Λόγω των υφιστάμενων περιοριστικών μέτρων εξαιτίας της πανδημίας του κορονοϊού και για να διευκολυνθεί η συμμετοχή των πιστών στις ακολουθίες της Αγίας Μεγάλης Εβδομάδας και του Πάσχα, σας παρακαλούμε όπως για κάθε συμμετοχή σας στην εκκλησία έχετε κάνει κρατήση θέσεως εκ των προτέρων μέσω του συστήματος Eventbrite.
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.
В связи с ограничительными мерами, действующими во время коронавирусной пандемии, а также для облегчения участия верующих в богослужениях Страстной седмицы и Пасхи, просим предварительно резервировать посещение церкви посредством бронирования места через Eventbrite
Datorita restrictiilor impuse ca urmare a pandemiei de coronavirus si pentru a facilita participarea credinciosilor la serviciile religioase in perioada Saptamanii Mari si a zilelor de Paste, va rugam ca toti cei care vor participe la serviciul religios la biserica, sa isi faca programare prin rezervarea locului prin intermediul Eventbrite.
Photographs from Lenten Vespers in Birmingham where there was a large delegation of clergy from the Midlands and members of local communities to share the joy of Lent and to be crowned with the presence of His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas of Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira & Great Britain and His Grace Bishop Raphael of Ilion.
That this Pascha is a type of the future and eternal Pascha
Brethren and fathers, Lent is already galloping past and the soul rejoices at the imminence of Pascha, because by it it finds rest and is relieved of many toils. Why did this thought sound for me in advance? Because it is as if our whole life directs its reason contemplating the eternal Pascha.
When we first used the orchard, it was during mid-March. The children at Varangians were split into small groups. Each group were told to create a specific scene from the bible relating to the cross. Some of us made the three crosses on Golgotha, others made Moses raising his staff to let the Hebrews cross the red Sea.
Apostles, martyrs and hierarchs appear on our walls
Work is rapidly moving forward on wall paintings on the North and South walls of our beloved church. Apostle Andrew, Emperor Constantine the Great, Cuthbert the Wonderworker, Luke of Simferopol, Oswald the King and Martyr and Alban the Protomartyr of Britain are now nearly complete.
Do you enjoy working with young people? Are you passionate about your Faith? Do you want to make a positive change to the lives of our children? Can you offer your time and talents to your church community?
Church youth club performs radio drama for victory of the cross
The youth club of our community was not able to meet during the last lock down. But that didn’t stop them from getting together for high drama: recording a Kontakion of one the Church’s greatest poets of all time, St Romanos the Melodist.
Sydney Loch was a well-travelled Scotsman who settled near Mount Athos. His book “records the heart of Athos through the everyday life… that heart started to beat at the dawn of Christianity… it remains today as it was when, full of zeal at the direct message of Christ, monks crept into the caves and became the first hermits. Today the zeal is still there, but statesman, kings and generals no longer desert thrones to become monks.”
Our community is embarking on a project to collate services of our local saints and with your support compose new hymns for services so that we can give them the veneration that is due for the Glory of God.
Today we commemorate Saint Alchmund of Derby. Saint Alchmund’s church in Shrewsbury is dedicated to the saint possibly because his relics were brought here by Queen Aethelflaed’s to save them from the invading Danes.
Father Stephen’s weekly Zoom meetings help us to really think about what we believe. They are challenging and stimulating. Often, we literally ‘Zoom in’ on knotty problems in our faith. In this day and age, it is essential that every Orthodox Christian can explain, or in some other way, demonstrate the truth of what we believe. The world today is a market place of beliefs and faiths, whether that faith is in a Muslim or Christian God, or in science.
On Tuesday 23 February we commemorate our venerable mother, Milburga, princess and abbess of Much Wenlock. We celebrated the Divine Liturgy for the feast with appropriate solemnity. Milburga is one of our patron saints as our church was once part of the the estate of St Milburga’s abbey in Much Wenlock.
As meetings are currently prohibited we have started having scripture study by video conferencing. Each Wednesday at 7pm we meet for study of scripture. We are due to start looking at Apostles and the Church which is the subject of the second appendix of the Eastern Orthodox Bibile (EOB).
On June 29 2019, the feast of Ss Peter and Paul, Pope Francis gave to the delegation representing the Œcumenical Patriarch, a reliquary containing nine bone fragments of St Peter the Apostle. While the majority of Peter’s relics are under the high altar of St Peter’s Basilica, St Paul VI had taken the fragments to be kept in the private chapel of the papal apartment. Upon consigning the relics to the Orthodox delegation for conveyance to Constantinople, Pope Francis told the archbishops that the idea had occurred to him the previous evening.
South Sudan – the world’s newest country – is barely functioning. It has the lowest literacy rate for women in the world; most people are in poverty and in need of food aid and large areas of the country remain unsafe; while the various factions that make up the armed forces in the country have yet to finally come under a single command structure. Yet as John Tierney, community member and organisational development consultant, flies over the lush green African savannah and into Juba International Airport, he is surprised to find a small flicker of light: the Gospel may one day be preached from an Orthodox church in the capital of South Sudan.
Saint Arsenios of Paros (†1877) prophesied that “the Church in The British Isles will only begin to grow when She begins to again venerate Her own Saints”. Over the summer months members of the community have visited holy wells and sites in Shropshire and Mid-Wales. On one pilgrimage we were joined by the Community of the Three Hierarchs and St Cybi, Lampeter.
The simple answer to this question is “To meet God and share in His Life”. But how does this happen? Let us start by asking some fundamental questions. What is the Church here for? What is the distinctive and unique function of the Church, that which the Church does, and which nobody and nothing else can do? What task does the Church perform, which cannot be carried out equally well by a youth group, a musical society, an old people’s home, or an ethnic club? What role does the priest fulfil, which cannot be fulfilled by a social worker, a psychotherapist, or a marriage counselor? What holds the Church together and makes it one?