PARISH NEWS for week beginning 20/5/18

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NEWS HEADLINES (details below)

Visit by Professor John Behr

Visit of relics of St Seraphim to our church


Choir singers?



Sunday, May 20th.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 6. Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.

Afterfeast of the Ascension.

Monday, May 21st.


Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Emperor Constantine and his mother Helen.

Afterfeast of the Ascension.

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 Vespers for the Day of the Holy Spirit (“Kneeling Vespers”)

PENTECOST. Trinity Sunday. Пятидесятница. День Святой Троицы.

Rusaliile. Cincizecimea: Pogorârea Duhului Sfânt

Monday, May 28th.


Day of the Holy Spirit



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 Saturday 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


Fr John Behr, Professor of Patristics at St Vladimir’s Seminary, N.Y., will be visiting Bristol again later this month, so Mrs Behr is having an open evening ‘at home’ while he is here. This will be on Monday, 28th May, from 5,00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. If you are a friend or acquaintance please contact: info@bristol-orthodox-church.co.uk


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.


It is unsurprising that in a building of the age of our church woodworm are to be found. And indeed they are busy. We shall be developing a long-term management strategy, but for the immediate future the focus is on three areas:

1) treating accessible infestations around the building

2) removing and disposing of the older chairs and replacing them (contributions always welcome)

3) the icon of the Resurrection on the ‘north’ (left-hand side) wall. This is a special case. It was brought out of Poland by our founders and is thus an important heritage item for our parish. It is also valuable enough to deserve professional conservation. We have taken advice and have agreed to have the work done at once. This, of course, comes with a cost (around £400). To help cover this we are asking for contributions. There will be an additional collection this Sunday for this purpose.

Thanks to Reader Botolph (Robert) for organizing and overseeing this work.


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.



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.


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.


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 ?