The Church of the 318 Godbearing Fathers is keen compiling services (akolouthia) for our local Saints. We want to give our local saints proper honour when their feastdays arise during the year.
We currently have very few services written to our local saints and many of those that we have are incomplete or poorly written ignoring the received conventions regarding metre and proper application of the appropriate modes (tones).
Working with us on this project is Father David Somalis from the Church of Saint Haralambos in Luton. In 2021 Father David wrote the full akolouthia for Saint Milburga, Saint Cuthbert, Saint Alcmund and Saint Chad. During their feasts we have therefore been able to honour them properly. This has been a great blessing and we thank Father David for his tremendous efforts.
We would like to continue this work and have set up a special fund so that the faithful can contribute towards this important ministry.
The next phase of composition could include: paraklesis for the 318 Godbearing Fathers of Nicaea and Saint Milburga and Akolouthia for Saints Werburg, Oswald and Eata. If there is a particular service for a Saint that you would like to contribute to then please contact Fr Panteleimon using the email address at the Contact Us page.
To give towards this important ministry please either give online using the details below or via our special Hymnography PayPal fund:
Community of the Holy Fathers
Account Number: 00438625
Sort Code: 30-97-62
Please quote a reference as: your initial and surname followed by ‘Hymn’.
Your gift will be a legacy that will contribute to the growth of the Orthodox Church in these lands.
Ikos composed by Father David for the feast of Saint Milburga
Happy Feast of Saint Milburga (translation of relics )
The kingdom of Mercia reveres your infancy, * and the Abbey of the Theotokos in Chelles * honours your beginning in monastic life; * the monastery of Wenlock extols you, * having been the arena of your ascetic struggles; * Stoke Saint Milborough boasts in your well, * the water of which heals soring eyes; * Wixford in Warwickshire, * Offenham in Worcestershire, * and Llanfillo in the Welsh county of Powys, * they all hold you dear, * enclosing churches dedicated to you; *but above all, the humble Manor of Sutton, * in Shrewsbury, the first city of Salop, * rejoices in you, splendidly arraying itself, * namely the church of the three hundred and eighteen Godbearing Fathers, *a sacred and triumphant assembly of Orthodox believers occurs today, * and the memory of your repose is fittingly honoured * by those professing the faith you also confessed. * Therefore, we cry out wholeheartedly to you: * Be mindful of us, your little flock, * who have acquired you as a protector ever ready to receive our supplications * and who possess your Icon * as an inviolable treasure; * go before us and rescue us from every need and peril, * Mother Milburga, the glory of all Shropshire!
Saints Feasts and Readings for 08/10/2022