Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Cross & St Michael

The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Cross and St Michael began as a mission church. The current church building was built in 1914. Following the Gothic architectural tradition, it was designed by J.T. Lee of Tufnell Park. Additions were made on later dates, giving us the current form of the building. 

Since 1970, the church building was shared with the local Greek Orthodox community. Since 1979 the Orthodox have obtained the church, making it one of the most vibrant Orthodox communities in London. Within the church one can also find the chapel of St. Thekla, where many sacraments take place, such as the English Liturgies. 

As most, if not all the Orthodox Churches in the UK, the congregation is currently made up of Greeks, Greek-Cypriots, Russians, Romanians, Bulgarians, English and many more. That is why numerous languages are used during the sacraments, mainly Greek, English, Romanian and Slavonic. 

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