The Transfiguration


Happy Pascha to one and all.

Here is the Easter sermon from the great Orthodox saint, John Chrysostom:

Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival!

Are there any who are grateful servants?
Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord!

Are there any weary with fasting?
Let them now receive their wages!

If any have toiled from the first hour,
let them receive their due reward;
If any have come after the third hour,
let him with gratitude join in the Feast!
And he that arrived after the sixth hour,
let him not doubt; for he too shall sustain no loss.
And if any delayed until the ninth hour,
let him not hesitate; but let him come too.
And he who arrived only at the eleventh hour,
let him not be afraid by reason of his delay.
For the Lord is gracious and receives the last even as the first.
He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour,
as well as to him that toiled from the first.

To this one He gives, and upon another He bestows.
He accepts the works as He greets the endeavor.
The deed He honors and the intention He commends.
Let us all enter into the joy of the Lord!

First and last alike receive your reward;rich and poor, rejoice together!
Sober and slothful, celebrate the day!
You that have kept the fast, and you that have not,
rejoice today for the Table is richly laden!

Feast royally on it, the calf is a fatted one.
Let no one go away hungry. Partake, all, of the cup of faith.
Enjoy all the riches of His goodness!

Let no one grieve at his poverty,
for the universal kingdom has been revealed.

Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again;
for forgiveness has risen from the grave.

Let no one fear death, for the Death of our Savior has set us free.
He has destroyed it by enduring it.
He destroyed Hell when He descended into it.
He put it into an uproar even as it tasted of His flesh.

Isaiah foretold this when he said,
"You, O Hell, have been troubled by encountering Him below."
Hell was in an uproar because it was done away with.
It was in an uproar because it is mocked.
It was in an uproar, for it is destroyed.
It is in an uproar, for it is annihilated.
It is in an uproar, for it is now made captive.

Hell took a body, and discovered God.
It took earth, and encountered Heaven.
It took what it saw, and was overcome by what it did not see.

O death, where is thy sting?
O Hell, where is thy victory?

Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!
Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down!
Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is Risen, and life is liberated!

Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead;
for Christ having risen from the dead,
is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

To Him be Glory and Power forever and ever. Amen!

A new wall ikon has been installed in our church, perhaps one of the biggest contemporary wall ikons in the country. Visitors will be greeted by the most wonderful of sights, and we are grateful to our benefactor and the skill of ikon writers we have engaged to make this very special addition. If, in the past, you have visited our church and were impressed, you need to make another visit. Soon! For those unable to visit, the pictures are here;

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 (not, as some imagine, a Christian!!) 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, Poles, Russians, Romanians, Ukrainians, Americans and others). We are under the jurisdiction of John, the Archbishop of Charioupolis, based in Paris, who is himself under the jurisdiction of Bartholomew, 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. 

Through the generosity of a benefactor, we have been able to arrange for the eastern wall of the arch to the Pantocrator to be adorned with an ikon. This will be installed over a period of days week commencing the 8th May 2016, and will be one of the biggest ikon wall paintings in Norfolk, perhaps even England. This will attract considerable interest, and when installed will be featured on our website.

 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 prescribed how worship was to be conducted.  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 a relaxed yet deeply personal atmosphere in which 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 normal secular conventions.

The parish priest is Father Christopher Knight.  He is assisted at most services by Father David Davis and Subdeacon Ian Randall.  The Churchwarden is Jeremy Dearling.  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. The number to contact in the immediate term in the event Fr Christopher is unavailable is 07708047550.    

Church interior
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

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

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

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


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.


During 2015 and 2016 Holy Liturgy was held on the second Saturday in each month in King's Lynn at All Saints Church starting at 10.30am. Plans for continuing this is in review, but All Saints church is the oldest in King's Lynn, and is worth visiting for its history.

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 via Tower St and Tower Place straight across Millfleet and through the middle of Hillington Square.

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 also two large car parks within 5 minutes walk of the church - Boal Quay Car park (PE30 5AA) & National Car Parks, Church Street (PE30 5EB) and a smaller car park down a small undated lane opposite the pub past the launderette.

Directions from Knights Hill roundabout:  Follow signs to King's Lynn that take you past the Farm Shop and Knights Hill hotel, and stay on this road. Eventually the road will, by the Docks, open out into two lanes. At the traffic lights be in the left hand lane and when you get through the lights merge into the following right hand lane. This will take you past Lidl and the Railway Station and as you pass the park on your left hand side stay in the left hand lane (there are three lanes at this point). At the corner of the park the road will open into two lanes again, so move out into the outer lane and say there. You will go through two sets of traffic lights and at the third set indicate to turn right. When you turn right you will be in Valinger's Rd, which will take you past a pub. Opposite the pub is a narrow lane down which is a car park. Visible in front of you as you turn, there is a children's playground. Walk as though to go there, but as you pass a large cream coloured building there is another narrow lane (Church Lane) to the church.

Directions from the Hardwick Roundabout:  Follow signs to King's Lynn taking you past Tesco and Sainsbury. Keep in the second or third lane, (there are four briefly), and pass through two sets of traffic lights. Shortly after this you will go over a small railway bridge. The road continues in two lanes, it doesn't matter which lane you are in. Following the road past a cemetery you will pass a car dealership on your left, shortly after which you will come to another set of traffic lights. At his set of lights there are four exits. You will need to signal to take the third exit taking you to the town through a large arch, called locally Southgates. Passing through this arch you will need to be in the left hand lane. Shortly after the second set of pedestrian crossing lights there will be a main set of traffic lights. Turn left here. You will now be in Valinger's Rd, which will take you past a pub. Opposite the pub is a narrow lane down which is a car park. Visible in front of you as you turn, there is a children's playground. Walk as though to go there, but as you pass a large cream coloured building there is another narrow lane to the church.

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.