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In the writings of St. Dimitri of Rostov there is an instructive narrative about a certain sinner who unexpectedly experienced the joy of repentance before an icon of the Mother of God. This event became so beloved of the Russian people that an icon was drawn depicting it, which came to be known as “The Unexpected Joy.” The icon shows a sinner standing on his knees, praying before an icon of the Theotokos and cleansing his soul through penitence.This sinner had the habit of praying each day to the Blessed Virgin, often repeating the Archangel’s greeting:“Rejoice, O Virgin full of grace!”, yet afterwards going out and sinning. Once, before routinely going out to sin, he turned to the holy image and fearfully saw the Holy Virgin standing live with Her Divine Son in Her arms. The Infant had wounds on His hands and feet, and blood was flowing from a wound in His side, just as it had been on the cross. The sinner fell to his knees and cried out: “O Mistress! Who did this?”“You and other sinners. Over and over again you crucify My Son by your sins, just as the Jews had done,” – the Theotokos answered softly.“Have mercy upon me,” – tearfully cried out the sinner.“You call Me the Mother of mercy, yet you offend Me and bring Me sorrow by your deeds.”“No, Mistress,” – the sinner cried out in fear. – May my malice not overcome your indescribable kindness and mercy! You alone are the hope and safe haven of all sinners! Have mercy upon me, O benevolent Mother! Entreat your Son and my Creator on my behalfSeeing a soul being purified by repentance, the most blessed Mother began to entreat Her Son: “My benevolent Son! For the sake of My love have mercy upon this sinner.” But the Son replied to Her: “Do not be angry, My Mother, if I do not obey You. I, too, entreated My Father to have this cup of suffering pass Me by.”Over and over the Mother of God entreated Her Son, reminding Him how She had nurtured Him at Her breast, how She had suffered at His cross. But the Lord would not bend down to mercy. Then the Mother of God arose, put Her Son down, and was ready to fall at His feet. “What do you wish to do, Mother?!” – cried out the Son. “I shall remain, – She replied, – lying at Your feet together with this sinner until You forgive him his sins.” Then the Son said: “The law requires a son to venerate his mother, while justice demands that the giver of the law be himself obedient to the law. I am your Son, you are My Mother; I am obliged to do you homage by fulfilling your request. Let it be as you wish! His sins are now forgiven for your sake! And as a token of forgiveness, let him press his lips to My wounds.”The sinner arose, with trembling and joy kissed the most holy wounds of the Infant, and came to himself. When the vision ended, he felt within his heart both awe and joy. His soul exulted, streams of tears ran down his face. He kissed the icon, filled with gratitude for having found repentance and forgiveness, and prayed that he be granted the gift to always see his sins and repent of them. His life changed completely and remained God-pleasing to the end of his days.The icon, which so vividly embodied people’s hopes for the merciful intercession and help of the Mary, the Mother of God, was always venerated highly in Russia, and even today is venerated widely throughout the Church. The “Unexpected Joy” icon is also commemorated on December 9 and May. ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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SUNDAY OF THE MYRRH-BEARING WOMEN: 3/16 MAYTime - 11:00 amLocation - St John's Church, St John's Crescent, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1NXTo celebrate the third Sunday of Pascha, remembering the Holy Myrrh Bearers, the Righteous Joseph and Nicodemus, we will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and a 'Radonitsa' memorial for the Orthodox-departed.Our community welcomes all who wish to come and celebrate with us, and we encourage new-comers to stay for a chat and say hello to the clergy! If you're unsure of anything, just ask a member of the congregation, as everyone will be pleased to help.Names for commemoration at the memorial should be written on commemoration slips, and whether in Russian, English or Greek they need to be clear and legible, as we often have so many names and cannot spend time deciphering writing.You are welcome to bring food to be blessed in memory of the departed, but may we remind you that after sharing it in church, it should be consumed outside or at home. ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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АКАФИСТ ПРЕСВЯТОЙ БОГОРОДИЦЕ ПЕРЕД ИКОНОЙ «СТРАСТНАЯ»Кондак 1Избранной Богом Владычице всей твари, благословенной Марии Деве Богородице, приносим смиренное поклонение Святому Твоему образу. Ты же, о Пренепорочная, приими молитву недостойных раб Твоих, почитающих Крестныя страдания Сына Твоего и Бога нашего, со умилением зовущих Ти: Радуйся, Невесто Неневестная.Икос 1Ангели предсташа к держимому в объятиях Твоих Сыну Твоему и Богу нашему, показоваху орудия Крестныя, мы же со страхом поклоняемся страстем Сына Твоего, и зовем Ти:Радуйся, Архангелов удивление;Радуйся, Тайн Божиих Служительнице.Радуйся, яко Дух Святый найде на Тя и сила Вышняго осени Тя;Радуйся, яко рожденный от Тебе есть Сын Божий.Радуйся, яко приснодевственное семя Твое сотре главу, гнездившагося в змии диавола;Радуйся, яко Тобою ад огорчися и смерть умертвися.Радуйся, Невесто Неневестная.Кондак 2Видяще, Пренепорочная, яко прииде Господь на землю, милости ради, да постраждет за грехи верующих в Него и вопиющих Ему: Аллилуиа.Икос 2Разуме, Пренепорочная, глагол старца Симеона, Тебе же Самой в сердце пройдет оружие, да открыются от многих сердец помышления, тем со умилением зовем Ти:Радуйся, Херувимов Светлейшая;Радуйся, вся скорби от Ирода и иудей приявшая.Радуйся, в пречистом рождестве Твоем сомнение от Иосифа понесшая;Радуйся, яко во яслех безсловесных Бога повила и положила еси.Радуйся, яко Тя с Сыном и Богом не име где главу подклонити;Радуйся, яко Тобою человек бывает Бог, да Бог Адама соделает.Радуйся, яко Тобою превознесеся человеческое естество;Радуйся, Невесто Неневестная.Кондак 3Силою укрепляема благодатною свыше, претерпе всякую скорбь и тесноту, любезно объят Сына Своего, со Архангелы вопиюще Ему: Аллилуиа.Икос 3Имуще святую икону Твою, «Страстную» именуемую, яко шипок благовонный и яко сокровище многоценное, приносим Ти смиренно поклонение, зовуще:Радуйся, Покровительнице обители Страстной;Радуйся, изволившая святою иконою Твоею стати на месте сем.Радуйся, благочестивому царю внушившая устроить обитель иноческую;Радуйся, Стено нерушимая верных.Радуйся, инокиням Помощница во спасении;Радуйся, о всем мире Молитвенница непреложная.Радуйся, Невесто Неневестная.Кондак 4Бурею греховною смущаеми и отягченнии сном нерадения, припадаем святой иконе Твоей, благодарим милостивое посещение Твоею иконою на месте сем, поюще непрестанно Богу песнь: Аллилуиа.Икос 4Слышавше православнии людие града Москвы, яко повеле благочестивый царь принести икону нарицаемую «Страстною», сего ради и срете ю много народа с царем, патриархом Иовом и всем Священным Собором, радостно возопиша:Радуйся, радость и спасение наше;Радуйся, Святыя Троицы Богогласная Горлице.Радуйся, воззвание страданий Христовых;Радуйся, спогребшая в страдании Сына ТвоегоРадуйся, подтверждение всеобщего воскресения;Радуйся, высокий Кедре нашего безсмертия.Радуйся, Невесто Неневестная.Кондак 5Боготечная звезда указует Тебе путь с Пренепорочным Младенцем. Мы же мысленно со Иосифом на пути сем припадаем, поюще рожденному Господу и Тебе: Аллилуиа.Икос 5Видеши, Всенепорочная, наше сокрушение о гресех, не имамы иныя помощи, ни инаго предстательства, токмо Тебе дадеся благодать молитися за ны, сего ради с верою зовем:Радуйся, молитвами Твоими свобождающая нас пламене геенскаго;Радуйся, молившаяся за весь мир у Креста Христова.Радуйся, пламень страстей от человек отгоняющая;Радуйся, светом пречистыя души Твоея всех просвещающая.Радуйся, чистотою Твоею Ангелы удивившая;Радуйся, яко демоны трепещут от пречистаго имени Твоего.Радуйся, Невесто Неневестная.Кондак 6Предстояще у Креста Сына Твоего и Бога нашего, лютое оружие пройде душу Твою, егда распинаху Жизнодавца на лобном месте, посреде двою разбойник, егда воини совлекоша ризы Его и метающие жребий о иматисме Его. Тогда разумная воинства пояху: Аллилуиа.Икос 6Возсиявши, яко светлая свеща, у Креста Сына Твоего, горяще любовию матернею, глаголюще: «Аще и страждеши на Кресте, но вем Тя, прежде денницы рожденна». Видевши Пречистая, яко вся тварь вопиет Ти:Радуйся, яко душею и телом предстоиши у Креста Зиждителю Твоему;Радуйся, до последняго часа смерти, с Господом не разлучавшаяся.Радуйся, яко у Креста рекла еси: «Вся земля сорыдайте горце, Жизнеподатель зрится, яко мертв»;Радуйся, Подательница нам вечнаго радования.Радуйся, Невесто Неневестная.Кондак 7Хотящим воспевати страсти Сына Твоего, помози, Владычице, и не отрини молящихся пред чудотворною Твоею иконою и воспевающих из глубины души песнь: Аллилуиа.Икос 7Новую милость людем явила еси, Владычице, иконою Твоею, егда принесше ю честно людие во град Москву, донесше до врат Тверских, и, о, чудо! Икона Твоя Святая ста неподвижно на месте сем, идеже ныне обитель Пречистому Твоему Имени. Радостно вопием Ти:Радуйся, Заступнице и Прибежище наше;Радуйся, всякия скорби и печали отгнание.Радуйся, благословение всем концем земли;Радуйся, Невесто Неневестная.Кондак 8Странное и преславное чудо богатыя милости Твоея нам, недостойным, являеши, и всем, с любовию притекающим к чудотворней иконе Твоей и вопиющим: Аллилуиа.Икос 8Вси роди блажат Тя, Пренепорочная, видя Тя страждущую и молящуюся при Крестном страдании Сына Твоего и вопиющую к Нему: «Из прободеннаго Твоего ребра, сладчайший Сыне, источи безсмертие». Сего ради со умилением зовем Ти:Радуйся, безсмертныя жизни сподобляющая рабы Твоя;Радуйся, уготовляющая райския обители благочестно живущим.Радуйся, Ходатаице вечнаго радования почитающим Тя;Радуйся, спасение и заступление инокинь, призывающих Тя непрестанно.Радуйся, покрывающая Своею благодатию всю вселенную;Радуйся, Невесто Неневестная.Кондак 9Вся страждеши при Кресте и вопиеши к распятому Господу: «Грядеши на страсть волею, Сыне, от страстей разреши Адама, и сущия от Адама, со беззаконными вменился еси, да от беззакония спасеши человека, зовуща: Аллилуиа!»Икос 9Ветия многовещанныя не возмогут воспеть страдания Твоя при Кресте. Ты же, о Пречистая, лице со власы терзающи и перси биюще, взывала еси: «Сыне, приими дух Мой и не остави Мене Едину». Мы же, недостойнии, умиленными гласы зовем Ти:Радуйся, помогающая верным в час смерти;Радуйся, сопровождающая всех христиан по лютым мытарствам.Радуйся, освобождающая нас от демонскаго удержания;Радуйся, Заступница христиан на Страшнем Суде Божием.Радуйся, Ходатаице всем хотящим получити христианскую кончину;Радуйся, Невесто Неневестная.Кондак 10Спасения прося нам, Пречистая, руки Твоя простерши, о многоблагоутробне Спасе, рекла еси, Страсти Твоя чтущих с праведным разбойником Твоим учини и спаси, Милосердие, вопиющая Тебе: Аллилуиа.Икос 10Стена еси необоримая, мирови Прибежище, милости Сокровище, приими моления раб Твоих, предстоящих Святому образу Твоему и умильно зовущих Ти:Радуйся, обрадованная, вечно блажимая Богородице;Радуйся, грешным и смиренным известное Прибежище.Радуйся, дев и сирот Заступнице;Радуйся, людем крепкая Помощнице.Радуйся, Святителем великое вразумление;Радуйся, благоговейных иереев Руководительнице.Радуйся, Невесто Неневестная.Кондак 11Пение умиленное и хвалу молебную сподоби приносити пред чудотворною иконою Твоею, Пресвятая Богоневесто, и не отврати лица Твоего от поющих Ти и Богу во веки: Аллилуиа.Икос 11Яко светозарное солнце, возсия в храме нашем образ Твой, Страстная Богородице, освящая, сохраняя и спасая от бед всех страждущих и вопиющих с любовию:Радуйся, сохраняющая благодатию Своею обитель иночествующих;Радуйся, Помощнице крепкая борющимся со страстьми.Радуйся, обидимых и угнетенных Заступнице;Радуйся, нищих и убогих радование.Радуйся, больных исцеление и подкрепление;Радуйся, юных вразумление и наставнице.Радуйся, Невесто Неневестная.Кондак 12Благодать Твою ниспосли нам, Благословенная, почитающим Святую икону Твою, и поклоняющимся Пречестным Страстем Сына Твоего с верою поющих: Аллилуиа.Икос 12Поюще непрестанно пред Святою иконою Твоею, поклоняемся, величаем и со страхом лобызаем чудотворный образ Твой, радостно взывающе:Радуйся, вечное наше радование;Радуйся, воскресения нашего Сокровище.Радуйся, от рова страстей нас свобождающая;Радуйся, взыскание погибших и ума лишенных.Радуйся, исполняющая прошения верных;Радуйся, уповающим на Тя грехов прощение даруеши.Радуйся, Невесто Неневестная.Кондак 13О, Всепетая Мати, приими недостойных раб Твоих молитву, призри на предстоящия люди пред чудотворной иконою Твоею и усердно поклоняющихся Пречистым Страстем Сына Твоего, просящих избавления от вечныя муки, вопиющих Тебе: Аллилуиа.(Этот кондак читается трижды, затем икос 1 и кондак 1)Молитва 1-яО, Пресвятая Госпоже Владычице Богородице, высши еси всех Ангел и Архангел, и всея твари честнейши, Помощница еси обидимых, ненадеющихся надеяние, убогих Заступница, печальных утешение, алчущих кормительница, нагих одеяние, больных исцеление, грешных спасение, христиан всех поможение и заступление. Спаси, Госпоже, и помилуй раб Твоих, и преосвященные митрополиты, архиепископы и епископы, и весь священнический и иноческий чин, и благоверный правительствующий синклит, и военачальники, и градоначальники, и христолюбивое воинство и доброхоты, и вся православные христианы ризою Твоею честною защити, и умоли, Госпоже, из Тебе без семене воплотившагося Христа Бога нашего, да препояшет нас силою Своею свыше, на невидимыя и видимыя враги наша. О Всемилостивая Госпоже Владычице Богородице, воздвигни нас из глубины греховныя и избави нас от глада, губительства, от труса и потопа, от огня и меча, от нахождения иноплеменных и междоусобныя брани, и от напрасныя смерти, и от нападения вражия, и от тлетворных ветр, и от смертоносныя язвы, и от всякаго зла. Подаждь, Госпоже, мир и здравие рабом Твоим, всем православным христианом, и просвети им ум и очи сердечныя, еже ко спасению; и сподоби ны грешныя рабы Твоя, Царствия Сына Твоего, Христа Бога нашего: яко держава Его благословенна и препрославленна, со Безначальным Его Отцем, и с Пресвятым и Благим и Животворящим Его Духом, ныне и присно и во веки веков. Аминь.Молитва 2-яО, Пресвятая Владычице, Госпоже Дево Богородице! Приими молитву и усердное поклонение пред чудотворною иконою Твоею, милостиво посети смиренныя и грешныя рабы Твоя, не остави нас погибнути в гресех наших, буди Помощнице и Заступнице всем православным христианам, и в час кончины жизни нашей предстательствуй, о Всенепорочная! Помилуй нас милостию Сына Твоего, Господа нашего Иисуса Христа и Твоим Матерним ходатайством удостой избавитися от вечныя смерти. Аминь. ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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Icon of the Mother of God “of the Passion”: commemorated on April 30 (May 13, new style).The Icon of the Mother of God “Of the Passion” The icon received its name because on either side of the Mother of God are two angels with the implements of the Lord’s suffering: the Cross, the lance, and the sponge.There was a certain pious woman, Katherine, who began to suffer seizures and madness after her marriage. She ran off into the forest and attempted suicide more than once.In a moment of clarity she prayed to the Mother of God and vowed that if she were healed, she would enter a monastery. After recovering her health, she only remembered her vow after a long time. Afraid and mentally afflicted, she took to her bed. Three times the Most Holy Theotokos appeared to her, commanding the sick woman to go to Nizhni-Novgorod and to buy Her icon from the iconographer Gregory.After she had done this, Katherine received healing. From that time on, miracles have occurred from this icon. The Feast day of this icon is on August 13, commemorating its transfer from the village of Palitsa to Moscow in 1641. A church was built at the place where it was met at the Tver gates, and in 1654, the Strastna monastery was built.The icon is also commemorated on April 30, and on the sixth Sunday after Pascha (the Sunday of the Blind Man) in memory of the miracles which occurred on this day. Other “Passion” icons of the Mother of God have been glorified in the Moscow church of the Conception of Saint Anna, and also in the village of Enkaeva in Tambov diocese. ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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SUNDAY OF THE MYRRH-BEARING WOMEN: 3/16 MAYTime - 11:00 amLocation - St John's Church, St John's Crescent, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1NXTo celebrate the third Sunday of Pascha, remembering the Holy Myrrh Bearers, the Righteous Joseph and Nicodemus, we will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and a 'Radonitsa' memorial for the Orthodox-departed.Our community welcomes all who wish to come and celebrate with us, and we encourage new-comers to stay for a chat and say hello to the clergy! If you're unsure of anything, just ask a member of the congregation, as everyone will be pleased to help.Names for commemoration at the memorial should be written on commemoration slips, and whether in Russian, English or Greek they need to be clear and legible, as we often have so many names and cannot spend time deciphering writing.You are welcome to bring food to be blessed in memory of the departed, but may we remind you that after sharing it in church, it should be consumed outside or at home. ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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ADDITIONAL RADONITSA SERVICE: THURSDAY 19:00 HRSDear brothers and sisters, I am pleased to announce that in addition to Sunday's memorial service after Liturgy, we are able to celebrate a Radonitsa Panikhida this coming Thursday, 13 May, in St John's Church at 19:00.Many thanks to the churchwarden, Martin, for making this possible. ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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RADONITSA: THE JOYFUL COMMEMORATION OF THE DEPARTED.Dear brothers and sisters - Christ is Risen! Христос воскресе! Hristos a înviat!Last Sunday saw the return to a more normal order of Liturgy, after the special liturgical forms of Bright Week, and today sees the resumption of memorial services for the departed.However, the prayers for the departed at Radonitsa are far from the normal panikhida, as the joy of the Resurrection shines through the memorial service, replacing the canon for the departed with the Paschal Canon. An important aspect of Radonitsa is that we are NOT singing the usual hymns for the departed, but sharing the hymns of Pascha with them.On this day, or the other days of Thomas Week, in the Paschal Panikhida we are not only singing the words of the Paschal Canon to one another and those gathered in Church, but we are addressing the words to those who have departed the world in Faith: our right-believing ancestors and kin of ages past."It is the Day of Resurrection! Let us be radiant, O ye people! Pascha! The Pascha of the Lord! For Christ our God hath brought us from death to life, and from earth unto heaven, as we sing triumphal hymn!"When we chant, "Let us be radiant, O ye people! Pascha! The Pascha of the Lord!" we are singing it to all of the faithful departed who have gone before us since the beginning of the Church. We are calling the souls of the faithful departed, saints and sinners to rejoice with us in the victory of the Risen Christ, as we say "Christ is Risen!" to them, as much as we do to one another, "For Christ our God hath brought us from death to life, and from earth unto heaven..."When families go to the cemeteries in this week, and eat memorial meals at the graves, they are reflecting the spiritual mood of the Radonitsa Panikhida, by wishing to share the Paschal celebration with their departed family members and forebears. Living and departed share in the victory of Christ's Resurrection."Let the heavens rejoice in a worthy manner, the earth be glad, and the whole world, visible and the invisible, keep the Feast. For Christ our eternal joy hath arisen!"We call the departed, no longer visible, but members of the Church of Christ to be glad, to rejoice with us and keep the feast, for Christ is also their eternal joy, and has risen! And, when we chant that "We celebrate the death of death, the destruction of hell, the beginning of eternal life", we do so with the saints and those departed in Faith and the hope of the Resurrection.So, brothers and sisters, as we remember the departed in these days of Thomas Week, let us do so with joy - and let ALL of us do this: in church, at home and in the cemeteries. It is the duty of all Orthodox Christians to pray for the departed, not only the clergy and monastics, and let us all bring the hymns of Pascha - if only the troparion - to our prayers for the repose of the souls of the departed s. Let us share the joy of the Resurrection with them. The radost'/joy of Christ's Resurrection turns our hearts and minds towards the Kingdom of Heaven, transforming the ancient Slavic ancestral Rodonitsa to Radonitsa. Let us remember to give alms - to those in need, to charities etc - in memory of our departed loved ones, and with our prayers, let us share joy/radost' to those in the graves, whom we shall join at the end of our lives, awaiting Christ's final call to the judgment and resurrection of the bodies of the righteous.There will be a Radonitsa memorial after Sunday Liturgy, with the singing of the Paschal Canon, prayers for the departed and the blessing of memorial food, which you may wish to prepare - especially bread and kutia/kolyva. Please write memorial lists / zapisky for this occasion.Христос воскресе!Hieromonk Mark ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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THE PASCHAL COMMEMORATION OF THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED: RADONITSA, 11 MAY.THE PASCHAL PANIKHIDA FOR USE IN THE HOME OR CELL.Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ, our God, have mercy upon us. Amen.Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life (Thrice).Let God arise and let His enemies be scattered, and let them that hate Him flee from before His face.Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life (Thrice).As smoke vanisheth, so let them vanish, as wax melteth before the fire.Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.So let sinners perish at the presence of God, and let the righteous be glad.Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad thereinChrist is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.Lord, have mercy. (Twelve times)Prayer: Remember, O Lord our God, Thy servants, N., who have reposed in the Faith and hope of life eternal, and in that Thou art good and the Lover of mankind, Who remittest sins and blottest out iniquities, do Thou loose, remit and pardon all their sins, voluntary and involuntary. Deliver them from eternal torment and the fire of Gehenna, and grant unto them the communion and delight of Thine eternal good things prepared for them that love Thee. For though they have sinned, yet have they not forsaken Thee, and they undoubtedly believed in the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit; and even until their last breath did they confess Thee in Orthodox fashion: God glorified in Trinity, Unity in Trinity and Trinity in Unity. Wherefore, be Thou merciful unto them and reckon their faith in Thee, rather than their deeds, and in that Thou art compassionate, grant them rest with Thy saints; for there is no man that liveth and doth not sin. But Thou alone art wholly without sin, and Thy truth is forever; and Thou alone art the God of mercies, and compassion, and love for mankind, and unto Thee do we ascribe glory, to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.Paschal CanonOde 1, Eirmos: It is the Day of Resurrection! Let us be radiant, O ye people! Pascha! The Lord's Pascha! For Christ our God hath brought us from death to life, and from earth unto heaven, as we sing triumphal hymn!Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.Let us purify our senses and we shall behold Christ, radiant with inaccessible light of the Resurrection, and shall hear Him saying clearly, "Rejoice!" As we sing the triumphal hymn!Refrain: Christ is risen from the deadLet the heavens rejoice in a worthy manner, the earth be glad, and the whole world, visible and the invisible, keep the Feast. For Christ our eternal joy hath arisen!Katavasia: It is the Day of Resurrection!…Ode 3, Eirmos: Come, let us drink a new drink, not miraculously drawn from a barren rock, but the fountain of Incorruption springing from the tomb of Christ in Whom we are established.Refrain: Christ is risen from the deadNow all things are filled with light: heaven and earth, and the nethermost regions. So let all creation celebrate the Resurrection of Christ, whereby it is established.Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.Yesterday, O Christ, I was buried with Thee, and today I arise with thy arising. Yesterday I was crucified with Thee. Glorify me, O Saviour, with Thee in Thy Kingdom.Katavasia: Come, let us drink…Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life (Thrice).Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.Prayer: Remember, O Lord our God, Thy servants, N., who have reposed in the Faith and hope of life eternal, and in that Thou art good and the Lover of mankind, Who remittest sins and blottest out iniquities, do Thou loose, remit and pardon all their sins, voluntary and involuntary. Deliver them from eternal torment and the fire of Gehenna, and grant unto them the communion and delight of Thine eternal good things prepared for them that love Thee. For though they have sinned, yet have they not forsaken Thee, and they undoubtedly believed in the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit; and even until their last breath did they confess Thee in Orthodox fashion: God glorified in Trinity, Unity in Trinity and Trinity in Unity. Wherefore, be Thou merciful unto them and reckon their faith in Thee, rather than their deeds, and in that Thou art compassionate, grant them rest with Thy saints; for there is no man that liveth and doth not sin. But Thou alone art wholly without sin, and Thy truth is forever; and Thou alone art the God of mercies, and compassion, and love for mankind, and unto Thee do we ascribe glory, to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.Hypakoe, tone 4: When at dawn, the women with Mary came and found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre, they heard from the angel: Why seek ye among the dead (as if He were a mortal man) Him Who lives in everlasting light? Behold the grave-clothes. Run and tell the world that the Lord is risen, and has slain death. For He is the Son of God Who saves mankind.Ode 4, Eirmos: May the divinely speaking Abbacum now stand watch with us, and show forth a shining Angel saying resoundingly: Today salvation hath come to the world; for Christ is risen as Almighty.Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.Christ revealed Himself as of the male sex when He opened the Virgin's womb, and as a mortal is He called the Lamb. Thus, without blemish also, is our Pascha, for He tasted no corruption, and, since He is truly God, He was proclaimed perfect.Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.Christ, our blessed Crown, like a yearling Lamb, of His own good will sacrificed Himself for all, a Pascha of purification, and as the glorious Sun of Righteousness, He has shone upon us again from the grave.Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.David, the forefather of our divine Lord, leapt and danced before the symbolic Ark of the Covenant. Let us also, the holy people of God, beholding the fulfilment of the symbols, be divinely glad; for Christ hath risen as Almighty.Katavasia: May divinely speaking Abbacum …Ode 5, Eirmos: Let us arise in the deep dawn and, instead of myrrh, offer a hymn to the Lord, and we shall behold Christ, the Sun of Righteousness, Who causest life to dawn for all. Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.When they who were held by the chains of hell beheld Thy boundless compassion, O Christ, they hastened to the light with joyful feet, exalting the eternal Pascha.Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead Bearing lights, let us meet Christ, Who cometh forth from the tomb like a bridegroom. And with the ranks of joyfully celebrating Angels, let us celebrate the redeeming Pascha of God.Katavasia: Let us arise…Ode 6, Eirmos: Thou didst descend into the nethermost regions of earth, O Christ, and didst shatter the eternal bars which held the prisoners captive; and like Jonah from the sea-monster, after three days Thou didst rise from the graveRefrain: Christ is risen from the dead.Having kept the seals intact, Thou didst rise from the grave, O Christ, Who didst not violate the Virgin's womb by Thy birth, and Thou hast opened to us the gates of Paradise.Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.O my Saviour, while as God Thou didst voluntarily offer Thyself to the Father as an unslain and living sacrifice, Thou didst raise up with Thyself the whole race of Adam, when Thou didst rise from the grave.Katavasia: Thou didst descend…Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life (Thrice).Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.Prayer: Remember, O Lord our God, Thy servants, N., who have reposed in the Faith and hope of life eternal, and in that Thou art good and the Lover of mankind, Who remittest sins and blottest out iniquities, do Thou loose, remit and pardon all their sins, voluntary and involuntary. Deliver them from eternal torment and the fire of Gehenna, and grant unto them the communion and delight of Thine eternal good things prepared for them that love Thee. For though they have sinned, yet have they not forsaken Thee, and they undoubtedly believed in the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit; and even until their last breath did they confess Thee in Orthodox fashion: God glorified in Trinity, Unity in Trinity and Trinity in Unity. Wherefore, be Thou merciful unto them and reckon their faith in Thee, rather than their deeds, and in that Thou art compassionate, grant them rest with Thy saints; for there is no man that liveth and doth not sin. But Thou alone art wholly without sin, and Thy truth is forever; and Thou alone art the God of mercies, and compassion, and love for mankind, and unto Thee do we ascribe glory, to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.Kontakion for the departed, tone 8: With the Saints give rest, O Christ, to the souls of Thy servants, where there is neither pain, nor sorrow, nor sighing, but life everlasting.Kontakion of the resurrection, tone 8: Though Thou did descend into the grave, O Immortal One, yet didst Thou destroy the power of hell, and did rise again as a conqueror, O Christ our Lord, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, rejoice! And giving peace to Thine Apostles, and offering Resurrection to the fallen.Eikos: The myrrh-bearing maidens anticipated the dawn and sought, as those who seek the day, their Sun, Who was before the sun and Who had once sat in the grave. And they cried to each other: Friends, come, let us anoint with spices His life-giving and buried body - the Flesh Who raised up fallen Adam, and Who now lies in the tomb. Let us go, let us hasten, and like the Magi, let us worship; and let us bring myrrh as a gift to Him, Who is wrapped, not now in swaddling clothes, but in a shroud. And let us weep and cry: Arise, O Lord, Who dost offer Resurrection to the fallen.Having beheld the Resurrection of Christ, let us worship the Holy Lord Jesus, the only sinless One. We worship Thy Cross, O Christ, and Thy Holy Resurrection we praise and glorify; for Thou art our God, and we know no other than Thee; we call upon Thy name. O come all ye faithful, let us worship Christ's holy Resurrection. For behold, through the Cross joy hath come to all the world. Ever blessing the Lord, let us praise His Resurrection. For by enduring the Cross for us He destroyed death by death.Jesus, having risen from the grave as He foretold, hath given us eternal life and great mercy. Ode 7, Eirmos: He Who delivered the children from the furnace, and became man and suffered as a mortal, through His suffering, He clothes mortality with the grace of incorruption. He is the only blessed and most glorious God of our fathers.Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.The godly wise women came to Thee with myrrh. But Him Whom they sought with tears as dead, they joyfully adored as the living God. And they told to Thy disciples, O Christ, the glad tidings of the mystical Pascha.Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.We celebrate the death of death, the destruction of hell, the beginning of eternal life. And leaping for joy, we celebrate the Cause, the only blessed and most glorious God of our fathers.Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.For a truly holy and a supreme feast is this saving night radiant with Light, the harbinger of the bright day of Resurrection, on which the Eternal Light shone bodily from the grave upon all.Katavasia: He Who delivered…Ode 8, Eirmos: This is the chosen and Holy Day, the first of Sabbaths, the Sovereign and Queen, the Feast of Feasts, and Triumph of Triumphs, on which let us bless Christ forever.Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.O come, let us partake of the fruit of the new vine of divine joy on the auspicious Day of the Resurrection and Kingdom of Christ, praising Him as God forever.Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.Cast thine eyes about thee, O Zion, and behold! For lo! Thy children have assembled unto thee from the West and from the North and from the South and from the East, as divinely radiant luminaries, Blessing Christ unto the ages.Refrain: O Most Holy Trinity, our God, glory to Thee.Father, Almighty, the Word, and the Spirit, one Nature in three Persons united, transcending essence supremely Divine! In Thee we have been baptized, and Thou wilt bless us throughout all ages.Katavasia: This is the chosen…Ode 9, Eirmos: Shine, shine, O New Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord hath risen upon thee. Dance now for joy and be glad, O Sion! And thou, pure Mother of God, rejoice in the rising of Him Whom thou didst bear.Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead. O divine, O dear, O sweetest Voice! For Thou, O Christ, hast faithfully promised to be with us to the end of the world. And holding fast this promise as an anchor of hope, we the faithful rejoice. Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead.O great and holiest Pascha, Christ! O Wisdom, Word and Power of God! Grant that we may more perfectly partake of Thee in the unending Day of Thy Kingdom.Katavasia: Shine, shine…Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the graves bestowing life (Thrice).Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Prayer: Remember, O Lord our God, Thy servants, N., who have reposed in the Faith and hope of life eternal, and in that Thou art good and the Lover of mankind, Who remittest sins and blottest out iniquities, do Thou loose, remit and pardon all their sins, voluntary and involuntary. Deliver them from eternal torment and the fire of Gehenna, and grant unto them the communion and delight of Thine eternal good things prepared for them that love Thee. For though they have sinned, yet have they not forsaken Thee, and they undoubtedly believed in the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit; and even until their last breath did they confess Thee in Orthodox fashion: God glorified in Trinity, Unity in Trinity and Trinity in Unity. Wherefore, be Thou merciful unto them and reckon their faith in Thee, rather than their deeds, and in that Thou art compassionate, grant them rest with Thy saints; for there is no man that liveth and doth not sin. But Thou alone art wholly without sin, and Thy truth is forever; and Thou alone art the God of mercies, and compassion, and love for mankind, and unto Thee do we ascribe glory, to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.Troparia, tone 4: With the spirits of the righteous give rest, O Savior, to the souls of Thy departed servants and keep them in the blessed life with Thee, O Lover of man.In the place of Thy rest, O Lord, where all Thy Saints repose give rest also to the souls of Thy servants, for Thou alone art the Lover of men.Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.Thou art the God Who descended to hell and loosed the chains of the captives. Give rest, O Lord, to the souls of Thy servants.Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.O only pure and immaculate Virgin, who without seed didst bear God, pray to Him that their souls may be saved.Lord, have mercy. (Forty times)Prayer: Remember, O Lord our God, Thy servants, N., who have reposed in the Faith and hope of life eternal, and in that Thou art good and the Lover of mankind, Who remittest sins and blottest out iniquities, do Thou loose, remit and pardon all their sins, voluntary and involuntary. Deliver them from eternal torment and the fire of Gehenna, and grant unto them the communion and delight of Thine eternal good things prepared for them that love Thee. For though they have sinned, yet have they not forsaken Thee, and they undoubtedly believed in the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit; and even until their last breath did they confess Thee in Orthodox fashion: God glorified in Trinity, Unity in Trinity and Trinity in Unity. Wherefore, be Thou merciful unto them and reckon their faith in Thee, rather than their deeds, and in that Thou art compassionate, grant them rest with Thy saints; for there is no man that liveth and doth not sin. But Thou alone art wholly without sin, and Thy truth is forever; and Thou alone art the God of mercies, and compassion, and love for mankind, and unto Thee do we ascribe glory, to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.More honourable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, who without defilement gavest birth to God the Word, the true Theotokos, thee do we magnify.Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. (Thrice) Lord, bless. Christ our True God, Who art risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the graves bestowing life, through the prayers of Thy most pure Mother and all Thy saints, grant the souls of Thy departed servants, N to dwell in the abode of all Thy saints, and number them among the righteous, and have mercy on us, for Thou art good and the Lover of mankind. AmenGive rest eternal, O Lord, in blessed repose, to the souls of Thy departed servants, our fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters N., and make their memory eternal.MEMORY ETERNAL. (Thrice)Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and on those in the graves bestowing life (Thrice). And has bestowed on us life eternal, we worship His resurrection on the third day. ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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After today's Liturgy for the Mother of God, the Life-Giving Spring, in Walsingham, it was a great joy to sing St Nikolai Velimirovic's "Људи ликујте, народи чујте!" (People rejoice, O nations listen!), knowing that he had celebrated in the very chapel in which we celebrated the Orthodox altar feast - though, when he stayed at the shrine it was dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Holy Hierarch Nikolai, pray to God for us!Christ is Risen! Христос воскресе! ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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Dear brothers and sisters: Christ is Risen! Христос воскресе! Hristos a înviat! Greetings from Walsingham, where we will be celebrating the altar feast of the chapel of the Life-Giving Spring, tomorrow. In the Cardiff parish, today is a double nameday for Alexandra and Yuriy, as well as for Alla’s father, Yuriy Senior. We send them all our greetings, as well as to Reader George and to George of our Cheltenham parish. May God bless you and grant you all many years! Многая лѢта! La mulți ani! We look forward to celebrating Deacon Mark’s nameday on Saturday, and we will greet those in our parishes and wish them many years at the Liturgies on Saturday and Sunday. In Christ – Hieromonk Mark ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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Dear brothers and sisters - Christ is Risen! Христос воскресе! Hristos a înviat!As we settle into Bright Week and a little rest, may I thank all who worked to make our Holy Week and Pascha services a success.Our singers and servers worked incredibly hard, and others worked behind the scenes baking, egg-dying, flower arranging, laundering, cleaning and doing other 'invisible' but valuable tasks. I often think that many parishioners are unaware of what goes on before and after services, just to make them happen. Our thanks go to Mother Frances and the Canton Benefice for making everything possible through the use of St John's Church during Holy Week.May I also thank all who were so generous in their Easter gifts to the clergy. We very much appreciate your kindness.This was our fullest schedule yet, with services from Wednesday to Saturday, and the Bridegroom services in Llanelli at the beginning of the week, whilst I was in Wallasey, visiting Fr Paul and his parish, as well as the Holy Thursday Liturgy . I hope that next year will bring the whole week of services to Cardiff.As I said in Church, the Paschal Canon tells of people coming from the West, the North, the sea and the East to celebrate the Resurrection, and that was certainly the case in Cardiff, with worshippers from Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Manchester joing those from South and West Wales. It was lovely to have Romanians and Bulgarians join us, and to welcome some visitors for the first time.As we look forward to Thomas Sunday may I ask those attending to email Fr Deacon Mark (rmfisher@ntlworld.com). Those requiring confession should email him by Wednesday evening. We will not have Fr Luke with us next weekend, and I have to fit confessions into a busy few days, which will see my return from Walsingham where we celebrate the altar feast of the Chapel of the Life-Giving Spring on Friday, and the Divine Liturgy of Bright Saturday in Cheltenham. I hope to hear confessions on Friday and Saturday evenings, as confession time on Sunday will be extremely limited and for those travelling from farther afield.During the coming week my telephone will be turned off whenever I am in the shrine, so may I ask that parishioners either address any needs to Deacon Mark or message/email me. Prayer requests for the week's molebens should be emailed to me (otetzmark@hotmail.com). Please remember that there are no panikhidas until after Thomas Sunday. Once I know my work rota for the week following Thomas Sunday, I will endeavour to arrange services for Radonitsa, depending on work demands.May God bless you all.Christ is Risen!Hieromonk Mark ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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КИПРСКАЯ ИКОНА БОЖИЕЙ МАТЕРИКипр­ская ико­на Бо­жи­ей Ма­те­ри яви­лась в 392 го­ду на ост­ро­ве Ки­п­ре на ме­сте, где был по­гре­бен пра­вед­ный Ла­зарь, и бы­ла по­ме­ще­на в мо­на­сты­ре Ставру­ни, устро­ен­ном на ме­сте ее чу­дес­но­го об­ре­те­ния.В IX ве­ке для ико­ны бы­ла вы­стро­е­на цер­ковь Па­на­гии Ан­ге­лок­ти­сты, что в пе­ре­во­де озна­ча­ет «цер­ковь Бо­го­ро­ди­цы, по­стро­ен­ная ан­ге­ла­ми». По пре­да­нию, стро­и­тель­ство хра­ма на­ча­лось не со­всем на том ме­сте, где он рас­по­ло­жен в на­сто­я­щее вре­мя, а немно­го в сто­роне. На сле­ду­ю­щий день по­сле за­клад­ки фун­да­мен­та неожи­дан­но об­на­ру­жи­лось, что он непо­нят­ным об­ра­зом пе­ре­ме­стил­ся в то ме­сто, где сей­час и сто­ит цер­ковь Бо­жи­ей Ма­те­ри. Имен­но от­сю­да и пошло ее на­зва­ние.В ска­за­нии, по­ме­щен­ном в гре­че­ском си­нак­са­ре на неде­лю Пра­во­сла­вия, го­во­рит­ся о том, что свя­той об­раз был по­став­лен на во­ро­тах, ве­ду­щих к церк­ви. Од­на­жды про­ез­жав­ший ми­мо хра­ма ара­ви­тя­нин на­ме­рен­но пу­стил стре­лу и по­пал в ко­ле­но изо­бра­жен­ной на иконе Пре­свя­той Бо­го­ро­ди­цы. Ра­на тот­час же обиль­но за­кро­во­то­чи­ла, обиль­но обаг­рив зем­лю. Обе­зу­мев­ший ара­ви­тя­нин бро­сил­ся ска­кать до­мой, но вско­ре упал за­мерт­во на зем­лю.В Рос­сии из­вест­ны спис­ки Кипр­ской ико­ны Бо­жи­ей Ма­те­ри, про­сла­вив­ши­е­ся чу­до­тво­ре­ни­я­ми и на­хо­див­ши­е­ся в Успен­ском со­бо­ре Мос­ков­ско­го Крем­ля и хра­ме свя­ти­те­ля Ни­ко­лая в Го­лутвине.Свя­ты­ней упразд­нен­но­го ныне Стро­мын­ско­го мо­на­сты­ря был спи­сок с древ­ней чу­до­твор­ной ико­ны. Ныне он пре­бы­ва­ет в Успен­ском хра­ме се­ла Стро­мынь (см. Кипр­ская (Стро­мын­ская) ико­на Бо­жи­ей Ма­те­ри).На этой древ­ней по­чи­та­е­мой иконе Пре­свя­тую Бо­го­ро­ди­цу окру­жа­ют Ан­ге­лы с паль­мо­вы­ми вет­вя­ми в ру­ках, а на по­лях изо­бра­же­ны свя­щен­но­му­че­ник Ан­ти­па и му­че­ни­ца Фо­ти­ния. ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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“It is the day of Resurrection, let us be radiant, O ye peoples; Pascha the Pascha of the Lord; for Christ God hath brought us from death to life, and from earth to heaven, as we sing the triumphal hymn. Christ is risen from the dead!” Dear brothers and sisters: Christ is Risen! Христос воскресе! Hristos a înviat!After the long services of Holy Saturday and Pascha, this is my first opportunity to share written Paschal greetings. At the beginning of matins, during the krestny khod, we went into the darkness outside, heeding the words of the Paschal Canon - “Bearing lights, let us go forth to meet Christ, Who cometh forth from the grave like a bridegroom” - returning to the empty tomb in the middle of the church, where the icon of the Resurrection was laid in place of the entombed Saviour. Following this, the rapid singing of the Paschal Canon in the Moscow-style, with the repeated censing of the church and the resurrectional-greetings of the clergy, left us in no doubt that the joy of the Resurrection had touched not only the hearts and souls of those gathered under the roof of St John’s, but overflowed in their enthusiastic responses each time they heard the triumphant cry: “Christ is Risen!” The poetry of St John of Damascus’s canon, with the repeated refrain, “Christ is Risen from the dead”, lifted, restored and filled us with joy and eagerness to celebrate the Feast of Feasts by personally bearing witness to the Resurrection of Christ. With the myrrh bearers, we symbolically hastened to the tomb, only to hear the question of the angel: “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen.” (Luke 24: 5-6) or, as St John Damascene writes poetically in the canon, “Seek not, as though he were but a man, Him who abideth in everlasting light. Behold the grave clothes. Go quickly and proclaim to the world that the Lord is risen, and hath put death to death…” Just before these words in the Hypakoe (troparion) after the third ode, we heard the deeply meaningful words, “Yesterday I was buried with thee, O Christ, and today I arise with Thine arising. Yesterday I was crucified with Thee ; do Thou Thyself glorify me with Thee, in Thy kingdom.” We are each baptised into the His death and Resurrection, and the Christian life calls us into deeper participation in the Paschal Mystery, so that the Cross and Life-Giving Tomb shine through our lives. Fortified and restored by the grace of the Holy Mysteries, we are called to continual renewal, as the Resurrection bears fruit in our lives. Heeding and living the Gospel, day by day, repenting, labouring, deepening our faith and prayer, we must actively seek to live in the Risen Lord. After the spiritual struggles of the Great Fast, we have attained the Paschal celebration of the Lord’s death and Resurrection, but the battles and labours of the spiritual life continue in the light and glory of the Resurrection. The canon calls us to “purify our senses, and we shall behold the unapproachable light, radiant in the Resurrection of Christ, and we shall clearly hear Him say: Rejoice! As we sing the triumphal hymn.” It is by the struggle for purity – in our hearts, minds, actions, senses… every aspect of our being – that we will be granted to understand and participate in the Resurrection more and more, so that its power my shine through our lives, renew us, and touch those around us. In the Liturgy, in place of Holy God, we chanted the words of the Holy Apostle Paul: “As many as have been baptised into Christ, have put on Christ” and the Christ in which we should be clothed is the Risen Lord. So, dear brothers and sisters, may the power of the Risen Lord, strengthen us in the ongoing labour of Christian living, as sons and daughters of the Resurrection, and let us go “quickly and proclaim to the world that the Lord is risen!” Христос воскресе! In Christ – Hieromonk Mark ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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Pascha in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Greetings to Fr Seraphim, his family and community! Христос воскресе! ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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Though it will be hours before we proclain the Resurrection in Cardiff, by the Grace of God, the Holy Fire has descended upon the Life-Giving Tomb of the Lord in the Holy City: Glory to the God!When Thou, the Deathless Life, didst go down to death, then didst Thou slay hell by the lightning flash of Thy Divinity. And when Thou didst raise the dead from the lower world, all the Powers of Heaven cried aloud: Christ our God, Giver of Life, glory to Thee! ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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Sorry that this is only appearing now. I tried to post before the Vesperal Liturgy, as well as on my return to Cardiff, but I couldn't upload anything.The text for tonight's Matins Service with the reading of the 'Twelve Passion Gospels' may be found here:drive.google.com/file/d/1U599mujBJRYZG0Wbtch54Kmfg-m1Hnow/viewThe service will be celebrated at 19:00 in St John's Church, Canton.The Royal Hours will be chanted at 08:00, tomorrow morning, with the texts also available on Orthodox Austin: drive.google.com/file/d/1a4pi2b5FjNlEwfBv4y6r25pfzrRKydKG/viewGood Friday Vespers will be celebrated at 16:00, with the texts here:drive.google.com/file/d/1fGjC04MjFoOJHz9nCsR_ARt-i00hF_a6/viewThe text of matins - the Burial Service of the Lord - which we will celebrate at 19:00, is here: drive.google.com/file/d/1qUxGsLr5p5fXJGalvnUfI52Uc35WbCb3/viewMay the Lord bless you all, as we follow the journey of the Lord's Divine Passion, then from the Cross to the Tomb and Resurrection! ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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"Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." The General Epistle of St James, 5: 14-16Dear brothers and sisters,Please remember that the mystery of Holy Unction (Eleosvyascheniya / Soborovanie) will be celebrated at 19:00 this evening in St John's Church, Canton.This Holy Mystery may be served at any time of the year for the anointing of the sick, but during the Great Fast it is served for all (adults), as we are all effected by the spiritual sickness of sin, and are needful of the healing power of Christ - the Divine Physician.In our Russian Orthodox tradition, this ancient service - which presupposes seven priests - is usually celebrated by the bishop, as the apostle of the local Church, assisted by six priests. The service consists of special prayers for the sanctification of the oil and the healing of those present, seven Epistle readings and seven Gospel readings, as well as litanies and hymns to the wonder-working saints, revealed as great healers.As a diocese, we would normally come together to celebrate this Holy Mystery in our cathedrals, with the faithful travelling to participate in this 'sobor', and the clergy taking the oil of unction to the parishes to anoint those unable to be in the cathedral.Obviously, this is not possible in present circumstances, so His Grace, Bishop Irenei, has blessed us to serve this Holy Mystery in the parish - in what will be our first Cardiff celebration of Soborovanie, even though we have been in the city for nearly a decade!The parish priests will hear confessions from 17:30, as all who are to be anointed at the end of the service must have prepared by going to confession. Many parishioners confessed at the weekend, but this evening will provide the opportunity for any others to confess before the service.If any have already participated in this Holy Mystery this Lent, they should not approach a second time. Children below the age of seven years (at which they are held to be morally responsible) are not anointed.The faithful sometimes expect to take oil from this service home with them. However, this will not be permitted, despite what may happen in other places - where, often, anyone and everyone is anointed, even without confession and any preparation whatsoever. This is a Holy Mystery, and the oil is sanctified for sacramental anointing, after prayer and confession - not self-determined anointing at home, where the Church has no control over its use.Although only Orthodox Christians may partake of the anointing, all are most welcome to attend this beautiful service.May God bless you all.In Christ - Hieromonk Mark ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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Dear brothers and sisters,Here we are at the threshold of Holy Week, having celebrated the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem with palm and willow blessed before Liturgy, and the recurring phrases, “God is the Lord, and has revealed Himself to us,” and “Blessed is He who cometh in the name of the Lord” woven through the hymns of the feast.The 'coming' that we celebrated today is that of Christ voluntarily going to His passion, so that in the week ahead, even when it appears that He is coerced and man-handled, this is not a forced movement – to the prison, to the high-priests, to Pilate, to the Cross. No. These are all continuations of today’s voluntary coming from Bethany to Golgotha, even though the palms and cheers, are replaced by slaps, spitting, degradation and finally the death of the Cross. In all that Christ endures in Passion Week we continue to see that “God is the Lord, and has revealed Himself to us” - in love, mercy, long-suffering patience, humility. The ultimate revelation of the depths of God’s love is in the events that will unfold in the week before us.In tomorrow’s Bridegroom Matin’s, the Church sings of Christ as the Bridegroom who ‘comes in the middle of the night’, and after the first reading of the Psalter we chant,“Today the Holy Passion shines forth upon the world with the light of salvation; for Christ in His love hastens to His sufferings. He who holds all things in the hollow of His hand consents to be hung upon the Tree, that He may save mankind.” (Sedalion on the first reading of the Psalter)There we have the starkest of realities. The God-Man who hold all things, the whole universe and every human soul - past, present and future - in His hands, pours out His whole self for the restoration of fallen humanity, and such is His limitless love that “He is questioned, beaten, and brought to Pilate for judgement; a servant strikes His face, and He endures all that He may save mankind.” (Sedalion on the third reading of the Psalter). This Divine condescension and kenotic (self-emptying) love of God will, of course, go beyond these beatings and interrogations to the Cross and Tomb, even into the depths of Hades where death will be conquered - such is God’s love: limitless, all-encompassing love which goes out to seeks its object: the incarnate and crucified love to which this week bears witness.In the first ode of the canon, we read,“Ineffable is the condescension of the Word of God. Christ is Himself both God and man; yet He counted not His Godhead a thing to be seized and held fast, and this He showed to His disciples by taking the form of a servant: for He has been greatly glorified.”Now, as we begin this solemn and awe-inspiring week, we must journey with Him, imitating this self-effacing and sacrificial love and following Christ’s footsteps in silence, patience, love and humility, as we journey from Bethany to the upper room; from the cenacle to the garden in Gethsemane; to the gaol and praetorium; following the Lord to Golgotha; standing beneath His Cross; and then accompanying the Myrrh-Bearing women to the Life-Giving Tomb – not only for the Lord’s burial, but also in order to see that He is risen!How do we make this spiritual journey, imitating the Saviour, Himself?St. Clement of Alexandria teaches us that…"The one who knows God will follow the Lord's footsteps, bearing the cross of the Saviour. It is said, "The world is crucified to him and he to the world." The Lord says, "He who loses his life will save it." We can "lose our lives" in one of two ways. First, we can risk our lives just as the Lord did for us. Secondly, we can separate our lives from the customary things of this world. Bearing the cross means to separate our souls from the delights and pleasures of this life. If you do this, you will find your life again - resting in the hope of what is to come. Dying to ourselves means being content with the necessities of life. When we want more that these necessities it is easy to sin."Putting aside the things of the world then, let us follow the Lord as He comes, and reveals Himself to us in His voluntary passion.“Moved by Thy tender mercy, O Christ our Benefactor, Thou dost of Thine own will go forth to meet Thy Passion, wishing to deliver us from the passions and from condemnation in hell. Therefore, we all sing the praises of Thy holy sufferings and we glorify Thy deep self-abasement, O Saviour.” (Sessional hymn of Compline: Monday of Holy Week)May God bless you all and give you good strength for the spiritual journey of the week ahead.In Christ – Hieromonk Mark ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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IF HE WERE NOT FLESH...The facts themselves bear witness and his divine acts of power teach those who doubt that he is true God, and his sufferings show that he is true man. And if those who are feeble in understanding are not fully assured, they will pay the penalty on his dread day.If he was not flesh, why was Mary introduced at all? And if he was not God, whom was Gabriel calling Lord?If he was not flesh, who was lying in the manger? And if he was not God, whom did the Angels come down and glorify?If he was not flesh, who was wrapped in swaddling clothes? And if he was not God, whom did the shepherds worship?If he was not flesh, whom did Joseph circumcise? And if he was not God, in whose honour did the star speed through the heavens?If he was not flesh, whom did Mary suckle? And if he was not God, to whom did the Magi offer gifts?If he was not flesh, whom did Symeon carry in his arms? And if he was not God, to whom did he say, “Let me depart in peace”?If he was not flesh, whom did Joseph take and flee into Egypt? And if he was not God, in whom were words “Out of Egypt I have called my Son” fulfilled?If he was not flesh, whom did John baptise? And if he was not God, to whom did the Father from heaven say, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased”?If he was not flesh, who fasted and hungered in the desert? And if he was not God, whom did the Angels come down and serve?If he was not flesh, who was invited to the wedding in Cana of Galilee? And if he was not God, who turned the water into wine?If he was not flesh, in whose hands were the loaves? And if he was not God, who satisfied crowds and thousands in the desert, not counting women and children, from five loaves and two fishes?If he was not flesh, who fell asleep in the boat? And if he was not God, who rebuked the winds and the sea?If he was not flesh, with whom did Simon the Pharisee eat? And if he was not God, who pardoned the offences of the sinful woman?If he was not flesh, who sat by the well, worn out by the journey? And if he was not God, who gave living water to the woman of Samaria and reprehended her because she had had five husbands?If he was not flesh, who wore human garments? And if he was not God, who did acts of power and wonders?If he was not flesh, who spat on the ground and made clay? And if he was not God, who through the clay compelled the eyes to see?If he was not flesh, who wept at Lazarus’ grave? And if he was not God, who by his command brought out one four days dead?If he was not flesh, who sat on the foal? And if he was not God, whom did the crowds go out to meet with glory?If he was not flesh, whom did the Jews arrest? And if he was not God, who gave an order to the earth and threw them onto their faces.If he was not flesh, who was struck with a blow? And if he was not God, who cured the ear that had been cut off by Peter and restored it to its place?If he was not flesh, who received spittings on his face? And if he was not God, who breathed the Holy Spirit into the faces of his Apostles?If he was not flesh, who stood before Pilate at the judgement seat? And if he was not God, who made Pilate’s wife afraid by a dream?If he was not flesh, whose garments did the soldiers strip off and divide? And if he was not God, how was the sun darkened at the cross?If he was not flesh, who was hung on the cross? And if he was not God, who shook the earth from its foundations?If he was not flesh, whose hands and feet were transfixed by nails? And if he was not God, how was the veil of the temple rent, the rocks broken and the graves opened?If he was not flesh, who cried out, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me”? And if he was not God, who said “Father, forgive them”?If he was not flesh, who was hung on a cross with the thieves? And if he was not God, how did he say to the thief, “Today you will be with me in Paradise”?If he was not flesh, to whom did they offer vinegar and gall? And if he was not God, on hearing whose voice did Hades tremble?If he was not flesh, whose side did the lance pierce, and blood and water came out?And if he was not God, who smashed to gates of Hades and tear apart it bonds? And at whose command did the imprisoned dead come out?If he was not flesh, whom did the Apostles see in the upper room? And if he was not God, how did he enter when the doors were shut?If he was not flesh, the marks of the nails and the lance in whose hands and side did Thomas handle? And if he was not God, to whom did he cry out, “My Lord and my God”?If he was not flesh, who ate by the sea of Tiberias? And if he was not God, at whose command was the net filled?If he was not flesh, whom did the Apostles and Angels see being taken up into heaven? And if he was not God, to whom was heaven opened, whom did the Powers worship in fear and whom did the Father invite to “Sit at my right hand”. As David said, “The Lord said to my Lord, sit at my right hand, etc.”If he was not God and man, our salvation is a lie, and the words of the Prophets are lies. But the Prophets spoke the truth, and their testimonies were not lies. The Holy Spirit spoke through them what they had been commanded.+ St. Ephrem the Syrian, Excerpt from the Sermon on Transfiguration ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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AN EVENING EXULTATIONEvery evening mayest Thou be praised from the lips of all men! Thou gavest them the day to labour and work to acquire nourishment. Now, exhausted by their heavy labour, they thank Thee for granting them rest.Who shall not worship Thee, Who carest for us men with such love? Thou leadest out the stars and causest the approach of evening which brings a halt to the day-long labours of those who have exhausted themselves with work.The evening comes and consoles those who, in their struggle with hunger and thirst, have wearied and exhausted themselves with labour. Evening time comes and gladdens the world and its toilers.Blessed is Thy greatness, that has from the beginning been ever mindful of us men!Thou providest rest for both men and beasts in the evening time. May Thy Cross, O Lord, which is the seal of the Church and protects Here children from Satan and his warriors, be the comfort of Thy sheep, whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy life-creating blood!Send Thy peace, O Lord, to all the ends of the universe, and may the Evil One flee from our midst.May every tongue and every mouth offer Thee praise from all the ends of the earth.With them do we also glorify Thee, O Lord, and Thy Father and the Holy Spirit.'Psalm' 96, from 'A Spiritual Psalter, or Reflections on God Excerpted by Bishop Theophan the Recluse from the works of our Holy Father Ephraim the Syrian. ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR THE ROCOR ECCLESIASTICAL MISSION IN THE HOLY LANDDear brothers and sisters,As is our Palm Sunday custom, this Sunday will see an additional collection for the Ecclesiastical Mission in the Holy Land.Places such as our historic convents in Gethsemane (enshrining the relics of the Holy New Martyrs Grand Duchess Elizabeth and Nun Barbara) and the Mount of the Ascension have found themselves in a desperate financial situation due to the lack of pilgrims during the pandemic. Without pilgrims, they need our charity and support. The second collection this Sunday is our opportunity to help them.In Christ - Hieromonk Mark ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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HOLY WEEK AND PASCHA SERVICES. 25 APRIL: PALM SUNDAY – THE ENTRANCE OF THE LORD INTO JERUSALEM Hours & Divine Liturgy: 11:00 (Confessions before service) 28 APRIL: HOLY & GREAT WEDNESDAY Confession: 17:30 The Mystery of Holy Unction (Soborovanie): 19:00 29 APRIL: HOLY & GREAT THURSDAY (Vesperal Liturgy in Llanelli) Confessions: 18:00 The Reading of the Twelve Passion Gospels (Matins of Great and Holy Friday): 19:00 30 APRIL: HOLY & GREAT FRIDAY Royal Hours: 08:00 Vespers with the bringing out of the Plashchanitsa: 16:00 (Confessions will follow this service) The Burial Service of the Lord (Matins of Holy Saturday): 19:00 1 MAY: HOLY & GREAT SATURDAY Confessions: 09:00 The Vesperal Liturgy of Holy Saturday: 10:00 The reading of the Acts of the Apostles / Confessions: 22:00 Midnight Office: 23:30 Midnight: 1-2 May - PASCHA - Procession, matins and Liturgy of the Resurrection of Christ: 00:00 Agape Vespers: 12:00 ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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17/18 APRIL: HIS GRACE BISHOP IRENEI VISITS THE PARISHEvery weekend is a cause of celebration as we come together to celebrate the Holy Mysteries, but this weekend was especially significant as we gathered around our bishop to celebrate the Divine Liturgy.His Grace, Bishop Irenei and Reader George arrived in Cardiff on Saturday, praying the service of Little Compline with the clergy and members of one of our parish families before sitting down to supper and discussing issues surrounding the lives of our parish, diocese and patriarchate. On Sunday morning, parishioners finalised arrangements in the church whilst the rector performed the proskomedia, Father Luke heard confessions and Deacon Mark went to bring Vladika to St John’s.His Grace was met at the church-door at 11:00, with the traditional welcome of bread and salt, with our youngest children greeting their bishop with flowers.Vladika was then met and greeted by our deacon and oltarniky, by the rector, bearing the cross, by our Archpriest Luke, and Father Sorin, the priest of our Romanian sister-parish.The lack of ikonostasis meant that the faithful were able to witness the vesting of the bishop during the Hours, seeing the vestments as they were donned one by one.Following, the completion of the proskomedia and the Hours, the Hierarchical Liturgy was celebrated with a beauty and solemnity that we are sure St John's Church has never seen in its history.Our singers, readers and servers sang, read and served with great care and attention, and we were blessed by Romanian singing during Holy Communion.As is His custom, at the Great Entrance, His Grace prayed that all who serve in the parish, whether singing, baking, cleaning or any small way may be remembered by the Lord in His Kingdom. The parish clergy thank all of these people, especially for their obedience and labours for the weekend.At the end of Liturgy, His Grace preached on the spiritual link between the Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete as a liturgical contemplation and exploration of repentance and the life of St Mary of Egypt, as the realisation of the call to repentance in the Christian life.As there was no possibility of a parish meal, following the Liturgy, His Grace gave a spiritual talk, including questions and answers on St John of Shanghai and San Francisco, and parishioners have expressed their joy at this, sending enthusiastic messages over the course of yesterday evening and today, relating their thanks for this blessing and consolation.During the talk the sisterhood prepared a simple lunch for the bishop, parish clergy, readers, singers/servers and their spouses at the chaplaincy. It was the first time that we have been unable to have a parish-trapeza, but it allowed Vladika to share some time with those who have ‘staffed’ the parish and ensured the continuation of parish life over the last difficult year. Thank you everyone who contributed, and thanks to Father Sebastian. We look forward to the time when we may all sit down with Vladika, whose last two visits have been under lockdown regulations, and we hope and pray that the next visit will be less restricted and more normal.We thank Vladika for making this visitation and Reader George for the assistance he gives in managing the hierarchical Liturgy. We thank Aleksandra for her labours in building the confidence and repertoire of our kliros since her arrival from Russia, especially in the celebrations of the Liturgy of St Basil during the Great Fast.May God bless you all.In Christ – Hieromonk Mark ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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When Thou didst see, our Lord, that I had lost Thy glory, Thy love did not suffer it to be so. Thou Who descendedst in Thy birth hast delivered me from Satan by Thy suffering and Thy death on the Cross.But behold, I have sinned again and angered Thee and offended Thy name with the sins, transgressions and crimes I have committed. Woe is me, for I was ungrateful and have defiled myself with a multitude of wicked deeds!I have wept and shed bitter tears while meditating on this fact. My meditation has transported me to fire, led me to a land of terror, carried me into a frightening and terrible abyss, cast me into flames and thrust me into darkness. My heart has felt all this, and I have sighed from fear and terror while contemplating this journey.Carried away by these thoughts I have inspected the dwelling places of darkness. Then, sobbing and weeping, pained and sorrowing, have I condemned myself and bitterly exclaimed: woe is me, exceeding woe. What has justice prepared for me!In terror I awoke as from a dream, but neither in waking was I delivered from torment of heart. I rent my garment, wept and sobbed: what have I done to my miserable self? I shall uncover my head like the harlot and confess my sins; with sighs shall I pray; I will turn my eyes into fountains of tears, that I might mourn for my unfortunate self.I shall go to the publicans who are like me, I shall go to the sinners who repented. I will awaken my sleeping heart which has grown old in a multitude of evils. I will unite myself to the publicans and sinners and make myself like unto them. Like them shall I sob over the sins I have committed, that God's judgement might not be upon me and that I might not be tormented in the abyss of gehenna....Vouchsafe me, O Lord, to love Thy love that comforts the saints and the righteous ones, who love non e other than Thee, O God, Who art magnanimous to the penitent, Who lovest the sinner who bedews his face with tears and bitterly mourns his transgression. Vouchsafe me, O Lord, the blessed repose that Thou hast prepared for all the saints.'Psalm' 79 from 'A Spiritual Psalter' by St Ephraim the Syria ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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We would kindly ask that everyone attending Liturgy this Sunday does not park their car on the church driveway as we require the driveway to be clear to allow Vladyka Irenei to park and enter church easily.The following 2 car parks have been identified as free to use on a Sunday - Both are approximately a 5 minute walk to the church.Gray Street Car ParkSat Nav Postcode - CF11 9NEEntrance is from Cowbridge Road East with spaces for 89 vehicleswww.visitcardiff.com/highlights/gray-street-car-park/Leckwith Road Car ParkSat Nav Postcode - CF11 9TBSpaces for 63 vehicleswww.visitcardiff.com/highlights/leckwith-road-car-park/ ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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