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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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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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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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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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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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Annual Pilgrimage of Saint Winifred 2023

On the first Saturday of October, many pilgrims from Shrewsbury and other local communities attended the pilgrimage to the holy shrine of Saint Winifred in Holywell, Wales. Following Matins and Divine Liturgy, the pilgrims processed solemnly from the well chapel

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The Repose of St. John the Theologian According to His Disciple Prochorus

The Translation of St. John the Theologian (Feast Day – September 26th) VersesStanding beside the beloved Word of the Father,Is he who was beloved more than all of the disciples.On the twenty sixth the child of thunder departed unto God.

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Synaxarion for the Conception of the Honorable Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

On the twenty-third of September we celebrate the Conception of the Honorable Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John VersesThe man received a prophetic oracle from the Archangel,You will beget a Prophet, and even greater than the prophets.On the twenty-third the Forerunner

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The Translation of the Relics of St Winifred of Trefonen

The relics of St Winefride were finally translated to Shrewsbury Abbey on 19th September 1138.If you’d like to read more about the life of this important local saint, please follow this link…

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Synaxarion of the Holy Great Martyr Niketas the Goth

VersesTo Niketas.Niketas is enflamed and becomes a victory-bearer,Or we should rather say a fire-bearing victory-bearer.On the fifteenth, Niketas was cast into the furnace. To the Holy Martyrs who contested with St. Niketas.A pious multitude contested in Gothia,Casting the barbarians out

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Synaxarion for the Exaltation of the Honorable and Life-Creating Cross

VersesExalting the neck O Savior,Creation sees the Cross exalted.On the fourteenth the Wood of the Cross is exalted. Constantine the Great and Equal to the Apostles, first among the emperors of ancient Rome, accepted Christianity. While in the midst of

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The Life of the Holy Ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna

VersesLet Joachim now with his Wife delight,Both bearing for creation the soul’s delight.On the ninth is the synaxis of the parents of God’s Mother. By St. John of Damascus Anna was to be the mother of the Virgin Mother of

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The Nativity of the Theotokos

Synaxarion of the Nativity of the Theotokos On the eighth of September, we commemorate the Birth of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-virgin Mary. VersesAnna, all mothers truly you surpassed,Until your daughter should become your Mother.Anna brought into

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Synaxarion of the Ecclesiastical New Year

On the first of September is the beginning of the Indiction, namely the New Year. VersesBless for us the Indiction of the New Year,O You Who are both Ancient and for mankind New (namely You, O Christ). We should know, brethren,

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St Symeon the Stylite

On this day, the first of September, our Church celebrates the memory of the venerable Symeon the Stylite. Our venerable Father Symeon was born about the year 390 in a certain village named Sis, in the mountain region of Cilicia

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The Placing of the Honourable Sash of the Most Holy Theotokos

Synaxarion of the Deposition of the Honorable Zoni in the Holy Coffin On the thirty-first of August, we commemorate the deposition of the Honorable Zoni* in the Holy Coffin, of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos, in her revered home

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Synaxarion of the Beheading of the Holy and Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

SynaxarionOn the 29th of August, commemoration of the beheading of the honorable head of the holy, glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John. VersesA murderous hand with a sword cuts off the head Of him who placed his hand on the

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Orthodox Crossing: Reliquary and Me

I am not a big one for digging, generally, but then I garden for what I earn so I am digging for a lot of the time. And when I am, I find things; dirt, bits of old pottery, a

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The visit of His Grace Bishop Maximos of Melitene and fundraising BBQ

On Sunday, July 9, 2023, His Grace Bishop Maximos of Melitene presided at Matins and celebrated the Divine Liturgy. The Very Reverend Protopresbyter Stephen Maxfield and Presbyter Panteleimon Maxfield, and Presbyter David Walker served with His Grace. To mark His

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Visit of His Grace Bishop Maximos of Melitene

On Sunday 9 July, His Grace Bishop Maximos of Melitene will make a pastoral visit to the Church of the 318 Holy Fathers. His Grace will preside at Matins at 9 a.m. and the Divine Liturgy. All are encouraged to

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