Welcome to the Community of St. Gabriel, an English-speaking Orthodox Christian community in Glasgow, Scotland. We want you to know that:
- You are welcome here. We are always honoured to have visitors join us for prayer and worship.
- All of our services are in English.
- You won’t be asked to do anything which would make you uncomfortable.
- We don’t expect visitors to contribute anything to the financial support of our chapel, parish or our programmes.
- Our children worship with us. If you have young children, they are welcome here, too. If you need to step to the back of the Church or outside with your child for any reason, you are not disturbing us.
- We hope that Christian children will be raised in the Church and to do that, they have to be in the Church.
- If you need any assistance at all, please let us know. We are here to be of service to you.
If you are an Orthodox Christian, and you have prepared yourself to receive Holy Communion according to your Spiritual Father’s direction, be sure to introduce yourself to our priest before the service. You are welcome to approach the chalice.
Our priest, Father Augustine was given a blessing by Archbishop Job of Telmessos and the late Archbishop Gabriel to found a small community in the centre of the university neighbourhood, to be a place of worship for Orthodox believers and enquirers from all backgrounds. Archbishop Jean of Chariopolis fully supports Father’s outreach here as part of the Exarchate (Ecumenical Patriarchate) in Scotland. We have seen a desperate need in Glasgow for the message of the Good News of Jesus Christ, contained in its fullness in the Orthodox Church and our community hopes to begin to fulfil this need by celebrating our beautiful liturgical services in English, by being available to teach, preach, give spiritual support and visit the sick.
The community was kindly provided with a crypt room underneath the Wellington Church, University Avenue, by the Church of Scotland, in 2013. This room has been renovated into a chapel. The work has been done by Fr Augustine with the generous help of donations and the labour of his own hands – help is now needed to ensure we have a full library of Liturgical books and we are building up a lending library for the faithful and enquirers. Services have begun and all are welcome to join in prayer that this little gem of a chapel may bring peace, joy and increase of the Faith. Benefactors of the community will be commemorated during the Divine Liturgy.