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SUNDAY 1/14 AUGUST 2022 - THE FEAST OF THE ALL-MERCIFUL SAVIOUR AND THE MOTHER OF GOD.IKOS: Having Thee, O All-merciful Saviour, as our firm foundation, and Thy most pure Mother as an indestructible wall and a calm haven, we shall never fear the uprisings of the enemy; for, being kept safe by Thine invisible providence and protection, we are able to overcome enemies both seen and unseen. Having Thy most pure Mother as our helper, we can escape from the artifices of the enemy as from nets, and we joyously hymn her who received the fullness of joy. Make haste, O Compassionate One, and hurry to help us, since Thou art merciful. ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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On July 29 (August 11 New Style), the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the Nativity of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker, the Bishop of Myra in LyciaDuring latter half of the third century AD, a devout Christian couple lived in Patara, an important port on the Mediterranean coast of Lycia in Asia Minor (now in modern Turkey). This couple, Theophanes and Nonna, deeply desired a child. As the years passed (and some say it was thirty long years), they prayed and wept, but still there was no child.And so it was with great rejoicing and deep gratitude that a son, who they named Nicholas, was born. Theophanes and Nonna chose the name in honor of the child's priest-uncle, Nicholas, who came to bless the baby. This uncle was abbot of a monastery in nearby Xanthos. Nicholas was a familiar name among Christians, though not common, as a man named Nicholas was one of the first chosen to serve as a deacon in Jerusalem.Nicholas was born to parents who were "devoted Christians, not so poor as to be scorned by others, but neither so rich as to be boastful; they had enough to support themselves and still give to the poor."St Nicholas grew in an atmosphere that allowed him to flourish: mentally, physically, and spiritually.In addition to the two main holidays dedicated to Saint Nicholas, celebrated on December 6 (the saint's blessed repose) and May 9 (the transfer of his holy relics to the city of Bari), there are other days when the Church remembers the God-pleaser Nicholas.The Feast of his Nativity was not very widely known in modern Russia, but in 2004, with the blessing of Patriarch Alexis II of Moscow and All Russia, the celebration of the Nativity of Saint Nicholas was revived.Hierarch of Christ, Nicholas pray to God for us! ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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07/08/2022 - Homily - Saints Boris and Gleb ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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Icon of the Mother of God of Pochaev, Troparion, Tone 5:Those who pray before thy holy icon, O Lady, are vouchsafed healing and receive the knowledge of the true faith, and they repel the attacks of the Hagarenes. Therefore entreat remission of sins for us who fall down before thee. Enlighten our hearts to thoughts of piety, and raise a prayer to thy Son to save our soul ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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Dear brothers and sisters, it was a blessing for us to celebrate the feast of the Holy Equal to the Apostles, Mary Magdalene in Father Luke's garden chapel this evening, and I encourage you to mark the feast by offering the Holy Myrrh-Bearer the AKATHIST written in her honour:English: orthodox-europe.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/07-22A.pdfSlavonic: azbyka.ru/molitvoslov/akafist-svjatoj-ravnoapostolnoj-marii-magdaline.html ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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Saint Anna of Kashin (1280 – 2 October 1368) was a Russian princess from the Rurik Dynasty, who was canonized in 1650.Anna was a daughter of Prince Dmitry Borisovich of Rostov and a great-granddaughter of Prince Vasily of Rostov. From her earliest years, Anna was brought up strictly Christian. She was taught the virtues of humility and obedience. Her teacher was Saint Ignatius, Bishop of Rostov (died 1288), who was noted for strict selflessness and pacifism. Like all royal daughters of her time, Anna learned different kinds of needlework. When the princess grew up, Princess Xenia of Tver, second wife of Grand Prince Yaroslav of Tver sent ambassadors to Rostov with a request to marry Anna to her son Mikhail. The embassy was successful, and Anna became the wife of Prince Mikhail.Princess Anna's marriage to Prince Mikhail took place on 8 November 1294 in the Preobrazhensky cathedral of Tver. In celebration of this event, dwellers in the city of Kashin built the Saint Michael Church and the triumphal gates from the local Kremlin to the Tver road, naming the gates also "Mikhaylovsky." In the Kashin Uspensky cathedral a special Feast was established and celebrated annually on 8 November.Anna and Mikhail had five children:Feodora (died in infancy)Prince Dmitry of Tver (1299–1326)Prince Alexander of Tver (1301–1339)Prince Konstantin of Tver (1306–1346)Prince Vasily of Kashin (d. after 1368)In 1294, her father died, and in 1295 a terrible fire destroyed Tver. Soon after that, Anna and Mikhail's first-born daughter, Feodora, fell severely ill and died in infancy. In 1296, another fire destroyed their palace, and the prince and princess were barely rescued. In 1317, a war began between her husband and Prince Yury of Moscow.In 1318 the princess said goodbye to her husband forever, who was summoned to the Horde, where he was brutally tortured to death on 22 November 1318. Only in July of the following year did Anna hear about her husband's martyrdom. Learning that Mikhail's remains had been brought to Moscow, she sent an embassy there, and her husband's body was transferred into Tver and buried in Preobrazhensky cathedral.In 1325, her eldest son, Dimitry, was tortured in the Horde. In 1327, her second son, Alexander, broke the Tartar army, which devastated the duchy. In revenge Uzbeg Khan gathered a new army and destroyed Tver; Prince Alexander was forced to hide in Pskov. For ten years, Anna did not see her son, and in 1339 Prince Alexander and his son Feodor were killed by the Horde.After the death of Prince Mikhail, Anna carried out an old desire "in silence to work only for God." She took vows in Sofia's monastery in Tver and adopted the name Evfrosiniya. In 1365 the youngest son of the princess, Vasiliy, her only child remaining alive by that time, entreated his mother to move to his principality. The Uspensky monastery was built in Kashin, and there the saint accepted the schema with the name of Anna.She died of old age on 2 October 1368, and was buried in the cathedral temple of the Blessed Virgin.******The Holy Right-believing Princess Anna of Kashin, a daughter of the Rostov prince Demetrius Borisovich, in 1294 became the wife of the holy Great Prince Michael Yaroslavich of Tver, who was murdered by the Mongol-Tatars of the Horde in 1318, (November 22). After the death of her husband, Anna withdrew into Tver’s Sophia monastery and accepted tonsure with the name Euphrosyne. Later, she transferred to the Kashin Dormition monastery, and became a schemanun with the name Anna. She fell asleep in the Lord on October 2, 1338.Saint Anna’s sons also imitated their father’s steadfast confession of faith in Christ. Demetrius Mikhailovich (“Dread Eyes”) was murdered at the Horde on September 15, 1325; and later, Alexander Mikhailovich, Prince of Tver, was murdered together with his son Theodore on October 29, 1339.Miracles at Saint Anna’s grave began in 1611, during the siege of Kashin by Polish and Lithuanian forces. There was also a great fire in the city which died down without doing much damage. The saint, dressed in the monastic schema, appeared to Gerasimus, a gravely ill warden of the Dormition cathedral. She promised that he would recover, but complained, “People show no respect for my tomb. They ignore it and my memory! Do you not know that I am supplicating the Lord and His Mother to deliver the city from the foe, and that you be spared many hardships and evils?” She ordered him to tell the clergy to look after her tomb, and to light a candle there before the icon of Christ Not-Made-By-Hands.At the Council of 1649 it was decided to uncover her relics for general veneration and to glorify the holy Princess Anna as a saint. However, in 1677, Patriarch Joachim proposed to the Moscow Council that her veneration throughout Russia should be discontinued because of the Old Ritualists, who made use of the name of Saint Anna of Kashin. According to ancient custom, when she was buried her right hand had been positioned to make the Sign of the Cross with two fingers. So Saint Anna was removed from the list of saints! However, the memory of Saint Anna, who had received a crown of glory from Christ, could not be erased by decree. People continued to love and venerate her, and many miracles took place at her tomb.On June 12, 1909 her second glorification took place, and her universally observed feast day was established. Her Life describes her as a model of spiritual beauty and chastity, and an example to future generations.Holy Right Believing Princess Anna pray to God for us! ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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"God smiles on us!" (Fr. Teofil Paraian) ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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31/07/2022 - Homily - Baptism of Rus/Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 1st six Councils ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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OLD RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHANTS ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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After pilgrimage in Walsingham, it is always strange and a little sad to return home and wake in very different surroundings - for me at least!In addition to the maximalism of the shrine-church, the carillon, bells, processions, the flow of pilgrims, the sound of liturgical music, the Stations of the Cross in the gardens, and almost non-stop pilgrim activities make Walsingham a unique and compelling place.To be able to visit the Chapel of the Life-Giving Spring, the Holy House, or the little church of St Seraphim, and to be enveloped in the intense peace of the shrine church is a great contrast to our everyday environments, and reminds us to recognise that Walsingham in NOT everyday life, but a God given spiritual-oasis to give us the strength to go home and face life with its pressures, trials and difficulties.God gives us such places to be a channel of grace, to sanctify and sustain us. It is the lot of some people to be in these places to serve and minister (and we often forget that such diakonia is often difficult and tiring), but the lot of most of us is to be pilgrims, returning to our homes and communities with the blessings that God, the Mother of God and the saints have bestowed upon us. Grant this, O Lord! ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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Due to family illness, this Saturday’s Chippenham baptism has been postponed, and will be celebrated at a later date. ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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Near the entrance of the shrine church in Walsingham, at the rear of the Holy House, between the chapel of the Annunciation and the holy well, a feretory houses a portion of the relics of St Vincent of Saragossa.From his childhood, St Vincent was the disciple of a wise pastor Valerian, the bishop of the city of Augustopolis (now Saragossa, Spain). When he reached mature age, the virtuous, educated and eloquent Vincent was ordained deacon by Bishop Valerian. Since the bishop himself was not adept in speech, he gave a blessing to his deacon, an eloquent orator, to preach in church and among the people.Diocletian (284-305) sent the governor Dacian to the city of Valencia, Spain with full authority to find and execute Christians. People denounced the wise bishop and his deacon to the governor, who arrested them. The soldiers, mounted on horses, dragged the Elder and his disciple behind them in chains from Augustopolis to Valencia, and there they cast them into prison beaten and tortured, giving them neither food nor water.They subjected the bishop to the first interrogation. The Elder spoke quietly, but seemed tongue-tied and uncertain. Then Saint Vincent came forward and made the most eloquent speech of his life before the judges and assembled people. After he sent the bishop back to prison, the persecutor gave orders to torture the holy deacon.The martyr underwent many torments: while nailed to a cross, he was whipped and burned with red-hot rods. When he was removed from the cross, he then himself joyfully climbed back upon it, saying that the executioners were lazy and had not fulfilled their master’s orders. They became angry and tortured him again, until they were all exhausted.After the tortures they threw the martyr back into prison. That night the astonished guard heard him singing Psalms, and saw an unearthly radiant light in the prison. The next morning the holy martyr was condemned to be burned on a gridiron. Christians took the saint’s body and buried it with reverence. This occurred in the year 304. ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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It is always a very great joy to be in Walsingham, though summer pilgrimage lacks the serenity of visits during the autumn, winter and spring. However, being in the shrine during one of the South Wales Anglican pilgrimages is a pleasure, with familiar faces and the warmth, joy and enthusiasm that Welsh pilgrims always bring - and profound devotion to the Mother of God. Today was blessed with a very peaceful hour or so whilst our compatriots enjoyed lunch, allowing time in which to pray an akathist hymn and the Jesus Prayer in the Holy House and around the shrine church without distraction.The evening was very different, as evening prayers were offered with a background of hymns rising to the little upstairs Orthodox Chapel from the crowded church below. The Akathist in Honour of the Walsingham Icon of the Mother of God was offered for the intention of our parishioners, who were commemorated in the course of evening prayers. ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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24/07/2022 - Homily - Sunday of the Holy Equal to the Apostles St Olga ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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17/07/2022 - Homily - Sunday of the Holy Royal Martyrs.If you want to watch previous homilies from Fr Mark please visit our youtube pageyoutube.com/channel/UCFCYk-ASurEOJkSJwJ1bOWA ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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Venerable Father Sergius pray to God for us! ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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17/07/2022 - Short video of Axion Estin (it is Truly Meet) from our Liturgy commemorating the Royal Martyrs ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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17/07/2022 - Short video of the beatitudes from our Liturgy commemorating the Royal Martyrs ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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O holy martyred Tsar and passion-bearer Nicholas, the Lord chose thee as His anointed to be the preserver of the Orthodox realm and to judge thy people with mercy and justice. And with the fear of God thou didst accomplish royal ministry and show care for souls. And testing thee, like gold in a crucible, the Lord permitted bitter tribulations to assail thee, like Job the much-suffering, and afterwards He sent upon thee the deprivation of thy royal throne and a martyr’s death. And all these didst thou meekly endure, as a true servant of Christ, and thou dost now delight in the glory which is on high at the throne of the King of all, together with the holy martyrs: the holy Tsaritsa Alexandra, the holy youth the Tsarevich Alexis, the holy Tsarevnas Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, and thy faithful servants, as well as the holy martyred Princess Elizabeth and all the royal martyrs and the holy martyr Barbara. But as thou hast great boldness before Christ the King, for Whose sake ye all suffered, pray with them, that the Lord forgive the sins of the people which did not hinder the murder of thee, the Tsar and anointed of God, that the Lord deliver the suffering land of Russia from the cruel godless ones who have been permitted to torment us for our sins and falling away from God, and that He restore the throne of Orthodox kings and grant us remission of sins, and instruct us in all the virtues, that we may acquire meekness, humility and love, which these holy martyrs showed forth, that we may be accounted worthy of the heavenly Kingdom, where with thee and all the holy new martyrs and confessors of Russia, we may glorify the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen. ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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