thursday Prayer & Incense 15.00
    Liturgy of the Blessing of Water & Foot washing 19.00
    Liturgy for Holy Thursday & 11th Hour Prayers 20.15
  • Holy & Great Thursday: Babingley
    10.00 a.m. Third Hour Prayer & Office of the Footwashing
  • Maundy Thursday: Doncaster
    7.30 pm Washing of Feet,
    followed by Divine Liturgy
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  • Good Friday: Bournemouth
    1st Hour Prayers 07.00
    3rd Hour Prayers 09.00
    6th Hour Prayers 12.00
    9th Hour Prayer 15.00
    11th Hour Prayers 17.00
    12th Hour Prayers & Burial Service of our Lord 18.00
  • Holy & Great Friday: Doncaster
    12 Noon:
    6th Hour,
    9th Hour,
    followed by 11th Hour,
    12th Hour and Laying in the Tomb
  • Holy & Great Friday: Babingley
    1.30 p.m. Sixth and Ninth Hours
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  • Joyous Saturday: Bournemouth
    Saturday Worship 10.00
    Paschal Vigil Liturgy 22.00
  • Pascha Eve: Babingley
    5:45 - 6:45pm a priest will be available to hear confessions
    7:00pm The Divine Liturgy for Holy Pascha
  • Holy Pascha: Chatham
    Paschal Divine Liturgy: 9:00 pm
  • Divine Liturgy: Doncaster
    9.30 pm Raising of Incense
    10.15 pm Divine Liturgy
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  • Pasca: Bournemouth
    Paschal Morning Prayer with Holy Communion 10.00
    Followed by Memorial Prayers, commencing at Church & continuing in Wimborne Road cemetery
  • Holy Pascha: Windsor
    12:45pm Orthodox Liturgy
  • Holy Pascha: Portsmouth
    3pm Ninth Hour Prayer for Holy Pascha & distribution of Paschal blessings (Burial Spices, Red Eggs)
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  • Divine Liturgy: Stoke
    Divine Liturgy: 10:00 am
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  • Divine Liturgy: Chatham
    Raising of Incense: 10:00 am
    Divine Liturgy: 10:30 am
  • Raising of Incense & Divine Liturgy: Doncaster
    Raising of Incense – 9:45am
    Divine Liturgy – 10:30am
  • Morning Prayer: Babingley
    10.30am Morning Prayer
  • Raising of Incense & Divine Liturgy: Charlton
    Raising of Incense 2.00 p.m.
    Divine Liturgy 2.30 p.m.
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  • Evening Prayer & Discussion: Shadwell
    7.30pm Evening Prayer
    7.45pm Talk and discussion
    9.00pm Refreshments
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  • Orthodox Liturgy: Windsor
    Orthodox Liturgy 10:00am
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  • Raising of Incense & Divine Liturgy: Doncaster
    Raising of Incense – 9:45am
    Divine Liturgy – 10:30am
  • Raising of Incense & Divine Liturgy: Babingley
    10.30 a.m. Morning Incense
    11.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy
  • Raising of Incense & Divine Liturgy: Charlton
    Raising of Incense 2.00 p.m.
    Divine Liturgy 2.30 p.m.
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Upcoming events

19 Apr
Divine Liturgy: Chatham
Raising of Incense: 10:00 am
Divine Liturgy: 10:30 am
Raising of Incense & Divine Liturgy: Doncaster
Raising of Incense – 9:45am
Divine Liturgy – 10:30am
Morning Prayer: Babingley
10.30am Morning Prayer
Raising of Incense & Divine Liturgy: Charlton
Raising of Incense 2.00 p.m.
Divine Liturgy 2.30 p.m.
23 Apr
Evening Prayer & Discussion: Shadwell
7.30pm Evening Prayer
7.45pm Talk and discussion
9.00pm Refreshments