The community of Sts Constantine & Helen is the longest established Orthodox congregation worshiping in the ancient city of York. The parish is part of the Oecumenical Patriarchate’s Archdiocese of Thyateira & Great Britain.
We normally gather for the Divine Liturgy at 11am on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at the mediæval church of St. Mary, Bishophill Junior YO1 6EN [which is off Micklegate / Priory Street].
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The liturgy is usually preceded by the 1st and 3rd hours. Our congregation is pan-Orthodox [made up of people from various Orthodox traditions] and it is therefore served mainly in English, with some Greek and Slavonic. After the liturgy, we stay behind for refreshments and the chance to chat.
Services are also held on some of the traditional Holy Days, please look out for announcements about these. You may wish to note that the parish uses the new (Revised-Julian) kalendar, in line with the majority of the Archdiocese.
All are welcome to any of our services, whether you are already Orthodox or non-Orthodox and wish to learn more about the Orthodox way. Students studying in York are especially welcome to come and keep up with their faith whilst away from home.
If you want to enquire about having one of what – in English – we call the Occasional Offices (Baptisms / Weddings / Funerals etc.) then please ask the priest at the end of the Sunday liturgy or use the contact form and a meeting can then be set up to discuss arrangements.
NEW LISTING! Our next services will be on ;
1st Sunday of Great Lent / Sunday of Orthodoxy
♦♦♦11 March – NO liturgy♦♦♦
Regrettably, due to a late request for Fr.David to be elsewhere on this Sunday, the previously advertized liturgy for this date has had to be cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Friday 23 March 7:30pm
Mattins of the Akathist Hymn
Friday 30 March 6:45pm
Christians from different churches across York and the region will gather for the annual act of Ecumenical Witness & Worship on the Latin Good Friday. A walk of witness will begin at 6:45pm from the centre of Parliament Street. They will carry a cross through the streets of the city, pausing twice for prayer and then process on to the Minster for the Ecumenical Service at 7:30pm. The service (which lasts about an hour) takes as its focus the descent of Jesus’s body from the cross and laying in the tomb, the traditional focus of Good Friday evening in the Orthodox Churches. All are welcome to either part of the event, or both. This is organised by Churches Together in York & York Minster.
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The Annunciation to Blessed Mary, Mother of God
Holy Tuesday 3 April 7pm
Holy Week – Mattins of the Bridegroom
Holy Thursday 5 April 7pm
Holy Week – Mattins of the 12 Gospels
Good Friday 6 April 7:30pm
Evensong of Good Friday and Taking Down from the Cross
Saturday 7 April 11pm
Resurrection Proclamation & Ceremonies
Christ is risen! / Хрїсто́съ воскре́се! / Χριστός ἀνέστη!
& Holy Liturgy of Easter Day.
3rd of Easter – the Holy Myrrh Bearing Women
Holy Liturgy followed by
1st Evensong of St.George, Patron Saint of England.
Monday 21 May 7pm
Holy Liturgy for Sts.Constantine & Helen – Patronal Feast
Fr. David -priest in charge of the community- also serves at the Church of St. Nicholas, Blackley, Manchester M9 7AT.