Sunday, October 18, 2015

St Luke’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Glasgow

St Luke’s Greek Orthodox Church is the only Orthodox Cathedral in Scotland[1]. This community was established in 1944, when a small number of Greek families that had settled in Scotland, were seeking to establish and re-affirm their national identity, culture and faith. After a generous donation (1960s) by Sir Reo Stakis, the Greek Community in Glasgow moved from a small Church in Crafton Street to the present building in Dundonald Road, creating the very first centre of Orthodoxy in Scotland.

On 24th May 1970 the Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria, Nicholas VI, who was at the time attending the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, visited St Luke’s. To mark this occasion he elevated it to the status of a Cathedral, with the blessing of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Another memorable event in the history of this community was the Divine Liturgy, celebrated by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (Sunday 7 July 1996), who had visited Scotland to receive an honorary degree from the Department of Practical Theology of the University of Edinburgh. The Church celebrates St Luke on the 18th October.

[1] For more information please see St Luke’s site:

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