Orthodoxy in the United Kingdom

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'''Orthodoxy in the United Kingdom''' (Great Britain and Ireland), like much of the "[[diaspora]]," is divided into multiple [[jurisdiction]]s.  However, unlike much of the diaspora, the balance of those jurisdictions is significantly different.
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'''Orthodoxy in the United Kingdom''' (Great Britain and Northern Ireland) consists of several jurisdictions which have churches and dioceses which are located in, or cover the territory of, the United Kingdom.
  
 
==Jurisdictional overview==
 
==Jurisdictional overview==
About 90% of Orthodox in the United Kingdom belong to the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain]] under the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate]], based in London, which has had a presence in England since at least the 17th century.  Most of the clergy and faithful of that archdiocese are of Greek Cypriot origin, but about 30% of the clergy are non-Greek and serve mostly in English.  Among the parishes of the archdiocese are parishes of Russian tradition, derived mainly from post-World War II refugees from Poland.
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The Ecumenical Patriarchate further has two other jurisdictions in the UK, the Ukrainians and the [[Episcopal Vicariate of Great Britain and Ireland]] (a part of the [[Patriarchal Exarchate for Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe]]), each of which have their own bishop.
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The majority of Orthodox in the United Kingdom belong to the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate]]'s [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain|Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain]], which is based in London and which has had a presence in Britain since the 17th Century. The archdiocese includes a number of parishes which have historically been of Slavic tradition, derived in large part from post-World War II arrivals from Poland.
  
The [[Church of Serbia]] is one of the other main jurisdictions in the UK.
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The churches of the [[Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Great Britain and Scandinavia]] located in the United Kingdom constitute the second largest Orthodox jurisdiction in the British Isles.
  
Among the smaller jurisdictions in the UK, the [[Moscow Patriarchate]] has parishes of the [[Diocese of Sourozh]] and, since the 2007 reunion, the [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia]], totaling about six full parishes and a handful of smaller communities.
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The [[Diocese of Sourozh]] is the diocese of the [[Moscow Patriarchate]] to which most of its Churches and communities belong. Other Russian Churches are either [[stavropegial|stavropegic]] or belong to the Western European Diocese of the [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia]].
  
The [[Church of Antioch]] has its [[Antiochian Orthodox Deanery of the United Kingdom and Ireland]], which has about twelve small parishes, mostly composed of converts.
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In 2006, a number of churches and members of the Diocese of Sourozh left the jurisdiction of the [[Moscow Patriarchate]] and were received into the [[Patriarchal Exarchate for Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe]], under the jurisdiction of the [[Ecumenical Patriarch]] and based in Paris. They now constitute the [[Episcopal Vicariate in Great Britain and Ireland]].
  
The [[Church of Romania]] also has a handful of parishes in the UK and Ireland.
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The [[Church of Antioch]] has a cathedral in London and the [[Antiochian Orthodox Deanery of the United Kingdom and Ireland]], whose churches and communities are located in various parts of England and Ireland.
  
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The [[Ukrainian Orthodox Diocese in Western Europe]], under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, also has a presence in the United Kingdom, as do the [[Church of Romania]] and the [[Church of Bulgaria]].
  
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In 2010, the [[Episcopal Assembly of the British Isles]] was formed.
  
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Latest revision as of 09:31, June 22, 2010

Orthodoxy in the United Kingdom (Great Britain and Northern Ireland) consists of several jurisdictions which have churches and dioceses which are located in, or cover the territory of, the United Kingdom.

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The majority of Orthodox in the United Kingdom belong to the Ecumenical Patriarchate's Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, which is based in London and which has had a presence in Britain since the 17th Century. The archdiocese includes a number of parishes which have historically been of Slavic tradition, derived in large part from post-World War II arrivals from Poland.

The churches of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Great Britain and Scandinavia located in the United Kingdom constitute the second largest Orthodox jurisdiction in the British Isles.

The Diocese of Sourozh is the diocese of the Moscow Patriarchate to which most of its Churches and communities belong. Other Russian Churches are either stavropegic or belong to the Western European Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.

In 2006, a number of churches and members of the Diocese of Sourozh left the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate and were received into the Patriarchal Exarchate for Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe, under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarch and based in Paris. They now constitute the Episcopal Vicariate in Great Britain and Ireland.

The Church of Antioch has a cathedral in London and the Antiochian Orthodox Deanery of the United Kingdom and Ireland, whose churches and communities are located in various parts of England and Ireland.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Diocese in Western Europe, under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, also has a presence in the United Kingdom, as do the Church of Romania and the Church of Bulgaria.

In 2010, the Episcopal Assembly of the British Isles was formed.

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