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Orthodoxy in Great Britain

Orthodoxy in Britain before 1054

According to ancient tradition, St Joseph of Aramathia brought our Saviour to Britain in the First Century and travelled to Glastonbury. The Ancient Greek Menaion states that St Aristopholus was the first bishop of Britain. He was one of the 70. So Britain had a Christian presence even in Apostolic times. St Alban is believed to be  the First Martyr of England, St Julian and St Aaron are the first Martyrs of Wales. Countless saints adorned our land before the mission of St Augustine of Canterbury. Great Saints such as St  Patrick of Ireland, St David of Wales, St Ninian of Whithorn, St Cuthbert and St Aidan of Lindisfarne, St Brigid of Kildare, St Hilda of Whitby, St Dunstan of Canterbury, St Wilfred, St Bede, St Chad and St Chedd. Royal Saints such as St Oswald and St Edward the Martyr. Great Monastic Saints such as St Bertram or St Beino. There are countless British saints who were venerated in our lands until the Norman invasion of Britain in 1066. This invasion was keen on its own saints and had less interest in the saints that had gone before. By the time of Henry VIII's Reformation and the supression of the Monasteries, most of the ancient shrines were destroyed and most of the ancient relics were lost. The Orthodox Church venerates these ancient saints and has gone out of its way to commission icons and services to adorn our churches in the United Kingdom and Ireland. As this website progresses, more lives of the saints will be added.

This website is published with the blessing of his Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion. First Hierarch of The Russian Orthodox Church Abroad and Ruling Hierarch of the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland (ROCOR)

The website is administered by Fr Paul Elliott. Contact: frpaulelliott@aol.com

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