The Eucharistic Community of Holy Trinity
in Guildford

Deanery of Great Britain and Ireland
Archdiocese of Thyateira & Great Britain
Ecumenical Patriarchate

Events


  •  20/06/2021 01:30 PM
  •   Quarry Street, Guildford GU1 3TY, UK

Divine Liturgy followed by Vespers of Kneeling 8th Sunday of Pascha. Holy Pentecost. Holy Trinity Day. Patronal feast of our Community.

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  •  27/05/2021 07:00 PM
  • Online Event

Our Online Bible Study Group brings together people from different countries on a weekly basis. This time offers us an opportunity to improve our understanding of God's mission on earth and our participation in it. We sincerely invite all Christians to join our meetings: to pray with us, read the Bible, and share their own experience. For more information, please visit our community Facebook page or contact Father Constantine directly and ask to join.

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  •  23/05/2021 01:30 PM
  •   Quarry Street, Guildford GU1 3TY, UK

4th Sunday of Pascha. The Paralysed Man. St Michael the Confessor, Bishop of Synada (826) Mary the wife of Cleopas, Myrrh-bearer (1st) Synaxis of the Saints of Roctov-Yaroslavl St Euphrosyne, Abbess of Polotsk (1173)

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About Us


Let all your things be done with Love

Welcome to the community of Holy Trinity in Guildford!

We are part of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, within the Deanery of Great Britain and under omophorion of His Eminence Nikitas, Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain.

We are a multinational community which is built on love and care for each other and belongs to one of the oldest Orthodox Patriarchates - Constantinople. Our services conducted in English, Church-Slavonic and Greek and attended by Christians from England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Greece, Russia, Romania, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and many other. We do not represent any particular ethnicity but aim to represent and support the Orthodox Christian tradition for everyone.

We believe that the Scriptures, Sacraments and Traditions of the fathers, as the wisdom selected and collected in the Church throughout the centuries help the faithful to establish their intimate personal and living relationship with God the Father through the faith in our Lord and God Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.
 
Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:37-40)
 

All Christians are welcome at our services and may take prosphora (blessed bread) as well as receive a blessing at the close of the services.

Orthodox Christians may receive the sacraments.


After the Liturgy, there is always an opportunity to connect; speak with Fr. Constantine, meet and greet new and existing parish members during refreshments prepared by the parishioners.

We are always delighted to see new faces!

Request a prayer


Dear Brothers & Sisters,

Please use this form to request a Moleben or Panikhida for the Departed.

Moleben is a service conducted by a priest asking our Saviour, Mother of God for assistance in a specific matter (for example illness, travel, family, employment, education and so on). This prayer is usually conducted on behalf of the Living Orthodox Christians.

Panikhida is a prayer service offered by a priest for the repose of the soul of an Orthodox Christian who has departed this life. Only departed Orthodox Christians may be commemorated at a Panikhida.

Upon making a request for a prayer you are invited to make a voluntary donation. Please follow the link below.

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History



The life of our parish began with Thursday evening meetings in the Orthodox Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God and All Saints of the Diocese of Sourozh in 2005. The meetings took place as part of the Russian Christian Movement in Great Britain lead by Father Michael Fortunatto, and organized with the blessing of both, Bishop Basil (Osborne) and Archpriest John (Lee), Rector of the Cathedral at that time. More information about the early days of the Movement is available via this link.  Unfortunately, at that time, there were certain political forces existed within the Cathedral that prevented the emergence of Russian-speaking groups loyal to the English ruling bishop, so in order to avoid confrontation it was decided to move our meetings to a private property based in London. Meanwhile, another Bible study group was organised in Guildford for those who had difficulties travelling to London. These two groups gradually evolved into our parish.

The group meetings have always been very positive and brought the participants closer in joint prayers. (In more recent times these meetings have moved on-line and so that we all can still meet together, despite the fact that some of us live in different cities and even different countries). The idea to hold our first Liturgy in Guildford emerged naturally during one of the meetings. This took place at St John’s Stoke Church (Guildford) in the early spring 2006. Father Alexander Fostiropoulos came to celebrate this first Liturgy and since then, services have been held regularly. Father Alexander Fostiropoulos, Father Patrick Hodson, and, on few occasions, Bishop Basil helped us to celebrate the Liturgies at St John’s Church and then later at the Lady Chapel of the Guildford Cathedral.

In the summer of 2006, Father Constantine was ordained a Deacon and was assigned first to the parish of St. John the Theologian in Norwich and then later to the parish of the Dormition of the Mother of God in London (Holborn). At the same time, Liturgies continued regularly in Guildford, until ultimately in the summer of 2009, at the request of parishioners, Bishop Basil ordained Deacon Constantine to become a priest and to be responsible for the Guildford Parish, which is now officially recognised as the Holy Trinity Eucharistic Community within the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Since 2008 the parish has also been blessed with the service of Deacon Alexei Nesteruk, a Doctor of Philosophy, a renowned scientist and theologian, and the author of many religious books.


Since Christmas 2009, parish services have been held regularly at Guildford oldest church – St Mary’s Church (Quarry Street, Guildford). Our parish is small but multinational. Built on love and care for each other, it belongs to Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain of one of the oldest Orthodox Patriarchates, the Patriarchate of Constantinople. It consists of English, Scots, Irish, Greeks, Canadians, Germans, Romanians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Moldovans, people from the Baltic countries, Georgians, Azerbaijanis, Russians and others. After the Liturgy, there is always an opportunity to talk with each other and with Father Constantine during a small lunch prepared by the parishioners. The service is usually held in English, Church Slavonic and a little bit in Greek. In addition to services, our parish holds various interesting activities: meetings, lectures, Bible study group meetings, festive fairs and pilgrimages.

We are always very happy to welcome new people to our congregation.

Clergy and Administration


Constantine Litvinenko

Priest

Alexei Nesteruk

Deacon

Tatiana Carstairs

Church Warden

Angela Draper

Secretary

Valentyna Podgorodetska

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Parish of Holy Trinity, Guildford, UK (Reg.Charity XT27232) Deanery of Great Britain and Ireland Archdiocese of Thyateira & Great Britain Ecumenical Patriarchate