On Wednesday, 21st January, the first liturgy of the British Orthodox Community of St Martin in Swindon was celebrated in the Church of St Mary, Commonweal Road, Swindon. The Church had been made available thanks to the kind hospitality of the Dean of Swindon, the Revd. Simon Stevenette, who has been entirely and generously supportive of our British Orthodox missionary activity in the town.
The small, 1960s building is just the right size for our Community and has an attached hall and kitchen, providing all the necessary facilities for worship, fellowship and teaching.
A recently developed technique is uncovering many previously unknown ancient documents, from copies of Homer and personal letters to writings of the New Testament.
A text that may be the oldest copy of a gospel known to exist — a fragment of the Gospel of Mark that was written during the first century, before the year 90 — is set to be published.
At present, the oldest surviving copies of the gospel texts date to the second century (the years 101 to 200).
The Church of England will consecrate its first female bishop during a ceremony at York Minster later.
The Reverend Libby Lane, 48, will be ordained as the new Bishop of Stockport, in what she says will be a "profound and remarkable moment". The Church formally adopted legislation last November to allow women bishops.
More than two thousand Assyrians marched for genocide recognition on Sunday in six cities in Sweden. The marchers held torches and Assyrian flags as they walked silently in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Norrkoping, Linkoping, JonkÃ¶ping and Orebro.
The march was organized by the Assyrian Federation of Sweden and its affiliated organizations to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Turkish and Kurdish genocide of Assyrians, Armenians and Pontic Greeks. The genocide occurred between 1915 and 1918 and claimed the lives of 750,000 Assyrians (75%), 1.5 million Armenians and 500,000 Pontic Greeks.
The owner hopes that someone will renovate the historic building.
A historic 18th century Orthodox Church in Kayseri — ancient Caesarea — was put up for sale by a local man, Ömer Sicimoğlu, who bought the abandoned church building in 2013. He told the Anadolu Agency that the church is “an important cultural asset” that can be restored. Mr. Sicimoğlu said that, ideally, he would like the church to be bought by someone who would renovate it.
Sicimoğlu, who works in real estate, posted an ad for the property on an online shopping site with a price tag of 450,000 euros.