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News items from March and April 2016

 

It was announced at a meeting of the London Parish Council on the afternoon of Sunday 17th April that Father Vladimir will be shortly relinquishing his duties in London. Father Peter's appointment as Deputy Rector was confirmed at the same meeting. The Archbishop's Ukaz concerning this can be found here.

Our Cathedral was featured in Mary Berry's series about seasonal food on BBC 2 on  Tuesday 15th of March and  Tuesday 22nd of March. This can be viewed on IPlayer

There is a recent interview with Archbishop Mark which can be found at http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/91408.htm

Archbishop Mark visited London from the 15th -17th April. The Hierarchal Liturgy was served at 08:00.  Members of the Diocesan Assembly met in the parish hall at Harvard Road at about 11:30- 11:45. The Sisterhood of the Cathedral Parish  provided a delicious light lunch for those who attended the Assembly.The Hierarchal Great Unction Service was served at 2:00 p.m. following the Diocesan Assembly at the Cathedral in Chiswick on Saturday 16th April .(Details of where and when the Unction Service  in Germany, The Holy Land and Denmark  will be served by Archbishop Mark and Bishop Agapit can be found here. This is only available in Russian.)The Statutes of the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland (ROCOR) were passed by the Synod of Bishops in December and were recieved by the Diocesan Assembly in the Cathedral on 16th April 2016 at 12:00 noon before the Great Unction Service. An agenda and invitation was  published by Archbishop Mark and was  sent out to parishes on February 8th. The Statutes in English and in Russian have been corrected and published on the website prior to distribution. A copy had been sent to each parish prior to the Diocesan Assembly. At the Diocesan Assembly the Statutes were passed. Archbishop Mark appointed Father Peter as Senior Cleric (Vice Chair of the Assembly), Father Paul was appointed as Chancellor of the Diocese and Gregory Wolcough was appointed as Lay Secretary / Treasurer. These are effectively the Trustees of the Diocese. Father Andrew, Father Peter and Father Vitaly were apoointed to the Diocesan Spiritual Court. Reports were heard from right across the Diocese. The Assembly was very well supported and really worthwhile. A full report with minutes and photographs will shortly appear on the website.

 

Parishes are reminded that traditionally the collections of the Sunday of the Lord's Entry into Jerusalem are dedicated to the support of the Russian Ecclesiatical Mission in the Holy Land. Please give generously to this worthy cause. The statement of the Synod of Bishops of ROCOR can be read below. The Russian version is as it was issued the English translation is more of a paraphrase.

 

Statement of the Chancellery of the Synod of Bishops.

 

In connection with the upcoming Great Feast of ″ The Lord's Entrance into Jerusalem″, The Synod of Bishops″ reminds the faithful of Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia about the need to undertake collections to meet the spiritual needs of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem. In all our churches we hear the words of the Church in the Divine Liturgy, and on this festive day, we anticipate the revelation of glory. So our efforts to support the members of the Mission in their very important spiritual work of guarding and protecting the shrines, providing shelter and spiritual support for pilgrims, introducing them to our Holy Church in the Holy Land, is of great importance. Please give generously.

 

Напоминанiе изъ канцелярiи Архiерейскаго Синода.

 

Въ связи съ приближающимся великимъ праздникомъ Входа Господня во Iерусалимъ, напоминается правящимъ архiереямъ епархiй Русской Зарубежной Церкви о необходимости, слѣдуя дореволюцiонной традицiи, проводить тарелочные сборы на нужды Русской Духовной Миссiи въ Iерусалимѣ во всѣхъ храмахъ и монастыряхъ нашей Церкви, какъ за Всенощнымъ бдѣнiемъ, такъ и за Божественной литургiей въ этотъ праздничный день, предваривъ ихъ соотѣтствующимъ словомъ о подвигѣ, который несутъ члены Миссiи въ весьма сложныхъ условiяхъ, охраняя и оберегая святыни, оказывая гостепрiимство многочисленнымъ паломникамъ и представляя нашу Святую Церковь на Святой Землѣ.   Собранныя средства слѣдуетъ направлять по адресу:

 

News Items from February 2016

Archbishop Mark was presented with a beautiful new set of heirarchal vestments by the London Cathedral Parish to mark his 35th Anniversary of Episcopate, his 30th anniversary of being Diocesan Hierarch of the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland (ROCOR) and his 75th Birthday. A photo report can be found on the Cathedral website. 

The Parish of St Elisabeth the New Martyr, Wallasey. An interview with Father Paul and two of his parishioners which went out on Bay TV can be watched by going on the parish website.  It is on UTube. Type in Faith Matters 32. There is also a broadcast of parts of the Divine Liturgy out now on UTube orginally filmed by A1R TV.

Archived news items October 2015

Fr Vladimir recieves the Palitsa
Fr Vladimir recieves the Palitsa
Fr Vladimir recieves the Palitsa
Fr Vitaly is given a Gold Cross
Fr Vitaly is given a Gold Cross
Fr Vitaly is given a Gold Cross
Vladika Mark's visit in October 2015

During Vladika's last visit to London he awarded Fr Vladimir Vilgerts the right to wear the Palitsa and the Fr Vitaly Serapinas the right to wear a Gold Cross. For a more detailed report  please follow this link. http://www.russianchurchlondon.org/en/archbishop-mark%e2%80%99s-october-visit-to-london/ Details of the services at our London Cathedral can be found on the Cathedral Website.

Subdeacon Nicolas gives a talk to the Fellowship of St Alban and Sergius

St John of Kronstadt
St John of Kronstadt
St John of Kronstadt

“The Paragraphs Appear as if They Had Been Rained Down From the Clouds.”

On the evening of Thursday, 29th October, 2015 Subdeacon Nicolas Mabin (of the London ROCOR Cathedral parish) gave a talk at the House of St Gregory & St Macrina to the Oxford branch of The Fellowship of St Alban & St Sergius. Hosted by Archpriest Stephen Platt, the talk was entitled The Paragraphs Appear as if They Had Been Rained Down From the Clouds. It was an historical account of the publication in English in 1897 of My Life in Christ, the spiritual diary of Saint John of Kronstadt (1829 – 1908). Subdeacon Nicolas told the remarkable story of how various editions of the book have kept it in print in English for nearly 120 years through the efforts of a diverse cast of characters, including a famous builder of Russian Naval ships, a Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland, an Anglican missionary, an Anglican vicar’s wife, and a Uniate, as well, of course, as the renowned publishing efforts of Holy Trinity Monastery Jordanville, NY, USA.

In December, 2015, Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, will publish a new edition of My Life In Christ. UK readers may obtain a copy from BookDepository.com:

http://www.bookdepository.com/My-Life-Christ-Ivan-Ilyich-Sergiev/9780884654001

Archbishop Mark attends the Pan Orthodox Assembly of Bishops of Great Britain and Ireland

The Pan Orthodox Assembly
The Pan Orthodox Assembly
The Pan Orthodox Assembly

His Eminence Archbishop Mark attended the Pan-Orthodox Episcopal Assembly of Great Britain and Ireland on Friday 23rd October 2015. The Assembly asked that links should be put to its own website on Diocesan websites of the UK and Ireland. The website carries a statement that was agreed last April concerning the plight of persecuted Christians throughout the world but especially in the Middle East and North Africa. Orthodox Christians are asked to pray for their persecuted brothers and sisters and to raise funds for their support in the parishes. More details can be found on the Assembly's website. 

Metropolitan Hilarion appeals to the faithful

Metropolitan Hilarion
Metropolitan Hilarion
Metropolitan Hilarion

Metropolitan Hilarion calls for support for the Fund for Assistance. Fr Victor Potapov has written to us all with the Metropolitan's message.

Dear Reverend Fathers & Brethren, Christ is in our midst!

At this time of the year we all receive numerous fundraising appeals from many worthy organizations.  But the attached appeal is very special, since it is from our own First Hierarch, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion.  His Eminence has taken the time to write this appeal on behalf of the Fund for Assistance to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (FFA), - the only charitable foundation of the Church Abroad.Please make time to read it and bring it to the attention of your parishioners. 

I have been on the FFA board for more than seven years and have witnessed and indeed have had the honor of participating in its good works.  But in order to continue these God-pleasing works, we need your help!  As rector of a large parish, I am very much aware of local community needs. In the 45 years of my service to the Church, I have come to recognize one very important truth:   the more a parish reaches out to help those in need, the more God gives back!

Please support the FFA with your prayers and monetary assistance. Help us get your parishioners and friends involved!

With love in Christ, Fr. Victor Potapov. Washington, DC

 There are more details on the Fund for  Assistance website.

Archbishop Mark's Annivesary

Archbishop Mark
Archbishop Mark
Archbishop Mark

Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany Will Prayerfully Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of his Episcopal Consecration at Buchendorf’s Convent of St Elisabeth.

 

On Monday, November 30, 2015, His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany will prayerfully celebrate the 35th anniversary of his episcopal consecration at Holy Grand Duchess Elizabeth Convent in the Bavarian city of Buchendorf by celebrating Divine Liturgy at 4 am. He will perform all-night vigil then evening before. More details can be found here.

 
Repose of Father Elias

Father Elias
Father Elias
Father Elias
Father Elias reposes in the Lord

Father Elias Jones reposed in the Lord in the early hours of the 26/27th March (NS), the Second Sunday of Great Lent. This was the Fortieth Day after the repose of his Matushka Barbara. Father Elias has served faithfully as a priest of our diocese for many years supporting the parishes in East Anglia. His funeral was held at the Church of the Mother of God, the Joy of all who Sorrow in Mettingham. Please pray for the repose of his soul and please pray for his daughter Rosemary and for his two sons, Christopher and Anthony who have had a great deal to bear over the past months. Father Elias will be greatly missed by parishioners in Mettingham and Walsingham and by all who knew him.

Father Elias's funeral was held on April 6th (NS) at 14:00 and he was  buried beside his Matuschka. His funeral was served by Archpriest Philip Steer (Walsingham, Moscow Patriarchate), Archpriest Raphael Armour (Cambridge, Moscow Patriarchate), Father Alexander Haig (Colchester, Antiochian Patriarchate), Father Antony Bardsley (Mettingham, ROCOR), Father Liviu Barbu (Romanian Patriarchate) and Fr Deacon Andrew Bond (Mettingham, ROCOR). Father Paul Elliott, who had been asked by Archbishop Mark to attend the funeral, was unable to attend  but chanted a Pannakhida at St Elisabeth's for Father Elias as his funeral was taking place. Those who wish to pay their respects by visiting Father Elias's grave,  please contact Deacon Andrew on 01986895176.

We will remember Father Elias in the prayers at the Cathedral during the Hierarchal Liturgy on the morning of the 16th April or on the evening before. An obituary of Father Elias can be found here.

The Synod of Bishops meets in New York

December 8-9
The Synodal Residence in New York will host a regular session of the Synod of Bishops
, At that meeting the formal Statutes of the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland were accepted by Synod. These will be put in draft on the website until such time as they are ratified by the Diocesan Assembly when it meets in April before the Unction Service.

Concert at the Cathedral

Concert at the Cathedral on Sunday 13th December 15:00
Concert at the Cathedral on Sunday 13th December 15:00
Concert at the Cathedral on Sunday 13th December 15:00

News

 

There is a concert of Orthodox Music at our Cathedral on Sunday 13th December at 15:00. Entrance is free.

On Sunday 13th December 2015 at 15:00 a new ensemble will be making its debut performance at our Cathedral. The male vocal ensemble ‘Arto Doxo’ will be holding their first concert of traditional Orthodox Church Music. Entrance is free. For further details please check the Cathedral Website.

Some ROCOR international news

Archbishop Mark
Archbishop Mark
Archbishop Mark
Vladika is awarded the Medal of the Kursk - Root Icon
Vladika is awarded the Medal of the Kursk - Root Icon
Vladika is awarded the Medal of the Kursk - Root Icon

 

 

December 8-9 2015
On December 8-9, 2015, the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia met at the residence of the First Hierarch in New York City.

His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York opened the session by greeting the archpastors, wishing them Divine aid in their labors, and paid special attention to His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany, congratulating him on the 35th anniversary of his episcopal consecration and selfless service to the Holy Church of Christ. In response, Vladyka Mark thanked the First Hierarch and beseeched the holy prayers of the member bishops of the Synod.

He then proceeded to report on the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem and on the work of the Pan-Orthodox Assembly preparing for the Pan-Orthodox Council scheduled for 2016. He also presented to Synod the Draft Statutes of the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland (ROCOR) to be recieved by the Diocesan Assembly in April before the Great Unction Service at the Cathedral.

 

After Divine Liturgy on Thursday, December 10, Archbishop Mark was awarded the Medal of the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God “of the Sign,” First Order.

 

The next session of the Synod of Bishops will be held in Moscow, Russia, in February, 2016, when the member bishops will attend the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, to coincide with the anniversary of the enthronement of His Holiness.

 

 

The Diocesan conference this year will be held at Munich in Germany as usual December 24-26 2015.

This year, the annual Orthodox Seminar will be held at the Cathedral of the German Diocese in Munich, Germany, from December 24-26, 2015, and will focus on the men’s Monastery of St Job of Pochaev, which will mark its seventieth anniversary this year. It was at this monastery that the tradition of annual seminars originated. His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany will speak on the male monastic tradition, and other invited guests will speak on contemporary monasticism. More details can be found here.

 

 

Fr Elias
Fr Elias
Fr Elias

Priest Elias Jones

Assigned to the Chapel of the Life Giving Spring, Walsingham
Address: 54c The Lane, Briston, Melton Constable, Norfolk NR24 2AD
Telephone: 01263 860 724
E-mail: FatherElias@rocor.org.uk

Fr Elias reposed in the Lord on the 26/27th March 2016. His funeral will be in Mettingham on April 6th at 14:00. May he rest in peace where the righteous repose.

Bishop Constantine's Grave is blessed in Jordanville

New Headstone For Bishop Constantine
 
In December, 2015, the Abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, NY., the Very Reverend Archimandrite Luke, blessed the new headstone which marks the grave of Bishop Constantine.
 
Bishop Constantine (1907 - 1996) - memory eternal! - was our Bishop of Richmond & Great Britain from 1981 to 1986, when he retired. In 2014, his incorrupt remains were transferred from where he had died in Texas to be re-interred at Holy Trinity Monastery at Jordanville in upstate New York.
 
For more information, see:
 
 

 More photos of the event can be found by following the link below. The grave was funded by the generosity and efforts of the faithful of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.

http://www.jordanville.org/public/sv/gallery.php?ssid=717

Thank you to Subdeacon Nicolas for providing this information.

Pannikhida at the Grave of Fr Eugene Smirnoff and Fr James Smirnove

At Fr Eugene's grave
At Fr Eugene's grave
At Fr Eugene's grave
At Fr James' grave
At Fr James' grave
At Fr James' grave

The Grave of Mitred Archpriest Eugene Smirnoff  by Nicolas Mabin

When I was helping Protodeacon Christopher Birchall to prepare for publication his manuscript of Embassy, Emigrants, and Englishmen, (Jordanville, 2014) I learned that the last chaplain of the Russian Imperial Embassy in London was Mitred Archpriest Eugene (Evgeniy) Smirnoff, who died on 4 January, 1923, at the age of 77. In fact, he had been priest at the Embassy Church in Welbeck Street, London for a remarkable 46 years. I also learned that Fr Eugene had been buried in Kensal Green cemetery.

In the autumn of 2015, Deacon Andrei Psarev, Instructor at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, Jordanville, asked me to send him a photograph of the grave of Fr Eugene, which he might use in connection with a paper that Fr Andrei was delivering to an upcoming conference at Jordanville. Accordingly, I contacted Kensal Green cemetery and asked them for the plot number and location of the grave of Fr Eugene and I then visited the cemetery to take the photograph.

It should be mentioned here that Kensal Green cemetery occupies a 72-acre plot in the northern (rather poor) part of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. It was opened as a cemetery in 1833 and today contains the last remains of more than 250,00 people in 65,000 graves.[1] On my first visit, I enquired at the cemetery office for help and was immediately directed to a grave quite near to the main entrance of the cemetery. Having heard me mention that I was looking for the grave of a Russian priest, the helpful office staff assumed that I was looking for the grave of Priest James Smirnove, who died in 1840, having been the rector of the Russian Imperial Embassy chapel in London for forty years. The grave of Fr James has a stone tomb built on top of it, perhaps eight-feet tall. It is no longer perpendicular, leaning to one side somewhat precariously. In 2012, the Russian Embassy and the London parish of the Moscow Patriarchate fixed a plaque in Russian and English to the structure. It reads:

Revd James Smirnove; 1754-1840; Russian Orthodox priest; Diplomat; Community leader; Sophia Smirnove +1852; Elizabeth Smirnove +1869; Catherine Smirnove +1873[2]

Interesting as it was to find the grave of Fr James Smirnove, I explained that it was the grave of Fr Eugene Smirnoff that I was seeking. After another examination of the cemetery records, the officials sent me off in another direction, armed with rather poor photocopies of maps. After several misdirections and much searching amid the 65,000 graves, I eventually determined, with not a little shock and surprise, that an unmarked plot of grass was the earthly resting place of the mortal remains of Father Eugene – no cross, no headstone, no gravestone – nothing marked the plot.

If there was ever any sort of memorial to Fr Eugene, it had long disappeared. There was no grave to photograph. On another day, I contacted the cemetery office again. I explained that I was puzzled as to why there was no gravestone, nor, indeed, anything to indicate that I had found the right place. I asked them to check their records again. This they did and, indeed, helpfully sent to me a photocopy of the entry in their records. This confirms that Fr Eugene is buried in plot number 47637 located at Square 123, row 3. The ledger states that there is “no monument.” The plot was “granted on 8 January, 1923 for 16 guineas to Zenedie Smirnoff of 32 Welbeck Street, Marylebone” with a subsequent note of the fact that she also had died. The owner of the plot is then recorded as Nicholas Smirnoff[3], who was the elder son of Fr Eugene and Matushka Zenedie. Zenedie Smirnoff died on 20 March, 1929 and was buried with her husband. Then, on 23 January, 1930, their younger son, Alexander, also died and was buried with his parents.

Nevertheless, this information did not give me comfort to know that I had found the correct piece of earth. However, the cemetery office was able to confirm that the adjacent grave was in the name of ‘Ivanoff’. I returned to the cemetery and found that, indeed, next to what I thought might be the grave of Fr Eugene was a quite well preserved gravestone, recording the fact that Olga Ivanoff and also Justina Ivanoff were buried there. I had found the grave!

I wondered whether the poverty of many of the Russian exiles in London prevented them from marking the grave of the priest who had so faithfully served the Russian community in London for more than forty years. Upon his death, naturally his wife inherited the estate of her husband, which was valued at £1,791-17-7: in today’s values, I estimate that to be about £80,000. It is curious that the Smirnoff family were unable to erect some sort of memorial at the grave. Perhaps they did; perhaps it was a simple wooden cross that has long since vanished.

At my request, on the anniversary of the death of Fr Eugene, 4 January, 2016, Archpriest Vladimir Vilgerts, Deputy Rector of the London Cathedral of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God and Holy Royal Martyrs, served a panikhida at the graveside. He prayed for the repose of the souls of Archpriest Eugene, his wife Zenedie, their son Alexander, and of Olga, another Olga, Justina (all buried nearby), and for all Orthodox Christians buried in that place. Afterwards, we visited the grave of Fr James Smirnove and offered prayers for the repose of the Smirnove family.

Nicolas Mabin

London

January, 2016

Nicolas Mabin is Subdeacon at the London Cathedral parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. He has a degree in theology (B.A. Hons.) from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, and the degree of Diploma in Orthodox Theological Studies, awarded by the Center for Traditionalist Studies, Etna, USA.

[1] Since 1998, one part of the Kensal Green Cemetery has been owned by the Greek Orthodox in London and is dedicated to the burial of Greek Cypriots and their families.

[2] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=36050527 [accessed January 2016] It is not clear from the plaque if the wife of Fr James is buried here. Fr Christopher writes, “Father James Smirnove had five children, all born in England: Constantine, born in 1782; Elizabeth, born in 1788; Sophia, born in 1791; Ivan, born in 1794; and Catherine, born in 1798.” (Embassy, Emigrants, and Englishmen. Jordanville. 2015. p. 28)

[3] Nicholas Smirnoff was born in Brussels in 1875. He married in London in 1927 Martha, whose maiden name was either Moranne or Pirotte: the records are not clear. Nicholas died in 1955 in Kensington at the age of 80. I have not been able to determine yet where he is buried.

Services for Week and Pascha across the Diocese

Do check on the websites of our parishes to find out what services are going on across the Diocese. There is a summary below:

The London Cathedral

Palm Sunday. Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem
07:30 - Divine Liturgy
10:00 - Divine Liturgy
Pascha
23:30 - Midnight Office, Matins and Divine Liturgy
 
Colchester
Palm Sunday
10:00 - Hours and Divine Liturgy
Pascha
23:30 - Midnight Office, Matins and Divine Liturgy
 
Mettingham
Palm Sunday
10:10 - Hours and Divine Liturgy
Pascha
23:30 - Midnight Office, Matins and Divine Liturgy
 
Merseyside
Palm Sunday
10:00 - Blessing of Palms, Hours and Divine Liturgy
Pascha
23:30 - Midnight Office, Matins and Divine Liturgy
 
Belfast
Palm Sunday
10:00 - Hours and Divine Liturgy
Pascha
23:00 - Midnight Office, Matins and Divine Liturgy
 
Services at Stradbally, Cheltenham and Cardiff will be after Pascha. For more details, please look at the various websites under the tab called "Useful Links" on the Drop Down Menu.
 

 

Father Andrew is awarded the Jewelled Cross

Archpriest Andrew
Archpriest Andrew
Archpriest Andrew

Archpriest Andrew Phillips, the Parish Priest of the Parish of St John the Wonderworker in Colchester was given a jewelled cross by Archbishop Mark during the Great Unction Service at the Cathedral on Saturday 16th April. This was in recognition of his long service as a priest and his missionary labours. Everyone at the service was delighted and congratulated Father Andrew. Hopefully we will shortly have a more up to date photo of Father Andrew for the website! Many Years!

Dioceasn Assembly

The Statutes of the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland (ROCOR) were recieved by the Diocesan Assembly in the Cathedral on 16th April 2016  The Statutes in English and in Russian have been corrected and published on the website.   Archbishop Mark appointed Father Peter Baulk as Senior Cleric (Vice Chair of the Assembly), Father Paul Elliott was appointed as Chancellor of the Diocese and Gregory Wolcough was appointed as Lay Secretary / Treasurer. These are effectively the Trustees of the Diocese. Father Andrew, Father Peter and Father Vitaly were appointed to the Diocesan Spiritual Court. Reports were heard from right across the Diocese. The Assembly was very well supported and really worthwhile. A full report with minutes and photographs will shortly appear on the website.

Fr Vladimir
Fr Vladimir
Fr Vladimir

Archpriest Vladimir Vilgerts

 

Address: 57 Harvard Road, Chiswick, London. W4 4ED
Telephone: 0208 742 3493 (Rectory), 07527 127 790 (Mobile)
E-mail: FatherVladimir@rocor.org.uk

 

Father Vladimir has relinquished his liturgical duties at the London Cathedral and is returning to Latvia. He leaves the Priest's house on 16th May.

Baptism at Belfast

It is always encouraging to see green shoots of growth around our diocese. Here is news of a baptism in Belfast. Catechumen Christopher was baptised on Holy Saturday by Father Patrick. Christopher's sponsor was Joanna McBride. Joanna and her daughter Lucy  sing in the choir at the Parish of St John of Shanghai in Belfast. May God bless and keep Christopher as he begins his life in the Holy Orthodox Church. He was given the Baptismal name of Gabriel. Christ is Risen!

Christopher after his baptism with Fr Patrick and Joanna his sponsor
Christopher after his baptism with Fr Patrick and Joanna his sponsor
Christopher after his baptism with Fr Patrick and Joanna his sponsor
Christopher with Joanna and Lucy McBride
Christopher with Joanna and Lucy McBride
Christopher with Joanna and Lucy McBride
Fr Mladin
Fr Mladin
Fr Mladin

Priest Mladen Gardovic

Assigned to the Parish of St John of Shanghai, Belfast

Priest's residence: 205 Glen Road, Belfast. BT11 8BU

Postal Address for the Parish: 4 Ashfielfd Drive, Belfast. BT15 3FT

Telephone: 07535 764 015

E-mail: FatherMladen@rocor.org.uk

Father Mladin will be shortly leaving Belfast as he has been assigned to a new post. He will vacate the parish towards the end of May. His last Sunday is on the 22nd May.

 Christos voskrese!

ХРИСТОС ВОСКРЕСЕ!

Christ is Risen!

 

Archbishop Mark's Paschal Epistle can be read here.

May God grant us to be united with the Resurrection of Christ through the likeness of His Resurection all the days of our life; to triumph and to celebrate with the holy angels, with all the saints and the righteous.

Paschal Epistle of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad to the Archpastors, pastors, monastics and all the faithful of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.

His Epistle can be read here

The Glorious Ascension of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ

The Ascension
The Ascension
The Ascension

The Diocese celebrates together the glorious Ascension of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Ascension of the Lord, Troparion, Tone IV —
Thou didst ascend into glory, O Christ our God, having gladdened Thy disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit. And this blessing convinced them that Thou art the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world.

Kontakion, Tone VI —
Having accomplished for us Thy mission and united things on earth with things in heaven, Thou didst ascend into glory, O Christ our God, being nowhere separated from those who love Thee, but remaining everpresent with us and calling: I am with you and no one is against you.

White Flower Day

 With the blessing of Archbishop Mark, children will be making white flowers on the 20th - 22nd May this year. Any money raised will be given to those who suffer. This was originally the idea of the Grand Duchess Elisabeth and is a custom in the process of being revived. For further detail please follow this link. Leaflets about this  can be downloaded from here in English and in Russian. Much of this has been postponed though the Parish of St Elisabeth the New Martyr in Wallasey will try to do a little of what was planned and send a donation to the organisers.

Talk on Bishop Nicholai of London

Bishop Nicholai
Bishop Nicholai
Bishop Nicholai

On Sunday May 22nd 2016, Subdeacon Nicolas will give a reading of a brief life of Bishop Nicholai at the Trapeza afetr the Divine Liturgy at the London Cathedral. A copy of the reading can be found here.

St Walstan Pilgrimage

St Walstan
St Walstan
St Walstan
The Mettingham Parish welcomes pilgrims to join them on June 11th 2016

Please save the date of Saturday 11 June, when there will be a pilgrimage to Bawburgh to celebrate the Millennial Anniversary of St Walstan. An Akathist and Life will be read at 2pm. The following day, Sunday 12 June, there will be a Festal Liturgy in honour of the saint at Mettingham. Details of the Life of St Walstan can be found at : http://www.joyofallwhosorrow.org.uk/index.php/saints_and_righteous/about/st_walstan_of_taverham

Sunday 26th June All Saints Sunday

Bishop Nicholai
Bishop Nicholai
Bishop Nicholai
Diocesan Membership

The Deputy Trustees of the Diocese will collect names of parishioners today or around this time and collect diocesan dues which will be £1 per adult. The Cathedral Parish has already given £156 which is currently being held in the account of the Parish of St Elisabeth the New Martyr in Wallasey. Fr Paul hopes to open a diocesan bank account in the very near future. The Sunday of All Saints is the Liturgical anniversary of the founding of the Diocese in May 1929 when Bishop Nicholai was consecrated as Bishop of London.

College Day at Mettingham

Coolege Day at Mettingham

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.

Revised Timetable for Pilgrims to Russia 25th July -

A map of Solovki
A map of Solovki
A map of Solovki
The New Martyrs of Solvovki
The New Martyrs of Solvovki
The New Martyrs of Solvovki
The Solovki Monastery
The Solovki Monastery
The Solovki Monastery
Outline of the Pilgrimage to Solovki

Plan of the pilgrimage, as it stand up now, is a s follows:

25th of July.

14.35 Arrival to St Petersburg Airport.
15.00 All members of the group meet and greet each other under noticeboard "КОВЧЕГ".
Coach trip to Viritsa (70 km). Holy relics of St Seraphim of Viritsa.
18:00 Trapeza (mealtime)
Departure for Monastery of Alexander of Svir (1542).
Bus trip upto 3.5 hours.
Arrival to the monastery.
Overnight stay at the pilgrims quarters - very basic conditions, upto 8 people ina room,
communal toilet outside the room.

26th of July.

6.00 Early morning service, Moleben, Veneration of Uncorrupted Relics of St Alexander.
Breakfast.
Coach trip to Petrozavodsk 2.5 hours by bus.
11.40 Boat trip to Kizhi –unique complex of Wooden church buildings (18 c) in the middle of Onega lake. Fast boat "Meteorite".
18:30 Coming back to the mainland.
Evening meal.
Bus trip town of Kem which is borders with the lake with the Solovets Monastery at its centre. 6 hours by bus.
Acketic overnight stay in the pilgrims quarters which belongs to St Transfiguration Solovets Monastery.

27th of July.
7.00 Boat trip to St Transfiguration Solovets Monastery. 2.5 hours by boat, provided by the Monastery.
Holy sites of this monastery and general overview of Cathedrals and Monastic Kremlin (fortres).
Detailed walk-around with a guide - 3 hours.
Evening services.
Dinner.
Relatively comfortable stay in rooms 2,3,4,or 5 people each.

28th of July.
Services.
Breakfast.
Holy Sites and Skits of the Great Solovets Island. 4 hours pilgrimage with occasional bus rides where possible.
Philipovs Sadki
Sekir Mountain
Summer residence of Archimandritus, botanic garden etc
Dinner.
Overnight stay in the same rooms as on 27th of July.

29th of July
Lithurgy
Lunch.
Trip to Zayatskii Island. 3 hours. This trip is optional, as it involves a long walk.
Alternative is to stay with the rest of the group on the Great Solovets Island.
Boat trip.
Walk around 2-3 miles.
16:00 Boat to Mainlad to Kem.
Dinner.
Night bus ride to St Petersburg.

30th of July
Moleben at the Chapel of St Xenia of St Petersburg – the place of her Dormition.
Veneration of relics of St John of Kronstadt. St John Monastery (1899) housing the full body relics of the saint.
13.30 Pilkovo airport.

today is the 40th Anniversary of the repose of Archbishop Nikodim

Archbishop Nikodim
Archbishop Nikodim
Archbishop Nikodim

Archbishop Nikodim (Nagaev, +1976) of Richmond and Great Britain

On October 17, 1976, in London, following a lengthy illness, Archbishop Nikodim of Richmond and Great Britain died at the age of 93. Despite his venerable age and health problems, Vladyka Nikodim remained the Ruling Bishop of the Diocese of Great Britain until his very repose.

Archbishop Nikodim (Nagaev) was born of military stock and was himself educated in military school, proceeding to a career in the armed forces, finally being elevated to the rank of general. Upon emigrating, he lived in Yugoslavia, where he was drawn closer to church life. Of particular influence on him was the Brotherhood of St Seraphim. The Russian hierarchs Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky), Archbishop Feofan of Poltava and others also had a positive effect on him, as did Milkovo Monastery headed by its abbot, Schema-Archimandrite Amvrossy (Kurganov). With the blessing of Metropolitan Anastassy (Gribanovsky), he was tonsured a monk, then ordained to the priesthood.

During World War II, Hieromonk Nikodim was a military chaplain, then participated in the establishment of the Monastery of St Job of Pochaev near Munich. He was shortly thereafter appointed Administrator of the Preston Diocese. The Council of Bishops of 1953 decided to consecrate Archimandrite Nikodim to the episcopacy with the establishment of a Vicariate of England to the Western European Diocese. His consecration as Bishop of Preston took place on July 18, 1954, at the Memorial Church to the martyred Royal Family in Brussels, Belgium. The hierarchs consecrating Vladyka Nikodim included Archbishop John (Maximovich) of Brussels and Western Europe, Bishop Alexander of Berlin and Germany and Leonty (Bartoshevich) of Geneva.

At first, Vladyka Nikodim was the Vicar of the Western European Diocese, later becoming its Ruling Bishop with the rank of Archbishop, where he remained for 22 years, until his very death. In 1973, his flock celebrated his 90th birthday, and in 1974, they marked the 20th anniversary of his hierarchal service.

Eternal memory ! 

Icon Exhibition

Icon Painting Diploma Graduation Show

Dear brothers and sisters,

The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts is holding an Icon Painting Diploma Graduation Show. There will be icons of the 12 course graduates on display including two of our London parishioners.

The exhibition will take place at: 19-22 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3SG
It will be open to the public from Monday 17th of October to Friday 21st of October.
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 9.30am to 8.30pm.
Friday 21st of October (final day): 9.30am to 2pm.

The clocks change tonight

Please remember that the clocks change tonight as British Summer Time comes to an end. This could mean an extra hour for preparation for Holy Communion or an extra hour in bed!

The Visit of His Holiness Kirill to our Cathedral

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill at our Cathedral
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill at our Cathedral
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill at our Cathedral
Fr Peter greets His Holiness
Fr Peter greets His Holiness
Fr Peter greets His Holiness
Vladika Mark presents an Icon of the Royal Martyrs to the Patriarch
Vladika Mark presents an Icon of the Royal Martyrs to the Patriarch
Vladika Mark presents an Icon of the Royal Martyrs to the Patriarch
The Patriarch presents an icon of the Resurrection to our Cathedral
The Patriarch presents an icon of the Resurrection to our Cathedral
The Patriarch presents an icon of the Resurrection to our Cathedral
The Patriarch's visit 15/10/16

The Patriarch  visited our Cathedral during the Vigil on the evening of Saturday 15th October. The Vigil  started at the usual time of 17:00. The Patriarch was  greeted just after the Six Psalms and  then presided at the Vigil. A record of the visit will be found now on our Cathedral Website  An interesting record of the Patriarch's visit to our cathedral can be found at http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/4641318.html this contains some beautiful film and the Patriarch's address to the people, The information is currently only available in Russian. There is a live recording from Russia Today of the Patriarch's visit to our Cathedral which can be seen on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk6bicWkT10 However, it is not edited and to view it you have to go 39 minutes into the recording.

There is also a lovely report on the Official Website of the Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia (ROCOR) about the Patriarch's visit to our Cathedral at http://www.synod.com/synod/indexeng.htm This helpfully has a translation of the Patriarch's address. However, this can be read here. Some different photos, a partial translation and brief report is also available at https://mospat.ru/en/2016/10/16/news137136/

Vladika Mark  also visited the Moscow Patriarchal Cathedral at Ennismore Gardens when His  Holiness Patriarch Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow presided at the Liturgy on Sunday 16th October, 2016.  Vladika Mark and Fr Peter represented the Cathedral Parish at the Consecration and Patriarchal Liturgy with Vladika Michael (Geneva and Western Europe, ROCOR), Archpriest Andrew Philips (Colchester), Fr Antony Bardsley (Mettingham) and Fr Patrick Ramsey.  Our clergy joined with Vladika Elisey and the clergy of the Diocese of Sourozh and many invited clergy from across the UK as well as visiting clergy from Russia.  A further press release can be found at http://www.sourozh.org/maineng/2016/10/6/primatial-visit-of-his-holiness-patriarch-kirill-of-moscow-a.html  This provides further detail about the Patriarch's visit to the UK. Further information is  also available on http://www.sourozh.org/

 

The Cathedral Christmas Fair 27/11/16

This year the Christmas Fair of the London Cathedral Parish will be held on Sunday 27th November from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at

57 Harvard Road, London, W4 4ED.

 There will be a tea party, a pleasant atmosphere,interesting conversations and good bargains! The Sisterhood of Saint Xenia is now accepting donations for the Christmas Fair:souvenirs, household goods, clothing, toys and more.

For questions about donations, please call Olga 07341 841 370.

Advertisement for the All Night Vigil Performance on Friday December 9th

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Rare performance of the All Night Vigil 09.12.16

 

There is to be a rare performance of  Sergei Rachmanioff's "All Night Vigil" in Church Slavonic at St John's Smith Square, London on Friday 9th December at 19:30 by the Choir of Kings College London. They will also sing John Tavener’s "Ikon of the Nativity".

Some members of the Diocese, especially those who live in London may be interested in attending.  If so, tickets are very reasonably priced, at £10-£20.

Tickets and further information can be found at: https://www.sjss.org.uk/events/choir-king%E2%80%99s-college-london-0

Statement from the Chancellor of the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland (ROCOR)

Archbishop Mark
Archbishop Mark
Archbishop Mark

Statement from Chancellor of the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland dated 09/12/16

 

" During the regular session of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia (ROCOR) in New York, His Eminence Archbishop Mark has retired as ruling hierarch of the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland. Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church outside of Russia (ROCOR) has taken over administration of the diocese. A short statement from Vladika Mark to his Clergy and Faithful can be found here. Vladika Mark thanked those who had supported him over the last 30 years and commended the Diocese to the care of the Metropolitan. He remains Archbishop of the German Diocese and overseer of our churches and convents in the Holy Land."

A full report of the Regular Session of the Holy Synod can be found on the official website of  ROCOR at http://www.synod.com/synod/eng2016/20161209_ensynodmeeting.html A further note is made on the Cathedral Website at http://www.russianchurchlondon.org/en/arhiepiskop-mark-skladyvaet-s-sebya-upravlenie-eparhiej-velikobritanii-i-irlandii/

 

"From 10th December 2016, being the Feast of the Kursk Root Icon, the Heavenly Protectress of our churches in the diaspora, the Clergy and Faithful of the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland (ROCOR) should commemorate Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia in all services. The Metropolitan hopes to visit the diocese in the very near future."

 

Vladika Mark's retirement was briefly discussed at  this at http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/96757.htm

 

How to serve

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. 

Metropolitan Hilarion confirms the Appointment of Fr Peter

Metropiltan Hilarion
Metropiltan Hilarion
Metropiltan Hilarion
Father Peter
Father Peter
Father Peter
Fr Peter appointed as Deputy Rector of the Cathedral Parish

His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion has just issued his first decree as Ruling Bishop of our Diocese by confirming the appointment of Archpriest Peter Baulk as Deputy Rector of the Cathedral Parish. His decree can be read here. This was confirmed by Synod on the 8th December.

Pilgrimage to Holywell

On Saturday 17th December. a group of pilgrims from the Cathedral Parish and St Elisabeth's Wallasey,  met at the shrine of St Winefride in Holywell, North Wales at 11:00.  There were 25 pigrims from both parishes at the shrine. The Pilgrims from London  then stayed on to join St Elisabeth's for the Liturgy the next day. There was a Liturgy in Little St Elisabeth's in Fr Paul's house for the Feast of St Nicholas. You can see photos  at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6g3l8h3mza65b74/AABmoQMreFps4xrzEjYUldOca?dl=0 and a report appears on the Diocesan Pilgrimage section of this website.

The Nativity Fast

Sunday of the Forefathers
Sunday of the Forefathers
Sunday of the Forefathers

During the Nativity Fast we should think deeply how we can become better Christians through repententance, prayer and fasting. The Nativity Fast begins on Monday 28th November and helps us to prepare spiritually for the Great Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ. Here is a link to a great talk in English on "Transfiguration through repentance" given during  our ROCOR Western American Diocesan Youth Conference last February. It helpfully encourages us to ask God to transform us. You can find this talk here at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLOQqzDrNlE. It is really worth listening to.

"May this day (Christmas Eve) be a day of fast in our souls: let us abstain from all bad or useless thoughts and speech, and await in silence and composure the Saviour who is coming to us. Darkness falls. Soon the first star will rise and mark, according to the Church Calendar, the start of the new day and of the Great Feast of Christmas. With the rising of the star, may the Light of our Lord rise for us so that, in the words of the Apostle Peter, 'Ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.'"   From The Year of Grace of the Lord by a Monk of the Eastern Church translated from the French in 1980 by Deborah Cowen for Mowbrays.

The Nativity of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ

The Nativity of our Saviour
The Nativity of our Saviour
The Nativity of our Saviour

"Thy Nativity, O Christ our God,
has shown to the world the light of wisdom;
for by it, those who worshipped the stars
were taught by a star to adore Thee
the Sun of Righteousness,
and to know Thee, the Orient from on high.
O Lord, glory to Thee."

 

 

Our Metropolitan's Nativity Epistle

Metropolitan Hilarion
Metropolitan Hilarion
Metropolitan Hilarion
The Nativity of our Saviour
The Nativity of our Saviour
The Nativity of our Saviour
Patriarch Tikhon
Patriarch Tikhon
Patriarch Tikhon

 

Metropolitan Hilarion's Nativity Epistle is now available. 

It is be published in Russian and in English.

 Theophany

The Icon of Theophany
The Icon of Theophany
The Icon of Theophany

"The waters of the Jordan are sanctified, and together with them all the waters of creation, the very nature of water. Water is given the power to cleanse not only the body, but also man's whole soul, and to regenerate the whole man into a new life through Baptism...Let us open our hearts and souls to receive Him and with faith cry from the depths of our souls: "Great art Thou, O Lord, and marvelous are Thy works, and there is no word which sufficeth Thy wonders!"

From St John Maximovich, Sermon on the Holy Day of Theophany.

 

Metropolitan Hilarion to visit the UK

Metropolitan Hilarion
Metropolitan Hilarion
Metropolitan Hilarion

His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion is currently visiting his Diocese from 21st to the 31st of January 2017.  He will be meeting all his clergy on Saturday 28th January at 12:00 noon after a Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral. He will be available to meet parishioners and council members from the London Parish  from the afternoon of Thursday 26th January to the morning of 31st January. He will also meet parishioners from Cheltenham and Cardiff at St Elisabeth's on Sunday 22nd January . The Annual General Meeting of the Cathedral Parish will follow the Hierarchal Liturgy and Trapeza on Sunday 29th January. Cathedral Trustee and Parish Council delegates will meet the Metropolitan now on Thursday 26th January. He will be visiting all his Parishes in Merseyside and East Anglia  in the first part of his visit before he comes to London .  

Saturday 21st January       Flight from NYC to Gatwick and travel to Merseyside. Interview with BBC Radio Merseyside at 15:30

Sunday 22nd January        Heirarchal Liturgy at St Elisabeth the New Martyr, Wallasey.

Monday 23rd January        Travel to Suffolk and Vigil at Mettingham

Tuesday 24th January        Heirarchal Liturgy at The Church of the Mother of God, Joy of those who Sorrow, Mettinghham

Wednesday 25th January   Colchester and Clacton,

Thursday 26th January        Hierarchal Liturgy at St John of Shanghai, Colchester and travel to London Cathedral

Friday 27th January             London Cathedral

Saturday 28th January         Hierarchal Liturgy 09:00; Clergy meeting 12:00, Hierarchal Vigil  London Cathedral

Sunday 29th January           Hierarchal Liturgy, Trapeza and Cathedral Parish AGM London Cathedral

Monday 30th January          London Cathedral. Lunch at Ennismore Gardens with Archbishop Elisey

Tuesday 31st January         Hierarchal Liturgy at the London Cathedral and return to NYC

Should you wish to make an appointment with Vladika when he is in the UK it is best to do this through Fr Paul.

He can be contacted at frpaulelliott@aol.com and Fr Paul will forward any requests to the Metropolitan copying in his hosts in the UK.

His time is very limited.

Further details have now been added (15.01/17) and will be regularly updated.

Click here for a full schedule of the Metropolitan's visit.

His 'Pay as you go' phone number.for the duration of his visit will be 07769 586583. It recieves texts only. 

He is accompanied by Protodeacon Denis Lvov. He hopes to visit all his parishes during these two visits. He intends to visit again in March for the Diocesan Assembly and the Great Unction Service. March 25th is the provisional date for this. Please keep checking this site for further information. It is proposed to have the Great Consecration of our Cathedral  on or around the 21st September 2017.

Bishop Irinei (Steenburg) of Sacramento will be visiting to UK and will be in London on the weekend of the 28th and 29th January and will be serving in our Cathedral with the Metropolitan from Friday 27th through to the morning of the 30th January. He will be attending many of the events on the itinerary above.

The Metropolitan's visit

Metropolitan Hilarion has arrived in the UK. He was met at Gatwick Airport by Fr Peter, Fr Paul, Subdeacon Nicholas, Gregory Wolcough and Alexey Koloydenko. Today he journeyed to Merseyside where he was interviewed by the BBC on arrival at Limestreet Station. Tomorrow he will serve the Liturgy in St Elisabeth's.

At St Elisabeth's
At St Elisabeth's
At St Elisabeth's
Newly ordained Fr Mark
Newly ordained Fr Mark
Newly ordained Fr Mark
At St Elisabeth's
At St Elisabeth's
At St Elisabeth's

On Sunday 22nd January, at  a joyful Hierarchal Liturgy at St Elisabeth the New Martyr, Wallasey, Trustee, Aidan Draper welcomed Vladika Hilarion with the traditional bread and salt. He was also welcomed by Fr Paul and a congregation of well over 70 people. Vladika ordained Fr Mark (Underwood) to the Holy Priesthood to serve the Parishes in Cardiff and Cheltenham. He tonsured Reader Gildas Meal for the Western Rite mission in the Uk  (Though blessed to serve Eastern Rite)and ordained Reader Chad Newman to the Subdiaconate for the Parish of St Elisabeth's and to assist at the Cathedral when he is in London. Also serving were Subdeacon Silouan Leon and Reader Paul Ziolo. At the Little Entrance, Vladika gave Fr Michael (Wood) the right to wear a Gold Cross in recognition of his 20 years service as a priestmonk and Father Thomas Cook was awarded the the nabedrennik for his faithful service. Vladika also thanked Matushka Elizabeth for her care of the choir and all her hard work in the parish. Fr Paul presented Vladika with a gift of an icon of the Tsar Martyr Nicholas to travel with him on his visits to the UK and Ireland.  After a festive meal in the church, Vladika met with parishioners in Fr Paul's house. Vladika moves on to Mettingham on Monday 23rd January.

Vladika taking the waters of St Winefride
Vladika taking the waters of St Winefride
Vladika taking the waters of St Winefride

After having tonsured Sr Margaret (Smythe) in little St Elisabeth's in Fr Paul's house, Vladika travelled to the Shrine of St Winefride in Holywell, North Wales en route to Mettingham. Here he drank some of the waters and poured some over his head. He then took a few bottles of St Winefride water to distribute to the parishes and churches of East Anglia.

Vladika at Mettingham with the clergy
Vladika at Mettingham with the clergy
Vladika at Mettingham with the clergy

Vladika Hilarion and Fr Paul then drove on to Mettingham. Vladika enjoyed seeing the British countryside but likes the fog a little less. He stayed with Deacon Andrew Bond in Mettingham, joining the parishioners for prayers in the church there. In the morning he ordained Reader Mark to the Subdiaconate for the Church of the Icon of the Mother of God, Joy of All who Sorrow during  the Sixth Hour. At the Little entrance he awarded the Nabedrennik to Fr Antony for his service to the church and gave Deacon Andrew the double orarion. After a beautiful liturgy, Vladika served a lity of the departed at the graves of Mary Bond and Fr Elias and Matushka Barbara just near the Church. After a festive lunch and lovely time with the parishioners, Vladika was driven to Norwich by Fr Andrew to visit the Parish of St Alexander Nevsky.

Fr Andrew then drove Vladika to meet parishioners in Norwich. He visited the new church of St Alexander Nevsky and had an enjoyable afternoon. Some parishioners had taken an afternoon off work in order to meet Vladika. He was very pleased to see their enthusiasm and commitment.

Spasimir's Ordination
Spasimir's Ordination
Spasimir's Ordination
Metropolitan Hilarion
Metropolitan Hilarion
Metropolitan Hilarion
The Metropolitan in Colchester
The Metropolitan in Colchester
The Metropolitan in Colchester

Vladika then had a whole day with Fr Andrew and parishioners from East Anglia and London. He then visited Fr Sergei in the Monastery of St Panteleimon in Clacton on Sea where he also met Fr Patrick Ramsey who serves there. On Thursday 26th January, Vladika served a beautiful Hierachal Liturgy in the Parish Church of St John of Shanghai, the Wonderworker, in Colchester. Even though it was a weekday, parishioners made the effort to come, some taking time off work. During the Sixth Hour, Vladika ordained Spasimir Ivanov to the Subdiaconate to serve in the parishes of East Anglia. After the Liturgy, Vladika joined a very happy group of parishioners for a lovely meal in the church hall. He was very impressed with the strength of faith that he encountered and with the facilities of the parish which can be used to further the mission of the Diocese as it is renewed. A short meditation on the Metropolitan's visit by Father Andrew can be read here.

Reader Andrei is tonsured
Reader Andrei is tonsured
Reader Andrei is tonsured
The Metropolitan and Bishop Irinei with the clergy
The Metropolitan and Bishop Irinei with the clergy
The Metropolitan and Bishop Irinei with the clergy
The Metropolitan in the Cathedral
The Metropolitan in the Cathedral
The Metropolitan in the Cathedral

Vladika then moved on to London to reside at the Cathedral in Chiswick. On Saturday morning he served a Hierarchal Liturgy with as many of the clergy as could serve with him. He was joined by Bishop Irinei of Sacramento, Fr Andrew, Fr Peter, Fr Vitaly, Fr Paul, Protodeacon Denis, Deacon Ioan, Subdeacon Nicolas, Subdeacon Pavel. Subdeacon Silouan, Subdeacon Chad, Subdeacon Spasimir and praying in the Altar were Fr Goradz and Fr Patrick. During the Sixth Hour, Andrei Borisas was tonsured as a Reader to serve in the Cathedral and Fr Patrick was awarded the Nabedrennik. After the Liturgy, the Clergy had a meeting in with the Metropolitan. Joining them was Fr Antony and a number of invited guests.

On Sunday, 16/29 January, Zacchæus Sunday, His Eminence presided at Divine Liturgy, together with Bishop Irenei and the Cathedral clergy, at the Cathedral of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God and the Holy Royal Martyrs. Metropolitan Hilarion gave a thought-provoking sermon on the significance of Zacchæus for all Orthodox Christians, especially as we prepare for the Great Lent. He also spoke movingly about the witness of the Holy Apostle Peter, it being also the feast of the Veneration of the precious Chains of St Peter. At the end of Divine Liturgy, the younger members of the Sisterhood presented gifts to Metropolitan Hilarion and Bishop Irenei. In the afternoon, the Metropolitan presided at the Annual General Meeting of the Cathedral Parish. (This meeting, to receive the audited accounts of 2015, had been postponed from April, 2016.)

The Feast of The Meeting of the Lord

Icon of the Meeting of the Lord
Icon of the Meeting of the Lord
Icon of the Meeting of the Lord
Wednesday 15th February

Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, Full of Grace! From thee hast shone forth the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, enlightening those who sat in darkness! Rejoice and be glad, O righteous elder; thou hast accepted in thine arms the Redeemer of our souls who grants us the resurrection. (Troparion)

By Thy nativity, Thou didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb. And didst bless Simeon’s hands, O Christ our God. Now Thou hast come and saved us through love. Grant peace to all Orthodox Christians, O only Lover of mankiknd. (Kontakion)

Divine Liturgy of the Meeting across the Diocese.

Cathedral, Chiswick                                            09:00

St John of Shanghai. Colchester                        10:00

St Elisabeth's Wallasey                                       10:00

St John of Shanghai, Belfast.                              10:00

The joy of all who sorrow, Mettingham                10:15

It is customary in many churches to bless candles on the feast of the Meeting of the Lord.

The Diocesan Bishop

Archbishop Mark
Archbishop Mark
Archbishop Mark

 

Archbishop Mark has been our ruling hierarch since 1986. He is Archbishop of Berlin, Germany and Great Britain. He was born in Eastern Germany in 1941. His family managed to move to the West in 1954, settling in Frankfurt am Main. He  studied Slavic Languages and completed his Doctorate in Ancient Russian Literature. He entered the Orthodox Church in 1964, later enrolling in the Theological Faculty of the University of Belgrade. He came under the influence of the renowned Serbian Orthodox Theologian, Father Justin Popovic and he decided to enter the monastic life becoming Brother Mark in 1975 having been tonsured by Bishop Paul of Stuttgart. He was ordained priest in 1976. Father Mark was consecrated as assistant bishop of Munich and Southern Germany and he moved the bishop's residence to the Monastery of St Job of Pochaev where he revived the monastery along Athonite lines. He has energetically ruled his diocese and brought about much church building and building up of parish life including at our own beautiful cathedral in London. As he said at his consecration, "...building the Kingdom of God in oneself and in one's parishioners...acquiring experience and practice in the inner unseen warfare..." is what... "places Holy Orthodoxy immeasurably higher than all religions and idiologies calling themselves Christian." Archbishop Mark greatly values parish life as he has always taught that the parish is the "manifestation of the living Body of Christ." (Biographical details are taken from Embassy, Emigrants and Englishmen, by Deacon Christopher Birchall, Holy Trinity Publications 2014 especially pp 538 to 542.)

Forgiveness Sunday

The expulsion of Adam and Eve
The expulsion of Adam and Eve
The expulsion of Adam and Eve

This Sunday, the 26th February, is Forgiveness Sunday. We should do our best to attend the Divine Services and to offer each other forgiveness and receive forgiveness ourselves. Please look in the Calendar for guidance over fasting and abstinence during Great Lent.

The Kontakion for Forgiveness Sunday

O Master, Teacher of wisdom, Bestower of virtue,
Thou teachest the thoughtless and protecteth the poor:
Strengthen and enlighten my heart. O Word of the Father,
Let me not restrain my mouth from crying unto Thee:
Have mercy upon me, a transgressor, O merciful Lord!
 

"Having rivalled the first-created Adam by my transgression, I realise that I am stripped naked of God and of theeverlasting kingdom and bliss through my sins...Alas, wretched soul! Why are you like the first Eve? ...The place of bodily Eve has been taken by me by the Eve of my mind...showing me sweet things, yet ever making me taste bitter things...Adam was rightly exiled from Eden for not keeping Thy one commandment, O Saviour...Have mercy upon me, O God, have mercy on me."

Song 1 of the Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete chanted during Great Lent.

 

!00th Anniversary of the beginning of the persecution of the Church in Russia

Holy Tsar Martyr Nicholas
Holy Tsar Martyr Nicholas
Holy Tsar Martyr Nicholas

Epistle of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia on the 100th Anniversary of the Tragic Revolution in Russia and Beginning of the Godless Persecutions. http://www.synod.com/synod/eng2017/20170310_enepistle100yrsperssecitions.html

The Holy Tsar Martyr Nicholas abdicated from the Imperial Throne of Russia on March 2/15 1917.

Vladika's March visit

Vladika at St Frideswides Well in Oxford
Vladika at St Frideswides Well in Oxford
Vladika at St Frideswides Well in Oxford
 Vladika in London
Vladika in London
Vladika in London
The icon in Colchester
The icon in Colchester
The icon in Colchester

His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion visited his diocese  from Monday 13th March to Monday 20th March bringing with him the Wonderworking Kursk Root Icon. 

He visited parishioners in Cheltenham and London. He met with Archbishop Elisey in Oxford and  served with him in London and met with Archbishop Gregorios on Thursday 16th March. The Diocesan Assembly met after the Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral on Saturday 18th March. During the Hierarchal Liturgy (08:30) Vladika  tonsured Philip Hicks as Reader for Cheltenham, Nicholas Boiko as Reader for London and Maxim Brown, Reader for Colchester, Reader Sergey was ordained Subdeacon for St Colman's Stradbally, Deacon Ioan was ordained Priest for Colchester and Subdeacon Spasimir was ordained Deacon also for Colchester. The Diocesan Assembly elected the members of the Diocesan Council at this year's meeting. The Great Unction Service followed the Diocesan Assembly at  14:00. Vladika served the Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral on Sunday 19th March followed by the Cathedral Parish AGM (2016).

The members of the Diocesan Council are Archpriests Andrew, Peter, Vitaly and Paul, Priestmonk Mark, Subdeacon Mark, Subdeacon Sergey, Reader Philip, Reader Andrei, Olga Smirnova and Gregory Wolcough.

A slide show of photos of Vladika's January visit can be viewed at http://rocor.org.uk/photos.html

 A number of slide shows of photos of Vladika's March visit can be viewed at http://rocor.org.uk/photos.html

 For further information please contact frpaulelliott@aol.com or 07926194031 

 

 

 

 

                                   

 Great Lent

St Ephraim
St Ephraim
St Ephraim
The Prayer of St Ephraim

 

Faithful Orthodox Christians should say this prayer every weekday of Great Lent.

O Lord and Master of my life, a spirit of idleness, despondency, ambition, and idle talking give me not. (Prostration)

 But rather a spirit of chastity, humble-mindedness, patience, and love bestow upon me Thy servant. (Prostration)

 Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my failings and not condemn my brother; for blessed art Thou unto the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration) 

Then, twelve repetitions of: O God, cleanse me a sinner.  (+ Bows)

And then repeat the entire prayer all at once:

O Lord and Master of my life, a spirit of idleness, despondency, ambition, and idle talking give me not. But rather a spirit of chastity, humble-mindedness, patience, and love bestow upon me Thy servant. Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my failings and not condemn my brother; for blessed art Thou unto the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

There is a very useful explanation of the Prayer of St Ephraim which can be found here:

http://www.orthodox.net/greatlent/o-lord-and-master-of-my-life-prayer-of-st-ephrem-01.html

 

 

The Great Feast of the Annunciation

The Annunciation
The Annunciation
The Annunciation
Friday 7th April

Troparion — Tone 4

Today is the beginning of our salvation, / The revelation of the eternal mystery! / The Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin / As Gabriel announces the coming of Grace. / Together with him let us cry to the Theotokos: / Rejoice, O Full of Grace, / The Lord is with thee!

Kontakion — Tone 8

O Victorious Leader of Triumphant Hosts! / We, your servants, delivered from evil, sing our grateful thanks to thee, O Theotokos! / As thou possessest invincible might, set us free from every calamity / So that we may sing: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

This year the Feast of the Annunciation is celebrated with a Vesperal Liturgy of St John Chrysostom. There are services across the Diocese

The London Cathedral                           Vespers and Divine Liturgy   09:00

St John of Shanghai, Colchester            Vespers and Divine Liturgy 10:00

 St Elisabeth's, Wallasey                         Vespers and Divine Liturgy 10:00

Joy of all who sorrow, Mettingham          Vespers and Divine Liturgy 10:15

St John of Shanghai, Belfast                   Vespers and Divine Liturgy 18:30  

 

Great Week and Pascha

Pascha
Pascha
Pascha
Pascha 09-16 April

 

Dear in brothers and sisters in Christ.

May the joy of our risen Saviour shine across our diocese and this land!

Christ is risen! Христосъ воскресе!

 

 

Metropolitan Hilarion's Paschal Epistle has now been published.

 

Christ is risen from the dead,Trampling down death by death, And upon those in the tombs bestowing life!

Хрїстосъ воскресе изъ мертвыхъ, Смертїю смерть поправъ, И сѹщымъ во гробѣхъживотъ даровавъ!

Visit of His Grace Bishop Irinei to the Diocese 11-22nd May 2017

Vladika Irinei
Vladika Irinei
Vladika Irinei

With the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion, the Diocesan pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Alban, Protomartyr of Britain was led by Bishop Irinei of Sacramento. The Hawaiian Myrrh Steaming Icon of the Mother of God was present in St Albans Cathedral for the duration . There were about 100 faithful at the Hierarchal Liturgy and about 180 people at the Moleben in the Shrine.

Vladika Irinei's Itinerary can be read here. There are a few events which need to be finalised.

 Please send photos of the pilgrimage to frpaulelliott@aol.com 

Bishop Irinei's  itinerary is below. He will be bringing the miraculous Hawaiian Myhrr Streaming Icon of the Mother of God.

During his visit. Vladika Irinei  will ordain Deacon Spasimir Ivanov and Subdeacon Sergey Mironenko to the Priesthood and tonsure Timothy Phillips as a Reader. Please pray for them as they prepare themselves for this and pray that more will come forward to serve the Church in this way.

 

 

Visit of the Hawaiian Myrrh Streaming Icon of the Mother of God 12-21st May

The Holy Myrrh-Streaming Icon of the Mother of God
The Holy Myrrh-Streaming Icon of the Mother of God
The Holy Myrrh-Streaming Icon of the Mother of God
The visit of the Hawaiian Icon to our diocese

The Hawaiian Icon of the Mother of God is currently visiting the United Kingdom from 12th - 21st May with its guardian, Subdeacon Nektatri. It is travelling with His Grace Bishop Irinei. On the 15th May, it will visit  Walsingham, Norwich and Mettingham at 19:00 in the evening.  OnTuesday 16th May, it will travel north to Merseyside for the evening. It will then visit South Wales on the 17th May and Cheltenham on the 18th May. Then on to Oxford on Friday 19th May. It will return to London for the weekend on 20th - 21st May. This is a real blessing for our diocese and for Orthodox Christians in the United Kingdom.

Summary of visit

Saturday 13th May: St Albans Cathedral 09:45 - 14:00: Colchester for Vigil

Sunday 14th May: Colchester 10:00 Hierarchal Liturgy; Clacton 15:00

Monday 15th May: Walsingham 11:30 Shrine Chapel, Norwich 16:30 and  Mettingham 19:00

Tuesday 16th May: Wallasey, Merseyside 18:00

Wednesday 17th May:  Wallasey 07:30 to  09:30 Cardiff 19:00

Thursday 18th May: Holy sites in South Wales and Cheltenham 18:00

Friday 19th May: Oxford 18:00

Saturday 20th May: Liturgy Chiswick 09:00 then Vigil 17:15 Ennismore Gardens*

Sunday 21st May: Chiswick Hierarchal Liturgy 09:45

* Please note change of arrangements

Holy Mother of God, pray for us!

http://www.orthodoxhawaii.org/icons.html

With the blessing of His Grace Metropolitan Hilarion: Please consider joining us on this year's March for Life as a group of Orthodox believers. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act. Since 1967 more than 9 million babies have been killed in the UK. Please join us to bear witness to this terrible tragedy in Birmingham on May 20th. If you are interested in attending, please contact Katy-Elizabeth on: tattumsmith@gmail.com or 01502 716915

The Ascension
The Ascension
The Ascension
The Ascension of our Lord 12/25th May

This Thursday is the Ascension of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Troparion — Tone 4

O Christ God, Thou hast ascended in Glory, / Granting joy to Thy disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit. / Through the blessing they were assured / That Thou art the Son of God, / The Redeemer of the world!

Kontakion — Tone 6

When Thou had fulfilled the dispensation for our sake, / and united earth to heaven: / Thou didst ascend in glory, O Christ our God, / not being parted from those who love Thee, / but remaining with them and crying: / “I am with you and no one will be against you!”

Fr John
Fr John
Fr John

Archpriest John Diulaj

Assigned to the Parish of St John of Shanghai, Belfast

Address: 27 Atlantic Avenue, Belfast, BT15 2HN.

Mobile: 07842336247

email: ediulaj@mail.ru

Pentecost: Sunday 4th June

Holy Pentecost
Holy Pentecost
Holy Pentecost
Holy Spirit Day. Monday June 5th

On Monday 5th June there will be a Pan Orthodox Liturgy to celebrate the birthday of the Chuch at St Sava's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral , 89 Lancaster Road, W11 1 QQ at 10:00. Fr Peter is hoping to represent the diocese on this occasion. For further information see www.spclondon.org/en

Pentecost, Troparion, Tone VIII —
Blessed art Thou, Christ our God, Who didst make the fishermen wise by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit, and through them didst draw the world into Thy net. Lover of men, glory to Thee.

Kontakion, Tone VIII —
When the Most High came down and confused the tongues, He divided the nations, but when He distributed the tongues of fire, He called all to unity. And with one accord we glorify the All-Holy Spirit.

This is a very important day in the life of the Church. Orthodox Christians should make every effort to attend the services of Pentecost. There are services in our Cathedral, Colchester, Mettingham, Stradbally and Wallasey. The kneeling prayers are all about the renewal of the Church and the coming down of the Holy Spirit upon the people of God. These important prayers ask God to send His Spirit to unite and strengthen the people of God in the proclammation of the Gospel.

News just in

St Theophan the Recluse
St Theophan the Recluse
St Theophan the Recluse
relics of St Theophan
relics of St Theophan
relics of St Theophan
Theophan the Recluse

On Saturday 3rd June the relics of St Theophan the Recluse will be brought to our Cathedral at Chiswick at 09:30 for the veneration of the faithful. they will remain in the cathedral until the end of the Vigil. There will be an Akathist to St Theophan at 16:00 which will be followed by the Vigil at 17:00. the Cathedral will remain open for most of the day.

St Theophan was made a Saint in 1988 on the anniversary of the Baptism of the Rus. He has much to teach us and his writings are very pertinant for the laity of the church. His approach is always gentle and supportive towards those who struggle to follow Christ in the world. He was much esteemed in 19th Century Russia and beloved by the people. He retired from public life as a bishop and dedicated his life to prayer and spiritual direction. For more details of his life please see http://theophan.net/sttheophan/life.html

This is a wonderful opportunity to venerate the relics of this remarkable saint as they are brought to the UK. More details can be found on our Cathedral Website http://www.russianchurchlondon.org/en/ 

Troparion of St. Theophan

O guide of Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and purity, ascetic of Vysha, divinely wise and holy hierarch Theophan:

By thy writings thou didst explain the Word of God, and hast shown the way to salvation unto all the faithful.

Entreat Christ God, that our souls be saved.

Kontakion of St. Theophan

O holy hierarch Theophan, namesake of the Theophany: By thy teachings thou didst enlighten many of the people.

And standing now with the angels before the throne of the Holy Trinity, pray thou unceasingly in behalf of us all.

 

The Apostles Fast 12.06.17 - 12.07.17

St Peter and St Paul
St Peter and St Paul
St Peter and St Paul

 The Apostles Fast is less severe than Great Lent. Although we abstain from Meat and Dairy products throughout these weeks, we may have fish, wine and oil for all days except Wednesdays and Fridays when the usual vegan rules apply.

Troparion — Tone 4

First-enthroned of the apostles, / teachers of the universe: / Entreat the Master of all / to grant peace to the world, / and to our souls great mercy!

Kontakion — Tone 2

O Lord, Thou hast taken up to eternal rest / and to the enjoyment of Thy blessings / the two divinely-inspired preachers, the leaders of the Apostles, / for stou have accepted their labours and deaths as a sweet-smelling sacrifice, / for Thou alone knoweth what lies in the hearts of men.

Statement from the Chancellor of the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland (ROCOR)

His Grace Bishop Irinei
His Grace Bishop Irinei
His Grace Bishop Irinei

"At the recent Sobor of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia, held in Munich from the 9th - 14th June 2017, His Grace Bishop Irinei of Sacramento was appointed the Administrator of the British Diocese. Governance of our diocese will henceforth be carried out by Bishop Irinei on behalf  of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, locum tenens of the diocese itself, and both Hierarchs will be commemorated at all divine services of the Diocese. May the Lord preserve the Hierachy of the Russian Orthodox Church!"

His Grace Bishop Irinei has written to his clergy to clarify his role in the administration of the Diocese. He will remain a vicar bishop of the Western American Diocese and will continue to reside in the United States. He intends to visit the Diocese as often as he can starting in August with a visit for the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God. During that visit he will serve in the Cathedral for the Feast of Dormition and preside over  a meeting of the clergy (including Subdeacons and Readers)  and  over the first meeting of the diocesan council, both of which will meet at the London Cathedral on Saturday 2nd September. Vladika arrives on Thusday 25th August and returns to the US on the 4th September. The rest of his itinerary is awaiting confirmation though he is keen to meet parishioners of the diocese during this stay.

The commemorations at all services are as follows:-

In the litanies: “For our Great Lord and Father, His Holiness Kyrill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia; for Our Lord the Most Reverend Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad; and for Our Lord the Right Reverend Bishop Irenei; for the venerable priesthood… etc.”

“О великомъ господинѣ и отцѣ нашемъ, святѣйшемъ патріарсѣ Кириллѣ, и о господинѣ нашемъ высокопреосвященнѣйшемъ митрополитѣ Иларіонѣ, первоіерарсѣ Русскiя зарубежныя церкве, и о господинѣ нашемъ преосвященнѣйшемъ епископѣ Иринеѣ, честнемъ пресвитерствѣ… и т.д.”


At the Great Entrance: “Our Great Lord and Father, His Holiness Kyrill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia; Our Lord the Most Reverend Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern-America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad; and Our Lord the Right Reverend Irenei, Bishop of Sacramento, may the Lord God remember in His Kingdom… etc.”

“Великаго господина и отца нашего Кирилла, Святѣйшаго Патріарха Московскаго и всея Руси, и господина нашего высокопреосвященнѣйшаго Иларіона, первоиерарха Русскія зарубежныя церкве, и господина нашего преосвященнѣйшаго Иринея, епископа Сакраментскаго, да помянетъ Господь Богъ во Царствіи Своемъ… и т.д.” 

Any questions of a particular nature relating to the administrative functioning of the Diocese should be directed in the first instance to the Chancellor of the Diocese, the Very Reverend Archpriest Paul Elliott, 58 Shrewsbury Road, Prenton Birkenhead, CH43 2HY

The Holy Transfiguration

The Transfiguration
The Transfiguration
The Transfiguration
19th August 2017

 

The Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ! 

Troparion — Tone 7 

Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, / revealing Thy glory to Thy disciples as far as they could bear it. / Let Thy everlasting Light also shine upon us sinners, / through the prayers of the Theotokos. / O Giver of Light, glory to Thee! 

Kontakion — Tone 7

On the Mountain Thou wast Transfigured, O Christ God, / And Thy disciples beheld Thy glory as far as they could see it; / So that when they would behold Thee crucified, / They would understand that Thy suffering was voluntary, / And would proclaim to the world, / That Thou art truly the Radiance of the Father!

On this day, we traditionally bless grapes. The Feast of the Transfiguration used to coincide with the grape harvest in the Byzantine world. Other fruit is sometimes brought to church as not all Orthodox Christians are able to harvest grapes! During the fast, it is a very good thing to thank God for all our foods and be conscious that many of our brothers and sisters in the world have very little or even nothing to eat. Perhaps over the next few days, consider the poor and the homeless and try to give something extra to help them.

 

 

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 Monday 28th August. This is presently the Altar Feast of our Cathedral and is a Bank Holiday this year.

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. This year, Vladika Irenei will be serving a Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral.

The Nativity of the Mother of God

The Icon of the Nativity of the Mother of God
The Icon of the Nativity of the Mother of God
The Icon of the Nativity of the Mother of God

Commemorated September 8/ 21st

Troparion of the Mother of God, Tone 4

Thy Nativity, O Mother of God, has brought joy to all the world; for from thee arose the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, Who, having dissolved the curse, has given His blessing, and having abolished death, has granted us life eternal.

Kontakion of the Mother of God, Tone 4

Joachim and Anna were freed from the reproach of childlessness and Adam and Eve from the corruption of death, O Immaculate One, by thy holy nativity. And thy people, redeemed from the guilt of sin, celebrate thy birth by crying to thee: The barren woman gives birth to the Mother of God and the nurse of our life.

Divine Liturgy will be served in our Diocese on Thursday 21st September ...

 the Cathedral in London at 09:00

 St Elisabeth's Wallasey at 10:00

 St John's Colchester at 10:00

 Church of the Mother of God,  Mettingham at 10:10

On this feast in a year's time, our Cathedral will be consecrated and it's dedication changed to the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Mother of God. Much prayer and preparation will take place during the next twelve months as we get ready for this important event in the life of our diocese. As this day is a Friday, please consider booking this day in advance as holiday if you are working and make sure you put it in your diaries. For children, they will need a letter requesting that they have the day off school. This will need to be done in advance if permission is to be sought from Head Teachers. The letter should request a day for "Religious observance".

Father Peter is awarded a Jewelled Cross

Father Peter was awarded the right to wear a Jewelled Cross by His Grace Bishop Irenei on behalf of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia. This took place at the little Entrance of the Hierarchal Liturgy at the altar feast of the London Cathedral on 28th August 2017. Fr Peter was awarded the Jewelled Cross "in recognition of his diligent service to the Church over many years in the Cathedral of the Mother of God and the Royal Martyrs of Russia in London and in the Parish of St Colman, Stradbally, Ireland." Vladika Irenei  presented Fr Peter with the Jewelled Cross that he himself had been given when he was made an Archimandrite, stating that this was a very personal gift . Fr Peter was also presented with a Grammata.

Vladika Irenei's recent visit

Vladika Irenei
Vladika Irenei
Vladika Irenei
The Diocesan Clergy
The Diocesan Clergy
The Diocesan Clergy

Vladika Irenei has been visiting the Diocese from the 25th August to the 4th September. He has travelled with Protodeacon Denisi and and Subdeacon Antony. He returns to the United States on Monday 4th September but hopes to come back very soon. Vladika Irenei had a very fruitful visit. Vladika chaired a joint Trustee and Council Meeting of the Cathedral Parish. He tonsured a reader at the Hierarchal Liturgy in Colchester and served a Hierarchal Liturgy in the little Orthodox Chapel of the Life Giving Spring in Walsingham. This was the first time one of our hierarchs from ROCOR have served there for over 40 years. Vladika then travelled to Merseyside where he served the Hierarchal Liturgy in the Parish of St Elisabeth's. Wallasey. He was able to use the newly restored vessels which had belonged to the Parish of St Nicholas in Bradford and had been been used in the "Camps for displaced persons" during the Second World War. After the Liturgy, Vladika travelled to the Shrine of St Winefride in Holywell where he and Protodeacon Denisi and Fr Antony all bathed in the Holy Well. He was later joined by pilgrims from St Elisabeth's and the London Cathedral Parish for a Moleben and Blessing of the Waters. On Friday, Vladika had a fruitful meeting with Archbishop Elisey and later entertained the Sisterhood of the Cathedral Parish. On Saturday, Vladika served a Hierarchal Liturgy at 08:00 with almost all the Priests and Subdeacons and Readers of the Diocese. This was the largest gathering of our clergy in the Diocese for many years. After the Liturgy the first full Clergy Convocation was convened followed by the inaugeral meeting of the Diocesan Council.

 

At the Clergy Convocation and Diocesan Council it was resolved to have an Annual Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Alban at a date to be arranged and all the parishes were blessed by Vladika to keep the third Sunday after Pentecost as the Sunday of All Saints of Britain. Both meetings were informed that our Cathedral will be consecrated on Friday 21st September 2018.  There were discussions about mission, publications and Diocesan Websites. Much discussion followed about the involvement of the young people of the Diocese and nurturing their faith, It was resolved to move all the Diocesan Administration to Merseyside with immediate effect. Vladika hopes to make a short visit to London on or around the Feast of Pokrov in mid October.

 

Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Lifegiving Cross

The Universal Exaltation September 27th

Troparion — Tone 1

O Lord, save Thy people, / And bless Thine inheritance. / Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians / Over their adversaries. / And by virtue of Thy Cross, / Preserve Thy habitation.

Kontakion — Tone 4

As Thou wast voluntarily raised upon the Cross for our sake, / Grant mercy to those who are called by Thy Name, O Christ God; / Make all Orthodox Christians glad by Thy power, / Granting them victories over their adversaries, / By bestowing on them the Invincible trophy, Thy weapon of Peace.

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