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 Sunday at 10:00 a.m. (reading of the Hours or Matins starts at 10 a.m.) at the St Martin's of Tours Church, Braddon Close, Westgate, Lancashire, LA4 4UZ, United Kingdom (find us). In addition, Great Vespers is usually served on Saturdays at 3 p.m. preceded by Memorials, Confessions and reading of the Synaxarion. On some Saturdays the Holy Liturgy is served at 10 a.m. Other Orthodox services for special Feasts (Akathists etc.) are held according to the Orthodox calendar. Please, contact us for more information on the exact time and date of the services, or look at the last page of this month's Stavronian.
We are a relatively small parish led by Fr. Jonathan Hemmings, but with faithful from more than half a dozen nationalities! The Parish also 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 raise funds to cover the rent and other needs of the Church on a permanent basis. Apart from your much needed prayers, you can find information on how to contribute to our fund raiser here.
Photos from the presentation of the book "Fountains in the Desert" in Greece.
"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."