Greek Orthodox Church in Golders Green
The Orthodox Church is committed to serving the world both physically and spiritually. Calling all to the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. Our church holds a weekly Sunday School, where children can learn about the Orthodox faith in a fun and engaging manner. As well as being committed to the spiritual well being of our congregation, we are concerned with the health of the local and wider community. The Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross and Archangel Michael has an active Environment Initiative, outreach with the homeless and elderly communities, an onsite library and hosts many Community Events. To get involved please Contact The Church - all are welcome.
If you would like to know details of liturgies, vespers and matins for July please visit Programme for July 2014.
Holy Liturgy in English - every month.
We are currently compiling information of all orthodox events in London. We are hoping to produce a small magazine which has these details so that Orthodox youth and others can find local events and other things of interest. If you would like to contribute to our next issue, please email Father Vassilios. For detailed news of upcoming events in Archangel Michael and the Holy Cross, please visit and join our Facebook page or speak to one of the parish priests.
REMEMBER: Library Cards now on Sale in Church
Orthodox Texts and Bible Verses
At that time Jesus went on through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.
(The reading is from Luke 8:1-3)
Reading From the Synaxarion
Saint Mary was from Magdala in Galilee on the Sea of Tiberias, and for this was named Magdalene. When the Lord Jesus cast out seven demons from her, from which she had been suffering, she became His faithful and inseparable disciple, following Him and ministering unto Him even to the time of His crucifixion and burial. Then, returning to Jerusalem together with the rest of the Myrrh-bearers, she prepared the fragrant spices for anointing the body of the Lord. And on the Lord’s day they came very early to the tomb, even before the Angels appeared declaring the Resurrection of the Lord. When Mary Magdalene saw the stone taken away from the tomb, she ran and proclaimed it to Peter and John. And returning immediately to the tomb and weeping outside, she was deemed worthy to be the first of the Myrrh-bearers to behold the Lord arisen from the dead, and when she fell at His feet, she heard Him say, “Touch Me not.” After the Lord’s Ascension, nothing certain is known concerning her.
Some accounts say that she went to Rome and later returned to Jerusalem, and from there proceeded to Ephesus, where she ended her life, preaching Christ. Although it is sometimes said that Saint Mary Magdalene was the “sinful woman” of the Gospel, this is nowhere stated in the tradition of the Church, in the sacred hymnology, or in the Holy Gospels themselves, which say only that our Lord cast seven demons out of her, not that she was a fallen woman. “Madeleine” is a form of Magdalene.