Tag Archives: Orthodoxy

Orthodox Crossing: What Just Happened?

Time, that old constant that always seems to be shifting depending on your relationship to it at that moment. Activities can transcend it, and so can place and space. In another life ago, I worked as a stagehand for a

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Feast of the 318 Godbearing Fathers

This weekend we celebrate our patronal feast. The feast of the 318 Godbearing Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea. On Saturday we will have festal vespers at 6pm. We have invited members of the local churches in the

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Synaxarion of Saints Constantine and Helen, the Equals to the Apostles

On the twenty-first of this month we commemorate the holy, glorious, God-crowned andgreat sovereigns Constantine and Helen, the Equals to the Apostles. VersesAs the earthly Sovereigns had the earthly crown in common,So now they have in common the crown celestial.On

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Orthodox Crossing: Crowns and Clippings

Symbolic gestures are always going off all over the place, in parallel to ourselves, like the unseen realm itself. My right hand and entire arm was most certainly animated when I ripped the starter cord off of a lawn mower

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Thomas Didn’t Believe So That All May Believe (St. Gregory the Great)

Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. He was the only disciple absent; on his return, he heard what had happened but refused to believe it. The Lord came a second time;

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Homily on Holy Saturday: The Lord Descends into Hades

St. Epiphanius, Bishop of Cyprus (403 A.D.) Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is

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An Interpretation of the Hymnography of Matins on Holy Tuesday

By Dr. Michael Koutsos Plagal of the Fourth Tone Behold, the Bridegroom is coming in the middle of the night, and blessed is the servant whom He finds watching. And again unworthy is he whom he shall find careless. See to it, my

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Πρόγραμμα Ιερών Ακολουθιών Μεγάλης Εβδομάδας και Πάσχα

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The Akathistos Hymn 2023

On the evening of the 31 March the service of Compline with the Akathistos Hymn and canon of the Akathist was celebrated with great solemnity in at the church of the 318 Holy Fathers in Shrewsbury. The hymns were chanted

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Ten new members received into the Church

Glory to God! With great joy, on 24 September ten new members were received into the Holy Orthodox Church. Many years to Milburga, Edmund, Nicholas, Samantha, Joseph, Elizabeth, Thomas, Elizabeth, Daniel and Steve.

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Ordination of Deacon Panteleimon to the priesthood

On Sunday, 11th September 2022, Deacon Panteleimon Maxfield was ordained to the Holy Priesthood at the Church of The 318 Godbearing Fathers of Nicaea & John the Baptist in Shrewsbury, England. His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas presided during Matins and concelebrated

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Supraśl 2022 | A world gathering of Orthodox Youth

July 18-24, 2022, Supraśl, Poland “Go and bear fruit” John 15:16 Supraśl 2022 is a one week gathering of Orthodox youth from around the world coming together to experience the unity and universality of our Holy Orthodox Faith, to be

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Angelic Beings – OFSJB Summer Conference

Booking is now open for the OFSJB conference on Angelic Beings. 25-29 August 2022 in Walsingham, Norfolk UK. OFSJB encourages all those interested to register as soon possible as places are limited! As well as talks, services and time to

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Visits of His Grace Bishop Maximos of Melitene

We were very pleased to receive His Grace Bishop Maximos of Melitene on Friday 15 April when he came to our church for the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. We had a good attendance for a Friday evening and five

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Divine Services for Great Week & Pascha

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Slujbele din Săptămâna Mare și Sfintele Paști

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Богослужения на Великую седмицу и Пасху

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Богослуж ння на Велику седмицю та Великдень

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Разписание на богослуженията за Страстната седмица и Възкресение Христово

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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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