24/3/19

Wednesday of the Fifth week

PARISH NEWS for week beginning 24/3/19

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NEWS

Last Sunday many of our children and their parents made a procession with icons to commemorate the Sunday of Orthodoxy – the Restoration of the honouring of icons.

WEEKDAY SERVICES

On Sunday Archimandrite Kyril strongly urged all our parishioners to come to at least some of the weekday services in the Great Fast. Only on weekdays can you experience the special character and quality of the Fasting or ‘Lenten’ services. The weekends are. as always, festal days. If you miss the weekday services you have not experienced the liturgical tradition of The Fast! Look at the Calendar below and see what you can come to.

FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION Monday 25th March.

Reminder: Monday will be both a fast day and a feast day, as the feast falls in the Fast. What this means is that the Divine Liturgy of the Feast is celebrated after Vespers in the evening of the feast day. So, if you are going to communion on the feast (Monday), you fast in principle from midnight till communion. But because it is a Great Feast fish, wine and oil are allowed when we do eat.

FOODBANK NEWS

HAS THE FOODBANK SLIPPED YOUR MIND?

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

CALENDAR FOR MARCH – APRIL 2019

Sunday, March 24th.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy Tone 2. Second Sunday of the Great Fast.
Commemoration of St Gregory Palamas Forefeast of the Annunciation
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 (NewCalendar)
Благовещение Пресвятой Богородицы.
Buna Vestire
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

SOME SAINTS’ DAYS this week:
Sunday: Martyr Artemios, Bishop of Seleucia Monday: Tuesday: Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel Wednesday: Martyr Matrona of Thesssaloniki Thursday: St Hilarion the New, abbot of Pelekete

Friday: Martyrs Mark, bishop of Arethusa, and Cyril the Deacon

Saturday: Apostles Sosthenes, Apollos, Cephas and Epphroditos, of the Seventy“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: Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Saturday: St Osburga of Coventry, virgin (c1015)
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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