Greek Orthodox Church in Golders Green
The Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross and Archangel Michael, in London, 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 welcome. Our parish is committed to serving the world both physically and spiritually. Calling all to the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. Our Greek Orthodox Church serves liturgies in various languages and holds a regular 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 London community.
In those days, Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”
And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.”
(The Reading is from Luke 1:39-49)
Reading From the Synaxarion
The Holy Hierarch John Maximovitch was born in the Kharkov region in 1896, and reposed in Seattle in 1966. In 1921, during the Russian Civil War, his family fled to Belgrade, joining the ranks of Russian exiles in Serbia, where he later became a monk and was ordained priest. In 1934 he was made Bishop of Shanghai, where he served until the Communists came to power. Thereafter he ministered in Europe, serving as Bishop first in Paris then in Brussels, until he became Archbishop of San Francisco in 1962. Throughout his life he was revered as a strict ascetic, a devoted man of prayer, and a truly wondrous unmercenary healer of all manner of afflictions and woes. He served the Divine Liturgy daily, slept little more than an hour a day, and kept a strict fast until the evening. It is doubtful that any one man gave so much protection and comfort as he to the Russian Orthodox people in exile after the Revolution of 1917; he was an unwearying and watchful shepherd of his sheep in China, the Philippines, Europe, and America. Through his missionary labours he also brought into the Church many who had not been “of this fold.” Since his repose in 1966, he has been especially glorified by God through signs and miracles, and his body has remained incorrupt.