PARISH NEWS for week beginning 17/3/19

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On Sunday we sang Many Years for Archimandrite Kyril for the 41st anniversary of his ordination.



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


This Sunday we celebrate the restoration of the painting and honouring of icons following the decision of the Seventh Ecumenical Council to condemn the iconoclast movement as contrary to the orthodox Christian belief in the Incarnation of Christ: Christ took on material form, therefore we can use material form to depict Christ.

The Children will make a procession round the church after the Divine Liturgy holding icons. If your child wants to take part please bring an icon if you can.


Sunday, March 17th.
10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy Tone 1. First Sunday of the Great Fast. Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy. St Patrick, Apostle of Ireland St Alexios, the “Man of God”
Wednesday, March 20th.

6.30 p.m. Vespers and Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
Sunday, March 24th.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy Tone 2. Second Sunday of the Great Fast. Commemoration of St Gregory Palamas
Monday, March 25th. Fish, oil and wine allowed 6.30 p.m. Vespers and Divine Liturgy followed by a Memorial Service for Fr David (Payne) Annunciation to the Mother of God
Wednesday, March 27th.

6.30 p.m. Vespers and Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
Saturday, March 30th.

6.30 p.m. Vespers
Sunday, March 31st.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy and Veneration of the Cross Tone 3. Third Sunday of the Great Fast. Veneration of the Cross. Mid-Lent.
Wednesday, April 3rd.

6.30 p.m. Vespers and Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
Saturday, April 6th.

9.00 a.m. Divine Liturgy Memorial Saturday (Commemoration of the Departed)
Sunday, April 7th.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy Tone 4. Fourth Sunday of the Great Fast. Commemoration of St John of the Ladder.
Wednesday, April 10th.

6.30 p.m. Mattins with Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete with the reading of the Life of St Mary of Egypt Wednesday of the Fifth week
Friday, April 12th.

6.30 p.m. Mattins with the Akathistos Hymn Friday of the Fifth week

Prayer ‘Behind the Ambo’ after Communion for the First Sunday of the Fast:

We thank You, Lord Jesus Christ, for You have led us to this present time of fasting towards salvation. We thank You, for You have arranged to heal the great wounds of our souls in this short time, and to effect the rejection of our many sins. Good Master, we implore You, remove from us hypocrisy in fasting, and banish all false sadness. Drive from us pride in our self-moderation and self-denial in deed, word or thought. Fill us with light and truth as You prescribed. Strengthen us in the struggle against passions and in the war against sin. Through alienation from passions prepare us to follow You. By fasting You have shown us the way to victory over the Devil, and how to partake in Your death and Resurrection, and to rejoice in eternal joy, which You have prepared for those who hunger and thirst for Your righteousness.

For You are the God of mercy, and to You is due glory, together with the Father, and Your all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

SOME SAINTS’ DAYS this week:

Monday: St Cyril of Jerusalem

Tuesday: Martyrs Chrysanthus and Daria at Rome (283)

Wednesday: Fathers slain at St Sabbas Monastery (796). [We have their relics in our church]

Thursday: St James the Confessor, bishop of Catania, Italy (8th – 9th c)

Friday: St Basil of Ankyra, bishop and martyr (362-3)

Saturday: Martyr Nikon in Sicily (251)

“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 Withburga, solitary (Norfolk, c743))

Monday: St Edward, King of England and Martyr (c978)


Wednesday: St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (687). St Herbert, solitary, of Derwentwater (Cumbria, 687)

Thursday: St Éanna (Enda) of Inis Mór (Innismore) (Aran/ÁrainnIslands)



KOLLYVA (kolyva, koliva,kollyba,colivă, koljivo, zhito… ) It is a widespread custom among the Orthodox to prepare a dish called kollyva to commemorate the dead and to celebrate special occasions (such as the day of St Theodore on the first Saturday of the Great Fast, just past). You will have seen such a dish by the table for the dead when we celebrate a memorial service. The kollyva is then shared between those present to remember those commemorated.
In order to encourage those who are unfamiliar with the custom, or are not sure how to prepare kollyva, we give a sample recipe below. There are, of course, very many variations and you may choose to research your own. The web has dozens.
This Wiki article is very informative: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koliva
The basis of the dish is wheat berries (whole wheat grain). You can buy this from wholefood shops.
This is a Greek-style recipe that we had from Mother Sarah in Bath which we have developed over time. Other national traditions have variations. The amounts given here make a large quantity: you may wish to halve them (we usually do). Beyond the mixed spice the ingredients are optional:
1 lb/ 500g wheat berries about ½ lb/250g dried fruit (sultanas work well) about half a teaspoon of aniseeds about half a teaspoon of mixed spice 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 tablespoon brandy or rum 125g walnuts pomegranate seeds 2 – 3 tablespoons of honey almonds (flaked work well) and icing sugar to decorate
Soak the wheat at least 6 hours, or overnight, in cold water. Throw away the water and put the wheat in a pan and cover well with fresh water. Boil till the wheat is cooked – check: it depends on the grain, etc. (or pressure cook for 15 minutes). Strain and leave to cool. Mix together the wheat, fruit, spices and pomegranate seeds. This can be done a day ahead and the mixture covered and kept in a refrigerator.
On the day, warm the honey so it is runny, tip into a bowl and add the vanilla essence and brandy (if using). Add to the dry mixture and stir in. Choose a suitable dish and arrange the kollyva in it. It can then be decorated. You can use icing sugar, but only put it on at church shortly before use, as this recipe gives a damp mixture. Some other recipes are drier. We just use the almonds to make a cross, but as you will find from a web search you can really ‘go to town’! A candle can be stood in the middle of the dish to be lit during the memorial service.


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