Orthodox bishop visits tiny Broadland chapel
2016: A tiny, hidden-away Orthodox chapel in Sutton on the Norfolk Broads has celebrated a second unusual event in less than a fortnight, with the visit of its first bishop.
His eminence Metropolitan Silouan called in at St Fursey’s in Sutton, near Stalham, as part of a tour of his new parishes. He is the first bishop of the recently-created Antiochian Orthodox christian archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland.
Bishop Silouan, pictured right, who is based in London, stayed for a two-hour service in the 18ft by 13ft chapel, which is in the back garden of Father Stephen Weston’s house. During the bishop’s visit Father Weston was helped by the Rev Father Deacon Paulinus. After the service Bishop Silouan blessed the small congregation.
Father Weston said afterwards: “To receive our bishop is a wonderful honour. He thoroughly enjoyed himself and we look forward to a return visit.”
The VIP visit followed St Fursey’s first wedding last month, conducted by Father Stephen. For more about the wedding, click here.
Father Weston is pictured above in St Fursey’s – photo courtesy of http://saintfursey.uk/index.html
The image of Bishop Silouan is courtesy of http://www.antiochian-orthodox.co.uk/
This story first appeared in the Eastern Daily Press.
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