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Subdeacon Nicolas gives talk to the Fellowship of St Alban & St Sergius

“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 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.

July Archpastoral Visitation

The next Archpastoral visitation of His Grace Bishop Irenei will be from 4th - 23rd July. Below is an outline confirmed visitations on that stay. 

  • 6th-8th: Commemorative Festivities of the Holy Royal Martyrs on the Isle of Wight.
  • Thursday 12th: Feast of Sts Peter & Paul:Venue to be announced.
  • Saturday 14th: DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE: To the miraculous well of St Margaret and St Frideswide in Binsey (near Oxford), with Divine Liturgy in the ancient church at 9.45 a.m. followed by moleben at the Holy Well. His Grace will chair a meeting of the Diocesan Council this day as well. At 5.00 p.m., Vigil at the Diocesan Cathedral.
  • Sunday 15th: 9.45 a.m.: Greeting and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy (10.00) at Dicoesan Cathedral.
  • Monday 16th: 6.00 p.m.: Vigil of the Feast (Diocesan Cathedral, lower Church).
  • Tuesday 17th: Feast of the Holy Royal Martyrs (Altar Feast of Cathedral lower Church): 9.00 a.m. Hierarchical Divine Liturgy of the Feast, followed by a luncheon in Cathedral Hall in honour of Feast and the 100th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Royal Family.
  • Wednesday 18th: Royal Martyrs Sts Elisabeth & Barbara: Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in Cathedral.
  • Saturday 21st: Kazan Icon of the Theotokos, the Altar Feast of the Cardiff Parish: 9.00 a.m. Hierarchical Divine Liturgy of the Feast in Cardiff.  Reception to follow Liturgy.
  • Sunday 22nd:Altar Feast of St Elisabeth, Wallasey: 9.45 greeting of the Bishop, 10:00 Hierarchical Divine Liturgy of the Feast in Wallasey, with Cross Procession and veneration of relics of St Elisabeth and St Barbara. A Garden Party will follow the Liturgy.

Spiritual talks will be scheduled during the visit. As ever, those wishing to meet formally with the Bishop are invited to contact the Diocesan Chancellor, Archpriest Paul Elliott, to have a meeting added to the calendar, or to approach Bishop Irenei directly during his visit to speak personally.

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