1 Canterbury Road, Oxford. OX2 6LU



Welcome to our community

The Orthodox Parish of the Annunciation is located in Oxford, England, and we welcome all to visit our parish and experience the fullness of the Orthodox Christian faith. Services are held in mainly English and Slavonic. 

We welcome visitors to stay for coffee and friendship after liturgy on Sundays. Please explore this website to get to know more of our church! 

Weekly Services

Saturdays - Vigil or Vespers at 5:30pm

Sundays - Divine Liturgy at 10:30am, preceded by Hours (2nd and 4th week-ends) or Matins (1st and 3rd Sundays) 

About Our Church

Our church is named after the Annunciation to Mary mother of God, a great feast in the Orthodox Church, which celebrates when the Archangel Gabriel appeared 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 Jean of Charioupolis. We belong to the Deanery of Great Britain and Ireland, within the Archdiocese of Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe, an Exarchate of 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 under the jurisdiction of Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira & Great Britain - Ecumenical Patriarchate) 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 Vigil and the Liturgy are 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: 

  • First Sunday of the month: Greek Tradition, mostly in Greek 
  • Second Sunday of the month: Russian Tradition, in English and Slavonic 
  • Third Sunday of the month: Greek Tradition, mostly in English 
  • Fourth Sunday of the month: Russian Tradition, in English and Slavonic.   

See the Schedule of Services for more details.  

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. Please consult the Schedule of Services for accurate information.  

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 frseraphimvnewton@gmail.com



A recent video showing a small portion of the liturgy celebrated on October 22nd, 2017.


Our church is run on donations from generous visitors and members of the parish. If you are able to give a donation - either a one-off payment or a monthly contribution - please complete the forms below.


Settling Accounts AUG 2018 (pdf)






Contact Us

Fr Seraphim Vänttinen-Newton

 tel: 01993 772834      email:    frseraphimvnewton@gmail.com

Orthodox Parish of the Annunciation

1 Canterbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6LU

We look forward to welcoming you!


Hymns for the Feast of the Annunciation


 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.   


 The Oxford Orthodox Christian Student Society holds regular events - such as seminars, presentations, Bible study classes and shared meals throughout term time. All, regardless of age or occupation, are warmly invited to these events.   For further details, or to be placed on the Society's mailing list, please email the Society's secretary at: ouorthsoc@gmail.com , or check the Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/groups/157577500335