Greek Orthodox Church in Golders Green
The Orthodox Church is committed to serving the world both physically and spiritually. Our church holds a weekly Sunday School, where children can learn about the Orthodox faith. We hold classes for adults immediately after this; if you are interested in attending, please contact the church and speak to Father Vasileos. 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. We have an Environment Initiative, outreach with the homeless and elderly communities, Community Events and much more. To get involved please contact the Youth Coordinator – all welcome.
If you would like to know details of liturgies, vespers and matins for this month, please see December’s Timetable.
REMEMBER: Holy Liturgy in English 21st December – 9:00am.
On the 20th December, the church will have visiting musicians from the Royal Academy of Music to perform a classical concert in our grounds. The night will feature a string quartet. If you are free on the evening, and interested in attending the event, please contact the church. Ticket prices will be £15 pp. All money raised will go towards funding vital projects in the church and local community.
On the 22nd December we will have a youth activity day in our church hall after the Holy Liturgy. Please let the youth coordinator or father Vasilios know if you wish to attend, all parents and young children are most welcome. Older youth are also very welcome to come and volunteer; as, the spiritual benefit is not simply for the youngest members of our community, but also for the older youth and parents, who with this event, can learn to serve those who have the mind of children and to whom belong the kingdom.
The Orthodox Church represents an unbroken Apostolic Tradition, which is directly from the holy disciples, and therefore, from Jesus Christ Himself. It is a Church that holds the same faith as those original Christians, and is itself the miraculous Church that we read about in the Holy Bible. The Orthodox Church’s traditions are bound in a continuing history, not so to make it old, but to keep it original and faithful to the calling; the call which those first and glorious saints answered and in turn called all people to Christ, in love and fellowship. We recognise, with tears, that there exists division between those who call themselves Christian; and as Christ called all his followers to be one, we believe that all the faithful should be united within the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. We, therefore, reach out our hands in love, and truth, to accept all people to this communion – not seeking ‘change’ from others, but seeking mutual respect, an acceptance of a common faith and of a common theology – a practice that is both learnt and lived. As a result of these assertions, we are holding, for the first time in our church, ecumenical prayers, as part of Churches Together, so to pray for Christian unity in the aforementioned manner. The first of these prayers will take place on the 19th of January at 3pm. All Christians are warmly invited and most welcome to attend.
For detailed news of these and other 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
Congregation from our church have been working hard to create a Church Library. If you would like to make a specific contribution to this cause, please Contact Us. We have, to date, been kindly donated funds which have allowed us to buy just under 150 books within Theology and Philosophy. Library cards will be issued to those interested soon.
Pictures of how we remembered Pascha, (Easter Holy Week) in 2013, can be Found Below. Christmas photos will be up soon!
Verse of the Week
At that time, the scribes and the chief priests tried to lay hands on him at that very hour, but they feared the people; for they perceived that he had told this parable against them. So they watched him, and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might take hold of what he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor. They asked him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach rightly, and show no partiality, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?” But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them, “Show me a coin. Whose likeness and inscription has it?” They said, “Caesar’s.” He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were not able in the presence of the people to catch him by what he said; but marveling at his answer they were silent.
(The reading is from Luke 20:19-26)
Reading From the Synaxarion
Saint Paramonus contested for piety’s sake during the reign of Decius, in the year 250. A ruler named Aquilinus, seeking relief from a bodily malady, visited a certain therapeutic hot spring. He brought with him captive Christians from Nicomedia, and commanded them to offer sacrifice in the temple of Isis. When they refused, he had them all slaughtered, to the number of 370. Saint Paramonus, beholding their murder, boldly cried out against such an act of ungodliness. When Aquilinus heard this, he sent men to take the Saint. Some smote him with spears, others pierced his tongue and body with sharp reeds, until he died.
Saint Philumenus’ contest in martyrdom took place during the reign of Aurelian, in the year 270. Coming from Lycaonia, he was conveying a load of wheat into Galatia when he was denounced as a Christian to Felix, Governor of Ancyra. Nails were driven into his hands, feet, and head, and he was commanded to run. While running in the road, he fell and gave up his holy soul into the hands of God.