University Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1SP

 CONTACTS:

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).

  For more see:  CONTACTS

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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.)

 

Wednesday, 10th April (Fast Day) Week of the Holy Cross.  MID-LENT today.

6.30 p.m.   Vespers with the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.

Readings:

6th Hour: Isaiah 26:21-27:9

Vespers:  Genesis 9:18-10:1    Proverbs 12:23-13:9

 

Saturday, 13th April (Wine and oil). Fourth Saturday of Souls.

5.30 p.m.    Vespers 

 

Sunday 14th April.  Fourth Sunday of the Great Fast.  Commemoration of St John of Sinai, Author of “The Ladder”. (Wine and oil)

10.30 a.m.  Divine Liturgy of St Basil The Great

Readings:

Hebrews  6:13-20        Mark 9:17-31

 

FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST:

Prayer after Communion (“Behind the Ambo) for the Fourth Sunday of the Great Fast (Saint John of the Ladder):

Our God, the God of salvation, incline your ear to the entreaty of us, your servants, and impart to us the compassion of your goodness;  turn away from us all carnal thoughts, and bestow on us every spiritual manner of living;  bring back those who have gone astray;  heal those in sicknesses;  nourish those in poverty;  deliver those being tempted;  console those in sorrow, for you are the refuge and salvation of all, and we all seek your help in all things, for yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and to the ages of ages.

 

THE PRAYER OF ST. EPHREM  (Sister Vassa)

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of idleness (ἀργίας), despondency (περιεργίας), love of power, and idle talk (ἀργολογίας).

But give rather the spirit of whole-mindedness (σωφροσύνης), humility, patience, and love to Your servant.

Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for You are blessed unto ages of ages. Amen. (Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem)

One of the great paradoxes of the cross-carrying journey, (the cross itself being the greatest paradox, as something that brings victory through defeat), is that I learn to embrace God’s Spirit, of whole-mindedness, humility, patience, and love, through being confronted with, and turning away from, “other” or opposing “spirits,” like idleness, despondency, love of power, and idle talk. That’s why these harmful, other “spirits” are mentioned first in the Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem, that I may profess my decision, my desire, to turn away from them.

This learning or growth-process, of stretching upward, toward light, freedom and peace, while certain voices are calling me downward, to darkness, bondage and chaos, is often painful (another paradox). For example, a “whole-minded” approach to my life, to my God-given vocation, means following that calling by channelling the *whole* picture of who I am in God’s eyes, with *all* my gifts, God-given desires, character, background, challenges and shortcomings, toward Him, by doing what and how He calls me to do. But “whole”-minded doing is challenged by fragmentation, when God-given desires and gifts are “called” by other voices to take on a life of their own, outside of God and His vision of me. Whole-minded doing is particularly challenged by “idleness” (“argia,” from “a” or the alpha-privative that means “not,” + “ergo” that means “to do”), which means “not” doing what I am supposed to be doing; and “despondency” (“peri-ergia,” from “peri” that means “around” or “beyond,” + “ergo” that means “to do”), which means doing “around” or “beyond” the scope of my vocation. If I embrace these spirits, I “miss the point” of my existence (i.e., I “sin”), losing sight of my God-envisioned purpose.

Conversely, if I turn away from these voices, which may involve pain, like severing an unhealthy relationship or activity, I grow in understanding and knowledge of my God-envisioned self and purpose. That is to say, I “see” myself more clearly. That’s why the above-quoted prayer ends with these words: “Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for You are blessed unto ages of ages.” Amen!

 

REMINDER – FOOD BANK:

 As we reduce our food intake in Lent we increase our prayer – and also refocus our charity.  DON’T  FORGET THE NEEDS OF OTHERS. Bring contributions please. Can we fill the box twice over during Lent?

 PARISH NEWS

*** It is with sadness that we announce the death after a long period of illness of Protopresbyter Kyrillos Leret-Aldir.  Fr Kyrillos was Priest in Charge of our parish for a while before the appointment of Archimandrite Kyril.  Eternal memory! 

Fr Kyrillos’ funeral will be held in the (Greek) church of Ss Peter and Paul, Easton, on Monday 22nd April at 10.00 a.m.

 

THE  LENTEN FAST:

The norm for fasting in Great Lent is that we eat less in order to pray more and remember our neighbour more by works of fellowship and charity.  To that end, we refrain from all meat, fish but not other sea-food), eggs and dairy foods. It is good for us to feel some bodily hunger in order to remember first, that our lives are a gift from God, not a right; and that, secondly, as Christians our primary relationship and preoccupation is not with material things of this passing world, but with the Eternal Banquet that the Resurrection invites us to.

On weekdays we do not use oil or wine (in other words, foods that express celebration or bodily enjoyment).  On the Sabbath (Saturday) and The Lord’s Day (Sunday) we have oil and wine as these are also eucharistic days (we do not celebrate the Divine Liturgy on fasting weekdays).  If medical or other considerations make a full fast difficult, consult your priest for guidance.

DO READ Fr Alexander Schmemann’s Great Lent as well as the Introduction to The Lenten Triodion by Bishop Kallistos and Mother Mary.  From your calendar-lectionary, or from one on line, do read the daily scripture readings from Genesis, Isaiah and Proverbs.  These lead us through Salvation History from the beginning to its culmination in Pascha.

BUILDING WORK:

The masons have finished the restoration work in the Church Altar (Sanctuary).  The stained glass window has been cleaned!  Thank you all for your generosity  to the building fund,. We have spent the money we had in hand for this project, but there is more to do:  The lower walls need to be re-plastered and repainted, so please continue to give generously to the building Fund!

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.

🚨PHONES IN CHURCH🚨

It is good practice to have phones turned off or in aeroplane mode during services .


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

    • SUNDAY 14TH – Ss Aristarchus, Pudens and Trophimus, Apostles of the Seventy (1c). Martyr Ardalion the Actor (4c).  Martyrs Antony, John an Eustathius at Vilna (Lithuania) (1347).
    • MONDAY 15TH – Martyrs Basilissa and Anastasia, disciples of Ss Peter and Paul,  at Rome (1c).  St Padarn (Paternus), Bishop, Founder of the Monastery at Llanbadarn Fawr (5-6c).
    • TUESDAY 16TH – Virgin Martyrs Agape, Irene and Chionia (304). St Amphilochius of Patmos (1970).
    • WEDNESDASY 17TH – Martyr Symeon, Bishop in Persia (344). Martyr Adrian (Corinth 251). St Agapetus, Pope of Rome (536). St Donnan, monk and martyr (Eigg, c617). St Zosimas, Abbot of Solovki Monastery (1893).  St Paisius, Fool for Christ (Kiev Caves, 1893).
    • THURSDASY 18TH – Martyr Sabas the Goth (Wallachia, 372). 
    • FRIDAY 19TH – Martyr Theodore, Bishop of Perge in Pamphylia, and his mother St Philippa (2c). Martyr Ælfheah (Alphege), Archbishop of Canterbury (1012).
    • SATURDAY 20TH – St Theodore “The Hairshirt Wearer” (Trichinas), hermit (Constantinople 4-5c).

      UpComingREV | UU Taos

      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 April (Wine and oil). Fourth Saturday of Souls.

      5.30 p.m.    Vespers 

       

      Sunday 14th April.  Fourth Sunday of the Great Fast.  Commemoration of St John of Sinai, Author of “The Ladder”. (Wine and oil)

      10.30 a.m.  Divine Liturgy of St Basil The Great

      Readings:

      Hebrews  6:13-20        Mark 9:17-31

       

      Wednesday, 17th April.  Fast Day.

      6.30 p.m.     Matins (of Thursday) with the Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete and the reading of the Life of St Mary of Egypt.  NOTE: This is a beautiful but long service.

       

      Thursday, 18th April.  Thursday of the Great Canon.  Wine and oil allowed.

       

      Friday, 19th April. Fast Day

      6.30 p.m.    Matins (of Saturday) with the Akathist Hymn of the Theotokos

       

      Saturday, 20th April (Wine and oil).  Fifth Saturday of Souls. Saturday of the Akathist Hymn.

      5.30 p.m.    Vespers 

       

      Sunday 21st April.  Fifth Sunday of the Great Fast.  Commemoration of St Mary of Egypt.  (Wine and oil)

      Readings:

      Hebrews  9:11-14        Mark 10:32b-45

       

      FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST (St John of “The Ladder”):

      Prayer after Communion (“Behind the Ambo) for the Fourth Sunday of the Great Fast (Saint John of the Ladder):

      Our God, the God of salvation, incline your ear to the entreaty of us, your servants, and impart to us the compassion of your goodness;  turn away from us all carnal thoughts, and bestow on us every spiritual manner of living;  bring back those who have gone astray;  heal those in sicknesses;  nourish those in poverty;  deliver those being tempted;  console those in sorrow, for you are the refuge and salvation of all, and we all seek your help in all things, for yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and to the ages of ages.

       

      THE PRAYER OF ST. EPHREM  (Sister Vassa)

      O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of idleness (ἀργίας), despondency (περιεργίας), love of power, and idle talk (ἀργολογίας).

      But give rather the spirit of whole-mindedness (σωφροσύνης), humility, patience, and love to Your servant.

      Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for You are blessed unto ages of ages. Amen. (Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem)

      One of the great paradoxes of the cross-carrying journey, (the cross itself being the greatest paradox, as something that brings victory through defeat), is that I learn to embrace God’s Spirit, of whole-mindedness, humility, patience, and love, through being confronted with, and turning away from, “other” or opposing “spirits,” like idleness, despondency, love of power, and idle talk. That’s why these harmful, other “spirits” are mentioned first in the Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem, that I may profess my decision, my desire, to turn away from them.

      This learning or growth-process, of stretching upward, toward light, freedom and peace, while certain voices are calling me downward, to darkness, bondage and chaos, is often painful (another paradox). For example, a “whole-minded” approach to my life, to my God-given vocation, means following that calling by channelling the *whole* picture of who I am in God’s eyes, with *all* my gifts, God-given desires, character, background, challenges and shortcomings, toward Him, by doing what and how He calls me to do. But “whole”-minded doing is challenged by fragmentation, when God-given desires and gifts are “called” by other voices to take on a life of their own, outside of God and His vision of me. Whole-minded doing is particularly challenged by “idleness” (“argia,” from “a” or the alpha-privative that means “not,” + “ergo” that means “to do”), which means “not” doing what I am supposed to be doing; and “despondency” (“peri-ergia,” from “peri” that means “around” or “beyond,” + “ergo” that means “to do”), which means doing “around” or “beyond” the scope of my vocation. If I embrace these spirits, I “miss the point” of my existence (i.e., I “sin”), losing sight of my God-envisioned purpose.

      Conversely, if I turn away from these voices, which may involve pain, like severing an unhealthy relationship or activity, I grow in understanding and knowledge of my God-envisioned self and purpose. That is to say, I “see” myself more clearly. That’s why the above-quoted prayer ends with these words: “Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for You are blessed unto ages of ages.” Amen!

       

      REMINDER – FOOD BANK:

       As we reduce our food intake in Lent we increase our prayer – and also refocus our charity.  DON’T  FORGET THE NEEDS OF OTHERS. Bring contributions please. Can we fill the box twice over during Lent?

       PARISH NEWS

      *** It is with sadness that we announce the death after a long period of illness of Protopresbyter Kyrillos Leret-Aldir.  Fr Kyrillos was Priest in Charge of our parish for a while before the appointment of Archimandrite Kyril.  Eternal memory! 

      Fr Kyrillos’ funeral will be held in the (Greek) church of Ss Peter and Paul, Easton, on Monday 22nd April at 10.00 a.m.

       

      THE  LENTEN FAST:

      The norm for fasting in Great Lent is that we eat less in order to pray more and remember our neighbour more by works of fellowship and charity.  To that end, we refrain from all meat, fish but not other sea-food), eggs and dairy foods. It is good for us to feel some bodily hunger in order to remember first, that our lives are a gift from God, not a right; and that, secondly, as Christians our primary relationship and preoccupation is not with material things of this passing world, but with the Eternal Banquet that the Resurrection invites us to.

      On weekdays we do not use oil or wine (in other words, foods that express celebration or bodily enjoyment).  On the Sabbath (Saturday) and The Lord’s Day (Sunday) we have oil and wine as these are also eucharistic days (we do not celebrate the Divine Liturgy on fasting weekdays).  If medical or other considerations make a full fast difficult, consult your priest for guidance.

      DO READ Fr Alexander Schmemann’s Great Lent as well as the Introduction to The Lenten Triodion by Bishop Kallistos and Mother Mary.  From your calendar-lectionary, or from one on line, do read the daily scripture readings from Genesis, Isaiah and Proverbs.  These lead us through Salvation History from the beginning to its culmination in Pascha.

      BUILDING WORK:

      The masons have finished the restoration work in the Church Altar (Sanctuary).  The stained glass window has been cleaned!  Thank you all for your generosity  to the building fund,. We have spent the money we had in hand for this project, but there is more to do:  The lower walls need to be re-plastered and repainted, so please continue to give generously to the building Fund!

      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.

      🚨PHONES IN CHURCH🚨

      It is good practice to have phones turned off or in aeroplane mode during services .


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

        • SUNDAY 14TH – Ss Aristarchus, Pudens and Trophimus, Apostles of the Seventy (1c). Martyr Ardalion the Actor (4c).  Martyrs Antony, John an Eustathius at Vilna (Lithuania) (1347).
        • MONDAY 15TH – Martyrs Basilissa and Anastasia, disciples of Ss Peter and Paul,  at Rome (1c).  St Padarn (Paternus), Bishop, Founder of the Monastery at Llanbadarn Fawr (5-6c).
        • TUESDAY 16TH – Virgin Martyrs Agape, Irene and Chionia (304). St Amphilochius of Patmos (1970).
        • WEDNESDASY 17TH – Martyr Symeon, Bishop in Persia (344). Martyr Adrian (Corinth 251). St Agapetus, Pope of Rome (536). St Donnan, monk and martyr (Eigg, c617). St Zosimas, Abbot of Solovki Monastery (1893).  St Paisius, Fool for Christ (Kiev Caves, 1893).
        • THURSDASY 18TH – Martyr Sabas the Goth (Wallachia, 372). 
        • FRIDAY 19TH – Martyr Theodore, Bishop of Perge in Pamphylia, and his mother St Philippa (2c). Martyr Ælfheah (Alphege), Archbishop of Canterbury (1012).
        • SATURDAY 20TH – St Theodore “The Hairshirt Wearer” (Trichinas), hermit (Constantinople 4-5c).  St Cædwalla, King of Wessex (689).

           

          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.)

           

          Wednesday, 10th April (Fast Day) Week of the Holy Cross.  MID-LENT today.

          6.30 p.m.   Vespers with the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.

          Readings:

          6th Hour: Isaiah 26:21-27:9

          Vespers:  Genesis 9:18-10:1    Proverbs 12:23-13:9

           

          Saturday, 13th April (Wine and oil). Fourth Saturday of Souls.

          5.30 p.m.    Vespers 

           

          Sunday 14th April.  Fourth Sunday of the Great Fast.  Commemoration of St John of Sinai, Author of “The Ladder”. (Wine and oil)

          10.30 a.m.  Divine Liturgy of St Basil The Great

          Readings:

          Hebrews  6:13-20        Mark 9:17-31

           

          FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST:

          Prayer after Communion (“Behind the Ambo) for the Fourth Sunday of the Great Fast (Saint John of the Ladder):

          Our God, the God of salvation, incline your ear to the entreaty of us, your servants, and impart to us the compassion of your goodness;  turn away from us all carnal thoughts, and bestow on us every spiritual manner of living;  bring back those who have gone astray;  heal those in sicknesses;  nourish those in poverty;  deliver those being tempted;  console those in sorrow, for you are the refuge and salvation of all, and we all seek your help in all things, for yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and to the ages of ages.

           

          THE PRAYER OF ST. EPHREM  (Sister Vassa)

          O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of idleness (ἀργίας), despondency (περιεργίας), love of power, and idle talk (ἀργολογίας).

          But give rather the spirit of whole-mindedness (σωφροσύνης), humility, patience, and love to Your servant.

          Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for You are blessed unto ages of ages. Amen. (Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem)

          One of the great paradoxes of the cross-carrying journey, (the cross itself being the greatest paradox, as something that brings victory through defeat), is that I learn to embrace God’s Spirit, of whole-mindedness, humility, patience, and love, through being confronted with, and turning away from, “other” or opposing “spirits,” like idleness, despondency, love of power, and idle talk. That’s why these harmful, other “spirits” are mentioned first in the Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem, that I may profess my decision, my desire, to turn away from them.

          This learning or growth-process, of stretching upward, toward light, freedom and peace, while certain voices are calling me downward, to darkness, bondage and chaos, is often painful (another paradox). For example, a “whole-minded” approach to my life, to my God-given vocation, means following that calling by channelling the *whole* picture of who I am in God’s eyes, with *all* my gifts, God-given desires, character, background, challenges and shortcomings, toward Him, by doing what and how He calls me to do. But “whole”-minded doing is challenged by fragmentation, when God-given desires and gifts are “called” by other voices to take on a life of their own, outside of God and His vision of me. Whole-minded doing is particularly challenged by “idleness” (“argia,” from “a” or the alpha-privative that means “not,” + “ergo” that means “to do”), which means “not” doing what I am supposed to be doing; and “despondency” (“peri-ergia,” from “peri” that means “around” or “beyond,” + “ergo” that means “to do”), which means doing “around” or “beyond” the scope of my vocation. If I embrace these spirits, I “miss the point” of my existence (i.e., I “sin”), losing sight of my God-envisioned purpose.

          Conversely, if I turn away from these voices, which may involve pain, like severing an unhealthy relationship or activity, I grow in understanding and knowledge of my God-envisioned self and purpose. That is to say, I “see” myself more clearly. That’s why the above-quoted prayer ends with these words: “Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for You are blessed unto ages of ages.” Amen!

           

          REMINDER – FOOD BANK:

           As we reduce our food intake in Lent we increase our prayer – and also refocus our charity.  DON’T  FORGET THE NEEDS OF OTHERS. Bring contributions please. Can we fill the box twice over during Lent?

           PARISH NEWS

          *** It is with sadness that we announce the death after a long period of illness of Protopresbyter Kyrillos Leret-Aldir.  Fr Kyrillos was Priest in Charge of our parish for a while before the appointment of Archimandrite Kyril.  Eternal memory! 

          Fr Kyrillos’ funeral will be held in the (Greek) church of Ss Peter and Paul, Easton, on Monday 22nd April at 10.00 a.m.

           

          THE  LENTEN FAST:

          The norm for fasting in Great Lent is that we eat less in order to pray more and remember our neighbour more by works of fellowship and charity.  To that end, we refrain from all meat, fish but not other sea-food), eggs and dairy foods. It is good for us to feel some bodily hunger in order to remember first, that our lives are a gift from God, not a right; and that, secondly, as Christians our primary relationship and preoccupation is not with material things of this passing world, but with the Eternal Banquet that the Resurrection invites us to.

          On weekdays we do not use oil or wine (in other words, foods that express celebration or bodily enjoyment).  On the Sabbath (Saturday) and The Lord’s Day (Sunday) we have oil and wine as these are also eucharistic days (we do not celebrate the Divine Liturgy on fasting weekdays).  If medical or other considerations make a full fast difficult, consult your priest for guidance.

          DO READ Fr Alexander Schmemann’s Great Lent as well as the Introduction to The Lenten Triodion by Bishop Kallistos and Mother Mary.  From your calendar-lectionary, or from one on line, do read the daily scripture readings from Genesis, Isaiah and Proverbs.  These lead us through Salvation History from the beginning to its culmination in Pascha.

          BUILDING WORK:

          The masons have finished the restoration work in the Church Altar (Sanctuary).  The stained glass window has been cleaned!  Thank you all for your generosity  to the building fund,. We have spent the money we had in hand for this project, but there is more to do:  The lower walls need to be re-plastered and repainted, so please continue to give generously to the building Fund!

          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.

          🚨PHONES IN CHURCH🚨

          It is good practice to have phones turned off or in aeroplane mode during services .


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

            • SUNDAY 14TH – Ss Aristarchus, Pudens and Trophimus, Apostles of the Seventy (1c). Martyr Ardalion the Actor (4c).  Martyrs Antony, John an Eustathius at Vilna (Lithuania) (1347).
            • MONDAY 15TH – Martyrs Basilissa and Anastasia, disciples of Ss Peter and Paul,  at Rome (1c).  St Padarn (Paternus), Bishop, Founder of the Monastery at Llanbadarn Fawr (5-6c).
            • TUESDAY 16TH – Virgin Martyrs Agape, Irene and Chionia (304). St Amphilochius of Patmos (1970).
            • WEDNESDASY 17TH – Martyr Symeon, Bishop in Persia (344). Martyr Adrian (Corinth 251). St Agapetus, Pope of Rome (536). St Donnan, monk and martyr (Eigg, c617). St Zosimas, Abbot of Solovki Monastery (1893).  St Paisius, Fool for Christ (Kiev Caves, 1893).
            • THURSDASY 18TH – Martyr Sabas the Goth (Wallachia, 372). 
            • FRIDAY 19TH – Martyr Theodore, Bishop of Perge in Pamphylia, and his mother St Philippa (2c). Martyr Ælfheah (Alphege), Archbishop of Canterbury (1012).
            • SATURDAY 20TH – St Theodore “The Hairshirt Wearer” (Trichinas), hermit (Constantinople 4-5c).  St 

           

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Sermon for the Third Sunday in Lent

Archimandrite Kyril Jenner

Hebrews 4:14 – 5:6

In today’s reading from the Epistle to the Hebrews we heard these words:  “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  (Hebrews 4:16) 

Christ is our High Priest.   As our High Priest he offers the sacrifice on our behalf for the forgiveness of our sins.   But unlike an earthly High Priest he is also the one who is sacrificed.   In his love for us he accepted death on the Cross.   He was raised up for death on the Cross, but through the Cross he was raised up to sit at the right hand of the Father.

Seated on the throne of grace he still carries the Cross with him.   After his Resurrection the marks of the nails and the spear were still on his body.   In the icons he is always shown with the Cross in his halo.   The Cross is symbolically also the throne of grace.

From this throne we do not receive judgement.   We do not receive the punishment due for our sins.   Instead Christ has taken that punishment on himself and now offers us mercy and compassion and forgiveness.

Some of the hymns for today emphasize this.  In the Sessional Hymns after the Third Ode at Matins we find these words:  “Your Cross, O Lord, sanctifies and brings healing to those who are in sickness through their sins.   Through it, we fall before you:  have mercy on us.” 

the Cross we receive healing for our spiritual sickness.   We are allowed to repent and receive forgiveness.   Before the Cross, before the “throne of grace”, we “find grace to help in time of need.”   Instead of judgement and punishment we find mercy and forgiveness.

The next verse starts:  “Today the saying of the Prophet has been fulfilled:  Behold, we worship at the place on which your feet have stood, O Lord, and, tasting from the Tree of salvation, we have been delivered from our sinful passions.”  

When we stand in front of the Cross to venerate it we are placing ourselves in the presence of Christ.   From him we receive deliverance from our sins.   Through the Cross he shows us his mercy and compassion.

The verses continue:  “No sooner, O Christ, had the wood of the Cross been set up, than the foundations of death were shaken, O Lord.   For Hades swallowed you eagerly, but with trembling it let you go.   You have shown us your salvation, O Holy One, and we glorify you, O Son of God;  have mercy on us.”

Through the Cross Christ showed his victory over death, over both physical and spiritual death.   Through the Cross we too are granted victory over death.   Our earthly bodies are subject to physical death.   Our sinfulness makes us subject to spiritual death.   Yet Christ in his love for us raises us up with him.   Standing before the Cross, standing before the throne of grace, we receive the fulness of life – life with Christ.

This is the way that is open to us now.   But we need to follow that way now, so that at the end we are not excluded from the presence of God.

Saint John Chrysostom reminds us of the need to take action now, and not leave it until it is too late.   He says:  “let us only bring faith and he gives all things.   Now is the time of the gift;  let no man despair of himself.   Then [will be] the time of despairing, when the bride-chamber is shut, when the King has come in to see the guests, when those who will be accounted worthy of it will have received as their portion a place in the bosom of the Patriarch:  but now it is not as yet so.   For the spectators are still assembled, the contest is still active, the prize is still in suspense.”  (Homily 7 on Hebrews)

Let us daily turn to God and stand before the throne of grace, so that through the love and compassion of our Lord we may receive mercy and forgiveness, and at the end be granted a place with Christ in the kingdom of heaven.

 

 

 

 

 

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