The British Orthodox Church

within the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate

First Orthodox Education Day planned for 9 October

Join us for a day of exploring the Bible and reflecting upon it as the source of our faith and inspiration. The faithful of the Armenian, Coptic, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Malankara Indian and Syrian Orthodox Churches and the affiliated churches are cordially invited to attend this daylong educational seminar and great opportunity for fellowship.

Location: Nevart Gulbenkian Hall
St. Sarkis Armenian Orthodox Church
Kensington, London

Date: Saturday, 9 October, 2010

Time: 10:00am-3:00pm

According to the following schedule:

  • 10:00 AM: Matins in the Armenian Church
  • 10:15 AM: Registration, Tea and coffee in the Church Hall
  • 10:30 AM: Welcome and announcements
  • 10:40 AM: Message by His Grace Bp. Angaelos, Coptic Orthodox Church
  • 10:45 AM: Lecture 1– His Grace Abba Seraphim: “The Septuagint in the Oriental Orthodox Traditions”
  • 11:15 AM: Lecture 2 – V. Revd Fr. Vahan Hovhanessian: “The Bible as the source of spirituality in the writings of the Armenian Church Fathers.”
  • 11:45 PM: Q&A Re: lectures 1 & 2
  • 12:00 Noon: Lunch (buffet)
  • 1:30 PM: Lecture 3 – Revd Fr. Peter Farrington: “The Bible as the source of Orthodox Christology.”
  • 2:00 PM: Q&A Re: lecture 3
  • 2:10 PM: General Discussion
  • 2:25 PM: Announcements
  • 2:30 PM: Final blessing

Registration for attendees will be £5.00 to defray the cost of the lunch and materials
For further information or to sign up in advance please e-mail: fatherpeter@britishorthodox.org

Medieval Manuscripts – Inaugural Lecture

On 22 June 2010 Abba Seraphim, accompanied by Trevor Maskery, joined a packed audience at London University’s Senate House to hear Michelle Brown, Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies, deliver her inaugural lecture on “Manuscripts from Anglo-Saxon Mercia: the Staffordshire hoard, other recent finds and the ‘new materiality’ in book history”. The lecture’s unwieldy title represented the range of resources (archaeology, stone carving, ancient metalwork as well as manuscripts) which historians now have at their disposal, but with Professor Brown as a dextereous and entertaining guide, the lecture was engaging and instructive. The previously “lost” kingdom of Mercia, whose pagan kings slaughtered their Christian neighbours, now appears to have been the source of many fine manuscripts and to have been been subject to cultural influences from both Europe and the East.

Professor Brown is a respected authority on the early Christian history of Britain and shares her specialist knowledge and enthusiasm generously. Her book, “How Christianity came to Britain and Ireland” (2006) is one of the best introductions to the subject. As a close neighbour to Abba Seraphim, ongoing discussion and debate on these topics have been both edifying and congenial.  Pictured with Abba Seraphim and Professor Brown at the lecture is Canon David Abraham from the Fursey Pilgrims, an ecumenical group dedicated to the study of the life and times of St. Fursey.

Bournemouth Weekend of Worship and Orthodox Spirituality

The Bournemouth Weekend of Worship and Orthodox Spirituality is scheduled for Friday evening 24th to Sunday 26th September 2010. The weekend will introduce and explore various aspects of Orthodox Christian spirituality such as the Jesus Prayer, fasting, humility, using a variety of approaches including talks, handouts and even watching a movie! (Don’t panic though – it’s a thoroughly Orthodox Christian film). We will also spend time in worship and prayer together as a congregation, praying several of the monastic hours of prayer together and also Morning and Evening Incense and the Divine Liturgy.

Download the Booking Form here

New book published by Father Peter Farrington

Father Peter Farrington has just published a collection of some of his articles and papers on Orthodox Christology and other Orthodox topics. The book is available from the publishers website. Many of the articles and papers have previously been published in the Glastonbury Review, the journal of the British Orthodox Church within the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate. Though produced with serious scholarly effort, each of these articles and papers has been written with the intent of being of interest to a wide audience, and especially to the interested Orthodox layperson.

Publishers Website

Orthodox Fellowship Study Evenings at St Alban’s, Chatham

As members and clergy of St Alban’s British Orthodox Church in Chatham we had felt that we should be organising a regular activity to allow members of the British Orthodox Fellowship in our area to experience something of our Christian life, as indeed was the purpose of the Fellowship being introduced.

So far we have welcomed visitors to two Study Evenings. The first was held in November and had as its topic, ‘The Jesus Prayer’. The second has just taken place and the topic was ‘Praying with Icons’. Read more ►


Upcoming events

  • 16 April 2014
    • Holy Wednesday: Portsmouth
      At 167 Stubbington Avenue, Portsmouth
      Wednesday Prayers 12.00
      Eve of /Wednesday Prayers 19.00
    • Holy Wednesday: Bournemouth
      Midday Prayers 12.00
      Evening Prayers 18.00
  • 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
    • Holy Thursday: Portsmouth
      At 167 Stubbington Avenue, Portsmouth

      Eve of Thursday Prayers 19.00


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