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Greek Othodox Church of St. Andrew & the Dormition
Foundation, history and name of the Cathedral.
Welcome to the Holy orthodox Church of St. Andrew and the Dormition
near the heart of Birmingham and on the edge of the City’s Jewellery Quarter.
A lofty building of brick and terracotta, it is one of the most powerful works
of the Birmingham architect J.A. Chatwin. It was completed in 1873 for the Catholic
Apostolic Church or Irvingites as they are sometimes called, after Edward Irving
(1792 - 1834) whose ideas they followed; they sought to establish the order of
the early church, had a particular affinity with the Episcopal churches (though
Irving was originally a Scottish Presbyterian) and used a largely Eastern liturgy.
It is therefore fitting that it should now belong to the Orthodox
Church, which has preserved the catholic and apostolic teaching and practice of
the Church that existed throughout Christendom including Britain
prior to the Great Schism of the eleventh century.
The Church was consecrated by Archbishop Athenagoras I of Thyateira
on 10th May 1959 as a Greek Orthodox Church in the Archdiocese of Thyateira and
Although its gothic structure is not in keeping with Orthodox worship,
it has the basic form of a basilica characteristic of many of the earliest churches.
It therefore lends itself to adaptation.
This text is cited May 2003 from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople URL below.
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