« His Grace Bishop Matthew of Sourozh made archpastoral visit to the parish of St. Constantine and St Helena, equal to Apostles, in the city of York »

On October 13, 2018, the archpastoral visit of His Grace Bishop Matthew of Sourozh to the parish of St.Constantine and Helena in the city of York took place.

The archpastor led the Divine Liturgy, dedicated to the 7th anniversary of the founding of the parish in the oldest functioning church in the city in honour of the Most Holy Mother of God (X century). His Grace was assisted by priest Dimitry Nedostupenko, Secretary of the Diocese of Sourozh, Dean of the Diocesan District of North England and Wales, Rector of the parish, Priest Michael Alexander (Patriarchate of Antioch), cleric of the parish of St.Constantine the Great, equal to Apostles, in York, Priest Anatoly Vikhrov, Rector of parishes of St.Ksenia of St.Petersburg in Leeds and of the meeting of the Lord in Bradford, Protodeacon Vadim Santsevitch, cleric of the Assumption Cathedral in London, Deacon Paul Wood, cleric of the Church of St. Aidan and St.Chad in Nottingham and Deacon Victor Akhryapin, cleric of St. George's Church in Newcastle.

Liturgical chants were sung by the choir directed by Christopher Bryan.

Parishioners from various cities of the North England Deanery prayed at the Liturgy.

At the end of the service, Vladyka Matthew addressed the clergy and parishioners present in the church with words of spiritual edification. His Grace presented a liturgical Gospel as a blessing to the parish community of York.

In response, Father Dimitry, on behalf of all those present, warmly thanked Vladyka for the joy of communal service and joint prayer at the Divine Liturgy together with their Archpastor, especially noting the pastoral efforts of Vladyka Matthew on opening and building the parish in York as rector and dean of the North-English District.