We are Orthodox Christians.
The name “Orthodox” comes from a union of the Greek words orthos (“straight”, “correct”, “true”, “right”) and doxa (“common belief”, from the ancient verb δοκέω-δοκῶ which is translated “to believe”, “to think”, “to consider”, “to imagine”, “to assume”). The dual meanings of doxa, with “glory” or “glorification” (of God by the Church and of the Church by God), especially in worship, yield the pair “correct belief” and “true worship”.
Together, these express the core of a fundamental teaching about the inseparability of belief and worship and their role in drawing the church together with Christ.
Our parish is a part of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, which itself is part of the world-wide canonical communion of local Eastern Orthodox Churches, each of which traces its history via Apostolic Succession directly to the One, True, Catholic and Apostolic Church which was founded by Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and given to the World via His Apostles on the day of Pentecost.
We believe that which the Whole Church has believed at all times and all places (i.e. our faith is catholic – from the Greek phrase καθόλου (katholou) which is a union of the words κατά meaning “about” and ὅλος meaning “whole” meaning “according to the whole”). The most concise expression of our beliefs is given in the Nicene Creed:
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Only-begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages; Light of Light: true God of true God; begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by Whom all things were made;
Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from the heavens, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man; And was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried;
And arose again on the third day according to the Scriptures; And ascended into the heavens, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father; And shall come again, with glory, to judge both the living and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life; Who proceedeth from the Father; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spake by the prophets. In One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the remission of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, And the life of the age to come. Amen.
NOTE: Due to government restrictions issued as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, NO PUBLIC SERVICES are being held at our parish until the restrictions are lifted. We will endeavour to serve services with just the priest and the bare minimum number of chanters and assistants in line with what is currently permitted under the restrictions and to transmit services via our YouTube streaming page. We apologize to everyone for this.
The next services at our parish (live streamed only) will be:
Saturday 4 April 6pm: Vigil for 5th Sunday of Great Lent – St Mary of Egypt
Sunday 5 April 8am: Divine Liturgy of St Basil the Great for the 5th Sunday of Great Lent – St Mary of Egypt
Monday 6 April 6pm: Vigil for the Holy Annunciation will be live streamed from Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church facebook page (it is their Parish Feastday)
Tuesday 7 April 8am: Vesperal Divine Liturgy for Holy Annunciation live streamed from Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church (it is their Parish Feastday)
Friday 10 April at 6pm: Matins for the Raising of Lazarus
Saturday 11 April at 8am: Divine Liturgy for the Raising of Lazarus
Saturday 11April at 6pm: All Night Vigil for the Entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday)
Sunday 12 April at 8am: Divine Liturgy for the Entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday)
A Holy Week Schedule will be published in due course. Please monitor this page and our facebook page for the latest information.