University Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1SP

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To message Archimandrite Kyril or to arrange a baptism or wedding please email the Parish Priest@bristol-orthodox-church.co.uk  (Tel. 01179706302 or 07944 860 955).

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Every Saturday: 5.30 p.m. Vespers

Every Sunday: 10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

 

WEEKLY SERVICES & INFORMATION (Note: our Parish follows the “New” (Revised Julian) Calendar.)

Saturday, 13th July. 

5.30 p.m.  Vespers  

 

Sunday 14th July.  Third Sunday after Pentecost.  Commemoration of the New Martyrs of Bulgaria.  Commemoration of the Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils.

Readings:  Romans 5: 1-10           Matthew 6:22-33

10.30 a.m.  Divine Liturgy

 

Saturday, 20th July. 

5.30 p.m.  Vespers  

 

 

FOOD BANK:

Amidst our God-given sufficiency,  DON’T  FORGET THE NEEDS OF OTHERS. Bring contributions please. 

 

 PARISH NEWS

**Building update**:

The plasterers are about to start replastering the damaged surfaces in the altar area.

THANK YOU for your generous donations. Without this, we would not have a space to worship in. We are extremely blessed to have our own space that does not need to be shared with other users. If we look after it, the building will be sure to last a few more hundred years and serve our community for many generations to come. 

GIFT AID

Are you a taxpayer? Do you put money into the donations box or Sunday collections?
As a charity, the Government will pay back to the Church the amount of tax you have paid on your donations. But for us not to miss out on the full amount, it is really helpful if you:

1) Complete a simple Gift Aid mandate form (available on the table at the back of the church – or just ask) and give it to our treasurer Neil;
2) and then put your donations into one of the little brown envelopes on the candle desk and then write your name on it.
3) The same applies if you are making donations online (see below) – we need your mandate form! That way our treasurer can account for it all to the tax man and get the full amount back.



Some selected saints (AND FEASTS)  of the coming days).

    • THURSDAY 11TH – Great Martyr Euphemia (304). St Olga (in Baptism Helen), Princess of Rus’ (969). St Sophrony of the Monastery of St John the Baptist, Tolleshunt Knights (Essex, 1993).
    • FRIDAY 12TH – St Berenice (Berenike, Veronica), who was healed by Christ (1c).   Martyrs Proclus and Hilarion (Ancyra, 2nd c).  St Paisius the Hagiorite (Athos 1994).
    • SATURDAY 13TH – St Julian, Bishop in Cenomanis (Le Mans) in Gaul (1c).  St Just (Sen Est), monk in Cornwall, (5c).  Martyr Golinduc, in Baptism Mary, (Persia 591). St Mildþrȳð (Mildred), Abbess of Minster in Thanet (Kent, after 732).
    • SUNDAY 14TH – Apostle Aquila of The Seventy.  Martyr Justus at Rome (1c).
    • MONDAY 15TH – Holy Great Prince Володимѣръ (Vladimir) of Rus’, in Baptism Basil (1015).  Martyrs Cyricus and Julitta at Tarsus (c305). St Swithun (Swīþhūn), Bishop and Wonderworker of Winchester (862).
    • TUESDAY 16TH – Martyr Athenogenes, Bishop of Heracleopolis (c311).
    • WEDNESDAY 17TH – Great Martyr Marina (Margaret) of Antioch in Pisidia (c303).  Passion-bearers Emperor Nicolas II of Russia and those with him (1918).  Child Martyr Kenelm (Cynehelm) (c821).
    • THURSDAY 18TH –  Martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth and the nun Barbara (1918).  Martyr Emilian at Silistria in Moesia (Bulgaria) (363).  St Pambo, monk in Egypt (4c).
    • SATURDAY 19TH – Uncovering of the relics of St Seraphim of Sarov in 1903 (Summer feast of St Seraphim).  St Macrina, sister of St Basil the Great (380). St Roman, prince of Ryazan (1270).  St Stephen, King of Serbia (1427) and his mother Militsa (1405).
    • SUNDAY 20TH – Holy Glorious Prophet Elijah (Elias).   New Martyrs of France: Nun Maria (Skobtsova) (1945), Priest Dimitriy Klepinin (1944), Elias (Fondaminsky) (1942), and George Skobtsov, husband of Maria (1944).

 

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Sermon for the Third Sunday after Pentecost

Archimandrite Kyril Jenner

Matthew 6:22-33

The Lord said:  “do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.   Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”  (Matthew 6:25) 

“do not be anxious about your life” – the word translated here as “life” has a wide range of meanings in the original Greek.   The simple direct translation of the Greek would say “soul”.   The dictionary gives us six overlapping meanings, and it is often difficult to work out which one or more of them is appropriate in a given context.   Here it does seem to simply relate to our life on earth, and distinguishes how we live from what we are.   It distinguishes the body in action from the merely physical body.

Keeping the body alive is necessary, but is not the whole purpose of our existence.   Yes, we need food;  yes, we need clothing;  but our life with God goes beyond those merely physical needs.   God provides for our physical needs just as he provides for the physical needs of all the rest of the living plants and creatures that he has made.   We receive food and clothing by working with God in this world.   But we are called to something higher.

Our Lord sums up his teaching with these words:  “do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’   For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.   But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be yours as well.” (Matthew 6:31-33) 

Saint Theophylact reminds us that “[God] does not forbid us to eat, but to say, “What shall we eat?”   The rich say in the evening, “What shall we eat tomorrow?”   Luxury and excess are what God forbids.”   (Explanation of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew, Chapter 6)

We constantly need to reset our priorities.   We are constantly tempted to put ourselves and our perceived wants in the first place.   We constantly lack trust in God.   God, our loving heavenly Father, already knows what we need.   Being anxious simply leads to more anxiety and achieves nothing.   Minimal planning for our earthly life should be sufficient.

Instead we should focus on what God wants us to do.   “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness.”  (Matthew 6:33)  If we do this then we can receive the love of God and he will provide for all our needs.

Saint John Chrysostom expands on our Lord’s teaching here.   “[W]hen he had set the soul free from anxiety, then he made mention also of Heaven.   For indeed he came to do away with the old things, and to call us to a greater country.   Therefore he does all, to deliver us from unnecessary things, and from our affection for the earth.   For this reason he mentioned the heathens also, saying that “the Gentiles seek after these things;”  they whose whole labour is for the present life, who have no regard for the things to come, nor any thought of Heaven.   But to you the chief things are not the things of this present life, but other things than these.    For we were not born for this end, that we should eat and drink and be clothed, but that we might please God, and attain to the good things to come.   Therefore as things here are secondary in our labour, so also in our prayers let them be secondary.   Therefore he also said, “Seek the kingdom of Heaven, and all these things will be added to you.”  (Homily 22 on Matthew) 

Seeking  the kingdom of heaven starts with our repentance.   We sin.   We put ourselves first.   We make ourselves the centre of our life.   When we repent, we turn aside, we turn back to God, and God in his love for us forgives our sins.

Saint John Chrysostom tells us:  “there is not any sin that does not yield and give way to the power of repentance, or rather to the grace of Christ.   Since if we would but only change, we have him to assist us.   And if you desire to become good, there is none to hinder us;  or rather there is one to hinder us, the devil, yet he has no power, so long as you choose what is best, and so attract God to your aid.

“Let us therefore not despair, but having so many motives and good hopes, though we sin every day, let us approach him, entreating, beseeching, asking the forgiveness of our sins.   For thus we shall be more backward to sin in the time to come;  thus we shall drive away the devil, and shall call forth the lovingkindness of God, and attain to the good things to come.”  (Homily 22 on Matthew)    

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