2/12/18

PARISH NEWS for week beginning 2/12/18

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DID YOU KNOW that the parish also has a YouTube channel? Search on YouTube for ‘Orthodox Church of The Nativity of the Mother of God, Bristol’. You will find sermons and service clips from our church.

Troparion of our Feast of Dedication, Tone 4

Your nativity, O Mother of God, has made joy known to the whole inhabited world, for from you there dawned the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God. He abolished the curse and gave the blessing and by making death of no effect he bestowed on us eternal life.

NEWS HEADLINES:

ONLY SEVENTEEN DAYS TO OUR 70th ANNIVERSARY SERVICE IN BRISTOL CATHEDRAL! Vespers and Thanksgiving, Wednesday 19th December at 5.15 p.m.!

CALENDAR FOR DECEMBER 2018

Sunday, December 2nd.

Fast day: Fish, wine and oil

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 2. Twenty-seventh Sunday after Pentecost.

Prophet Habakkuk (Avakkum) (7th. BC)

Tuesday, December 4th.

Fast day: Fish, wine and oil

Great Martyr Barbara and martyr Juliana in Syria (c306)

St John of Damascus (c749)

Wednesday, December 5th.

Fast day: Fish, wine and oil

St Sabbas (Savvas) the Sanctified (532)

Thursday, December 6th.

Fast day: Fish, wine and oil

St Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia (c345)

Sunday, December 9th.

Fast day: Fish, wine and oil

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 3. Twenty-eighth Sunday after Pentecost.

Feast of the Conception of The Holy Theotokos (Mother of God)

Sunday, December 16th.

Fast day: wine and oil

(Note the fast prescribes wine and oil (not fish) from Dec 15th. till the Nativity)

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 4. Twenty-ninth Sunday after Pentecost.

Sunday of the Holy Forefathers.

Monday, December 17th.

Fast day: wine and oil

Holy Prophet Daniel and the Three Holy Youths, Ananias, Azarias and Misael

Wednesday, December 19th.

Fast day: wine and oil

5.15 p.m. VESPERS, THANKSGIVING and RECEPTION

In Bristol Cathedral Lady Chapel. 70th Anniversary of the foundation of our Parish

Sunday, December 23rd.

Fast day: wine and oil

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 5. Thirtieth Sunday after Pentecost.

Sunday before the Nativity

Monday, December 24th.

Strict fast day

4.00 p.m. Vespers of the Nativity

(Note: this service includes the eight readings of the Prophets)

Tuesday, December 25th.

9.00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

NATIVITY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. Christmas Day. (New Calendar)

The Commemoration of the Shepherds who were watching their flocks and went to see the Lord. The Adoration of the Magi.

РОЖДЕСТВО ГОСПОДА НАШЕГО ИИСУСА ХРИСТА. NAŞTEREA DOMNULUI

Wednesday, December 26th.

Second day of the Feast of the Nativity: Synaxis of the Holy Theotokos (Mother of God)

Thursday, December 27th.

Third Day of the Nativity

Protomartyr and deacon Stephen

Saturday, December 29th.

Afterfeast of the Nativity

The Holy Innocents

Sunday, December 30th.

Divine Liturgy10.30 a.m.

Tone 6. Thirty-first Sunday after Pentecost.

Sunday after the Nativity

Afterfeast of the Nativity

Monday, December 31st.

Leavetaking of the Nativity

St Melania the Younger of Rome (439)

SOME SAINTS’ DAYS this week:
 
Sunday:
Monday: Prophet Zephaniah (Sophonias)
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:

Friday: St Nil of Stolbensk Lake ((1554)

Saturday: St Patapios of Thebes in Egypt (8th. c)

“The Church in The British Isles will only begin to grow when she begins to venerate her own saints again”     (Saint Arsenios of Paros †1877)
 
So, this week we celebrate:
Sunday:
Monday: St Birinus, Bishop of Dorchester-on-Thames (649/650)

Tuesday:

Wednesday: St Iestyn (Justinian), hermit of Ynys Dewi (Ramsey island) (6th. c)
Thursday:
Friday:

Saturday:

REMINDER

PARISH 70th Anniversary:

This year, being our Parish’s 70th Anniversary, we shall have a special service on Wednesday, 19th December at 5.15 p.m. The first service our parish celebrated seventy years ago (actually on December 12th) was in the Chapter House of Bristol (Anglican) Cathedral. This year we shall celebrate Vespers and a Thanksgiving Service, again in Bristol Cathedral. This time, however, we shall be using the Lady Chapel. More details soon, but RESERVE THE DATE NOW!

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REGULAR REMINDERS:

REMEMBER YOU NEED TO PAY FOR PARKING IN THE STREET NOW, EVEN ON SUNDAYS and you only get TWO HOURS! Parking in the nearby West End multi-storey is quite reasonable, though.

PRAYERS

Please remember in your prayers these of our fellow parishioners:

Phoebe Collett

Richard MacDougall-Smith

Linda (Mary) Jones, who is now in a nursing home

Carolyn (Mary) Sherriff, who is now in a nursing home

And Julie Clarke, who was a member of our parish for some years, and is terminally ill.

And Fr Kyrillos Lerett,who is now in a nursing home.

FOODBANK

The food bank box needs contributions every week!

Non-perishable food items with a best before date a minimum of six months in the future.

Also especially toiletries and personal care items, such as plasters, tampons/sanitary towels, toothpaste and shower gel.

SINGING IN THE CHOIR

SINGERS STILL WANTED! Come and give it a try! Really! Please come and help.

HELPING YOUR PARISH

In addition to using Amazon Smile for online purchases:

1) Remember: Every second Sunday of the month we have a collection.

2) USE YOU CO-OP CARD to our benefit!

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.

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

LEARNING ABOUT OUR FAITH

CHILDREN’S AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S CATECHISM CLASSES

The classes have started again. If you wish to enrol your child/ren see Lydia in church on a Sunday.

ADULTS

It is not only the children who need to learn. Very few of us have had the benefit of specific learning about our Orthodox faith.

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 (secretary@bristol-orthodox-church.org.uk).

SALES:

NEW DISPLAY CABINET!

**We have a new display cabinet for items for sale (Thanks to Lydia!)**

We will be getting in items to sell. If you have any requests, please let Lydia or one of the other councillors know.

We already have mounted icons for sale in church, including mounts by Raluca McKett. Have you seen her Facebook page (Raluca Ortodox Icons) yet ?

SALE OF PRESERVES

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

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