27/5/18

PARISH NEWS for week beginning 27/5/18

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NEWS HEADLINES

Pentecost this Sunday. Remember we decorate the church in greenery for the feast and we bring and hold flowers during the Divine Liturgy and the kneeling Vespers.

REMINDER: VISIT OF RELICS OF ST SERAPHIM OF SAROV (see below)

CALENDAR FOR MAY – JUNE

Friday, May 25th.

(Wine and oil)

Leavetaking of the Ascension.

Third Finding of the Head of St John the Baptist

Saturday, May 26th

6.30 p.m. Vespers (of Pentecost)

Saturday of Souls

Eve of Pentecost

Sunday, May 27th.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

12.00 noon (Kneeling) Vespers for the Day of the Holy Spirit

PENTECOST. Trinity Sunday. Пятидесятница. День Святой Троицы.

Pogorârea Duhului Sfânt

FAST-FREE WEEK

Sunday, June 3rd.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 8. First Sunday after Pentecost. All Saints. Commemoration of the Fathers of the Second Ecumenical Council

Monday, June 4th.

The Fast of the Apostles begins today (till June 30th., New Calendar, as the feast falls on a fasting day this year!)

Saturday, June 9th.

(Fish, wine and oil)

St Colum Cille (Columba), abbot of Iona, Enlightener of Scotland.

St Cyril of Alexandria.

Sunday, June 10th.

(Fish, wine and oil)

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 1. Second Sunday after Pentecost. All Saints of the British Isles. All Saints of Russia. All Saints of Romania. All Saints of Palestine.

Monday, June 11th.

(Fish, wine and oil)

Holy Apostles Barnabas and Bartholomew

PENTECOST:

KNEELING TO PRAY

At the Feast of Pentecost, on Sunday evening Vespers for the Day of the Holy Spirit, there are appointed the ‘Kneeling Prayers’. From the earliest days Christians normally stood to pray, as we Orthodox do (or should!). Especially on Sunday, the Lord’s Day, the custom from the earliest times was that we do not kneel:

”Forasmuch as there are certain persons who kneel on the Lord’s Day and in the days of Pentecost, therefore, to the intent that all things may be uniformly observed everywhere (in every parish), it seems good to the holy Synod that prayer be rendered unto God standing.” (Canon XX of the Ecumenical Council of Nicaea, A.D 325).

”We consider it forbidden to pray on bended knees on the Lord’s Day.” (Tertullian, 210).

”There are many other observances in the Church which, though due to Tradition, have acquired the authority of the written Law, as, for instance, the practice of not praying on bended knees on Sunday.” (St Jerome, 330).

From Pascha to Pentecost we do not kneel in church on weekdays either, so great is the joy of the festal season.

It is the more marked, therefore, that the ‘Kneeling Prayers are appointed for the day after Pentecost. In the service they are read as three prayers. In fact there are seven, grouped into three readings: two, two and three. Originally they were the priest’s prayers on the Litanies before the structure of the services in Constantinople underwent substantial changes between 900 – 1400 AD. They are distinctively penitential and are introduced each time by the Deacon’s command: “Again and again on bended knee let us pray to the Lord.”

Prayer ‘Behind the Ambo (after communion) for the Sunday of Pentecost:

After your Passion and Resurrection, O Christ, you ascended into the heavens, the heavens which you had lowered before to descend and to take flesh from the Virgin for our sakes. You confirmed your promise made on earth by sending down your comforting Spirit upon your Disciples. In them you sustained a firm and all-holy unity, and through them you sustained the Church, by belief in you and in the steadfast presence of the Spirit and his many gifts. Do not take his grace from us, as our sins deserve, but put to death all carnal desires in us that would prevent the coming of the Spirit. Drive out from us any thought, word or deed that would grieve him, and any hindering evil passion that would make our souls dark with the loss of his light. Make us cleansed vessels of his glory, so that we may represent the upper room in Zion, full of his brightness. Show us to be thrones of his spiritual fire and life to your Apostles who received his first-fruits. For by his strength, we will be led into the holy land of your immortal and blessed promise. The whole world, then, is full of joy in you and continually glorifies you. For you are most glorious, together with your Father, who is without beginning, and your all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, who is equally without beginning, now and for ever, and to the ages of ages.

NEWS

REMINDER: VISIT OF RELICS OF ST SERAPHIM OF SAROV

Archimandrite Kyril writes:

I have provisionally accepted a request for our church to host a visit to Bristol of two nuns from Diveyovo monastery bringing relics of St Seraphim of Sarov.   This will be on the evening of Friday June 15th.

The relics are in Britain then for a short period to coincide with the publication of an English translation of the Chronicles of Seraphim-Diveyevo Monastery (with Introduction by Metropolitan Kallistos).

The event is planned to be reasonably informal – an Akathist or Moleben (Prayer Service) followed by time to venerate the relics – and will involve local clergy plus Father Maxim Nikolsky (who is organising the visit).”

We will keep you updated about this.

REGULAR REMINDERS:

SINGING IN THE CHOIR

Singing in the choir is an important ministry and service to the church. But it is not a closed shop! If you can sing, have some knowledge of reading notes and would like to try out singing in the choir, we would very much like to hear from you. Come and talk to Reader Anthony (Hearn) after any service.

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 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

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

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.

“God loves a cheerful giver.” “Faith, hope and charity, these three abide, but the greatest of them is charity”.

REMEMBER: If anyone in our own community is is real need, Fr Kyril and Robert can both sign the vouchers needed to receive a food parcel. They can be approached in the strictest confidence.

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 ?

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The Eastern Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God, University Rd, Bristol BS8 1SP, registered Charity No. 290747, is a member Parish of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

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