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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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Annual St Nicholas Festival – 3 December 2023

Our annual Saint Nicholas Festival will take place after the Divine Liturgy on 3 December at the Serbian Church in Telford. This festival, occurring annually on the first Sunday in December, has become one of our most popular events of the

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Four received into the Orthodox Church

On Saturday, 4th November 2023, at the Holy Church of the 318 Holy Fathers, Shrewsbury John, Steve, Zoe and Amy were received into the Orthodox Church after a period of instructional catechism. Many years!

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Saint Edmund the Martyr

Feast day 20 November. Of his life little is known. In the year 869 the Danes, who had been wintering at York, marched through Mercia into East Anglia and took up their quarters at Thetford. Edmund engaged them fiercely in battle, but

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The Feast of Nektarios the Wonderworker of Pentapolis

St. Nektarios was born in Selybria of Eastern Thrace to the family of Demos and Maria Kephalas on 1st October 1846. He was named Anastasios at his baptism, a name which suited perfectly his early behavior. As a child he

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Winefrid, virgin martyr and abbess of Gwytherin

Read about the life of Saint Winefrid and her importance for the town of Shrewsbury Continue reading

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Feast of Great Martyr Demetrios

On 26 October we celebrate the feast of the Holy Glorious and Great Martyr Demetrios the Myrrh Streamer. Life of the Saint Saint Demetrios suffered in Thessalonica during the reign of Galerius Maximian (c. 306). He belonged to one of

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Eata, bishop of Hexham

26 October Saint Eata was a native of Northumbria and was probably born in the reign of King Oswald.  He was one of the original twelve pupils of St Aidan at Lindisfarne. Around the year 640 Saint Aidan founded a

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