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Tiny Orthodox chapel near Stalham welcomes visit from its first bishop

PUBLISHED: 09:59 14 October 2016

Back row centre: His eminence, Metropolitan Silouan with Father Stephen Weston (left) and members of the St Fursey's congregation during the bishop's visit. Picture: MAURICE GRAY

Back row centre: His eminence, Metropolitan Silouan with Father Stephen Weston (left) and members of the St Fursey's congregation during the bishop's visit. Picture: MAURICE GRAY

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A tiny, hidden-away Orthodox chapel has celebrated a second unusual event in less than a fortnight, with the visit of its first bishop.

From left, his eminence, Metropolitan Silouan, Father Stephen Weston and Rev Father Deacon Paulinus in St Fursey's Church. 
Picture: MAURICE GRAYFrom left, his eminence, Metropolitan Silouan, Father Stephen Weston and Rev Father Deacon Paulinus in St Fursey's Church. Picture: MAURICE GRAY

His eminence Metropolitan Silouan called in at St Fursey’s, 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, 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.

The VIP visit followed St Fursey’s first wedding last month, conducted by Father Stephen.

The interior of St Fursey's Church, Sutton. Picture: MAURICE GRAYThe interior of St Fursey's Church, Sutton. Picture: MAURICE GRAY

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.”


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