ARCHDIOCESE OF THYATEIRA AND GREAT BRITAIN
As you will know, in the last couple of weeks our social habits have had to change once again as we have come up against the difficulties created by the new strain of the Coronavirus. It is with sadness that we have to tell you that our worshipping life cannot remain unaffected. For the moment we need to observe the following practices:
We will be re-examining our practices regularly, in line with the requirements both of the government and the Archdiocese, and we very much hope that these restrictions will be able to be lifted soon.
With our love to you all,
Fr Seraphim, Fr Ian
Our church is named after the Annunciation to Mary the Mother of God, a Great Feast in the Orthodox Church, which celebrates the Archangel Gabriel appearing to Mary to announce to her that she would conceive and bear a son, even though she knew no man (Gospel of Luke, 1:26-38).
Our parish is part of the worldwide Orthodox Church under Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira and Great Britain. We belong to the Churches of Slavic Tradition within the Greek Archdiocese of this country under the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. We follow the Gregorian or New Calendar.
Our parish essentially follows the Russian Liturgical Tradition. We are of diverse Orthodox backgrounds, including Russian, British, Romanian, American, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Finnish and Arabic (Syrian and Iraqi). We have worshipped together for about 50 years with the Greek Orthodox Community of the Holy Trinity (a parish also under the jurisdiction of Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira & Great Britain) in the Orthodox Church of the Annunciation and the Holy Trinity, at 1 Canterbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6LU.
The Divine Liturgy is celebrated in our church every Sunday. The Annunciation parish leads the services according to the Russian Tradition on the second and the fourth weekends of the month when the Liturgy is celebrated mainly in English and Slavonic. We also use some Romanian and Greek in our services. Since the beginning of February 2010 our parish has joined with our fellow Greek parish in observing the Church's festivals and holy days according to the New (Gregorian) calendar. The services take the following pattern:
Weekday celebrations of the Divine Liturgy on Feasts or Saints Days usually take place on the evening before at 7pm but sometimes at 9am on the day. For any further information, questions, or comments, you are welcome to contact our Parish Priest, Fr Seraphim Vänttinen-Newton on 01993 772834 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our church is run on donations from generous visitors and members of the parish.
If you are able to contribute with a regular donation, please complete the standing order mandate. Our charity can claim back Gift Aid (25p every time an individual donates £1 to the parish). If you are a UK taxpayer, please complete the Gift Aid declaration form in order for our charity to claim Gift Aid.
A recent video showing a small part of the celebration of the Divine Liturgy.
Today is the crown of our salvation and the manifestation of the Mystery that is from all eternity:
The Son of God becomes the son of the Virgin,
and Gabriel proclaims glad tidings of grace;
Wherefore, we also cry out with him, to the Mother of God,
"Rejoice, O full of grace, the Lord is with you!"
To thee, O Mother of God, our leader in battle and defender,
we thy servants, delivered from calamity, offer hymns of victory and thanksgiving.
Since thou art invincible in power, set us free from every peril, that we may cry to thee:
Hail, unwedded Bride.
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