PARISH NEWS for week beginning 12/5/19

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The Children’s Group has re-started for the Summer Term.

The Adults’ Group meets most Sundays after the Divine Liturgy.


Sunday, May 12th. 10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy Tone 2. Third Sunday of Pascha. The Holy Myrrh-bearers.
Sunday, May 19th
10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy Tone 3. Fourth Sunday of Pascha. Healing of the Paralysed Man.
Wednesday, May 22nd. (Fast Day: Fish, wine and oil)
Feast of Mid-Pentecost
Saturday, May 25th

  6.30 p.m. Vespers

Sunday, May 26th 10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy Tone 4. Fifth Sunday of Pascha. The Samaritan Woman.
Sunday, June 2nd. 10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy Tone 5. Sixth Sunday of Pascha. Healing of the Man Born Blind.
Wednesday, June 5th. (Fast Day: Fish, wine and oil)
  6.30 p.m. Vespers of the Feast
Eve of the Ascension
Thursday, June 6th. 9.00 a.m. Divine Liturgy
Ascension of the Lord.
Sunday, June 9th.
10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy
Tone 6. Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
Friday, June 14th.
Leavetaking of the Ascension.
Saturday, June 15th.
9.00 a.m. Divine Liturgy
  6.30 p.m. Vespers of the Feast
Memorial Saturday (Commemoration of the Departed)
Sunday, June 16th.
10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy
  12.00 noon Vespers of Monday (Day of the Holy Spirit), with the Kneeling Prayers
PENTECOST. Trinity Sunday. Пятидесятница. День Святой Троицы. Pogorârea Duhului Sfânt

Sunday, June 23rd. 10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy Tone 8. First Sunday after Pentecost. All Saints. Commemoration of the Fathers of the Second Ecumenical Council

SOME SAINTS’ DAYS this week:

Sunday: St Epiphanios, Bishop of Constantia (Cyprus) (403)

Monday: Virgin-martyr Glykeria at Heraklea (c177)

Tuesday: St Isidore of Chios, martyr (251)

Wednesday: St Pachomios the Great (346)

Thursday: St Theodore the Sanctified Apostle (368)

Friday: Apostle Andronikos of the Seventy

Saturday: Martyr Theodotus of Ankyra (303)

“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: St Æthelhard, Archbishop of Canterbury (805)



Wednesday: St Damhnait (Dymphna), virgin martyr in Ireland (c650)

Thursday: St Brendan the Voyager, Abbot of Cluain Fearta (Clonfert) (c575)




Like all the Sundays after Pascha, this too is a feast in its own right.

We recall – no! We come together with – the faithful women who came to the tomb at first light on the third day, when all the Teacher’s disciples were cowering in grief and fear (the menfolk, be it noted!). They came out of love, and out of duty. The body had to be fitly prepared in death; both custom and love required it. They came expecting a dead body. They came despite the knowledge that the tomb was blocked by a stone. They came in faith and hope as well as out of love and grief. And what did they find? What did they encounter? In our own lives as Orthodox Christians what do we expect, what do we find? A blocked tomb or the life-giving Risen Christ?

Follow the link to a homily on today’s Feast by St. Ignatius (Brianchaninov): http://orthochristian.com/53230.html

And this by Bishop Tikhon (Shevkunov) of Egorievsk: http://orthochristian.com/112366.html



The need for contributions to the Foodbank is as great as ever. Please continue giving.

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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