Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Enthronement of Met. Silouan of Britain & Ireland

It's interesting watching this video having attended a Liturgy here a few years ago. It was the first Antiochian service I had attended that was done completely in Arabic. Having experienced the Antiochian Archdiocese in the US where English plays a strong part, it was understandably disorienting.

1 comment:

  1. I find it curious that the enthronement was done entirely in Arabic. The Antiochian presence in the UK includes a lot of refugees from the Anglican descent into apostasy -- I'm in the UK on sabbatical and worship with the Antiochian Orthodox community in York when I visit my daughter, who lives there, services entirely in English except for the Our Father being prayed in as many languages as are the native-tongue or preferred language of prayer among those present (last time English, Greek, Arabic, Slavonic and Arabic), with the core of the community being entirely converts from Anglicanism. I'd be surprised if cradle Orthodox from the Levant outnumber English converts among the Antiochian communities in England.