Visit of the Holy Cross

On Tuesday 10th December 2013, we were privileged to receive a part of the wood of the Holy Cross of Christ, which had been brought to England from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem here in Oxford.

This relic only rarely leaves Jerusalem and is one of the largest surviving fragments of the wood of the Lord's Cross, discovered by the Holy Empress Helena in Jerusalem in the fourth century.
Bishop Athanasios of Tropaeou and Deacon Charalambos from Jerusalem accompanied the holy relic, bringing it to our Church for veneration in the morning and early afternoon of December 10th. We sang the service of the Salutations of the Holy Cross and the icon containing the relic remained in the Church for the veneration of the faithful until mid-afternoon, when it was taken on to the Russian Orthodox Church of St Nicholas the Wonderworker in Ferry Road, Marston. From there it returned to London in the early evening.
Metropolitan Kallistos and Fr Ian would like to thank everybody who helped to make this celebration a memorable and blessed experience for our Community.
James Hyndman's photographs of the event can be accessed at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/22034588@N07/sets/72157638586173795/

40th Anniversary of the Consecration of the Church

40th anniversary of the Consecration of the Church

  40th Anniversary of the Consecration of the Church

On Sunday, October 6th, 2013 His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain, who took part in the original Consecration service of our Church, visited us and served Matins and the Divine Liturgy as part of the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Consecration. Also celebrating on the day with Fr Ian and Fr Seraphim were Archimandrite Ephrem (Lash), Fr Patrick Hodson (whose marriage was the first one to be celebrated in the new Church building), Fr Alexander Fostiropoulos and Dn Pavlos Lambrou. We were also pleased that Metropolitan Kallistos was able to join us for the Liturgy and for the celebratory meal that followed. Thank you to all who worked to make the day memorable!
For more pictures from the day visit James Hyndman's Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/22034588@N07/sets/72157636299609443/