The next service in Ashford is on Saturday 6th April

The Community of the Holy Royal Martyrs is blessed to receive a visit from the wonder-working Kursk Root Icon on Saturday 6th April. The services will be led by Fr Andrew. Everyone is invited to this service and to the hot drinks and food afterwards.

The Liturgy is normally served monthly at the Community of the Holy Royal Martyrs in Ashford. Details of the next Liturgy will be published shortly. The Community uses St Christopher's Church. They normally meet at 10.00 a.m. There is a good and welcoming  community  which gathers after the Liturgy for a simple meal and chat with Fr Andrew. A press release to encourage Orthodox people from  across Kent to attend the regular Liturgies and services is published below.

Russian Orthodox Community of the Royal Martyrs near Ashford in Boughton Lees, Kent: the great treasure of the White Russian emigration is coming on the 6th April

Recently a small group of Orthodox Christians of English and other backgrounds decided to start building a religious community in the Ashford area. After some searching a suitable place was found in Boughton Lees were the local Anglican parish kindly offered the use of their attractive chapel of St Christopher once a month. Father Andrew Phillips, the priest of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia (ROCOR) from Colchester, is coming here to serve the Liturgy. The community is very enthusiastic but still in process of formation. They welcome not only Orthodox Christians but everybody who is interested in this ancient tradition famous for its beautiful iconography and singing. Services are held in English with some use of Slavonic. After the Liturgy hot drinks and refreshments are offered and there is time for questions and discussion. The community is dedicated to The Royal Martyrs of Russia and is close to Eastwell Manor, which has many Russian Royal connections. It was the residence of Queen Victoria’s son Alfred Duke of Edinburgh, whose wife was Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia, sister of Tsar Alexander III. Their daughter Marie became Queen of Romania.

The next service here is on Saturday 6th of April starting at 10 am. This will be a special day for the community: Father Andrew will bring to the community of the Royal Martyrs the miraculous Kursk Root Icon of the Virgin Mary (or of the Mother of God as the Orthodox call Her). This is a 13th century icon from the Kursk area, which survived the Mongol invasion and the revolution of 1917 and was brought to the West in 1920 by a bishop when the White Army was evacuated after the end of the Civil War. It is a most venerated treasure which witnessed lots of sufferings and strengthened the hope and faith of many generations of Christians in Russia and in the West. It has also been the source of miraculous healing. It’s home is in New York and this will be the first time that it will be brought to Kent where the Christian Mission to England started. We are conscious of the honour and we will be praying in front of the Icon, singing hymns and reading ancient prayers in our different languages.

The postal code for driving to St Christopher’s Church, Boughton Lees is TN25 4HP

Parking opposite the church.

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By Maria and John Harwood

Presented by Ann Hardie

St. Christophers Church
Faversham Road
Boughton Lees
TN25 4HP

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