Heilige Albanus (Albaan) van Engeland, eerste Britse christelijke martelaar (+250) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Dutch




Heilige Albanus (Albaan) van Engeland, 

eerste Britse christelijke martelaar (+250)

Heilige Albanus (Albaan) van Engeland, ook wel Albanus van Verulamium genoemd, was een 3e-eeuwse Engelse heilige. Hij was de eerste Britse christelijke martelaar. Zijn feestdag is 22 juni. De Engelse plaats St Albans is naar hem vernoemd.

De vroegst bekende bron over Albanus is de hagiografie over Germanus van Auxerre door Constantius van Lyon, geschreven rond 480. Gildas schreef over Albanus in zijn De Excidio Britanniae (6e eeuw).

Volgens de 8e-eeuwse Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum van Beda was Albanus een inwoner van de Brits-Romeinse stad Verulamium, nu St Albans, iets ten noorden van Londen. Albanus bekeerde zich tot het christendom en werd hiervoor onthoofd op een heuvel boven de stad. Volgens Beda vond deze executie ergens na het jaar 303 plaats. Nieuw onderzoek door de Britse historicus John Morris wees echter op het jaar 209, tijdens de vervolging van christenen door de Romeinse keizer Septimius Severus. Andere historici plaatsen de gebeurtenis ergens in de jaren 250.

Albanus zou onderdak hebben gegeven aan een christelijke priester die op de vlucht was voor de Romeinen, en werd door deze priester bekeerd tot het christendom. Albanus wisselde met hem van kleren en werd in plaats van de priester gearresteerd en onthoofd op een heuvel aan de overkant van de Ver, de rivier waaraan Verulamium lag.

Op de plek waar de executie volgens de overlevering zou hebben plaatsgevonden werd eerst een kerk en vervolgens, in de 8e eeuw, een klooster gesticht dat aan de heilige Albanus gewijd was.

Het Sint-Albanuskruis is een christelijk kruissymbool. Het is een vlag met een diagonaal kruis in geel op een blauwe achtergrond. Het was onder meer de vlag van het Angelsaksische koninkrijk Mercia.

Video: Bishop Anthony Bloom’s conversion from atheism to the Orthodox Christian Faith



Bishop Anthony Bloom’s conversion

from atheism to the Orthodox Christian Faith

Video: Blessing of the Kindling – Celtic Prayer for the Morning



Blessing of the Kindling – Celtic Prayer for the Morning

Святий Албан, перший англійський мученик (+22 червня, 209) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Ukrainian


Святий Албан (St Alban),

перший англійський мученик (†209)

Святий Албан († 22 червня, 209) — перший англійський мученик, язичницький солдат, який захистив християнського священика і ним же був навернений. Після того, як він виявив це римській владі, його бичували і обезголовили на місці, що згодом було йому присвячене як Абатство Святого Албана (монастир).

Церква вшановує його пам’ять 22 або 17 червня і його символом є олень.

Holy Icon of All Saints of Ireland & British Isles









Holy Icon of All Saints of Ireland & British Isles

A letter to a new convert by Mother Thekla, Abbess of  Orthodox Monastery of the Assumpion in North Yorkshire, England




A letter to a new convert by Mother Thekla,

Abbess of  Orthodox Monastery of the Assumpion

in North Yorkshire, England



Mother Thekla’s Letter To A New Convert


Mother Thekla, who died on Aug. 7, 2011 at aged 93, was the last surviving nun to have occupied the enclosed Orthodox Monastery of the Assumption in North Yorkshire, but became better known to the wider world as the spiritual muse of the composer Sir John Tavener. Mother Thekla wrote the following letter in 2009, when she was 91 years old. You can read more about her here.


Dear “John”,

I understand that you are on the way to becoming Orthodox. I know nothing about you, beyond the fact that you are English.

Before we go any further, there is one point I should make clear. I have not been told why you are about to convert, but I assure you there is no point whatsoever if it is for negative reasons. You will find as much “wrong” (if not more) in Orthodoxy as in the Anglican or Roman Churches.

So – the first point is, are you prepared to face lies, hypocrisy, evil and all the rest, just as much in Orthodoxy as in any other religion or denomination?

Are you expecting a kind of earthly paradise with plenty of incense and the Continue reading “A letter to a new convert by Mother Thekla, Abbess of  Orthodox Monastery of the Assumpion in North Yorkshire, England”

Some Orthodox Saints from Ireland, Russia, Norway, Holy Land, France, Egypt, England, Serbia, Asia Minor, Italy, Bulgaria, Spain & Romania – St Catherine’s Vision – PDF



Some Orthodox Saints from Ireland, Russia,

Norway, Holy Land, France, Egypt, England, Serbia, Asia Minor,

Italy, Bulgaria, Spain & Romania


St Catherine’s Vision

Saint Elfleda (Ælfflæd), Abbess of Whitby, England (+714) – February 8



Saint Elfleda (Ælfflæd), Abbess of Whitby, England (+714)

February 8

Saint Ælfflæd (654–714) was the daughter of King Oswiu of Northumbria and Eanflæd. She was abbess of Whitby Abbey, an abbey of nuns that were known for their skills in medicine, from the death of her kinswoman Hilda in 680, first jointly with her mother, then alone. Ælfflæd was particularly known for her skills in surgery and her personal attention to patients, as was Hilda, who was known for her personalized medical care.

Most of Ælfflæd’s life was spent as a nun. When she was about a year old, her father, King Oswiu of Northumbria, in thanksgiving for his victory over Penda of Mercia at the Battle of the Winwæd, handed her over to abbess Hilda to be brought up at Hartlepool Abbey. When Hilda left to found Whitby Abbey in 657 or 658, she brought Ælfflæd with her.

Upon Hilda’s death in 680, Oswiu’s widow, Eanflæd and their daughter Ælfflæd became joint abbesses and later in the 680s, Ælfflæd was sole abbess until her death in 714. The Northumbrian church of Cuthbert’s time was a wealthy and aristocratic institution. On at least one occasion princess Abbess Ælfflæd is found banqueting with St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne.

In the Life of St. Cuthbert, the saint assures Ælfflæd, who is concerned over the succession, that she will find Ecgfrith’s successor ‘to be a brother no less than the other one’ (Anon. V. Cuthberti 3.6). Cuthbert then tells the puzzled Ælfflæd that this brother is ‘on some island beyond this sea’, at which point she realises that he is talking of Aldfrith ‘who was then on the island which is called Iona’ (Anon. V. Cuthberti 3.6). Like her mother, Ælfflæd was associated with Bishop Wilfrid, and played a large part in the settlement which placed her nephew Osred son of Aldfrith on the throne in 705. She was an important political figure from the death of her brother Ecgfrith in 685 until her death.

According to one account, Ælfflaed had been afflicted with a crippling disease for some time. One day she thought about Cuthbert and wished she had something belonging to him, for she was certain that would help her. Soon afterwards a messenger arrived with the gift of a linen girdle from Cuthbert. She put this on and within three days was restored to health.

Her piety was praised by contemporaries such as Bede and Stephen of Ripon. Bede refers to her high degree of holiness and devotion, while Stephen calls her the consoler of the whole kingdom and the best counsellor.

Ælfflæd was considered a saint and her feast day was celebrated on 8 February. She was buried at Whitby.

Excavations in the 1920s by Radford and Peers found several building foundations and two inscribed memorial stones believed to record the deaths of St. Ælfflaed, Abbess of Whitby, and Cyneburgh, queen of King Oswald.

The Father Of Lights – By Constantine Georgiades, England – Journey to Orthodoxy



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The Father Of Lights

By Constantine Georgiades, England

Journey to Orthodoxy



The Father Of Lights


A team of 120 members of the London Robbery Squad arrested me, my builder and electrician in Devon on 17th April 1991. I had to strip, put on white paper suit and wait in a cold empty cell for 3 days and then I was charged with various conspiracy offenses and remanded in custody at Exeter Prison. I had often driven past the prison and had never considered that one day I might be a guest of Her Majesty!

As an ex-policeman, I was warned to ask for the ’43’s’ by the escorting officer, but I really hadn’t understood what that meant. A mistake had been made and I felt sure that it was Continue reading “The Father Of Lights – By Constantine Georgiades, England – Journey to Orthodoxy”

Saint Richard the Pilgrim, the King of Wessex, England (+720) – February 7



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Saint Richard the Pilgrim, the King of Wessex, England (+720)

February 7

Saint Richard the Pilgrim (also known as St. Richard of Wessex,[1] St. Richard the King, St. Richard the Saxon, St. Richard of Swabia. St. Ricarius) is a saint of England.

It is believed that Saint Richard was born in Wessex, England and his real name is uncertain.[1] He was the brother-in-law of Saint Boniface (Archbishop of Mainz) and father of Saint Willibald (Bishop of Eichstätt), Saint Winnebald or Winibald (Abbot of Heidenheim) and Saint Walburga (Abbess of Heidenheim). Richard is depicted with Wuna, who is reputed to have been his wife and their three children at St. Walburga’s shrine in Eichstätt.

Richard is said to have aided his gravely ill three-year-old son, Willibald, to recover through prayer.

Richard renounced his royal estate and set sail with his two sons from Hamblehaven near Southampton circa 721 A.D. They landed in France and temporarily stayed in Rouen. From there, they set off on the pilgrimage route to Italy, where they prayed at shrines situated along the way.

He died unexpectedly after developing a fever in Lucca, Tuscany, where he was buried in the Church of San Frediano (founded by the Irish monk Frigidian). Miracles were reported to have occurred by his tomb and a veneration cult emerged. The people of Lucca embellished their accounts of his life, describing him as an English prince.

Richard’s niece, a nun called Hugeburc or Huneburc (Huneburc of Heidenheim), wrote an account of the pilgrimage, entitled “Hodoeporicon”, which Willibald, his son, continued during his journey to the Holy Land. Historians date the text between 761 and 786.

Some of Richard’s relics were transported to Eichstätt, where Willibald eventually became Bishop.

Richard’s feast day is 7 February.



Link: Saint Dunstan Orthodox Christian Church in Poole, England




Saint Dunstan Orthodox Christian Church in Poole, England

A Parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland

Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East

Saint Osmund’s Road, Parkstone, Poole, BH14 9JG

Church Phone: 01202 602628

Poole, England


The birth of Saint Dunstan Bishop of Canterbury, England (+988)



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The birth of Saint Dunstan Bishop of Canterbury, England (+988)

Feast day: May 19

Saint Dunstan (909-988) was born in Baltonsborough, Somerset. He was the son of Heorstan, a noble of Wessex. Heorstan was the brother of Athelm the bishop of Wells and of the Bishop of Winchester. It is recorded that his mother, Cynethryth, was a pious woman. Osbern’s life of Dunstan relates that a messenger miraculously told her of the saintly child she would give birth to:

She was in the church of St Mary on Candleday, when all the lights were suddenly extinguished. Then the candle held by Cynethryth was as suddenly relighted, and all present lit their candles at this miraculous flame, thus foreshadowing that the boy “would be the minister of eternal light” to the Church.

Source: Wikipedia

דאנסטן הקדוש (St Dunstan) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* The Orthodox Saints in Hebrew language

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(דאנסטן הקדוש (+988

דאנסטֶן (אנגלית: Dunstan; נולד בשנת 909 לערך – 19 במאי 988) הוא קדוש נוצרי. דאנסטן היה אב מנזר במנזר גלסטונברי, הבישוף של ווסטר (Worcester), הבישוף של לונדון והארכיבישוף מקנטרברי. בנוסף שימש כיועץ לבית המלוכה. הוא שיקם את המנזרים באנגליה וביצע רפורמות בכנסייה האנגלית. במאה ה-11 כתב אוסברן את קורותיו ותיאר את דונסטן כאמן וקליגרף.

דאנסטן נולד בגלסטונברי.
החל את חייו כמפרזל, והיה זה שהצליח לכפות על השטן שלא לפקוד את אלה אשר משתמשים בפרסה.

בשנת 988 מת בקנטרברי. יום חגו מתקיים ב-19 במאי.


#1 – Кад је Енглеска била Православна ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* ORTHODOX ENGLAND – Serbian




#1 – Кад је Енглеска била Православна

Video: Heilige Ia von Irland & Cornwall (+450) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* German




Heilige Ia von Irland & Cornwall (+450)

Video: Santes Dilig (St Cenheidlo / St Endelienta) Cymru a Chernyw (+6ed ganrif) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Welsh



Santes Dilig (St Cenheidlo / St Endelienta)

Cymru a Chernyw (+6ed ganrif)

Naomh Abran na hÉireann (+515) – 8 Bealtaine ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Irish





Naomh Abran na hÉireann (+515) – 8 Bealtaine.

Ba naomh Éireannach é Abran. Ba díthreabhach ina chónaí san Bhriotáin é.


Saint Indract, St Dominica & their Companions, Martyrs in Shapwick, England, from Ireland (+718) – February 5








Glanstobury Abbey, 7th century

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Holy Icon of Virgin Mary of Glastonbury

with Saints Indract & Dominica


Saint Indract, St Dominica & their Companions,

Martyrs in Shapwick, England, from Ireland (+718)

February 5

The Irish Saints at Glastonbury c.700

On this day in the Old English Calendar commemorated SS Indractus, Dominica and their Companions. We have to rely on William of Malmsbury for information about these Martyrs, who were venerated at Glastonbury Abbey. Indractus was an Irish chieftain, who had been to Rome on pilgrimage with his wife, Dominica, and nine others, and on their return journey they decided to visit the “Second Rome”, as Glastonbury was called, because of its holy associations.

There is a tradition that both S. Patrick and S. Bridget spent some time at Glastonbury, and there is a district called Beckery, where Bridget is supposed to have founded a Convent at the foot of Weary-all Hill. It was at Mass in the Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene there, according to the History of John of Glastonbury, that King Arthur had the vision of the Cross and Our Lady with the Holy Child, which is commemorated in the Arms of the Abbey. Another Irish Saint claimed as a visitor to Glastonbury is Benignus, locally known as S. Bennings, who was servant and successor to S. Patrick. He settled at Meare three miles to the west, where he died, and his body was translated to the Abbey in 901, some four hundred years later.

These Irish connections may well have been an added attraction to Indractus and his fellow pilgrims, who settled in the district of Shapwick. The local people were heathen and thought the party were wealthy merchants, whereas their scrips only contained parsley and other seeds to be taken back to Ireland, and their pilgrim staves were tipped with brass and not gold. When they had killed them, the natives threw their bodies into a deep pit, but a column of light appeared by night revealing the grave of the Christian martyrs. Their bodies were taken up and buried in the Abbey in the eighth century during the restoration under King Ina.






Glastonbury Abbey, England


Video: Human Relationships in the Light of Christ – Q&A ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Father Zacharias of Essex Monastery, England



Human Relationships in the Light of Christ

Q&A – Father Zacharias of Essex Monastery, England

“Human Relationships in the Light of Christ”, talk given by Archimandrite Zacharias in the Orthodox Christian Church in Edinburgh, on 8th of November 2012.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

St. John The Baptist, the Orthodox Monastery, Tolleshunt Knights, Essex, England

If you want go to the St. John the Baptist Monastery and talk with Father Zacharias.

The address is:

The Old Rectory, Rectory Road,

Tolleshunt Knights, By Maldon,

Essex CM9 8EZ, United Kingdom

Tel.: (+44) (0) 1621 816 471

to get there from LONDON

  1. go to Liverpool Street Station (you can get there by UNDERGROUND)

2. get a train to WITHAM

3. get a taxi to the monastery of Saint John the Baptist (say Tolleshunt Knights if the taxi driver does not know the monastery)






Finding the Faith of St Joseph of Arimathea: An Interview with Fr. Jonathan Hemmings, England ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* The tradition of faith in Great Britain goes back to the Apostolic era!








Finding the Faith of St Joseph of Arimathea:

An Interview with Fr. Jonathan Hemmings, England


The tradition of faith in Great Britain goes back to the Apostolic era!

by Tudor Petcu



Finding the Faith of Joseph of Arimathea: An Interview with Fr. Jonathan Hemmings


A Romanian writer, Tudor is a graduate of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Romania. He has published a number of articles related to philosophy and theology in different cultural and academic journals. His work focuses on the evolution of Orthodox spirituality in Western societies as well and he is going to publish a book of interviews with Westerners converted to Orthodoxy. In this article, he interviews Fr. Jonathan Hemmings, Orthodox theologian, who is the priest of the Holy Life-Giving Cross Orthodox Church in Lancaster, UK, talks about faith and love in Christ.


1.) Before discussing your conversion to Orthodoxy, I would appreciate it a lot if you could talk about your main spiritual experiences and journies untill you have discovered the Orthodox Church.

First of all, we need to be sure of what we mean when we use the term convert or “conversion.” We all need to be converted – both those who come from different traditions and confessions and those from traditionally Orthodox countries who are referred to as “cradle Orthodox”. Christianity is not a Philosophy, it is a relationship with the All Holy Trinity. We are converted to Christ and we are received into the (Orthodox) Church through Baptism and/or Chrismation. Sometimes this happens in the other order of events. Those who are Baptised Orthodox as babies need to employ the gift of the Holy Spirit given to them; those who are called to the Orthodox Christian faith are prompted by the same All Holy Spirit. As Metropolitan Kallistos said

“We Orthodox know where the Holy Spirit is but we cannot say where He is not.”

As scripture says

“the Holy Spirit moves where He wills.”

One has to experience the Orthodox Church either through her Liturgy or through the “living signposts of the faith” whom God sets before us if we are open to the Truth. By “ living signposts” I mean men and women who possess grace and in whom we see the light of Christ. Christianity in the west tends to be analytical and logical, Eastern Christianity is synthetic and mystical and engages the whole of our being.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your mind with all your strength, with all your heart and with all your soul.

The fact that we do metanoias (reverences or bows) shows that even prayer is a physical as well as a mental process. I have always believed in God, from a little child. I cannot remember a time when I did not believe in God. I had the right Christ, I just needed the right Church. Of course all this was a preparation for me to discover or rather recover the Orthodox faith.

2.) How would you characterise your own spiritual road to Orthodoxy? According to this question, would it be correct to say that Orthodoxy is able to heal the wounded souls?

I am like the Prodigal son in the parable who returns to his father. The Orthodox faith according to tradition was brought to Britain by St Joseph of Arimathea. An early Archbishop of Canterbury was Greek- St Theodore of Tarsus. St Constantine the Great was made Augustus Emperor here in York when he was in charge of the sixth Legion. So did not choose to find something “foreign” I returned to the Church which was established here in Britain.

The Orthodox Church is Universal as we proclaim on the Sunday of Orthodoxy. The Church is the hospital for souls. As Blessed Augustine said

“Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in God”

Restlessness of the spirit is a characteristic of this age. So I have not discovered something new, I have recovered something authentic and original.

3.) Considering all what you have experienced over the years from the spiritual point of view, why is Orthodoxy so precious and meaningful to you?

Well, I believe Orthodoxy is not only original, unchanged and authentic but it is the teaching and preaching of Christ’s Apostles (Kerygma and Paradosi). Tradition is not simply historical, it is vital and dynamic. The Orthodox way fulfils the needs of the whole person and makes the broken person whole. It is precious because it is the

“pearl of great price.”

Once you find it, then you must share this treasure with others and not keep it to yourself.

4.) Do you think that Orthodoxy could be considered a burning bush?

I have a stone from Mount Sinai which contains the image of the bush which Moses saw burning and yet which was not consumed. If you want to forge metal, you must first heat it and out it into the fire and then you can shape it to the tool you require. When we are put into the fire of God, the same happens. It is so God can shape us into the person that He has called us to be. When we are alive in God then we become all flame. We are standing on holy ground, so when we approach God we must do so with awe before the majestic power of God.

5.) Now, I would like you to tell me what does the Orthodox monasticism mean for you and what impressed you most in your monastic pilgrimage, if I can call it like that?

Orthodox Monasteries are “LightHouses” for souls. They are often remote and inaccessible because the quietness for the soul requires asceticism . They are full of angels because the angelic life is lived there. When we say in the Lord’s Prayer

“Thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven”

then this is what monks are doing. The very walls of the Churches are filled with prayer and so one can feel tangibly the peace of God. It is this peace which passes all understanding that one experiences. Again I say that Orthodoxy is Life in the sense that we experience it, we live it. I have been to many Orthodox Monasteries in Romania. The most memorable moments are when I met Pr Ioanichie Balan in Sihastria Monastery and when I served the Holy Liturgy with Pr. Teofil Paraian( the blind Staretz) at Sambata de Sus. These were moments when the veil between heaven and earth was very thin.

6.) What would be the difference between you as a heterodox and you as an Orthodox?

I am complete. When Our Lord died on the Cross he said in St Johns Gospel

“It is finished”

but this also means

“It is completed”

that is, the work of salvation. In this sense “conversion” is an extension of what I once was. As C. S. Lewis ( much respected by Orthodox) once put it

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.” (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity)

As I have said before, I have always loved God but the depths of Orthodoxy provide me with the resources that nourish my soul.

7.) I remember some words which impressed me much while I was discussing with a Swiss writer converted to Orthodoxy. He was saying that he was born to hate but through Orthodoxy reborn to love. How would you characterise these words as a convert to Orthodoxy?

We were all born to love. Christ summarised the Commandments as Loving God and Loving your neighbour. Orthodox Christianity can be summarised in these words. But love is a verb… we must put into action those things which we believe. I am sure the prisons in Romania are full of criminals who would call themselves Orthodox and who have been baptised as such, but sin found a place in their hearts. Glory to God he is merciful and loves mankind! And so we must live out our life in peace and repentance. Being Romanian does not make you Orthodox anymore than being Greek, Russian, Serb or British. There was no ethnic identity in the Garden of Eden before Adam and Eve’s transgressions. May the love of God embrace us all.


This interview is one of many that will be published in the book “The rediscovery of Orthodox heritage of the West” by Tudor Petcu, containing interviews with different Westerners converted to Orthodoxy. It will be published in two volumes and the first one will appear by the end of this year.