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When the divine calling came upon thee, O divinely wise Jonah, thou didst forsake the world and that which is in the world, and with unwavering resolve, follow after Christ Hence, the all-seeing Eye, beholding thy good intentions, adorned thee with the episcopacy. Entreat Him and pray unto Him, that He save and enlighten our souls. When divine effulgence made its abode within thy heart, O holy hierarch Jonah, thou didst acquire most radiant joy and all-honourable glory. Wherefore, thou didst hold all things to be transitory, and with all thy heart thou didst cleave unto God alone. Entreat Him and pray unto Him, O thou who art great among hierarchs, that He save and enlighten our souls. When divine love came upon thee, O holy hierarch, inclining thyself wholly unto Christ the Master from thy youth, desiring desire Him, thou didst cleanse thyself of all the passions which drag us down. Wherefore, thou wast shown to be the abode and habitation of the most holy Spirit, working most glorious miracles. Entreat Christ, that He save and enlighten our souls. ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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26/06/2022 - Homily - Sunday of all Saints of RusThere are no passports in heaven! Following Liturgy, Father Mark reminds us that the Gospel and Prayer are the universal language that unites us with God and His Saints. Saints transcend borders, nationality and division as they guide us to unity with God. We should honour the saints by reflecting them and carrying on their work in our own lives.youtu.be/8HN8AIYk2OAYou can also find us on the following linksrussianorthodoxchurchcardiff.comRussian Orthodox Church Cardiff : Kazan Icon of the Mother of Godwww.instagram.com/russianorthodoxchurchcardifftwitter.com/rocorincardiff ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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19/06/2022 - Homily - Sunday of All Saints"There is no such thing as secondhand holiness". Following today’s Liturgy, Father Mark challenged us to not merely imitate the Saints, but to emulate them in our daily lives. ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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As a light-hearted aside, some of our Russian and Ukrainian parishioners are good at producing delicious pies - but when the photo of a Jubilee Pie from St James, Sussex Gardens, in Paddington, came up on my Facebook feed, I thought the carnivores of the parish might appreciate some competive efforts after the forthcoming fast! ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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A PRAYER BEFORE COMMUNION BY ST DIMITRI OF ROSTOVOpen, O doors and bolts of my heart, that Christ the King of Glory may enter!Enter, O my Light, and enlighten my darkness;Enter, O my Life, and resurrect my deadness;Enter, O my Physician, and heal my wounds;Enter, O Divine Fire, and burn up the thorns of my sins;Ignite my inward parts and my heart with the flame of Thy love;Enter, O my King, and destroy in me the kingdom of sin;Sit on the throne of my heart and reign in me alone, O Thou, my King and Lord. ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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Great Prokeimenon (Psalm Respond): What God is as great as our God? Thou alone art our God, who alone workest wonders.Protodeacon Roman Melnyk, Kirovgrad, Ukraine. ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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05/06/2022 - Homily - Sunday of the Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council. ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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02/06/2022 - Homily - The Ascension of our Lord. Following today's Liturgy, Father Mark reflects on how the Saviour's incarnate-life and earthly experiences can draw us to Him in prayer, in times of our own need, difficulty and sorrow. ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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V. Let God arise and let his enemies be scattered, and let those who hate him flee from before his face!Today the sacred Pascha is revealed to us, holy and new Pascha, the mystical Passover, the venerable Passover, the Pascha which is Christ the Redeemer,spotless Pascha, great Pascha, the Pascha of the faithful, the Pascha which is the key to the gates of Paradise, the Pascha which sanctifies all the faithful.V. As smoke vanishes, so let them vanish, as wax melts before a fire.O women, be the heralds of good news and tell what you saw; tell of the vision and say to Zion: “Accept the good news of joy from us, the news that Christ has risen.”Exult and celebrate and rejoice, O Jerusalem, seeing Christ the King, coming forth from the tomb like a bridegroom.V. So let the wicked perish at the presence of God, but let the righteous ones rejoice.The myrrhbearing women arrived just before the dawn at the tomb of the Giver of Life and found an angel seated on the stone who spoke these words to them:“Why do you seek the living among the dead? Why do you mourn the incorruptible among those subject to decay? Go announce the good news to his disciples.V. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us exult and rejoice it it.Pascha so delightful, Pascha of the Lord, is the Pascha – most honored Pasch now dawned on us. It is the Pascha! Therefore, let us joyfully embrace one another. O Passover, save us from sorrow; For today, Christ has shown forth from the tomb as from a bridal chamber and filled the women with joy by saying: Announce the good news to the Apostles.V. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.This is the Resurrection Day! Let us be enlightened by this Feast and let us embrace one another! Let us call "Brethren" even those who hate us, and in the Resurrection, forgive everything and let us sing: Christ is risen from the dead... ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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29/05/2022 - Homily on the Sunday of the blind man.Father Mark uses today's Gospel to teach us that just like the blind man who was told to go and wash the clay from his eyes, we also have an active role to play in the salvation offered by Christ, to be made new and restored by our Creator and Saviour. ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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22/05/2022 - Homily following Liturgy Father Mark reflects on how we should be like St Svetlana (Photini), the Samaritan woman. ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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A visit to the photo-shop, today, was rewarded with a block-mounted icon of Blessed Tsar Feodor Ioannovich - 'Feodor the Bell-Ringer' - youngest son of Tsar Ivan IV (the 'Terrible'), numbered among the saints of Moscow: feast day 7/20 January. Given the promotion in place (Max Spielman), two block-mounted prints cost £15, taking just a short time for printing and mounting after simply sending to the printer from a tablet. Worth remembering when you need an icon print mounting quickly. ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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