1/4/18

CALENDAR TO MID-APRIL

Saturday, March 31st.

(Oil and Wine)

9.00 a.m. Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

6.30 p.m. Vespers for the Feast with Blessing of Palms

Saturday of the Raising of Lazarus

**Remember to collect up last year’s palms in your house. Burn them and put the ashes in the earth.**

Sunday, April 1st.

(Fish, wine and oil)

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom (with Children’s Procession)

Second collection for the Building Fund

Followed by a Service of Thanksgiving *(see below) for 50 years in our church building.

6.30 p.m. Great Monday Mattins of the Bridegroom

PALM SUNDAY. THE ENTRY OF THE LORD INTO JERUSALEM.

ВХОД ГОСПОДЕНЬ В ИЕРУСАЛИМВАИЙ.

INTRAREA DOMNULUI ÎN IERUSALIM.

Monday, April 2nd.

(Fast day)

6.30 p.m. Great Tuesday Mattins of the Bridegroom

Great and Holy Monday

Tuesday, April 3rd.

(Fast day)

6.30 p.m. Great Wednesday Mattins of the Bridegroom

Great and Holy Tuesday

Wednesday, April 4th.

(Fast day)

6.30 p.m. Mattins of Holy Thursday

Great and Holy Wednesday

Thursday, April 5th.

(Oil and Wine)

4.00 p.m. Vespers and Divine Liturgy of St Basil

6.30 p.m. Passion Service. (Mattins of the 12 Gospels for Great Friday)

Great and Holy Thursday

Friday, April 6th.

(Strict fast day)

11.00 a.m. Royal Hours

4.00 p.m. Vespers (Service of the Winding Sheet)

6.30 p.m. Holy Saturday Mattins (Burial Service of Christ)

Great and Holy Friday.

BRING FLOWERS

Saturday, April 7th.

(Fast Day: Wine allowed, but no oil)

12.00 noon Vespers and Divine Liturgy of St Basil for the Eve of Pascha

11.00 p.m. Midnight Service, followed at once by:

Great and Holy Saturday.

Sunday, April 8th.

12 midnight Procession and Paschal Mattins;

then Blessing of Paschal Foods

followed around 1.15 by the Paschal Hour and

Paschal Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

4.00 p.m. Paschal Vespers

followed by festive tea

THE BRIGHT RESURRECTION OF THE LORD PASCHA

Светлое Христово Воскресение ПАСХА

Învierea Domnului SFINTELE PAŞTI

Monday – Friday

Fast-free week

BRIGHT WEEK

Sunday, April 15th

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

Second Sunday of Pascha. Sunday of Thomas

*THANKSGIVING SERVICE

We give thanks to our founders, those who, separated by great distances and changed circumstances from their homelands, found themselves in England at the end of the Second World War. It was these people and their faithfulness that established our parish seventy years ago this year. On this Palm Sunday we celebrate the FIFTIETH anniversary of the first Divine Liturgy that was celebrated by them in our present church and we shall remember them all in a Thanksgiving Prayer Service after the Divine Liturgy.

GREAT AND HOLY WEEK

Having prepared ourselves through the Great Forty Days, we come at last to the the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ. But this is merely outward observance if we do not enter this ourselves with Christ. His passage through death into Resurrection has to be mine too and yours: we must become ‘dead to sin’ if we are not to lie in the grave without hope of life. It is utterly important that we, each one of us, pass through the services of this week with heart and soul.

The Church gives us this annual renewal: the call to attention in the Mattins of the Bridegroom on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings; the betrayal by Judas in Holy Thursday’s Mattins on Wednesday; the life-giving gift of the Lord’s own Body and Blood in the Bread of immortality and the Cup of Salvation in our Communion at the Divine Liturgy on Thursday; the terrible unfolding of the betrayal, the Passion and the Death in the Mattins of the Twelve Gospels on Thursday and Vespers on Friday; the Burial in the tomb and the watching at the tomb on Friday night’s Mattins; the first announcement that death has been overcome in the baptismal Vespers and Divine Liturgy on Great and Holy Saturday; then the triumphant explosion of life from the tomb on Pascha night!

This is the meaning of ritual: not just peculiar ways of doing things, but the actual sharing in the reality, the experience: we are there. It has to be MY betrayal of Christ that occurs, MY sins that are nailed to the Cross, MY life that leaves the hopeless, mortal body in desolation at the ninth hour, MY flesh that lies dead, but is quickened in the tomb and rises in glory on Pascha: for this is God’s supreme gift, nothing less than to share in his unquenchable life. If I am not part of it I am left outside the Bridal Chamber on Pascha morning, without life or hope.

If, sadly, we are unable to be physically present at one or other of these dramatic services, at least we should be there in spirit, aware of what is being enacted, part of the corporate worship of our Parish community. By doing so we echo the dialogue of the Priest and the Deacon in the Divine Liturgy at the kiss of peace: “Christ is in our midst: He is and he shall be!”

Reader Anthony

REGULAR REMINDERS:

HELPING YOUR PARISH

1) This year we have successfully bid for funding to cover most of the cost of upgrading the stonework of the porch, and been nominated to receive charity donations from Clifton Village Co-op. If you live within 15 miles of Clifton Co-op and have a blue Co-op membership card, you can vote for more of their charity donation to come our way whenever you visit Clifton Co-op.

2) Use https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/ for your online shopping – Amazon, John Lewis and hundreds of others. You just access your usual site via easyfundraising, selecting our church as your chosen charity, and they give a percentage to the church. It’s easy once you have done it once. And it all adds up.

LEARNING ABOUT OUR FAITH

1. Children’s Catechism Class

If you are registering your child/children for the first time, please e-mail Christina (vice-president@bristol-orthodox-church.co.uk) their names and their ages or inform her about them on a Sunday.

2. Adults

Henry (Cuthbert) McGrath is running a group for teenagers and adults, teaching about aspects of our Church and its faith. If you would like to join in with this just ask him in church on a Sunday or email him (henrymcgrath67@gmail.com). NB new email address.

N.B. This group is open to anyone from 12 years upwards.

FOOD BANK

Lent is a time to remember that we cannot live by bread alone. Sadly, there are some who have not even got bread. After a cold spell, the food bank’s reserves will need to be topped up. If you can spare anything, please do make a donation. The food bank can also accept toiletries, such as toothpaste and sanitary towels.

Please continue to give suitable dry and tinned goods. The number of people having to rely on Food Banks is rising.

SALE OF JAM etc.

Kate Hearn has always got a selection of home-produced jams, chutneys, etc. – even honey sometimes – for sale after the services.

ICONS FOR SALE

Do keep an eye on the icons that Raluca mounts and puts on sale in church. Perhaps you have room for one in your home? Have you seen her Facebook page (Raluca Ortodox Icons) yet ?