The Orthodox Christian Parish of the Holy and Life Giving Cross at Lancaster (United Kingdom) belongs to the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland.
The Holy Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom is served every Saturday (or Sunday on the last weekend of each month) at 10:00 a.m. at the Chaplaincy Centre of Lancaster University (find us). Other Orthodox services are being held according to the Orthodox calendar. Please, contact us for more information on the exact time and date of the services.
We are a relatively small parish led by Fr. Jonathan Hemmings, but with faithful from more than half a dozen nationalities! The Parish serves the liturgical and pastoral needs of Orthodox Christians studying and teaching at Lancaster University.
We enjoy our fellowship, having meals together and taking part in pilgrimages to Orthodox monasteries, churches, ancient Christian sites and other worship places (photos). We produce a newsletter each month with our news and spiritual food for thought. We also work in translations, and have translated St. Lioba's life from English to Greek and St. Joachim's life from Greek to English (more information here). Please also see the holy tasks page with details about our work, and our treasures page with information on the icons and holy relics of St. Nicholas Planas and St. Joachim of Ithaca, that our parish is blessed to have.
To this end we are making an appeal to help raise funds for a Church either for us to buy or rent on a permanent basis. Apart from your much needed prayers, you can find information on how to contribute to our fund raiser here.
- Our monthly newsletter is out. Read the November Stavronian here !
- Here is the October edition of Constiinta Ortodoxa, an Orthodox newsletter from our brother Parish in Romania.
- Fr. Jonathan has written and published "Fountains in the Desert" (in English and Romanian), which is based on the sayings of St Antony the Great. Please contact us for orders (priced £7.50 plus postage & packaging).
- Also available is the story of Fr. Michael Harper's 48 year long ministry "Visited by God" told by Kh Jeanne Harper. The foreword to the book is written by Prof. David Frost, Principal of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge. Fr.Jonathan wrote the last chapter on Fr. Michael's contribution to the formation of the Antiochian Deanery. Available priced £7.50 (plus postage and packaging).
"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard,
even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion:
for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore."