Saint Ephraim Orthodox Parish
Welcome! Saint Ephraim's is an Orthodox Christian Parish in the heart of the beautiful and historic City of Cambridge, UK. We belong to the Diocese of Sourozh, that is the diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church which includes the British Isles.
Our parish was founded in 1973 by Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh and is now a thriving and diverse community.
We celebrate Great Vespers or a Vigil every Saturday at 17 00 and the Divine Liturgy or Typika on Sundays, both beginning with the Hours and starting at 07 30 or 08 00, respectively. Services are also celebrated on the great feasts of the Orthodox Church, please check our calendar on the Services page for confirmation of times.
Our Patron Saint, Saint Ephraim the Syrian
Saint Ephraim, our patron Saint, lived in the 4th century AD and though a very young man at the time, was among the 318 Fathers at the first Ecumenical Council in the year 325.
In his childhood, St Ephraim was wayward and impetuous but came to embark on a path of asceticism, repentance and salvation. He became a renowned teacher of repentance.
St Ephraim was a prolific writer of hymns and prayers in his native ancient Syriac language. For this reason, some translations of his works may differ slightly. He is most well known for his Lenten Prayer of Repentance, which is recited during Great Lent ...
O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power and idle talk.