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Orthodox Scotland

Fr Michael with Fr Augustine (McBeth), the Orthodox Chaplain to Iona.  As well as being the offical Orthodox chaplain to Iona, Fr Augustine is the sole clergy at the Church of Saint Gabriel in Glasgow and the assistant priest at the Church of Saint Nicholas and Saint Blane in Dunblane.



Katherine Sanders is an Orthodox Scottish iconographer working in Edinburgh.  Her icons are painted with prayer and the finest, traditional materials and techniques producing icons full of the beauty of truly transfigured humanity.

St Nicholas & St Blane

St Nicolas & St Finnan

The Russian Orthodox Community of St Kentigern

The Romanian Orthodox Community in Scotland



The Greek Orthodox Community of Saint Luke in Glasgow was founded in 1944 and Fr John Sotnikov came to Edinburgh in 1945 or 46 to care for largely expatriate Russians, most of whom would never go home again. I remember seeing him going in and out of the main door of his flat in Gladstone Terrace and wanting to talk to him but was never brave enough. In the 1970s through the kindness of Fr Gordon Reid he acquired the use of the convent chapel at St Michael and All Saints' in Tollcross and, later when the convent had been sold, one of the side chapels in the church itself where he amazingly fitted in the Russian Liturgy betwixt the Episcopalians' 8am and 11am Masses. It was this congregation and an equally small group of Greeks that Fr John took  over  in  1984.  For almost 30 years he  

Archimandrite John (Maitland Moir).

Photo by Kaleeg John Hainsworth.

gave selflessly to bring Orthodoxy to Scotland. No longer was Orthdoxy confined to Edinburgh and Glasgow because Fr John travelled everywhere on the bus (he didn't drive) founding little communities, visiting people, celebrating liturgies, going to hospitals, universities, and everywhere there was anyone interested that he could help. The church in Edinburgh moved from St Michael and All Saints' to the basement of Fr John's tiny Georgian house in George Square. It was a real home, a place where you were always loved and wanted, for many for over 20 years. No matter what befell you in the city centre – weather, injury, mugging, unkind tutors, sad news at the nearby hospital - if you could limp there he always invited you in and there was always instant coffee and if you looked hungry there were peanut butter sandwiches too. By the time he was called home in 2013 the little community nurtured by "the other Fr John" had flourished under our Fr John's love providing a home for Orthodox of all ethnicities and there were established communities in Aberdeen, Dundee, the Highlands, and St Andrews as well.

Saint Bride Hermitage

ROCOR in Scotland