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The Feast of the Dormition of the Holy Mother of God

The Dormition of The Mother of God
The Dormition of The Mother of God
The Dormition of The Mother of God
Dormition 28th August

The Feast of The Dormition of the Mother of God falls this year on the 28th August. This is presently the Altar Feast of our Cathedral.

In giving birth, you preserved your virginity. In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos. You were translated to life, O Mother of Life, and by your prayers, you deliver our souls from death (Troparion).

Neither the tomb, nor death, could hold the Theotokos, who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions. For being the Mother of Life, she was translated to life, by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb (Kontakion).

In some places fragrant herbs are blessed on this feast. Faithful Orthodox Christians should do their best to attend services on this holy day. There are normally Liturgies in Colchester and Mettingham on the day as well as at the Cathedral.

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There has been a Russian Church in London for about 300 years, After the Russian Revolution the Imperial Embassy Chapel was closed and a new home was sought for the parish. It became a diocese in 1929 when Archmandrite Nicholas Karpov was consecrated as Bishop of London and took up residence in the UK.In 1932 he reposed in the Lord whilst visiting the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad (Karlovtsi Synod) in the then Kingdom of Serbia. The next bishop to reside in London and have oversight of the parishes in the United Kingdom was the ever-memorable Archbishop Nikodem (Nagaieff), who was bishop in London from 1954 until his death in 1976, at the age of 93. Initially, Bishop Nikodem was a suffragan bishop under the ompohor of Archbishop John (glorified in 1994 as Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco) who, from 1953 to 1962, was Archbishop of Brussels and Western Europe. The next bishop to reside in London was Bishop Constantine (Jessensky) of blessed memory who retired in 1986. In the same year, Archbishop Mark was appointed as ruling hierarch for London and Great Britain. The Cathedral parish moved to its present location in Chiswick, West London, in 1990, having previously been at Emperor's Gate, London SW7. For a more detailed history see "Embassy, Emigrants, and Englishmen" by Fr Christopher Birchall, published by Holy Trinity Press, Jordanville in 2014.

The two parts of the Russian Church remained divided for many decades but came together in the Act of Canonical Communion in May 2007. ROCOR remains self governing with its own Synod of Bishops which normally meets in New York. Its First Hierarch is Metropolitan Hilarion. ROCOR has witnessed to the traditions it inherited from before the Russian Revolution. It has, and continues to have, a vibrant missionary spirit, and seeks to both support Russian Orthodox Christians outside Russia and to spread the Gospel of Christ to the peoples of a wide range of countries.

 

 

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Advanced notices...please let Fr Paul know of any news on frpaulelliott@aol.com

  • Vladika Mark  will visit London for the consecration of the Moscow Patriarchal Cathedral at Ennesmore Gardens which will be led by His All Holiness Patriarch Kyrill, Patriarch of Moscow on Sunday 16th October, 2016. The Patriarch will visit our Cathedral in the early evening of Saturday 15th October. Vladika Mark will issue instructions to his clergy when he returns from his retreat on Mount Athos. He would like his clergy to attend the consecration on Sunday 16th October which wil mean very limited services across the diocese on that day.
  • On Saturday September 3rd there will an Akathist at 15:00 followed by a talk on Confession by Fr Liviu as part of the activities of College Day at Mettingham. The wooden cross for the grave of Father Elias and Matushka Barbara Jones will be blessed on that day. More details can be found on the website of the Church of the Joy of All Who Sorrow, Mettingham.
  • Our Cathedral has embarked on a project to publish instructions for servers at Hierarchal services. This will eventually be published by the Monastery of St Job of Pochaev in Munich in Russian, English and German. It will also be published electronically on this website. It should provide a template across the dioceses to help when a bishop visits the parishes. 
  • Morning and Evening Prayers have been added to this site to enable the faithful to access these traditional prayers where ever they are. Further prayers will be added to this site.
  • The proposed date for the Diocesan Pilgrimage to St Albans will be on May 13th  2017. This will be led by Archbishop Mark. Details will follow. Please keep checking the site for further details. The date has now been confirmed. It is hoped that this might coincide with the visit of the Myhrr Streaming Icon of the Mother of God from Hawaii. The icon will be visiting our diocese and various parishes in Great Britain and Ireland next May. The exact dates are to be confirmed.
  • Next Liturgy at the Parish of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, Cardiff will be announced shortly. For more details please see here. 
  • The next Liturgy at the Parish of St Vladimir in Cheltenham will be Saturday 3rd September. For more details please see here.
  • For services  in the Parish of St John of Shanghai, Belfast check on the Belfast Parish Website. Father Paul has been asked to take some services before a new rector can be appointed. He will serve the next Liturgy on Saturday 10th September. Please note that the parish has moved into a smaller chapel in the church hall complex just near their former church. The post code remains the same.
  • The next Liturgy at Stradbally will be announced shortly.
  • A Russian Orthodox Parish Church  is  now been opened in Norwich and  building works are complete. Saturday Liturgies will begin in September. For an update please see http://www.events.orthodoxengland.org.uk/our-hope-for-a-russian-orthodox-church-in-norwich-update-9/
  • Pilgrimage to Russia, 25th - 30th July.  Materials and photos of this pilgrimage will soon be found here. Archbishop Mark has blessed that the Diocesan Website is used to advertise and develop pilgrimages both here in the United Kingdom and abroad. 
  • The Parish of St Elisabeth the New Martyr, Wallasey.  Father Paul now records the Sunday readings and sermons. These can be listened to here.

 

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