PARISH NEWS for week beginning 8/4/18



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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!


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


Светлое Христово Воскресение ПАСХА

Învierea Domnului SFINTELE PAŞTI

Monday – Friday

Fast-free week

Sunday, April 15th 10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom 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
Saturday, April 28th 6.30 p.m. 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.


Here is the beautiful prayer the priest reads after communion at Pascha (Prayer behind the Ambo)

Today brings us light and salvation. Brethren, today is the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Church of the Lord is honoured by many good people. See how many of the faithful have not only endured the weariness of fasting, but, with lighted candles, are eager to offer gifts to the King of the ages on the Feast of the Resurrection. For the whole world rejoices in the Resurrection of Christ: heaven is purified by the brightness of the Godhead, the earth is clothed, the sea is calmed, tyranny stopped, reverence grows, those who have wandered away have returned, sinners are loosed from sin, the churches are joyful, and Christ is glorified! Not only do we carry candles offering gifts to the King of the ages, not only are the meadows in flower, but the newly-baptized receive the grace of the Spirit. Receive, therefore, the sacrifice and worship of our humble priests. Forgive the sins of all, both young and old, for you are a good God and the Lover of mankind. Give strength to our Rulers, preserve our Bishop on his honoured throne, keep all the clergy and people in oneness of mind. Watch, preserve, have mercy upon and keep all the people standing round about in the enjoyment of your divine, immortal and life-giving mysteries, through the prayers of your pure Mother, and of the holy Apostles and the myrrh-bearing women. For you are the Resurrection from death, Christ our God, and we give glory to you, 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.

From Paschal Matins:

Having seen the Resurrection of Christ,

let us worship the Holy Lord Jesus, the only sinless one.

We worship your Cross, O Christ,

and we praise and glorify your holy Resurrection.

For you are our God;

we know no other but you;

we name you by name.

Come, all the faithful,

let us worship the holy Resurrection of Christ;

for behold, through the Cross joy has come in all the world.

Ever blessing the Lord,

we hymn his Resurrection.

For having endured the Cross for us,

by death he has destroyed death.


Jesus, having risen from the tomb as he foretold,

has given us eternal life and great mercy.



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.


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 ?