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Memorial Service at Stevenage

A Memorial Service for His Holiness Pope Shenouda III was held at St. George’s Cathedral, Stevenage, on 24 March. Bishop Angaelos officiated and clergy of both the Oriental Orthodox and other traditions officiated. Abba Seraphim and Archbishop Athanasios (Syriac Orthodox Church) chanted the psalms; the Bishop of Southwark (The Right Rev’d Christopher Chessum) read the Pauline Epistle and a message from The Archbishop of Canterbury;  Abba Seraphim also chanted the Psali Adam and gave the Final Benediction.  Among the bishops present were His Eminence Archbishop Antonios (Ethiopian Orthodox Church) and His Grace Bishop Elisey (Russian Orthodox Church) whilst the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Roman Catholic Church, the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Eritrean Orthodox Church were represented by priests. There were also a number of Coptic Orthodox priests who participated in the service. The British Orthodox Church was also represented  by Father Simon Smyth, Father Seraphim Mina, Father Peter Farrington, Deacon Mark Saunders, Deacon Christopher Barnes and a number of subdeacons, readers and  laity.  There was a large congregation including state and civic leaders and all present were invited to sign the Book of Condolence for His Holiness.

Anglican-Oriental Orthodox Regional Forum

A meeting of the Anglican-Oriental Orthodox Regional Forum took place at Lambeth Palace on 15 June 2010.

This forum exists to promote contacts between the Anglican and Oriental Orthodox communities in the UK, and to provide a context in which discussions about the practical and spiritual challenges facing both communions can take place.

At this last meeting His Grace Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church was nominated as the Oriental Orthodox co-chairman, and Father Peter Farrington of the British Orthodox Church within the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate was nominated the Oriental Orthodox co-secretary.

Other Orthodox bishops present were His Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim of the British Orthodox Church, and His Grace Archbishop Athanasios of the Syrian Orthodox Church, together with Bishop Geoffrey Rowell  of Gibraltar in Europe, the Anglican co-chairman. Other Oriental Orthodox clergy represented their churches while the Anglican participation included a number of priests, including Canon Jonathan Goodall, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s chaplain and ecumenical officer.

A fruitful conversation took place among the representative Anglican and Oriental Orthodox bishops and priests, and plans were discussed for the future direction and membership of the Forum. The forum usually meets trwice a year.


Upcoming events

  • 17 April 2014
    • Holy & Great Thursday: Babingley
      10.30 a.m. Third Hour Prayer & Office of the Footwashing
    • Holy Thursday: Bournemouth
      Thursday Prayers & Incense15.00
      Liturgy of the Blessing of Water & Lacan (foot washing) 19.00
      Divine Liturgy for Holy Thursday 20.30
      11th Hour Prayers and Eve of Friday Prayers 22.00
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      At 167 Stubbington Avenue, Portsmouth

      Eve of Thursday Prayers 19.00
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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 including the Burial Service of our Lord 18.00
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      1.30 p.m. Sixth & Ninth Hour Prayers


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