We are happy to announce that there is a Greek Orthodox cathedral in Glasgow serving the needs of all Orthodox Christians in the greater Glasgow area as well as those who are interested in Orthodoxy.
The Divine Liturgy is celebrated at St. Luke's every Sunday at 10:30 am until 13:00. Afterwards, everyone is welcome to tea and coffee in the Church Hall.
St Luke's takes its name from the first Greek Orthodox church in Glasgow, established in a former Episcopal church in Grafton Street. The demolition of this and the 9enerosity of Sir Reo Stakis en-abled the congregation to relocate to their present building in 1960, after which the church was raised to Cathedral status on May 25th 1970 by Archbishop Athenagoras in honour of the visit to Scotland of Patriach Nicolaos VI.
The style of St Luke's is Normandy Gothic, as preferred by its previous owners, and inspired by Dunblane Cathedral. Sellars combined tall lancet windows, sturdy turrets arid muscular buttresses in a powerful composition which closes the vista from Great Western Road. A flight of steps leads to the entrance in a low arcade which joins the main buil-ding to the church hall which accomodates a school for Greek Studies and Dancing.
Once inside, the full power of Sellars' imagi-nation and the present owners' committment to the building 5 restoration is revealed in the interiors' marvellous display of Victorian stained glass (by Stephen Adam), the richly stencilled roof timbers and the original light fittings and furniture. Complimenting these is a modern Iconostasis (by George Tombasis) featuring Icons of the Eptanesian and Cretan Schools, some of which were painted on Mount Athos in the traditional Byzantine style.
St Luke's welcomes visitors of all denominations throughout the year, the traditional Easter Service being a particularly well attended event, whilst the Cathedral '5 participation in Glasgow' 5 annual Doors Open Day provides visitors with another oppor-tunity to visit this historic building.
St Luke's is a credit to Sellars, the city and her Greek Orthodox community. St Luke's Greek Orthodox Cathedral was built in 1877 a Belhaven Church for a United Presby-terian congregation which met there until 1960. One of the first members of the congregation was the building's architech James Sellars.
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