4/11/18

PARISH NEWS for week beginning 4/11/18

WEBSITE

http://www.bristol-orthodox-church.co.uk/

This newsletter is published weekly on the website as well as on our Facebook page. Search for ‘Orthodox Church of The Nativity of the Mother of God, Bristol’ (please view and ‘like’ us).

DID YOU KNOW that the parish also has a YouTube channel? Search on YouTube for ‘Orthodox Church of The Nativity of the Mother of God, Bristol’. You will find sermons and service clips from our church.

Troparion of our Feast of Dedication, Tone 4

Your nativity, O Mother of God, has made joy known to the whole inhabited world, for from you there dawned the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God. He abolished the curse and gave the blessing and by making death of no effect he bestowed on us eternal life.

NEWS HEADLINES:

ADVANCE WARNING OF REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY NEXT WEEK: look out for road closures

CHILDREN’S AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S CLASSES HAVE STARTED AGAIN (See below)

REMEMBER YOU NEED TO PAY FOR PARKING IN THE STREET NOW, EVEN ON SUNDAYS and you only get TWO HOURS! Parking in the nearby West End multi-storey is quite reasonable, though.

CALENDAR FOR NOVEMBER

Sunday, November 4th.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 6. Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost.

St Ioannikios (Joannicius) the Great, hermit on Mt Olympus (846)

Thursday, November 8th.

 

Holy Archangel Michael and the Bodiless Powers

Sunday, November 11th.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Followed by a General Memorial Service (pannichida) for those who died in warfare.

Also to remember Mikhail Lashenko for his 40th Day

(Second collection today for the Building Maintenance)

Tone 7. Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost.

100th Anniversary of the End of The Great War 1914-18

Martyr Menas in Egypt (304)

St Martin, third bishop of Tours (397)

(Western date; 12th in Eastern Calendars)

Wednesday, November 14th

Fast day: Fish, wine and oil

 

Feast of the Holy Apostle Philip

Thursday, November 15th:

Fast day: Fish, wine and oil

 

Start of the Fast of the Nativity (New Calendar)

Sunday, November 18th.

Fast day: Fish, wine and oil

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 8. Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost.

Tuesday, November 20th.

Fast day: Fish, wine and oil

6.30 p.m. Vespers

Forefeast of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple

Wednesday, November 21st.

Fast day: Fish, wine and oil

9.00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple (New Calendar)

Saturday, November 24th

Fast day: Fish, wine and oil

6.30 p.m. Vespers

Great Martyr Catherine of Alexandria (305/313)

St Clement of Ochrid (916)

Sunday, November 25th. Fast day: Fish, wine and oil

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 1. Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost.

Leavetaking (Apodosis) of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple (New Calendar)

 
SOME OTHER SAINTS’ DAYS this week:
Sunday:
Monday: Martyr Galaktion and his wife Epistemi, at Emesa (3rdc)
Tuesday: St Paul the Confessor, Archbishop of Constantinople (c350)
Wednesday: Thirty-three martyrs of Melitene (3rd c)
Thursday:
Friday: St Nektarios, Metroplitan of Pentapolis (1920)
Saturday: Apostles of the Seventy Erastos, Olympas, Herodian, Sosipater, Quartus, Decimus, and Tertius (1st c)
“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: St Illtud (Illtud Farchog), Founder and first abbot of the Monastery and College (Cor Tewdws) of Llanilltyd Fawr, Gwent (6th c). See below.
Wednesday: St Willibrord, Archbishop of Utrecht (739)
Thursday: St Cybi, abbot (555). St Tysilio, abbot of Meifod, Powys, and Sant-Suliav (Saint-Suliac) in Britanny.(640)
Friday:

Saturday: St Justus, Archbishop of Canterbury (627)

St Illtud:

Illtud, also known as Illtud Farchog “Illtud the Knight”, is venerated as the founder-abbot and teacher of the divinity school known as Cor Tewdws, located in Llanilltud Fawr (Llantwit Major) in the Welsh county of Glamorgan. He founded the monastery and college in the 6th century, and the school is believed to be Britain’s earliest centre of learning. At its height, it had over 1000 pupils and schooled many of the great saints of the age, including Saint David of Wales, Gildas the Historian, and Samson of Dol.

The earliest mention of St. Illtud is in the Vita Sancti Sampsonis, written in Dol, Brittany, about 600 AD. According to this account, Illtud was the disciple of Bishop Germanus of Auxerre in north-central France. According to the St. Sampson biography, Illtud was the most accomplished of all the Britons, and was well versed in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, as well as every type of philosophy, including geometry, rhetoric, grammar, and arithmetic. He was also “gifted with the power of foretelling future events”. It appears that he was an educated Briton living shortly after Rome’s departure from the West.

Illtud’s own pupils are reckoned to have included seven sons of British princes and scholars such as Saint Patrick, Paul Aurelian, Taliesin, Gildas and Samson of Dol. Saint David is also believed to have spent some time there.

[Wikipedia]

 

REMINDERS

**ADVANCE NOTICE:

This year, being our Parish’s 70th Anniversary, we shall have a special service on Wednesday, 19th December at 7.00 p.m. The first service our parish celebrated seventy years ago was in the Chapter House of Bristol (Anglican) Cathedral. This year we shall celebrate Vespers and a Thanksgiving Service, again in Bristol Cathedral. This time, however, we shall be using the Lady Chapel. More details soon, but RESERVE THE DATE NOW!

PRAYERS

Please remember in your prayers these of our fellow parishioners who are unwell:

Phoebe Collett

Richard MacDougall-Smith

Linda (Mary) Jones, who is now in a nursing home

Carolyn (Mary) Sherriff, who is now in a nursing home

And Julie Clarke, who was a member of our parish for some years, and is terminally ill.

FOODBANK

The food bank box needs contributions every week!

Non-perishable food items with a best before date a minimum of six months in the future.

Also especially toiletries and personal care items, such as plasters, tampons/sanitary towels, toothpaste and shower gel.

SINGING IN THE CHOIR

SINGERS STILL WANTED! Come and give it a try! Really! Please come and help.

HELPING YOUR PARISH

In addition to using Amazon Smile for online purchases:

1) Remember: Every second Sunday of the month we have a collection.

2) USE YOU CO-OP CARD to our benefit!

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.

3) 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.

LEARNING ABOUT OUR FAITH

CHILDREN’S AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S CATECHISM CLASSES

The classes have started again. If you wish to enrol your child/ren see Lydia in church on a Sunday.

ADULTS

It is not only the children who need to learn. Very few of us have had the benefit of specific learning about our Orthodox faith.

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 (secretary@bristol-orthodox-church.org.uk).

SALES:

NEW DISPLAY CABINET!

**We have a new display cabinet for items for sale (Thanks to Lydia!)**

We will be getting in items to sell. If you have any requests, please let Lydia or one of the other councillors know.

We already have mounted icons for sale in church, including mounts by Raluca McKett. Have you seen her Facebook page (Raluca Ortodox Icons) yet ?

SALE OF JAM etc.

Kate Hearn has always got a selection of home-produced jams, chutneys, etc. – even honey sometimes – for sale after the services.

IMPORTANT NOTE

PLEASE NOTIFY US AT ONCE OF A CHANGE OF EMAIL ADDRESS OR POSTAL ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER

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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