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Counting sheep – a catechism in the catacombs

I want to write about tombs, sheep and sea monsters… And yes, I know it sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. But in actuality, these things are related quite profoundly to each other. I want to draw your

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Yugoslavian refugees builds community in Telford

A history of the Serbian Orthodox Community of St Nicholas, Donnington, Telford Had it not been for the Second World War, Serbs would not have found their way to Shropshire and settled in the Donnington area of Telford. After the

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Holy Scripture in the Orthodox Church – the Septuagint

Introduction The Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible are part of God’s revelation to mankind.  The Orthodox Church claims that the author of the Old Testament is truly God Himself, but it recognises that it is equally the

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Lastingham Saint Cedd

Pilgrimage from Lastingham to Whitby

A few weeks ago we picked up a flyer in church and read that between 9th and 10th June Fr John and Presbytera Georgina Nankivell would be leading a group of members of the Community of the Nativity of the

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Walking in Wonder – Elizabeth White

Nurturing Orthodox Christian Virtues in Your Children This slim book belies its enormous potential to parents of young children.  Elizabeth White draws on her own experiences of motherhood, her errors and joys of introducing a child to God’s wonderful world.

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A Lifetime in Pilgrimage: Archimandrite Lazaru

As far as English speaking Orthodoxy is concerned there are three individuals who have been at the “tip of the spear” for Orthodox mission. They were all monks, all became Archimandrites and all had an influence way beyond what would

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The Veneration of the Chains of the Apostle Peter

Veneration of the Chains of Saint Peter on 16 January VersesWe venerate your honourable bonds O Peter,Release me from the long bonds of my accusations.On the sixteenth I venerate the bonds of Peter. Herod Agrippa, the grandson of Herod the

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Saint Theodosios the Cenobiarch

On the eleventh of January, we commemorate our Holy Father Theodosios the Cenobiarch. VersesTheodosios abbot of the common life,As a common monastic you lost your life.On the eleventh the Cenobiarch departed this life. This Saint lived during the times of

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Dialogue of Theotokos and Magi – the Kontakion of Romanos

Kontakion on the Nativity of Christ From St. Romanos the Melodist, On the Life of Christ: Kontakia (Archimandrite Ephrem Lash, tr.: Harper, San Francisco, 1995), pp. 1-12. Introduction A “kontakion” is a poetic form frequently encountered in Byzantine hymnography. It

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The Inner Kingdwom

The Inner Kingdom – Metropolitan Kallistos

On Thursday mornings we are currently reading The Inner Kingdom by Bishop Kallistos (as he was when it was published by St Vladimir’s Seminary Press in 2000). It is proving an extremely insightful text. It is a selection of previously

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