PARISH NEWS for week beginning 15/4/18



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Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed!

Христóсъ воскрéсе! Воистину воскресе!

Hristos a înviat! Adevărat a înviat!

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη!

al-Masīḥ qām! Ḥaqqan qām!

Kriste aghsdga! Ch’eshmaritad aghsdga!

From the Parish Priest:

Thank you to the choir and all others who assisted with the services during Great and Holy Week and at Pascha. It was pleasing to see more people coming to share in these services, which are the high point of our church year and commemorate the central events for our faith. It was good that we were able to welcome so many visitors to join with us in our working through of the beautiful texts and music which the church provides for this week

Archimandrite Kyril

(Sunday April 15th will be the 40th day from the falling asleep of our beloved sister Sophia Amis (Lillian Delevoryas). There will be a Pannikhida following the Divine Liturgy on that day.


Sunday, April 15th

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom.

Memorial Service for Sophia (Lillian)

Tone 1. Second Sunday of Pascha. Sunday of Thomas

Sunday, April 22nd.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 2. Third Sunday of Pascha. The Holy Myrrhbearers.

Monday, April 23rd.


Holy Great Martyr George, Patron of England

Saturday, April 28th

12.00 – 4.00 Spring bazaar/sale

4.00 p.m. Vespers

5.00 p.m. Choir Practice

NB special events

Note revised time for VESPERS

Sunday, April 29th.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 3. Fourth Sunday of Pascha. Healing of the Paralysed Man.

Sunday, May 6th

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 4. Fifth Sunday of Pascha. The Samaritan Woman.

Verse from the Lity for Thomas Sunday Vespers

O Lord, when doors were shut you came in the unbearable blaze of your godhead and standing among your Disciples you bared your side. You showed them the scars of the wounds in your hands and feet, and banishing their dejection you cried out clearly: ‘The way you see me, my friends, I bear, not a spirit’s nature, but the flesh which I assumed’. To the doubting Disciple, ‘you were ready to handle me with dread’, he said, ‘you investigate all things, come then, do not hesitate’. But he, sensing with his hand your double being, with fear cried out in faith: ‘My Lord and my God, glory to you.’

Prayer behind the Ambo (after Communion) For Thomas Sunday:

Holy One, you have placed us in your house, you have opened your dwelling to us, and have put the hymn of victory into our mouths. You have gladdened us with your pure and holy Body, you have given us to drink from your ever-flowing fountain, your pure and life-giving side, which Thomas saw, touched and worshipped, as he cried aloud: “My Lord and my God!” How, Master, can we repay you for all that you have given to us? Mighty King of all, clothe with righteousness your priests who live in true faith, strengthen our Rulers, keep the people here present in peace, make war among nations to cease, free our fellow Christians who are in captivity, and give peace to the world, O God our Saviour. For to you belong all glory, honour, thanksgiving and worship, together with your Father, who is without beginning, and your all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and for ever, and to the ages of ages.


As part of their efforts to raise money to reduce the Local Authority debt Bristol City Council have 2018-9 Budget a decision to extend car paring charges across the city on Sundays.

This will obviously affect many churchgoers, including a number in our own community. It is important, therefore, to make our objections heard and we are asking all of you to take a few minutes to consider  emailing Bristol City Council and our local ward councillors to complain and explain the impact this has on our parish life.

Rather than copying and pasting a pro forma letter, we suggest you write your own, but include the following points:

  • the two-hour limit in the immediate area of the church is not acceptable as being incompatible with our long-established practices, where services and parish social events often exceed two hours

  • the damage that parking charges will do to the community if it prevents people attending regularly owing to the additional cost

  • public transport is not an option for parishioners from outlying areas and from outside the city

  • in addition, we might like to consider arguing that a parking charge on Sundays will disproportionately affect Christians, rendering it a form of indirect discrimination and, at least in effect, a tax on religious attendance and observance.

If you wish to write, quote: Ref No. CAE/NMT/P-1084B  and direct your letter or email to:


And send copies, or a different text, to the local ward councillors for our church area:

Councillor Kye Dudd:

c/o Labour Group Office
City Hall
PO Box 3176

Email: cllr.kye.dudd@bristol.gov.uk

Councillor Paul Smith

(Address as above)

Email: cllr.paul.smith@bristol.gov.uk

Objections have to be registered by May 4th



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.


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.


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.

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.


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


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 ?



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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