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COVID-19 measures for Holy Week and Pascha 2021

Due to the restrictive measures in place because of the coronavirus pandemic and to facilitate the participation of the faithful in the services of Holy Week and Pascha we ask please that all church attendance is pre-booked through reserving a place via Eventbrite. Capacity of the church is limited so please book a place on time and have your tickets (printed off or on a mobile device) to hand on arrival.

For the whole of Holy Week and Pascha we will be increasing the overall capacity of the church by erecting a temporary marquee on land adjoining the door to the church. For Pascha night we will also use the outside space around the church for standing during the Resurrection Service. Please stand in the rows that will be marked out to maintain social distancing in groups of not larger than six from the same household.

Please also have a face covering for use inside and outside the church (unless exempt).

Please bear with us if there is a short wait on entry to the church site, stewards will be ready to welcome you.

Please arrive on time (not too early and not too late), to help maintain social distancing.

Thank you for your patience, understanding and cooperation and we wish you a Blessed Pascha!

Book via Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/holy-week-2021-tickets-150407337395

 

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Welcome to the website of the Church of the Holy Fathers of Nicaea.  We are a thriving and diverse Orthodox Church.  Many of us come from traditional Orthodox countries – Greece, Cyprus, Romania, the Ukraine, Russia etc., many are British people who have found a home in Orthodox Christianity.  Our services are conducted in English, because it is our common language.

Orthodoxy is, quite simply “Christianity”! It is the Church founded by Jesus Christ after his Resurrection.  Orthodox Christianity is a wonderful religion, full of joy, hope and excitement. Every year we remember the events of Christ’s life, reflect on the meaning and renew ourselves through experiencing these feasts.

Beauty is very important for us, beauty in the icons, beauty in the church buildings, beauty in the chanting, beauty in the services.  We enjoy our Orthodox Christianity and hope that anyone who visits our church will have their minds opened to the ineffable glory and majesty of God, the Holy Trinity.

Orthodox Christianity is something that we LIVE and DO.  It affects the whole of our lives and is for every day and hour of the week.  Because it is something that we do, it is only by joining in with that “doing” that people can really understand what it is all about.  So, if you are interested “Come and See!”

For Your Diary
7th May 2021
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  • 9:00 am Divine Liturgy (Eucharist)

8th May 2021
  • Synaxis of the Holy Powder (or manna) which emitted from the tomb of Saint John the Theologian

  • 6:00 pm Great Vespers (Evening Prayer)

9th May 2021
  • 9:30 am Matins (Morning Prayer)

  • 10:30 am Divine Liturgy (Eucharist)

12th May 2021
  • 7:00 pm Scripture Study via Zoom

13th May 2021
  • 7:00 pm Small Paraklesis

15th May 2021
  • 6:00 pm Great Vespers (Evening Prayer)

16th May 2021
  • 9:30 am Matins (Morning Prayer)

  • 10:30 am Divine Liturgy (Eucharist)

  • 12:00 pm Children’s Catechesis | Varangian Guard Youth Club

19th May 2021
  • 7:00 pm Scripture Study via Zoom

20th May 2021
  • 7:00 pm Small Paraklesis

21st May 2021
  • Constantine and Helen, Equal-to-the Apostles

22nd May 2021
  • 6:00 pm Great Vespers (Evening Prayer)

23rd May 2021
  • 9:30 am Matins (Morning Prayer)

  • 10:30 am Divine Liturgy (Eucharist)

25th May 2021
  • Third Finding of the Precious Head of St. John the Baptist

26th May 2021
  • 7:00 pm Scripture Study via Zoom

27th May 2021
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  • 9:00 am Divine Liturgy

  • 10:15 am Pilgrimage to Penant Melangell

  • 7:00 pm Small Paraklesis

29th May 2021
  • 6:00 pm Great Vespers (Evening Prayer)

30th May 2021
  • 9:30 am Matins (Morning Prayer)

  • 10:30 am Divine Liturgy (Eucharist)

2nd June 2021
  • 7:00 pm Scripture Study via Zoom

3rd June 2021
  • 7:00 pm Small Paraklesis

5th June 2021
  • 6:00 pm Great Vespers (Evening Prayer)

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