Welcome to our parish website. We are a large, diverse, and friendly community of Orthodox Christians from many different cultural backgrounds. Our services are in English, and everybody is welcome to come and experience them. 

St Martins, Colchester [side view]

We are part of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland, which is under the Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East; we operate under the omophorion if His Eminence Metropolitan Silouan (Oner). You can find more information about our parish and clergy in the About pages, including a brief introduction on the beliefs of the Orthodox Christian faith, and FAQ. Our parish also runs a monthly newsletter, which can be found in the relevant page.

Regular Service Times

Saturdays: Great Vespers 4:30pm St Martin’s Church

Sundays: Matins & Holy Liturgy from 9:45am St Martins Church

++SERVICES FOR MARCH 2024++

Saturday 2 March

Great Vespers 4.30pm, St Martin’s Church

Sunday 3 March

Sunday of the Prodigal Son Matins and Holy Liturgy from 9.45am St Martin’s Church.

Saturday 9 March

Great Vespers 4.30pm, St Martin’s Church

Sunday 10 March

Sunday of the Last Judgement, Meatfare (and Mothering Sunday) Matins and Holy Liturgy from 9.45am St Martin’s Church.

Saturday 16 March

Great Vespers 4.30pm, St Martin’s Church

Sunday 17 March

The Expulsion from Paradise – Forgiveness Sunday, Cheesefare Matins and Holy Liturgy from 9.45am St Martin’s Church. (Forgiveness prayers after the Holy Liturgy)

Wednesday 20 March

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, 6pm St Martin’s Church

Friday 22 March

Akathist – First Salutations, 6pm St Helen’s Chapel

Saturday 23 March

Great Vespers 4.30pm, St Martin’s Church

Sunday 24 March

First Sunday of Great Lent, Sunday of Orthodoxy, Forefeast of the Annunciation, Matins and Holy Liturgy from 9.45am St Martin’s Church.

Monday 25 March

The Annunciation to our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos & Ever Virgin Mary; Hours & Holy Liturgy 9.30am St Martin’s Church

Wednesday 27 March

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, 6pm St Martin’s Church

Friday 29 March

Akathist – Second Salutations, 6pm St Helen’s Chapel

Saturday 30 March

Great Vespers 4.30pm, St Martin’s Church

Sunday 31 March

Second Sunday of Great Lent, St Gregory Palamas, Matins and Holy Liturgy from 9.45am St Martin’s Church.

+Confessions on Saturday evenings after Great Vespers or by appointment.+

NB: If wishing to receive Holy Communion at the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts on Wednesday evenings, the faithful should fast from 1pm onwards.

Holy Marriage, Holy Baptism, funerals, memorials, etc by arrangement

Enquiries

For enquiries about service times, confession or anything else please contact:

Parish Priest: Father Alexander Haig 

Email: parishpriest@orthodoxcolchester.org.uk
T: 01-206-530-530

Assistant Priest: Father Mark Shillaker

Email: markshillaker@gmail.com
T: 07-917-161-295

Facebook: www.facebook.com/stmartinsappeal

We have two temples in Colchester town centre:

St Martin’s Church,
West Stockwell Street
Colchester
Essex
CO1 1HN 

St Helen’s Chapel,
Maidenburgh Street
Colchester
Essex
CO1 1UB