ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN PARISH OF
ST AETHELHEARD, LOUTH
ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN ARCHDIOCESE OF THE BRITISH ISLES AND IRELAND     
Patriarch: His Beatitude John X     Archbishop: His Eminence Metropolitan Silouan    
Priest: Fr Alban   email: father.alban11@gmail. com

Copyright of the Orthodox Christian Parish of St Aethelheard, Louth, Lincolnshire.  Registered Charity No 1102841

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WORSHIP is central to Orthodox Christianity which believes that one cannot be fully a Christian without being part of the Church. We are at one and the same time both individuals known to God (Communion is always offered to the individual by name,) and worshipping members of the Body of Christ, which is the Church.

Orthodox Christianity - Not New, Not Improved: so runs one humorous car sticker. The services of the Orthodox Church are indeed ancient, handed down to us as part of the Tradition established by the Apostles and the Holy Fathers. They say it all: they do not need to be changed or improved, for they express the eternal truth of our worship of the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in a continuous cycle of daily, weekly, monthly and annual celebrations. We are the guardians of this Tradition, for we are told Cling to the Faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. (Jude 1:3)
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worship with all our senses, in a way that offers to God all that is best and most beautiful. We stand in a richly decorated Temple, and see beautiful icons, priestly vestments, candlelight: we hear the ageless words of the Liturgy chanted and sung to ancient music: we hear the words of Scripture read to us and hear the people affirm their faith in the Creed. We smell the fragrant incense whose smoke rises as prayers to Heaven. We taste the Bread and the Wine, made by human hands yet mystically becoming the Body and Blood of our Saviour Jesus Christ. We embrace each other, knowing that truly Christ is in our midst
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…you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ I Peter 2:5:

Can I come to a service?
 Of course, this Church is the home of all mankind so you are always welcome to Come home. Come with an open mind, not looking back to what you knew or thought before, but looking to a new beginning. Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnika (d.2002) said
If our thoughts are peaceful, calm, meek, and kind, then that is what our life is like. So come in peace and worship with us.
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The end of each discovery becomes the starting point for the discovery of something higher, and the ascent continues. Thus our ascent is unending; we go from beginning to beginning by way of beginnings without end.  St Gregory of Nyssa, d. 395