We welcome everyone. If you are an Orthodox Christian visiting this site, much of what you read will be familiar to you. If you are not Orthodox we hope that this site will explain what Orthodoxy is, why we do what we do, and why our church looks as it does. This site is 'seeded' with a vast array of Orthodox music and our prayers are available for anyone to use to help bring them closer to God. If we have a "mission" it is to bring people closer to God. Anything else is superfluous. Please take your time to browse and know that the people who attend our services pray for you and your needs.
The Orthodox tradition is a tradition that most closely follows the worship and beliefs of the Early Church. Jesus was a Jew and Christianity grew from Judaism. As well as explaining what Orthodoxy "is", how Orthodox is lived, and what we believe and practice, within the pages that follow may be seen how close this relationship between Christianity and Judaism continues to this day.
The Church of The Holy Transfiguration, Gt Walsingham, serves a parish community of several nationalities. (The majority of the regular congregation are British, although we also have Cypriots, Romanians, Ukranians and others). We are under the jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Telmessos, based in Paris, who is himself under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarch, the Archbishop of Constantinople (Istanbul). We are part of the Orthodox Church - a family of churches which are united in faith and worship, and which have an unbroken continuity with the earliest Christian church.
Our services are in English, and we follow the Russian tradition of worship which - except for the music used - differs very little from the forms of the Greek and other Orthodox traditions. Our normal weekly services are Great Vespers on Saturday evening and the Holy Liturgy on Sunday morning. Vespers - which lasts about forty-five minutes - begins at 5.00 pm in Winter and 6.00 pm. in Summer. The Liturgy starts at 10.30 am and lasts about an hour and a half. Everyone - Orthodox or otherwise - is welcome at these services, and after the Sunday Liturgy there are refreshments available. The rota of services for the next few weeks can be found here.
The word 'Liturgy' originates from Greek 'leitourgia' and means 'the work of the people'. Liturgical worship can be traced back to Moses where,in Exodus, God proscribed how worship was to be conducted. The original Orthodox Holy Liturgy lasted 5 hours, but the Liturgy we use, written by St John Chrysostom, has refined it down to about an hour and a half. The experience of attending an Orthodox Holy Liturgy contains contrasting and paradoxical elements of formality and informality. The formal components being the words and form of the service, and the informal being the relaxed yet deeply personal atmosphere where nobody minds if people either arrive late or leave early, where children aren't expected to behave like adults, and where people feel free to move around during the service unconstrained by architecture furniture or convention.
The parish priest is Father Christopher Knight. He is assisted at most services by Father David Davis and Subdeacon Ian Randall. The Churchwarden is Frank Hannis. Cathie Knight leads the choir.
If you wish to contact the church, you are invited to do so by email,
or telephone Fr Christopher on 01328 820108.