Sunday 14th February. Holy Liturgy at 10:00. For more details see the calendar of services for February.
Choir Practice at Father Paul's house (CH43 2HY) on Thursday 25th February at 19:00.
Blessing of CandlesOn Sunday 14th February, Father Paul will bless candles as this is the Forefeast of the Meeting of the Lord. Please bring candles to bless and place on the table which will be in the centre of the church.
Media at St Elisabeth's. The 40 minute film of the Divine Liturgy which was served on the 29th November is really beautiful. It can be viewed on "A1R TV". Type www.a1tv into your search engine - then type the word 'Orthodox' in the search field on the front page. The search will identify 3 video clips from our Liturgy. They are in MP4 format. The other broadcast on "Bay TV" which John Egan arranged was broadcast just before Western Christmas. The "Bay TV" broadcast has been transferred to youtube.You can watch it by typing in Faith Matters 32. Father Paul has begun to record the Gospel of each Sunday and the sermon. The first of these recordings can be found under the tab 'Weekly Sermons' on the drop down menu on the left hand side of the website. Just click on the underlined text.
The Diocesan Assembly and Great Unction Service will be held at the Cathedral on Saturday 16th April, Reader Chad will be there to represent the congregation. The Draft Constitution of the Diocese has been translated into Russian by Irina Burnip and has been published on the Diocesan Website.
Pilgrimage in July. Father Paul and Matushka will be joining Father Vladimir on a pilgrimage to Svir and Solovets in July 25th, 2016 with pilgrims from our London Cathedral Parish. Reader Chad, Ludmila,Yulia and Svetlana (T) will now be joining the pilgrimage as well. More details can be found on the Cathedral website. Nearer the time, Father Paul will give some preparatory talks at his house on the holy sites that we will visit. Pilgrims and anyone else interested will be welcome to attend. The talks will be published on the website.
The Holy Water is still in the centre of the church. Please bring bottles to fill up with holy water to take home. Please let me know by email if you would like me to bless your house.
New Candlestands. The London Cathedral Parish has resolved to gift three candlestands to St Elisabeth's. The sisters from Minsk delivered these on February 3rd. As always, we are most grateful for the generosity of the Cathedral Parish towards us. We have put the candlestand by the icon of St Elisabeth. It has two icons on it, one of St Philip, first Metropolitan of Moscow and the other St Jonah, his successor. It is thought that the Candlestand is well over 100 years old and probably came from the London Podvoria.
The parish was pleased to welcome Reader Paul Ziolo to the Liturgy last Sunday. He has formerly been a Reader in the OCA and in the Polish Orthodox Church and has just discovered us!. Vladika Mark has blessed him to function fully in the diocese, assist Reader Chad and deputise for him when he is away. He can read in Slavonic.