Celebrating the Transfiguration in Butetown

Friday saw a joyful Divine Liturgy for the feast of the Transfiguration, celebrated in the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Butetown.

Being a workday, there were only twenty of us, but those celebrating brought so much fruit and home-grown produce, that one of the large Victorian tables flanking the gates in the screen at the west end was more or less filled with baskets and bags.

Father Luke concelebrated, and a few oltarniky and singers fulfilled their important obediences so that we could celebrate the feast simply, but joyfully.

The abundance of grapes, fruit and produce was blessed at the end of the Liturgy, which was followed by a festive lunch in the parish hall, in which fish, wine and oil were very much enjoyed as a consolation during the Dormition Fast.

Several people commented on how joyful our celebrations are when celebrated at St Mary’s, and the little parish hall is always a place of wonderful fellowship, friendship, and sharing.

Thank you all who made the feast such a joyous and warm celebration, and to Father Dean and the parish for their wonderful hospitality.

Butetown Today

It was wonderful to celebrate the Nativity of the Forerunner with the Divine Liturgy in the church of St Mary Butetown this morning.

We were enveloped in great peace, as a few of us gathered at the nave altar, with the beautiful simplicity of two-voices singing prayerfully and quietly on the kliros.

The Liturgy was punctuated only by the mewing of sea-gulls and children’s voices from the school playground, and the church was bathed in summer sun, reflected on the holy vessels and icons.

Following the Liturgy, we enjoyed a simple lunch in the parish room, celebrating our starosta’s nameday, happy that Father Dean could join us for a short time in his very busy day. We thank him for his generosity and open-door to the parish.

“His name is John.”