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Saint Barbara the Great Martyr Greek Orthodox Parish, Chester, Cheshire

Γενικές Πληροφορίες

Thyateira and Great Britain
Nikitas, Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain
Very Rev'd Protopresbyter Pancratios Sanders
Ημέρα Εορτασμού:
December 4

Contact Details

Overleigh Cemetery, Overleigh Road, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 7HW United Kingdom
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Services Details

Sunday 10:00am
Θεία Λειτουργία:
Sunday 11:00am
Saturday 5:30pm

Ιστορικές Πληροφορίες

Έτος Ίδρυσης:
The Orthodox Church of Saint Barbara is a parish of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain. It is under the direct care of His Eminence, Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira and Great Britain. The Parish was founded in 1985 by the late Archimandrite Barnabas (Burton), of blessed memory, with the blessing of the then Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain, Methodios. This followed the realisation that there were Orthodox Christian faithful residing in and around Chester who found it difficult to travel to the all-too-few Orthodox churches in the north-west. Services fell into a monthly pattern through 1986 and Father Alban was ordained priest early in the year The fine redundant cemetery chapel in Overleigh Cemetery was made available to us through the good offices of Chester City Council. The council undertook to put the chapel into good order though it had no heat, light or running water. The first Liturgy to be offered in our new home took place on 21st June 1987 following the blessing of the chapel with Holy Water. Thus began a pattern that has grown over the years of Sunday and Feast-day services with the many services of Great Lent offered in full. Today, Matins and Divine Liturgy are offered every Sunday with Vespers or Vigil being sung several times a week. Liturgy or Vespers will be served on most Feast-days with many other services according to the church calendar. For many years our services were illumined by candles though with the purchase of the church, electricity was finally installed to provide us with both heat and light, though at great expense it has to be said! Some of us still miss the candle-lit days though Vespers is still offered in the semi-darkness of evening. The year 1986 saw the resumption of Orthodox Pilgrimage to the sacred Well of Saint Winifride at Holywell. Although pilgrimage to the Well had never ceased, there had been no Orthodox presence for the best part of a thousand years. October (2019) we enjoyed our 33rd visit to Holywell. The parish continued uneventfully through the following years with Liturgy offered each Sunday in Chester with occasional services being offered elsewhere. In 1994, Pancratios Sanders was ordained Deacon and then priest in 1996. During the course of these years, the parish had made several attempts to purchase the chapel, each time without success. It was only in early 2012 that we were successful and the freehold was obtained. Since the purchase was completed, we have transformed the interior with a purpose built iconostasis and fresh icons. A new marble Holy Table has been installed, and a kitchen installed in the refectory. In August 2013, His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain, our ruling Hierarch, was pleased to consecrate our church to the eternal Glory of God and to secure our presence for all time as the Orthodox presence in West Cheshire and North Wales. Five years on, Archbishop Gregorios returned to the parish to ordain Tsvetan Petkov to the Diaconate giving him the name Ioan (John) after the great Bulgarian Saint John of Rila. He has proved to be a welcome addition to the parish and we pray that he will be ordained priest in due course. The building is Grade II listed so we are charged with its careful maintenance and it continues to be in general good order. There is much we seek to do, both inside and outside the church. With the help of God, the Divine Services will continue without interruption in the years and centuries to come. In all these things we ask God’s help and your prayers, Father Pancratios and Presbytera Anna Sanders Deacon John and Diaconissa Vera Petkov