Fr. Meletios Weber, England: Through Oxford to Orthodoxy ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* England, USA & the Netherlands





Fr. Meletios Webber


From Protestantism to Orthodoxy


Through Oxford To Orthodoxy



Archimandrite Meletios Webber, of Scottish background, was born in London, and received his Masters degree in Theology from Oxford University, England and the Thessalonica School of Theology, Greece. He also holds an E.D.D. (doctorate) in Psychotherapy from the University of Montana, Missoula. He is the author of two published books: Steps of Transformation; an Orthodox Priest Explores the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (Conciliar Press, 2003); and Bread and Water, Wine and Oil; an Orthodox Christian Experience of God (Conciliar Press, 2007).

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Fr. Meletios, could you tell us a little about your journey to Orthodoxy in Oxford, and how you became a priest?

I went to Oxford as a theology student in 1968, and very quickly found an Orthodox Church there. The parish priest at the time was Fr. Kallistos Ware, who is now Metropolitan of Diokleia, and the deacon at the time was Fr. Basil Osborne, who is now Bishop of Amphipolis. The parish in Oxford was both a Russian and a Greek one, coexisting in a small room in what had once been the house of the famous Dr. Spooner. I was immediately attracted to the quality of the stillness that I found in that small room. That has been something that I have consistently valued in the Orthodox Church ever since. It is a quality which is difficult to talk about, but it happens when one goes into a space which is so obviously God-filled. That is something that I found very important and very attractive at that time. Under the tutelage of Fr. Kallistos I became Orthodox three years later, and I was ordained a priest some three years after that in January of 1976, by Continue reading “Fr. Meletios Weber, England: Through Oxford to Orthodoxy ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* England, USA & the Netherlands”


Video: Blessing the Graves – Bright Monday in York, England



Yorkshire, England

Blessing the Graves – Bright Monday in York, England

Ο Άγιος Βαρσανούφιος της Όπτινα Ρωσίας (+1913) μας διηγείται την θαυμαστή μεταστροφή ενός Άγγλου αθέου στην Ορθοδοξία


Ο Άγιος Βαρσανούφιος της Όπτινα Ρωσίας μας διηγείται την θαυμαστή μεταστροφή ενός Άγγλου αθέου στην Ορθοδοξία

Διηγεῖται ὁ Ἅγιος Στάρετς Βαρσανούφιος τῆς Ὄπτινα Ρωσίας (+1913):

«Κάποιος Ἄγγλος ἄθεος, ὀνόματι James, εἶχε δημοσιεύσει ἕνα κείμενο στό ὁποῖο περιγράφει τήν αἰτία τῆς μεταστροφῆς του στήν Ὀρθόδοξη Ἐκκλησία.

Σέ ἕνα περίπατό του μέ ἕνα φίλο του συνάντησαν μία Ὀρθόδοξη ἐκκλησία. Κάι ἐπειδή ὁ φίλος του ἦταν Ὀρθόδοξος θέλησε νά μπῆ νά προσκυνήση.

—Ἐπιτρέπεται νά ἔρθω καί ἐγώ μαζί σου;, τόν ρώτησε ὁ Ἰάκωβος.


Τήν στιγμή πού ἐκεῖνος ἀσπαζόταν τήν εἰκόνα τῆς Παναγίας, ὁ James μέ τά μάτια καρφωμένα στήν εἰκόνα, ἀπόρησε:

—Τί ἄραγε θά γίνη, ἄν τήν ἀσπαστῶ καί ἐγώ;

Δέν πρόλαβε νά ὁλοκληρώση τήν σκέψι του καί νά! Μία γυναίκα μέ ἀστραφτερά ἐνδύματα τόν πλησιάζει. Καί μέ μιά χαριτωμένη κίνησι σκέπασε τό κεφάλι του μέ τό μαφόριό της. Μία ἀπερίγραπτη ἀγαλλίασι γέμισε τήν ψυχή του. Ἀπό ἐκείνη τήν στιγμή ἄλλαξε πορεία: Πῆρε τό δρόμο πρός τό Χριστό. Χωρίς ποτέ νά ἐπιτρέψη στόν ἑαυτό του νά γυρίση πρός τά πίσω. Ἔγινε ἕνας συνειδητός Ὀρθόδοξος Χριστιανός».



Q&A – Father Zacharias of Essex Monastery, England – Video



Q&A – Father Zacharias of Essex Monastery, England

Archimandrite Zacharias is a disciple of Elder Sophrony (of blessed memory), who was a disciple of St. Silouan of Mount Athos.

Presently, Fr. Zacharias is the abbot of the Monastery of St. John the Baptist, Essex, England founded by Elder Sophrony.

Link: ROCOR Western Rite in the United Kingdom


ROCOR Western Rite in the United Kingdom


Link: Saint Bride Hermitage – An Orthodox Hermitage in Scotland



Saint Bride Hermitage

An Orthodox Hermitage in Scotland

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telephone : + 44 (0) 7927 947280

We are a small monastic skete of the Russian Orthodox Church in the British Isles. We are especially blessed to celebrate the ancient British liturgy of Saint John the Divine as well as the Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom.





Eastern Orthodox Divine Liturgy in Isle of Iona


Interior in a pre-schism chapel

At Bickleigh in Devon





Saint Maughold the Irish, Bishop of Isle of Man, British Isles (+488) – April 25


Saint Maughold the Irish,

Bishop of Isle of Man, British Isles  (+488)

April 25

Saint Maughold (also known as Macaille, Maccaldus, Machalus, Machaoi, Machella, Maghor, Mawgan, Maccul, Macc Cuill); died ca. 488 AD) is venerated as the patron saint of the Isle of Man, an island in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland. Tradition states that he was an Irish prince and captain of a band of freebooters who was converted to Christianity by Saint Patrick. His feast day is April 25. He is not St MacCaille of Croghan, County Offaly, who received Brigit of Kildare into Christian life.

One day, Maughold tried to make a fool out of Patrick. Maughold had placed a living man in a shroud. He then called for Patrick to try to revive the allegedly dead man. Patrick came, placed a hand on the shroud, and left. When Maughold and his friends opened the shroud, they found the man had died in the interim. One of Maughold’s friends, a fellow named Connor, went over to Patrick’s camp and apologized to him. Patrick returned and baptized all of the men assembled. He then blessed the man who had died, who immediately returned to life, and was also baptized. Patrick then criticized Maughold, saying he should have been helping his men into leading good lives, and told him he must make up for his evil.

As penance for his previous crimes, Patrick ordered him to abandon himself to God in a wicker boat without oars. Maughold drifted to this isle, where two of Patrick’s disciples, Saint Romulus and Saint Conindrus (Romuil and Conindri), were already established. Tradition says he landed on the north-east corner of the Isle near Ramsey, at the foot of a headland since called Maughold Head, where he established himself in a cave on the mountain side. He is said to have been chosen by the Manx people to succeed Romuil and Conindri as bishop.

He is today best remembered on the Isle of Man for his kind disposition toward the Manx natives. Several places on the island, including, Maughold parish, St. Maughold’s Well, and St. Maughold’s Chair are named after him.

Source: Wikipedia