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Sermon on the Cross

Sermon on the Cross by +Metropolitan Anthony Bloom

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Archpastoral visit to the Church of the 318 Holy Godbearing Fathers

On 3 and 4 July Archbishop Nikitas makes first pastoral visit to our community

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Pilgrimage to shrine of Saint Melangell

On 27 May we will make pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint Melangell

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Weekly Bulletin | 16 May to 23 May

Weekly Bulletin for the week 16 May to 23 May

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For the Feast of Palms

A Hymn of Praise for the Lord’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem by Saint Romanos the Melodist.

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Μεγάλη Εβδομάδα και Πάσχα 2021

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.

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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.

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Страстная неделя Пасха 2021

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

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Saptamana Mare si Pastele 2021

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.

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Weekly Bulletin | 18 April to 25 April

Weekly Bulletin for Sixth Week of Great Lent with special instructions concerning COVID-19 provisions for Holy Week and Pascha.

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Life of our Holy Mother Mary of Egypt

Read the life of Saint Mary of Egypt by our Father among the Saints, Sophronios of Jerusalem

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The roundels have now been completed

Here you will find photographs of the new roundels in our church that have now been completed.

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Weekly Bulletin | 11 to 18 April

Bulletin for 5 Week of Great Lent

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4th Lenten Vespers

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.

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Empresses, Abbesses and Martyrs appear on the walls

More updates on the progress of the wall paintings.  Rapid progress is being made on the women saints which have now been completed.  Photographs of progress so far shows saints largely completed.

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On the falling asleep of His Royal Highness Prince Philip

It is with a heavy heart that we learned of the falling asleep of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

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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.

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Youth club uses Orchard for the first time

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.

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Weekly Bulletin | 4 April to 10 April

Weekly Bulletin for 4 April to 10 April

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“Father Noah – How much longer to Mount Ararat?”

Update on activity at the Ark – Shrewsbury’s homeless charity.

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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.

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Appeal for Sunday School Teachers!

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?

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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.

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That we should conduct ourselves in newness of life

St Theodore the Studite: CATECHESIS 40  That we should conduct ourselves in newness of life, just as we promised through the holy Schema.

Brethren and Fathers, just as the hungry long to eat and the thirsty to drink, so we should be enthusiastic to listen to the word of God. For by listening we gain the greatest benefits.

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Athos: The Holy Mountain by Sydney Loch

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.” 

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To showcase our local saints

Celebrating our local saints

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.

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25th anniversary of ordination of Fr Pancratios

Fr Pancratios celebrates his 25th anniversary to the priesthood

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Fr Stephen’s reading List for Lent

Here are some texts / books you might like to read this Lent. It is not intended that you should read them all before Pascha, but try to read them one day.

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Homily on the Annunciation by Saint Photios the Great

Photios, Most-blessed Patriarch of Constantinople, Homily delivered on the Annunciation of the Most-Holy Mother of God

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Weekly Bulletin | 27 March to 4 April

Weekly Bulletin for 27 March to 4 April

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Miracle sale of Ptolemaic antiquities for church stuns parishioner!

Ptolemaic beads have recently fetched £9,000 at auction to raise funds for the church after being bought at auction in 1966 for only four pounds.

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On keeping God’s commandments

St Theodore the Studite’s homily: Catechesis 103: On keeping God’s commandments and the just threat against those who neglect them.

Brethren and fathers, God, who fashioned us and brought us out of non-existence into being, has placed us in this life as in a schoolroom to learn to gospel of his kingdom. 

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Update on wall paintings

Latest photographs of the wall paintings 

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Weekly Bulletin | 21 to 28 March

Bulletin for the Week 21 to 27 March 

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St. Cuthbert Wonderworker of Britain

What St. Cuthbert can teach the modern inhabitants of Britain

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Feast of Saint Alkmund of Derby

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.

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Icon with relics of venerable Fathers of the Kiev Caves

A new icon has now been painted in for our church containing the relics of six incorrupt saints from the the Trinity Ioninsky Monastery, Kiev presented to Father Stephen by Archbishop Jonah in 2018.

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Weekly Bulletin | 14 March to 20 March

Bulletin for the the First Week of Great and Holy Lent: 14 March to 21 March.  

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Update on painting of roundels

A selection of photographs showing update on progress on the roundels on the North and South walls of the church.

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Archbishop’s Encyclical for the beginning of the Holy & Great Lent 2021

Archbishop’s Enclyclical for the beginning of Great Lent.

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What Do We Really Believe?

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.

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Trailer for “Man of God” released

The official trailer of the film “Man of God” has been released

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First episcopal ordination for 25 years in Archdiocese

The ordination of His Grace Bishop Raphael of Ilion in the church of Saint Panteleimon, Harrow.

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Catechetical Homily of His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew

Catechetical homily at the opening of Holy and Great Lent by His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew.

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Historic church in Shrewsbury welcomes diverse new and holy residents

Read an update on the progress of the wall paintings of 18 roundels of saints.  Also, details of the saints and a short excerpt of the life of the saints.

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Weekly Bulletin | 7 March to 14 March

Bulletin for the week 7 March to 14 March

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An exciting and inspiring elder: Elder Aimilianos

One of the most inspiring and exciting Orthodox elders of our time is Elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra (1934 – 2019). Veronica Davies reviews one of his talks.

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Milburga

Milburga, Saint of Wenlock

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. 

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Weekly Bulletin

Weekly Bulletin for the week beginning Sunday 5 July 2020

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Scripture Study via Zoom

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).

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Holy and Great Friday

Summary of commemorations and services for Great and Holy Friday

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Holy and Great Friday

Summary of services and commemorations for Holy and Great Friday

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Holy and Great Thursday

Summary and information of the services and commemorations of Holy and Great Thursday

 

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Holy and Great Thursday

Summary and information of the services and commemorations of Holy and Great Thursday

 

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Holy and Great Wednesday

Summary and information of the services and commemorations of Holy and Great Wednesday

 

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Holy and Great Tuesday

Summary and information of the services and commemorations of Holy and Great Tuesday

 

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Blessing of River Severn

The blessing of the River Severn near the Welsh Bridge, Shrewsbury on the occasion of the Theophany of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ

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Election of new committee

Results of community elections of 20 October 2019.

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Announcements

Community Announcements …

Many Years! Congratulations! Memory Eternal!

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Notice of election

The election of eight parishioners to the Community Board will take place in the church on Sunday October 20th 2019 from 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

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Relics of St Peter

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.

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Orthodoxy in South Sudan?

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.

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Pilgrimages to our local saints

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.

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Why go to church?

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?

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