Monday, November 5, 2012

Bishop of London's message to the Greek Orthodox Parish in Harrow

During the consecration of the new Byzantine style Greek Orthodox Church of St. Panteleimon and St. Paraskevi, Fr. William Taylor (Chairman of the A.E.C.A.) conveyed a message from the Bishop of London towards the community. 
The message, which was given on Saturday 3rd of November 2012 is as follows:

Dear Friends,
On the occasion of the consecration of the new church dedicated to Saints Panteleimon and Paraskevi, I send my congratulations and the assurance of my prayers to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira, Fr. Anastasios Salapatas, and the Parish in Harrow.
Yours is a truly significant achievement in building the first new Byzantine Church in the United Kingdom since that built in Cardiff in 1906. I know that it represents years of planning, hard work and sacrificial giving on the part of many. The new Church will be an important addition to the witness of the Christian Gospel in London. 
The dedication to Saints Panteleimon and Paraskevi is a significant one. The fourth century martyr and physician Panteleimon will be a constant reminder of the costly witness to the medicine of the Gospel to bring healing and wholeness to our own society. The virgin martyr Paraskevi, with her attribution to Christ's crucifixion on a Friday, further reminds all Christian of the need to bear witness to Christ's passion, death and resurrection whatever the cost. Both of them lived in times of pressures on the Christian Church not very different from our own. 
I welcome this important new visible reminder of the vitality of the Gospel in our own city and in our own day - one which will outline all of us. I pray that the Greek Orthodox community in London will go from strength to strength as our partners in the Gospel, and send you the assurance of my prayers and blessing at this auspicious time. 
With thanks for our partnership in the Gospel.

The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Richard Chartres KCVO DD FSA

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