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Synaxarion for Saturday of the Akathistos Hymn

On the fifth Saturday of the Great Fast, we celebrate the praise of our Most-holy Lady, theTheotokos and Ever-virgin Mary, during which “it is not permitted to sit.” VersesThe city in thanksgiving and watchfulness doth praiseHer who upholdeth and constantly

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Saturday of the Akathist Hymn

By Elder Epiphanios Theodoropoulos [On the Fifth] Saturday [of the fast] we chant the Akathist Hymn during Matins. In our days however this does not happen except in the holy monasteries, since in the parishes it is chanted the evening before, on Friday

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That this Pascha is a type of the future and eternal Pascha

That this Pascha is a type of the future and eternal Pascha;and about endurance and courage. St Theodore the Studite: Catchesis 66 Brethren and fathers, Lent is already galloping past and the soul rejoices at the imminence of Pascha, because

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Bishop Maximos to visit Shrewsbury on 14 April.

On Sunday, 14 April, His Grace, Bishop Maximos, will make a pastoral visit to the Church in Shrewsbury. He will preside at the Divine Liturgy for the Fourth Sunday of the Fast: St John Climacus, at St. Julian’s Church, Shrewsbury,

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First Homily for the Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross (St. Luke of Simferopol)

 By St. Luke, Archbishop of Simferopol and Crimea “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly

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Why go to church?

The simple answer to this question is “To meet God and share in His Life”. But how does this happen? Let us start by asking some fundamental questions. What is the Church here for? What is the distinctive and unique

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Life of our Holy Mother Mary of Egypt

Life of our Holy Mother Mary of Egypt (St. Sophronios of Jerusalem) By St. Sophronios of Jerusalem “It is good to hide the secret of a king, but it is glorious to reveal and preach the works of God” (Tobit

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Catechism for the Great Fast

Starting 31 March, there will be short catechism sessions after the Divine Liturgy during the period of the Great Fast. The theme of the catechism is living the Orthodox Christian life. Everyone is welcome to attend. After a ten-minute introduction,

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Homily on the Annunciation by Saint Photios the Great

Gay is today’s festival, and splendid is the joy it conveys to the ends of the earth. The joy it yields scatters old sorrow; the joy it yields banishes the curse of the world, inaugurates the raising of him who

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Forgiveness Sunday at St. Julian’s Church

On 17 March, our community held its first Sunday service at Saint Julian’s Church in Shrewsbury at the kind invitation of the owner, Mr Andrew Wright and his wife Lexie. Andrew and Lexie are well-known in Shrewsbury and well-loved by

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Feast of Saint Alkmund of Derby

Today we commemorate Saint Alchmund of Derby. Saint Alchmund’s church in Shrewsbury is dedicated to the saint possibly because his relics were brought here by Queen Aethelflaed’s to save them from the invading Danes. Continue reading

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St. Cuthbert Wonderworker of Britain

If I were to say to you that you are not a human (ἄνθρωπος), you might take it as an insult. I will say it, nevertheless. We are not humans, neither you nor I; we are merely in the process

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First Divine Liturgy at St Julian’s Church, Shrewsbury

With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas, and as announced last Sunday, we will be celebrating our first Divine Liturgy at St. Julian’s Church, Shrewsbury, SY1 1UH, this Sunday, 17 March.  Matins will start at 9.30am.  The Divine Liturgy

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Chad, Bishop of Lichfield

Saint Chad was one of three brothers born in Northumbria, and was educated at the monastery on Lindisfarne under Saint Aidan. In 664 he succeeded his brother, Cedd as Abbot of Lastingham.  In 669 that Chad became Bishop of Lichfield

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Werburgh, Abbess of Mercia

Werburgh, a princess of Mercia, exchanged her coronet for a veil early in life and became a great foundress and leader of monastic communities in East Anglia and Mercia.  Her greatness in life is reflected in her veneration in death. 

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Visit of His Grace Bishop Maximos of Melitene to Shrewsbury for his name day

On Sunday, 21st January 2024, His Grace Bishop Maximos of Melitene presided at Matins and celebrated the Divine Liturgy. The Very Reverend Protopresbyter Stephen Maxfield and Presbyter Panteleimon Maxfield served with His Grace. We were honoured to have His Grace

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2023 Christmas Message of His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas

Beloved in Christ, As we approach the Great Feast of the Nativity, I would like to call to mind a beautiful, almost haunting, Christmas carol, which has its origins as a Latin hymn. “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is a

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Thanks on the occasion of a new icon

Dearly beloved fellow travellers, We are absolutely delighted with the very first exterior icon at our church, of the Proto-Martyr Stephen and the Great Martyr Catherine of Alexandria, our own patron saints. How amazing that God has led us to

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Nicholas the Wonderworker, Bishop of Myra

On the sixth of December, we commemorate our Holy Father Nicholas the Archbishop of Myra in Lycia the Wonderworker. Verses While on earth Nicholas was a great intercessor, Departing the earth he still fervently intercedes. On the sixth the end

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2024 Wall Calendars now for sale

The 2024 wall calendar has gone to print and will be available in church from 6 December onwards.   As last year, the calendar shows all of the feasts of the Lord and the Theotokos, fasting rules for each day and

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