Welcome

The Transfiguration
The Transfiguration

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,

HolyTransfigurationWalsingham@gmail.com, 

or telephone Fr Christopher on 01328 820108.     

Church interior
Church interior
Please visit
Please visit

We aim to ensure that the church is open during the day for visitors and for prayer. Despite our being in a fairly remote part of Norfolk, hardly a week goes by without several people 'dropping by'. 



Visitors are ALWAYS welcome, and if you turn up while a service is in progress please don't feel embarrassed about coming in late or needing to leave early. It is perfectly acceptable to us that people should come and go as they please.  No one will worry if you arrive late or need to leave before the end. It is more important to us that when you come you find what you need.

Remote Norfolk
Remote Norfolk

Great Walsingham sits in a remote part of Norfolk, a mile outside Little Walsingham (which is famous as a site of pilgrimages which began in the 11th century) . 


To find the church, Sat Nav users will need to put the post code NR22 6DP into their device. If you are using the new What3Words (W3W) code, our location is "Rivals.Swoop.Pile". Others without a Sat Nav will, from the old town pump in the centre of Little Walsingham, find us by heading off down the hill towards the Anglican Shrine, continue past it over the little hump back bridge, then turn left into Scarborough Rd. Continue along that road till the road opens out with a green in front of you and a left turn.  The church will be on your right.  You need to be looking out for a Norfolk flint building since the building was originally a Methodist church.

Church Exterior
Church Exterior

This is a picture of the Church of the Holy Transfiguration. 


There are two other Orthodox Churches in the area. In Little Walsingham, within the Anglican Shrine, there is a small pan-Orthodox chapel served by Fr Phillip Steer of the Moscow Patriarchate, who holds services on most Saturdays and Sundays. Elsewhere, by the Coach Park in Little Walsingham, in what was once the Railway Station, there is the church of St Seraphim. This church doesn't have a regular congregation or priest, but services do take place there on special occasions. It is open to visitors on a daily basis, and is being developed as a centre for icon painting, study days, retreats etc.

Frs Christopher & David & Archbishop Gabriel
Frs Christopher & David & Archbishop Gabriel

This picture shows our two priests with our former archbishop. To the left is our parish priest, Fr Christopher.  In the middle is Archbishop Gabriel of Comana.  On the right is Fr David, who is the Assistant Priest of the parish.


  We do not actively seek to convert Western Christians to Orthodoxy, and if you visit us you will experience no pressure to become one of us. You might like to know, however, that many members of our congregation - including our two priests and our subdeacon - are converts, and if you wish to explore Orthodoxy with this in mind we will be delighted to help you in your exploration. We quite understand, however, that while the Orthodox faith welcomes everyone, not everyone feels able to embrace it. There is no shame in deciding, after closer examination, that it is not for you. 


Fr Christopher is an academic author whose special interest lies in the bridge between theology and science.  Should you be interested in some of his writing I suggest you begin here or here.

Ikon of Jesus Christ
Ikon of Jesus Christ

Ikons


Visitors may be struck by the many ikons (images) in the church and by the screen across the church (ikonostasis) on which the main ikons are to be found and which divides the altar area from the main body of the church. Ikons feature in all Orthodox churches, and their importance requires some explanation. 


They are, for Orthodox Christians, "windows" into the eternal dimension of reality.  They are not "realistic depictions" or even "works of art", but are a means by which Christ and his saints are made present to us.  We acknowledge this presence by bowing before the ikons and kissing them. The belief that this is proper is rooted in our belief that God was made flesh in Christ, so that all material things are potentially vehicles of God's grace.  Veneration of ikons is not idolatry or worship of matter but is - as St.John of Damascus describes it - worship of "the Creator of matter, who for my sake became material and deigned to dwell in matter, who through matter effected my salvation."


Like everyone who may be seen in a photograph, those represented had or have lives, hearts, experiences, relations, friends, good days and bad days. That they lived, breathed and deserve not to be forgotten is no different whether they are viewed in a photograph or a painting or an ikon.  The saints are no different. They had lives like our own, but they also had lives that serve as models which some of us may learn from. In Orthodoxy we choose to remember them in Ikons, and those who we remember in Walsingham are described here.

News:


During 2015 Holy Liturgy will be held on the second Saturday in each month in King's Lynn at All Saints Church starting at 10.30am. Details of All Saints can be found here. All Saints' Church is situated  to the south of the centre of King's Lynn. Surrounded by the flats of Hillington Square it's not immediately obvious and can be difficult to find. 


The postal address is All Saints Church, Church Lane, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE30 5AE


The following link will take you to a google map of the area http://goo.gl/maps/Vu2BQ


The church can be reached on foot from the town centre from Millfleet (opposite Tower Place) and Provident Street, off London Road. 


The church is a 15 minute walk from the railway station and 10 minutes from the bus station.

The church can be approached by car from Valingers Road.  There is very limited parking adjacent to the church at the end of Church Lane, but free on-street parking is available nearby.


There are two large car parks within 5 minutes walk of the church - Boal Quay Car park (PE30 5AA) & National Car Parks, Church Street (PE30 5EB).




We now have a Facebook account. To find us we are listed as Holy Transfiguration Walsingham, Orthodoxy in Norfolk.  On this site may be found prayers and thought provoking writings suitable for every Christian, Orthodox or not.

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