Lord I believe; help my unbelief!

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Message from Fr Alexander — Lord I believe; help my unbelief!

News …
Lent online Meetings — 7pm Wednesdays and Fridays
Faith, not Superstition: Seeking Orthodox Christian Spirituality
WhatsApp Group
Twitter Feed
Names for prayer
Monastery of St John the Baptist talks
Archimandrite Philip: Ten at Ten

Live stream information

Resources

Saints and Feasts — 8th–15th April

Offer of help

Dear Friends

Our generation—where the Lord has chosen for us to work out our salvation—is one of great challenges. Many in our society believe that science has disproved religion, that religion was merely there to explain the inexplicable, and religions will eventually die out. “God is dead” is their slogan, their mantra.

The subtlety of the Devil is not in an outright lie, these are easy to spot: rather it is in giving us enough truth that we will believe a misdirection. “God is dead” contains some truth, but it has been distorted and disfigured: it is not “God is dead” but rather “God died.” God, in his infinite love for each one of us, died. And, not only this, not only did God die but he arose and has brought new life to all who believe in him.

In our confused world, many of faith are tempted by doubt yet many of doubt are tempted by faith. Those who choose atheism over Christianity seem rarely to do so because of facts and data but because they find the narrative presented to be more convincing. Christianity is often presented as irrational, unscientific and redundant in our modern world: there are even some Christians who rejoice in these labels but our Faith is none of these things. Our Faith is centred on Christ who is the incarnate (literally “in flesh”) Word of God: Christ is Truth, is Reason, is Life. The seeking of truth—whether spiritual truth, scientific truth, philosophical truth, etc.—has Christ at its goal and does not cause us to fear.

Yes, there are doubts, and we hear of the doubts of a father in this Sunday’s Gospel reading. Although his words were said two thousand years ago they sound contemporary to our world.

At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, “How long has he had this?” And he said, “From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “If you can! All things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again.” And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.” They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise.

— Mark 9:17–31

“I believe; help my unbelief!” These can be our words. Lord, take the small measure of faithfulness I have and grow it, nurture it, cultivate it that I may have more faithfulness. In giving the little we have, and offering it to the Lord, he will return it to us that we have more. And when we receive more, we must remember that if we try to hold onto it it will wither, if we offer it back again to the Lord it will grow.

My dear brothers and sisters, friends, it is not wrong to have doubt. Our world has doubt. But what will you, will I, do with that doubt? Do we, as the father in this Gospel, offer it to the Lord or try to hold onto it and watch it diminish? Do we accept the narrative of our world that Christianity is backward and wrong or do we stand for Truth and express a desire to deepen our learning that we may discover Truth, discover Christ, more fully? Do we believe, while simultaneously asking God to help our unbelief?


News

Lent online Meetings — 7 pm Wednesdays and Fridays

We try to deepen our Faith during Lent, one way is by attending more services. While it is not currently possible to attend in person, we will be having Great Compline on Wednesday evenings and the Salutations to the Mother of God (sometimes called the Akathist Hymn) on Fridays. You would be most welcome to join us—strengthen your faith in the course of the Great Fast!

Get in touch and I will send you the details: webenquiry@orthodoxeastleigh.uk.

Faith, not Superstition: Seeking Orthodox Christian Spirituality

The Orthodox Fellowship of St John the Baptist is organising a Study weekend for youth (loosely 18–35) entitled “Faith, not Superstition.” It will be held online this year on Zoom, 28th–31st May.

More details, and registration, on the Fellowship Youth webpage.

WhatsApp Group

A new WhatsApp group has been created for the Twelve Apostles community: would you like to be a part of this? Let me know!

Twitter Feed

I have also created a new Twitter account for the community: do follow us @12ApostlesHants.

Names for prayer

If you have not yet done so, please do send me a list of those whom you would like me to pray for at the Liturgy. Please separate them out into four groups:

Living who are Orthodox
Living who are not Orthodox
Departed who are Orthodox
Departed who are not Orthodox

Just their Christian (first) names are needed. Please include your own names at the top of the list.

Monastery of St John the Baptist talks

Each Sunday evening, 5.30–7pm, the Monastery in Essex, founded by St Sophrony, produces a talk on Zoom. Up until now these have been given either by Archimandrite* Peter, the abbot, or by Archimandrite Zacharias. You need to register for these in advance.

If you would be interested in joining the talks, please get in contact and I can send you the registration details. They are of great benefit.

[* Archimandrite is a title for a senior priest who is celibate.]

Archimandrite Philip: Ten at Ten

Also online, Archimandrite Philip of the monastery of our Archdiocese in Shropshire produces a Bible-study every weekday at 10 am from his YouTube channel—if you cannot watch live they are archived. Although called Ten at Ten, its length is somewhat a changeable feast.

You can reach his YouTube channel by clicking here or by searching “Archimandrite Philip” on YouTube.


Live stream

The Monastery of Saints Antony and Cuthbert, Shropshire, is live-streaming its services for all who are unable to go to their own churches. These are over YouTube and can be accessed here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfWMaefJYqFEZkYiK2WmeEw

Usually Vespers on Saturday evenings at 5 pm and Matins and Liturgy on Sunday mornings from 7.30 am.


Resources

Have a look at our website — orthodoxeastleigh.uk
If you click on the “Blog” link, or directly here, you will see all past emails as well as sermons etc.

Our Facebook Page, facebook.com/orthodoxeastleigh, too, has daily additions during the week as well as on feast days. Please do like and share our page and content so we may reach a wider group of people.

Our community has a Twitter handle, @12ApostlesHants.

Do you receive the weekly (on Fridays) text message? If not, then let me know.


Saints and Feasts

Thursday 8th April — Holy apostles Herodion, Agabus, Rufus and Asyncritus of the Seventy.

Friday 9th — Martyr Eupsychius. St Theodore, Abbot of Crowland (870).

Saturday 10th — Holy Martyr Terrence and his companions.

Sunday 11th — Sunday of St John Climacus (“of the Ladder”). Holy Martyr Antipas. St Guthlac of Crowland, the Hermit (714).

Monday 12th — St Basil the Confessor.

Tuesday 13th — St Martin the Confessor, Pope of Rome (655).

Wednesday 14th — Holy Apostles Aristarchus, Pudens and Trophimus of the Seventy.

Thursday 15th — Holy Hieromartyr Leonidas. St Padarn of Wales, Bishop and Founder of Llandabarn Fawr (5th-6th).


Can I help you?

I am here for you, you need only ask. Is there a way I can support your life of faith? Get in touch.

Can you help the mission?

Yes, absolutely. Offer yourselves to the Lord: pray! Make available to him all your talents and ask him how he would like you to use them — listen for his reply.

Your prayers!

With love in Christ

Fr Alexander
webenquiry@orthodoxeastleigh.uk

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To love is to serve

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Message from Fr Alexander — To love is to serve

News …
Lent online Meetings — 7pm Wednesdays and Fridays
WhatsApp Group
Twitter Feed
Names for prayer
Monastery of St John the Baptist talks
Archimandrite Philip: Ten at Ten

Live stream information

Resources

Saints and Feasts — 25th March–1st April

Offer of help

Dear Friends

Happy feast! Today we celebrate the Annunciation of the Theotokos and all is transformed: Death is on borrowed time because our Saviour has become incarnate, he has become one of us.

The Kingdom of God is breaking into our world. In the Kingdom the order and hierarchies of the world are not destroyed, they are inverted. All who want to be great in the Kingdom are called to serve others—particularly the poor, the needy, the downtrodden, the oppressed. This is no easy task: it is all too tempting for us to sit back and enjoy our privileged position, to question “what can I do to change this situation?”

This Sunday, at the Gospel, we hear of those who are leaders because they serve, those who are allowing the Kingdom of God to break into the world.

At that time, Jesus entered Capernaum and it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “My son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak thus? It is a blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question thus in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your pallet and walk?’ But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic—”I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home.” And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”
— Mark 2:1–12

The friends of the man are here showing the leadership. The man who was healed did nothing that is recorded to deserve it. We don’t even know if he wanted to be healed: he may have been quite content to receive food and shelter from his friends. But his friends had a plan—they did not know what would happen, they did not know what the reaction would be, all they knew is that they wanted to bring their friend into the presence of Jesus.

Do we, dear friends, show the same determination? Do we bring our friends into the presence of Christ, or even bring Christ into their presence? Or do we fear rejection, ridicule and derision? Do we love them enough that we want them to experience what we have experienced?

The man, despite having done nothing for it, did hear the voice of the Lord and kept it. He was free, he could have stayed lying on his bed motionless but chose to follow the Lord. When Christ gave the word “rise, take up you pallet and go home,” he had the ability to do it or not to do it. When we bring those whom we love to Christ they too have the same freedom, to accept or to reject.

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ: how are you, how am I, serving others? Serving God first of all and serving our neighbours as our selves. Because if we love them we serve them, and so bring to a greater degree the Kingdom of God into our world.


News

Lent online Meetings — 7 pm Wednesdays and Fridays

We try to deepen our Faith during Lent, one way is by attending more services. While it is not currently possible to attend in person, we will be having Great Compline on Wednesday evenings and the Salutations to the Mother of God (sometimes called the Akathist Hymn) on Fridays. You would be most welcome to join us—strengthen your faith in the course of the Great Fast!

Get in touch and I will send you the details: webenquiry@orthodoxeastleigh.uk.

WhatsApp Group

A new WhatsApp group has been created for the Twelve Apostles community: would you like to be a part of this? Let me know!

Twitter Feed

I have also created a new Twitter account for the community: do follow us @12ApostlesHants.

Names for prayer

If you have not yet done so, please do send me a list of those whom you would like me to pray for at the Liturgy. Please separate them out into four groups:

Living who are Orthodox
Living who are not Orthodox
Departed who are Orthodox
Departed who are not Orthodox

Just their Christian (first) names are needed. Please include your own names at the top of the list.

Monastery of St John the Baptist talks

Each Sunday evening, 5.30–7pm, the Monastery in Essex, founded by St Sophrony, produces a talk on Zoom. Up until now these have been given either by Archimandrite* Peter, the abbot, or by Archimandrite Zacharias. You need to register for these in advance.

If you would be interested in joining the talks, please get in contact and I can send you the registration details. They are of great benefit.

[* Archimandrite is a title for a senior priest who is celibate.]

Archimandrite Philip: Ten at Ten

Also online, Archimandrite Philip of the monastery of our Archdiocese in Shropshire produces a Bible-study every weekday at 10 am from his YouTube channel—if you cannot watch live they are archived. Although called Ten at Ten, its length is somewhat a changeable feast.

You can reach his YouTube channel by clicking here or by searching “Archimandrite Philip” on YouTube.


Live stream

The Monastery of Saints Antony and Cuthbert, Shropshire, is live-streaming its services for all who are unable to go to their own churches. These are over YouTube and can be accessed here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfWMaefJYqFEZkYiK2WmeEw

Usually Vespers on Saturday evenings at 5 pm and Matins and Liturgy on Sunday mornings from 7.30 am.


Resources

Have a look at our website — orthodoxeastleigh.uk
If you click on the “Blog” link, or directly here, you will see all past emails as well as sermons etc.

Our Facebook Page, facebook.com/orthodoxeastleigh, too, has daily additions during the week as well as on feast days. Please do like and share our page and content so we may reach a wider group of people.

Our community has a Twitter handle, @12ApostlesHants.

Do you receive the weekly (on Fridays) text message? If not, then let me know.


Saints and Feasts

Thursday 25th March — The Annunciation of the Theotokos.

Friday 26th — The Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel.

Saturday 27th — St Matrona of Thessalonica. St Paul, Bishop of Corinth.

Sunday 28th — The Sunday of St Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica. St Hilarion the New. St Herodion, Apostle of the Seventy.

Monday 29th — Hieromartyr Mark of Arethusa.

Tuesday 30th — St John Climacus. Holy Apostles Sosthenes, Apollos, Cephas, Caesar and Epaphroditos of the Seventy. St Osburga of Coventry (c 1015).

Wednesday 31st — St Hypatius the Hieromartyr. St Innocent, Metropolitan of Moscow.

Thursday 1st April — St Mary of Egypt. St Agilbert, Bishop of Dorcester and Paris (690).


Can I help you?

I am here for you, you need only ask. Is there a way I can support your life of faith? Get in touch.

Can you help the mission?

Yes, absolutely. Offer yourselves to the Lord: pray! Make available to him all your talents and ask him how he would like you to use them — listen for his reply.

Your prayers!

With love in Christ

Fr Alexander
webenquiry@orthodoxeastleigh.uk

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Angels and Demons

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Message from Fr Alexander — Angels and Demons

News …
Report of First Parish Meeting — Saturday 13th March
Lent online Meetings — 7pm Wednesdays and Fridays
WhatsApp Group
Twitter Feed
Names for prayer
Monastery of St John the Baptist talks
Archimandrite Philip: Ten at Ten

Live stream information

Resources

Saints and Feasts — 18th–25th March

Offer of help

Dear Friends

One of the Great Feasts of the Church, the Annunciation of the Theotokos, typically happens during Lent. It is celebrated at about the equinox—where hours of daylight and of darkness are equal—yet in the springtime, the light is beginning to gain prominence, the Saviour is come and the darkness cannot withstand the onslaught.

The Apostle Luke narrates to us the event.

In those days, Elizabeth the wife of Zacharias conceived and for five months she hid herself, saying, “Thus the Lord had done to me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.” In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you! Blessed are you among women!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end.” And Mary said to the angel, “How shall this be, since I have no husband?” And the angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
— Luke 1:24–38

Our world would find this a very strange event because our world has rejected belief in angels and the spiritual world. Indeed, many who call themselves Christian have rejected them—”Angels are fine for moral stories, fairytales on the level of Aesop’s Fables,” they tell themselves, “but have no place in our modern understanding.” They may have reasoned: “We will be ridiculed if we believe in angels.”

But this is not the view presented in the Bible. If the Resurrection is true, if we believe that though we die we will rise again, then angels must be true. God in his mercy set angels over Creation to govern each aspect, to lead us to the Truth. But humanity, when they encountered these spiritual beings, offered them worship rather than worshipping the Creator; the nations of the Earth rejected the Creator for the sake of worshipping created beings. We know of some of these events from antiquity, written from the perspective of the “victor”—for example, the overthrow of Cronus where one of the sons of God, Zeus, usurped his father’s place.

We can go further, if angels are real then so are demons—fallen spiritual creatures. And in their fallen state they wish to corrupt the image of God within humanity: out of jealousy, they despise that we may replace them in God’s Divine Council where we take up our places as Sons of God because we have been baptised into Christ who is the true Son of God.

Yet God, in his love for us, did not forsake us: he was able to find one who would offer worship to God and not to creatures, Abraham. And from Abraham came Isaac, and from Isaac Jacob, and from Jacob came the Twelve Patriarchs and a new nation who was called to remain faithful. And out of this new nation came one who could say in all purity and holiness to the Archangel, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”

My dear brothers and sisters, the Theotokos was not shocked to see an angel before her: she knew of their existence and of the existence of demons also. And by her word the Word became human that we might become divine. Pray that we too may be aware of angels and demons that we may ask the prayers of the former and contend against the latter.


News

First Parish Meeting — Saturday 13th March

The first Parish Assembly met online on Saturday. We accepted the Constitution and elected our first Councillors: since the meeting their appointment has been confirmed by our bishop, Sayidna Silouan. If you would like further information then please let me know.

There is still much work to do. The Parish Council will be working to open a bank account so that, once we are able to find a location, we will be able to get on with making it suitable for worship.

We still need your prayers to make this happen: please pray.

Lent online Meetings — 7 pm Wednesdays and Fridays

We try to deepen our Faith during Lent, one way is by attending more services. While it is not currently possible to attend in person, we will be having Great Compline on Wednesday evenings and the Salutations to the Mother of God (sometimes called the Akathist Hymn) on Fridays. You would be most welcome to join us—strengthen your faith in the course of the Great Fast!

Get in touch and I will send you the details: webenquiry@orthodoxeastleigh.uk.

WhatsApp Group

A new WhatsApp group has been created for the Twelve Apostles community: would you like to be a part of this? Let me know!

Twitter Feed

I have also created a new Twitter account for the community: do follow us @12ApostlesHants.

Names for prayer

If you have not yet done so, please do send me a list of those whom you would like me to pray for at the Liturgy. Please separate them out into four groups:

Living who are Orthodox
Living who are not Orthodox
Departed who are Orthodox
Departed who are not Orthodox

Just their Christian (first) names are needed. Please include your own names at the top of the list.

Monastery of St John the Baptist talks

Each Sunday evening, 5.30–7pm, the Monastery in Essex, founded by St Sophrony, produces a talk on Zoom. Up until now these have been given either by Archimandrite* Peter, the abbot, or by Archimandrite Zacharias. You need to register for these in advance.

If you would be interested in joining the talks, please get in contact and I can send you the registration details. They are of great benefit.

[* Archimandrite is a title for a senior priest who is celibate.]

Archimandrite Philip: Ten at Ten

Also online, Archimandrite Philip of the monastery of our Archdiocese in Shropshire produces a Bible-study every weekday at 10 am from his YouTube channel—if you cannot watch live they are archived. Although called Ten at Ten, its length is somewhat a changeable feast.

You can reach his YouTube channel by clicking here or by searching “Archimandrite Philip” on YouTube.


Live stream

The Monastery of Saints Antony and Cuthbert, Shropshire, is live-streaming its services for all who are unable to go to their own churches. These are over YouTube and can be accessed here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfWMaefJYqFEZkYiK2WmeEw

Usually Vespers on Saturday evenings at 5 pm and Matins and Liturgy on Sunday mornings from 7.30 am.


Resources

Have a look at our website — orthodoxeastleigh.uk
If you click on the “Blog” link, or directly here, you will see all past emails as well as sermons etc.

Our Facebook Page, facebook.com/orthodoxeastleigh, too, has daily additions during the week as well as on feast days. Please do like and share our page and content so we may reach a wider group of people.

Our community has a Twitter handle, @12ApostlesHants.

Do you receive the weekly (on Fridays) text message? If not, then let me know.


Saints and Feasts

Thursday 18th March — St Cyril, Archbishop of Jerusalem (386). St Edward the Martyr, King of England (c 978). St Egbert of Ripon, the Confessor (c 720).

Friday 19th — Martyrs Chrysanthus and Daria.

Saturday 20th — Commemoration of the Miracle of Kollyva wrought by St Theodore the Tyro. Holy Fathers of the Monastery of St Savas. St Photini the Samaritan Woman. St Cuthbert the Wonderworker, Abbot of Lindisfarne (687). St Herbert, the Hermit of Derwentwater (687).

Sunday 21st — The Sunday of Orthodoxy. St James the Confessor.

Monday 22nd — Hieromartyr Basil on Ancyra.

Tuesday 23rd — Holy Martyr Nicon and his 199 disciples.

Wednesday 24th — Forefeast of the Annunciation. St Artemon the Confessor.

Thursday 25th — The Annunciation of the Theotokos.


Can I help you?

I am here for you, you need only ask. Is there a way I can support your life of faith? Get in touch.

Can you help the mission?

Yes, absolutely. Offer yourselves to the Lord: pray! Make available to him all your talents and ask him how he would like you to use them — listen for his reply.

Your prayers!

With love in Christ

Fr Alexander
webenquiry@orthodoxeastleigh.uk

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Sin

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Message from Fr Alexander — Sin
News …
First Parish Meeting — Saturday 13th March, 3 pm, online
Lent online Meetings — 7pm Wednesdays and Fridays
WhatsApp Group
Twitter Feed
Names for prayer
Monastery of St John the Baptist talks
Archimandrite Philip: Ten at Ten

Live stream information

Resources

Saints and Feasts — 11th–18th March

Offer of help

Dear Friends

“Sin is between me and God,” we lie to ourselves: “my sin does not affect anyone but me.”  And so we act as though we are individuals, unattached from our neighbour.  “I will repent when I feel like.”

We think like this because the western mentality is so permeating our society: many here believe “sin is breaking a rule.”  But for the Orthodox Christian this is not true: sin is a disease, it is contagious and its spread is in the proportions of an epidemic.

When we enter a room where there has been sin—even if the sinner has left—we still worry about the surfaces we touch, the air we breathe.  Sin has been there and we ourselves are adding to it: I am a sinner, I am spreading sin, I am perpetuating the epidemic.  For us Christians, our own sin has an effect on our possessions, on our friends and family and on all those with whom we come in contact: it is not neutral to them, it goes against them.

What, my dear brothers and sisters, are we then to do?  How do we end this sin pandemic?  The Church has given us weapons against sin—it has given us vaccines.  A vaccine does not prevent a person from being exposed to a disease but it gives the body the means to fight off its effects.  And being freed from the effects of sin, we can learn to become more like Christ.

Our vaccine is prayer and forgiveness.  We pray; we pray not only to ask for things but to place our mind and our whole selves into the mind of God—to open our heart and let the Lord’s anti-sin antibodies into our own bodies.  And we forgive.  The Church brings our mind to forgiveness this Sunday: as we are about to enter the forty days of Lent (starting on Monday 15th March) we remember to forgive and to ask for forgiveness of each other.

The Lord said, “If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
— Matthew 6:14–21

Take up these vaccines against sin so that we can be a positive influence in the world.  May this Great Fast be for you a spiritual benefit as we prepare to meet the Lord’s Pascha.

My sins affect you: for all my sins against you—whether by action or inaction, by thought, word or deed, I ask your forgiveness.  Forgive me, a sinner.


News

First Parish Meeting — Saturday 13th March, 3pm

Our Metropolitan, Sayidna Silouan, has approved our Constitution and we will now formally adopt it.  We will have a meeting on Saturday this week to do this formally and elect Councillors whose names will be sent to Sayidna for his approval.  We hope then to start the process of getting a bank account which will help us find a place to worship.

(1) Please pray for us.
(2) We need you.  If you would like to join the Parish Assembly and attend the meeting then please get in touch.  The meeting will be held online via Google Meet (you would need a Google Account to access it)

Lent online Meetings — 7 pm Wednesdays and Fridays

We try to deepen our Faith during Lent, one way is by attending more services.  While it is not currently possible to attend in person, we will be having Great Compline on Wednesday evenings and the Salutations to the Mother of God (sometimes called the Akathist Hymn) on Fridays.  You would be most welcome to join us—strengthen your faith in the course of the Great Fast!

Get in touch and I will send you the details: webenquiry@orthodoxeastleigh.uk.

WhatsApp Group

A new WhatsApp group has been created for the Twelve Apostles community: would you like to be a part of this?  Let me know!

Twitter Feed

I have also created a new Twitter account for the community: do follow us @12ApostlesHants.

Names for prayer

If you have not yet done so, please do send me a list of those whom you would like me to pray for at the Liturgy.  Please separate them out into four groups:

Living who are Orthodox
Living who are not Orthodox
Departed who are Orthodox
Departed who are not Orthodox

Just their Christian (first) names are needed.  Please include your own names at the top of the list.

Monastery of St John the Baptist talks

Each Sunday evening, 5.30–7pm, the Monastery in Essex, founded by St Sophrony, produces a talk on Zoom.  Up until now these have been given either by Archimandrite* Peter, the abbot, or by Archimandrite Zacharias.  You need to register for these in advance.

If you would be interested in joining the talks, please get in contact and I can send you the registration details.  They are of great benefit.

[* Archimandrite is a title for a senior priest who is celibate.]

Archimandrite Philip: Ten at Ten

Also online, Archimandrite Philip of the monastery of our Archdiocese in Shropshire produces a Bible-study every weekday at 10 am from his YouTube channel—if you cannot watch live they are archived.  Although called Ten at Ten, its length is somewhat a changeable feast.

You can reach his YouTube channel by clicking here or by searching “Archimandrite Philip” on YouTube.


Live stream

The Monastery of Saints Antony and Cuthbert, Shropshire, is live-streaming its services for all who are unable to go to their own churches.  These are over YouTube and can be accessed here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfWMaefJYqFEZkYiK2WmeEw

Usually Vespers on Saturday evenings at 5 pm and Matins and Liturgy on Sunday mornings from 7.30 am.


Resources

Have a look at our website —  orthodoxeastleigh.uk

If you click on the “Blog” link, or directly here, you will see all past emails as well as sermons etc.

Our Facebook Page, facebook.com/orthodoxeastleigh, too, has daily additions during the week as well as on feast days.  Please do like and share our page and content so we may reach a wider group of people.

Our community has a Twitter handle, @12ApostlesHants.

Do you receive the weekly (on Fridays) text message?  If not, then let me know.


Saints and Feasts

Thursday 11th March — St Sophrony, Patriarch of Jerusalem.

Friday 12th — St Theophanes the Confessor.  St Symeon the New Theologian.  St Alphege of Winchester (951).

Saturday 13th — St Nicephorus, Patriarch of Constantinople.  St Gerald, Abbot of Mayo (732).

Sunday 14th — Sunday of the Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise.  St Benedict of Nursia (543).

Monday 15th — Martyr Agapius, Timolaus, Paisius, Dionysius, Alexander and Alexander in Caesarea in Palestine (305).  Holy Apostle Aristobulus of the Seventy, First Bishop in Britain.

Tuesday 16th — Holy Martyr Sabinus of Egypt.  St Finnan, Bishop of Lona and Argyll (661).

Wednesday 17th — St Alexis, the Man of God.  St Patrick, Bishop of Armagh and Apostle to the Irish (461).  St Withburga, Solitary at Holkham and East Dereham (c 743).

Thursday 18th — St Cyril, Archbishop of Jerusalem (386).  St Edward the Martyr, King of England (c 978).  St Egbert of Ripon, the Confessor (c 720).


Can I help you?

I am here for you, you need only ask.  Is there a way I can support your life of faith?  Get in touch.

Can you help the mission?

Yes, absolutely.  Offer yourselves to the Lord: pray!  Make available to him all your talents and ask him how he would like you to use them — listen for his reply.

Your prayers!

With love in Christ

Fr Alexander
webenquiry@orthodoxeastleigh.uk

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Judgment

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Message from Fr Alexander — Judgment

News …
Organising the Parish
Wednesdays at 7 pm on Zoom
WhatsApp Group
Twitter Feed
Names for prayer
Monastery of St John the Baptist talks
Archimandrite Philip: Ten at Ten

Lockdown Response
Live stream information

Resources

Saints and Feasts — 4th–11th March

Offer of help

Dear Friends

Judgment is here. Each of us does not know the hour the Lord will return nor the length of our earthly life. We should be preparing now to meet our Maker. This coming Sunday the Church reminds us of this in her hymns and services and the Gospel reading, to prepare us for the Great Fast, is stark.

The Lord said, “When the Son of man comes in his glory and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.’ And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
— Matthew 25:31–46

How will the Lord decide if I am a sheep or a goat? To our mind, so far disassociated from the world of farming, this can come across as an arbitrary decision: but this is not the case. The difference between the two is of humility or of pride: when presented before the Lord on that Last Day, will I recognise my Master or will I respond “why do I need you?”

Notice, too, the criteria for judgment. They are not “Do you know the Creed? Can you make the Sign of the Cross? Do you believe in God?” They are all, essentially, “Do you show hospitality?” The Creed, the Sign of the Cross, belief in God are all important, but if they do not include hospitality they are meaningless and for our condemnation.

Do you, my dear brothers and sisters, cultivate humility in your lives? Do I? Do we express our humility through our hospitality and generosity? Or do we offer only our excess, what we no longer need or want?

Lord, as thou knowest, have mercy!


News

Organising the Parish

We are putting together a constitution for our new parish. This should, ultimately, allow us to open a bank account and allow us to make dealings with potential landlords and take out the insurance necessary to open a community.

We will need to organise a meeting, perhaps in our present situation this will be online, where we can formally come into being. Then we can start the process of getting a bank facility.

Keep a look out for news on this: we will need you. And please pray!

Wednesdays at 7 pm on Google Meet

We are saying together the Paraklesis—the Canon written in honour of the Mother of God—asking her prayers before the Lord that the Coronavirus Pandemic may be lifted from our world. Would you like to join us?

Get in touch and I will send you the details: webenquiry@orthodoxeastleigh.uk.

WhatsApp Group

A new WhatsApp group has been created for the Twelve Apostles community: would you like to be a part of this? Let me know!

Twitter Feed

I have also created a new Twitter account for the community: do follow us @12ApostlesHants.

Names for prayer

If you have not yet done so, please do send me a list of those whom you would like me to pray for at the Liturgy. Please separate them out into four groups:

Living who are Orthodox
Living who are not Orthodox
Departed who are Orthodox
Departed who are not Orthodox

Just their Christian (first) names are needed. Please include your own names at the top of the list.

Monastery of St John the Baptist talks

Each Sunday evening, 5.30–7pm, the Monastery in Essex, founded by St Sophrony, produces a talk on Zoom. Up until now these have been given either by Archimandrite* Peter, the abbot, or by Archimandrite Zacharias. You need to register for these in advance.

If you would be interested in joining the talks, please get in contact and I can send you the registration details. They are of great benefit.

[* Archimandrite is a title for a senior priest who is celibate.]

Archimandrite Philip: Ten at Ten

Also online, Archimandrite Philip of the monastery of our Archdiocese in Shropshire produces a Bible-study every weekday at 10 am from his YouTube channel—if you cannot watch live they are archived. Although called Ten at Ten, its length is somewhat a changeable feast.

You can reach his YouTube channel by clicking here or by searching “Archimandrite Philip” on YouTube.


Lockdown Response

We are in lockdown and our Metropolitan has given a clear directive that churches which cannot maintain enough social distancing in the Archdiocese are to be closed until mid-March. Our Archdiocese, without judging what others are doing, has taken the position that we do not want any transmission to take place in our churches and we want to keep everyone safe.

This is not what any Church wants to do: all want to welcome people for worship; yet our worship is not the totality of what we do as Christians and now is an opportunity to make even more use of other aspects of our Faith. Pray. Really pray. Make prayer a regular part of your life. Study. Read the Scriptures, read what the Fathers say about the Scriptures. Give. Give to the poor and needy. Give you time to a friends: call them and say hello.

I am here for you: get in contact if you would like help and support. Together, by the grace of God, we can emerge with a stronger Faith.

Live stream

The Monastery of Saints Antony and Cuthbert, Shropshire, is live-streaming its services for all who are unable to go to their own churches. These are over YouTube and can be accessed here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfWMaefJYqFEZkYiK2WmeEw

Usually Vespers on Saturday evenings at 5 pm and Matins and Liturgy on Sunday mornings from 7.30 am.


Resources

Have a look at our website — orthodoxeastleigh.uk
If you click on the “Blog” link, or directly here, you will see all past emails as well as sermons etc.

Our Facebook Page, facebook.com/orthodoxeastleigh, too, has daily additions during the week as well as on feast days. Please do like and share our page and content so we may reach a wider group of people.

Our community has a Twitter handle, @12ApostlesHants.

Do you receive the weekly (on Fridays) text message? If not, then let me know.


Saints and Feasts

Thursday 4th March — St Gerasimus of the Jordan.

Friday 5th — St Conan the Gardener. St Mark the Acetic. St Prian, Hermit in Cornwall (c 480).

Saturday 6th — Forty-two Martyrs of Amorion. The Finding of the Precious Cross by St Helen. Sts Kyneburga, Kynewide and Tibba, Abbesses of Castor (c 680).

Sunday 7th — Sunday of the Last Judgment. Seven Hieromartyrs of Cherson. St Easterwine of Wearmouth (686).

Monday 8th — St Theophylact, Bishop of Nicomedia. Holy Apostle Hermas of the Seventy. St Felix, Bishop of Dunwich and Enlightener of East Anglia (c 648). Hieromartyr Theodoret of Antioch (4th).

Tuesday 9th — Forty Martyrs of Sebastia (c 320). St Constantine of Cornwall (6th).

Wednesday 10th — Holy Martyr Kodratos of Corinth and his companions (3rd).

Thursday 11th — St Sophrony, Patriarch of Jerusalem. St Gerald, Abbot of Mayo (732).


Can I help you?

I am here for you, you need only ask. Is there a way I can support your life of faith? Get in touch.

Can you help the mission?

Yes, absolutely. Offer yourselves to the Lord: pray! Make available to him all your talents and ask him how he would like you to use them — listen for his reply.

Your prayers!

With love in Christ

Fr Alexander
webenquiry@orthodoxeastleigh.uk

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Where is your home?

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Message from Fr Alexander — Where is your home?

Anniversary of Enthronement

News …
Organising the Parish
Wednesdays at 7 pm on Zoom
WhatsApp Group
Twitter Feed
Names for prayer
Monastery of St John the Baptist talks
Archimandrite Philip: Ten at Ten

Lockdown Response
Live stream information

Resources

Saints and Feasts — 25th February–4th March

Offer of help

Dear Friends

We like, when we meet a new person, to find out where they live. It is natural to ask where someone lives so that we can feel that we are more connected. In this Sunday’s Gospel reading we hear of two places to live.

The Lord said this parable: “There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that falls to me.’ And he divided his living between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living. And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his belly with the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.’ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to make merry. Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.’ But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!’ And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'”
— Luke 15:11–32

The prodigal lives in two different places, down in the pigsty or, rising up, in his Father’s House. The middle of the parable finds him in the pigsty—lamenting his lost fortune but still caught up by his sin. He was sorrowful but only of his condition, of his predicament.

We, too, are in the pigsty. And here we may wallow in our own self-pity. I am here and I am miserable, I can do nothing to get myself out of this filth, I will live with the pigs. Whole cultures have arisen in our world trying to make the pigsty in which we find ourselves liveable: self-help books promising health, wealth and happiness fill the shops, magazines offering diet and lifestyle advice stacked up on shelves, television programmes promise us the good life. But these all miss the point: we are stuck in a pigsty.

The Prodigal Son in this Gospel reading did not cultivate his life in the pigsty forever. “But when he came to himself,” (verse 17) he realised that the pigsty in which he was dwelling was not his home. We Christians know something which the self-help industry does not, we know that our life in the world—in the pigsty—is not our home. We may rise from the filth where we reside and return to the Father’s House.

My dear brothers and sisters, rise up from the pigsty and return to the Father’s House: he is on the lookout for your return. Today—now!—return to our heavenly Father’s embrace; you are always welcome, always at your true home.


Anniversary of Enthronement

It was a great joy that our bishop, Metropolitan Silouan, was able to join us this week for the Paraklesis and talk with us afterwards. Saturday 27th February marks 5 years since he was formally enthroned as our bishop. Many years, Master!

There follows a poem I wrote at the time.

Our Father and Master

We gathered and we waited for him
In expectation and joy,
With fear and apprehension,
Our Father and Master
to greet us.

Known to us and yet a stranger
Sojourner newly come,
To oversee our Church – his mission,
Our Father and Master,
to lead us.

Enthroned and staff bestowed
Amid the splendour of Byzantine Court,
Sayidna invokes the divine Trinity,
Our Father and Master,
to bless us.

“The grace of the Holy Spirit abiding in us
unites us and sanctifies our work,” he promises,
Offering us nothing save Christ our Lord,
Our Father and Master,
to guide us.

“O Lord, O Lord, look down from heaven and behold,
and visit this vine” – his Church, his people,
And receive too our prayers for him,
Our Father and Master,
to preserve us.


News

Organising the Parish

We are putting together a constitution for our new parish. This should, ultimately, allow us to open a bank account and allow us to make dealings with potential landlords and take out the insurance necessary to open a community.

We will need to organise a meeting, perhaps in our present situation this will be online, where we can formally come into being. Then we can start the process of getting a bank facility.

Keep a look out for news on this: we will need you. And please pray!

Wednesdays at 7 pm on Zoom

We are saying together the Paraklesis—the Canon written in honour of the Mother of God—asking her prayers before the Lord that the Coronavirus Pandemic may be lifted from our world. Would you like to join us?

Get in touch and I will send you the details: webenquiry@orthodoxeastleigh.uk.

WhatsApp Group

A new WhatsApp group has been created for the Twelve Apostles community: would you like to be a part of this? Let me know!

Twitter Feed

I have also created a new Twitter account for the community: do follow us @12ApostlesHants.

Names for prayer

If you have not yet done so, please do send me a list of those whom you would like me to pray for at the Liturgy. Please separate them out into four groups:

Living who are Orthodox
Living who are not Orthodox
Departed who are Orthodox
Departed who are not Orthodox

Just their Christian (first) names are needed. Please include your own names at the top of the list.

Monastery of St John the Baptist talks

Each Sunday evening, 5.30–7pm, the Monastery in Essex, founded by St Sophrony, produces a talk on Zoom. Up until now these have been given either by Archimandrite* Peter, the abbot, or by Archimandrite Zacharias. You need to register for these in advance.

If you would be interested in joining the talks, please get in contact and I can send you the registration details. They are of great benefit.

[* Archimandrite is a title for a senior priest who is celibate.]

Archimandrite Philip: Ten at Ten

Also online, Archimandrite Philip of the monastery of our Archdiocese in Shropshire produces a Bible-study every weekday at 10 am from his YouTube channel—if you cannot watch live they are archived. Although called Ten at Ten, its length is somewhat a changeable feast.

You can reach his YouTube channel by clicking here or by searching “Archimandrite Philip” on YouTube.


Lockdown Response

We are in lockdown and our Metropolitan has given a clear directive that churches which cannot maintain enough social distancing in the Archdiocese are to be closed until mid-March. Our Archdiocese, without judging what others are doing, has taken the position that we do not want any transmission to take place in our churches and we want to keep everyone safe.

This is not what any Church wants to do: all want to welcome people for worship; yet our worship is not the totality of what we do as Christians and now is an opportunity to make even more use of other aspects of our Faith. Pray. Really pray. Make prayer a regular part of your life. Study. Read the Scriptures, read what the Fathers say about the Scriptures. Give. Give to the poor and needy. Give you time to a friends: call them and say hello.

I am here for you: get in contact if you would like help and support. Together, by the grace of God, we can emerge with a stronger Faith.

Live stream

The Monastery of Saints Antony and Cuthbert, Shropshire, is live-streaming its services for all who are unable to go to their own churches. These are over YouTube and can be accessed here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfWMaefJYqFEZkYiK2WmeEw

Usually Vespers on Saturday evenings at 5 pm and Matins and Liturgy on Sunday mornings from 7.30 am.


Resources

Have a look at our website — orthodoxeastleigh.uk
If you click on the “Blog” link, or directly here, you will see all past emails as well as sermons etc.

Our Facebook Page, facebook.com/orthodoxeastleigh, too, has daily additions during the week as well as on feast days. Please do like and share our page and content so we may reach a wider group of people.

Our community has a Twitter handle, @12ApostlesHants.

Do you receive the weekly (on Fridays) text message? If not, then let me know.


Saints and Feasts

Thursday 25th February — St Tarasius, Patriarch of Constantinople. St Ethelbert, High King of Kent (616).

Friday 26th —St Porphyrios the Confessor. St Photini, the Samaritan Woman.

Saturday 27th — St Procopios the Confessor. St Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn (1915).

Sunday 28th — Sunday of the Prodigal Son. St John Cassian the Confessor (435). St Oswald, Archbishop of York (992).

Monday 1st March — St David, Archbishop of Wales (6th). St Swithbert the Elder of Northumbria, Bishop of the Frisians (713).

Tuesday 2nd — St Hesychius the Martyr. St Nicholas Planas of Athens (1932). St Chad of Litchfield (672).

Wednesday 3rd — Saints Eutropius, Cleanicus and Basiliscus the Martyrs. St Theodoretos the Holy Martyr of Antioch. St Nonnita, mother of St David (6th).

Thursday 4th — St Gerasimus of the Jordan.


Can I help you?

I am here for you, you need only ask. Is there a way I can support your life of faith? Get in touch.

Can you help the mission?

Yes, absolutely. Offer yourselves to the Lord: pray! Make available to him all your talents and ask him how he would like you to use them — listen for his reply.

Your prayers!

With love in Christ

Fr Alexander
webenquiry@orthodoxeastleigh.uk

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I am the Pharisee

In this email

Message from Fr Alexander — I am the Pharisee

News …
Organising the Parish
Wednesdays at 7 pm on Zoom
WhatsApp Group
Twitter Feed
Names for prayer
Monastery of St John the Baptist talks
Archimandrite Philip: Ten at Ten

Lockdown Response
Live stream information

Resources

Saints and Feasts — 18th–25th February

Offer of help

Dear Friends

We have arrived. We are on the precipice of the Triodion, the book with the special services for the period of Pre-Lent, Lent and Holy Week. Now is the time when we reflect where we are in our Faith, where we look deeply into the mirror to examine ourselves.

For the mirror to be useful, we first need to clean it. And when we clear away the dirt and imperfections in the mirror we realise it is not the mirror which is dirty—we are. The dirt and sin, that we have explained as being dust on the mirror, are on ourselves.

It is with this spirit that the publican in this Sunday’s Gospel reading entered the Temple: also a pharisee entered; yet the latter was not able to see his sin as the former.

The Lord said this parable, “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
— Luke 18:10–14

I am the Pharisee. I am the one who prays with himself rather than with the living God.

This is fundamental to our preparation for Lent. We need to see ourselves as the hypocrites, as the ones who need God, really need him. My hypocrisy stands between me and God.

My dear brothers and sisters, dear friends, the Lord has granted us the blessing to prepare, once again, for his blessed Pascha. Be cleansed from sin. The Church, in her love for us, has given us the following prayers which are said during Sunday Matins in the period of the Triodion. Use this prayer that the Lord will open to you, too, the doors of repentance that you too may be justified as the publican.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Open to me the doors of repentance, O Life-giver; for my soul goeth early to the temple of Thy holiness, coming in the temple of my body, wholly polluted. But because Thou art compassionate, purify me by the compassion of Thy mercies.

Both now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Prepare for me the way of salvation, O Theotokos; for I have profaned myself with coarse sins, and consumed my whole life with procrastination. But by thine intercessions purify thou me from all abomination.

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
If I think upon the multitude of my evil deeds, wretch that I am, I tremble for the terrible Day of Judgment. But, trusting the compassion of Thy mercy, I shout to Thee like David, Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy Great Mercy.


News

Organising the Parish

We are putting together a constitution for our new parish. This should, ultimately, allow us to open a bank account and allow us to make dealings with potential landlords and take out the insurance necessary to open a community.

We will need to organise a meeting, perhaps in our present situation this will be online, where we can formally come into being. Then we can start the process of getting a bank facility.

Keep a look out for news on this: we will need you. And please pray!

Wednesdays at 7 pm on Zoom

We are saying together the Paraklesis—the Canon written in honour of the Mother of God—asking her prayers before the Lord that the Coronavirus Pandemic may be lifted from our world. Would you like to join us?

Get in touch and I will send you the details: webenquiry@orthodoxeastleigh.uk.

WhatsApp Group

A new WhatsApp group has been created for the Twelve Apostles community: would you like to be a part of this? Let me know!

Twitter Feed

I have also created a new Twitter account for the community: do follow us @12ApostlesHants.

Names for prayer

If you have not yet done so, please do send me a list of those whom you would like me to pray for at the Liturgy. Please separate them out into four groups:

Living who are Orthodox
Living who are not Orthodox
Departed who are Orthodox
Departed who are not Orthodox

Just their Christian (first) names are needed. Please include your own names at the top of the list.

Monastery of St John the Baptist talks

Each Sunday evening, 5.30–7pm, the Monastery in Essex, founded by St Sophrony, produces a talk on Zoom. Up until now these have been given either by Archimandrite* Peter, the abbot, or by Archimandrite Zacharias. You need to register for these in advance.

If you would be interested in joining the talks, please get in contact and I can send you the registration details. They are of great benefit.

[* Archimandrite is a title for a senior priest who is celibate.]

Archimandrite Philip: Ten at Ten

Also online, Archimandrite Philip of the monastery of our Archdiocese in Shropshire produces a Bible-study every weekday at 10 am from his YouTube channel—if you cannot watch live they are archived. Although called Ten at Ten, its length is somewhat a changeable feast.

You can reach his YouTube channel by clicking here or by searching “Archimandrite Philip” on YouTube.


Lockdown Response

We are in lockdown and our Metropolitan has given a clear directive that churches which cannot maintain enough social distancing in the Archdiocese are to be closed until the end of February at least. Our Archdiocese, without judging what others are doing, has taken the position that we do not want any transmission to take place in our churches and we want to keep everyone safe.

This is not what any Church wants to do: all want to welcome people for worship, yet our worship is not the totality of what we do as Christians and now is an opportunity to make even more use of other aspects of our Faith. Pray. Really pray. Make prayer a regular part of your life. Study. Read the Scriptures, read what the Fathers say about the Scriptures. Give. Give to the poor and needy. Give you time to a friends: call them and say hello.

I am here for you: get in contact if you would like help and support. Together, by the grace of God, we can emerge with a stronger Faith.

Live stream

The Monastery of Saints Antony and Cuthbert, Shropshire, is live-streaming its services for all who are unable to go to their own churches. These are over YouTube and can be accessed here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfWMaefJYqFEZkYiK2WmeEw

Usually Vespers on Saturday evenings at 5 pm and Matins and Liturgy on Sunday mornings from 7.30 am.


Resources

Have a look at our website — orthodoxeastleigh.uk
If you click on the “Blog” link, or directly here, you will see all past emails as well as sermons etc.

Our Facebook Page, facebook.com/orthodoxeastleigh, too, has daily additions during the week as well as on feast days. Please do like and share our page and content so we may reach a wider group of people.

Our community has a Twitter handle, @12ApostlesHants.

Do you receive the weekly (on Fridays) text message? If not, then let me know.


Saints and Feasts

Thursday 18th February — St Leo the Great, Pope of Rome (461). St Colman, Bishop of Lindisfarne (676).

Friday 19th — Apostles Philemon and Archippus of the Seventy. St Philothei of Athens.

Saturday 20th — St Leo, Bishop of Catania.

Sunday 21st — Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee. Beginning of the Triodion. St Timothy, Bishop of Symbola. S Eustathios, Archbishop of Antioch.

Monday 22nd — The finding of the Precious Relics of the Holy Martyrs in the Quarter of Eugenios.

Tuesday 23rd — Hieromartyr Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna (167). St Boswell, Abbot of Melrose Abbey (664). St Millburga of Wenlock (715).

Wednesday 24th — First and Second Finding of the Head of the Forerunner. St Cumine the White, Abbot of Iona (c 669).

Thursday 25th — St Tarasius, Patriarch of Constantinople. St Ethelbert, High King of Kent (616).


Can I help you?

I am here for you, you need only ask. Is there a way I can support your life of faith? Get in touch.

Can you help the mission?

Yes, absolutely. Offer yourselves to the Lord: pray! Make available to him all your talents and ask him how he would like you to use them — listen for his reply.

Your prayers!

With love in Christ

Fr Alexander
webenquiry@orthodoxeastleigh.uk

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What is Christianity?

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Archimandrite Philip: Ten at Ten

Lockdown Response
Live stream information

Resources

Saints and Feasts — 11th–18th February

Offer of help

Dear Friends

Were someone to ask you, “What is Christianity?” How would you respond? Is it something to do on a Sunday morning? Or something that gives moral guidance for our lives? Or reasons to stop fun and enjoyment? What’s your answer?

For us as Orthodox Christians, we believe that Christianity is centred on Christ and the Resurrection. St Paul spoke so often of the two together that some pagans believed he was proclaiming a couple who were gods, perhaps because “Resurrection” is a feminine noun in Greek. Yet, you and I have come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and he is risen from the dead.

In the coming few weeks God has found us worthy to live, once again, more fully this mystery. On the Sunday of next week, 21st February, we will open once again Triodion—the book with the texts of the services for the Great Fast, Lent—and live in a more full way our Lord’s Death and Resurrection. We will prepare to meet the Lord’s Resurrection, through prayer and fasting, that we may approach with awe the Pascha of the Lord.

Join in this preparation. This Sunday the Church even offers us an extra preparation, the Gospel reading is the account of the Canaanite Woman.

At that time, Jesus went to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” And he answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
— Matthew 15:21-28

By allowing the faith of the woman to be demonstrated to the crowd, the Lord taught his Disciples that all are of value. And the woman’s faith was strong enough to withstand ridicule and condescension: may we, too, be able to maintain our faith in such circumstances.

My dear brothers and sisters, friends, the Lord is calling us towards the Resurrection, but for us to rise with him we must also be crucified with him: crucifying our ego, our willingness to put others down, our satisfaction with sin. Come to meet the risen Christ by setting aside all worldly care that we may receive the King of All.


News

Wednesdays at 7 pm on Zoom

We are trying to say together the Paraklesis—the Canon written in honour of the Mother of God—asking her prayers before the Lord that the Coronavirus Pandemic may be lifted from our world. Would you like to join us?

Get in touch and I will send you the details: webenquiry@orthodoxeastleigh.uk.

WhatsApp Group

A new WhatsApp group has been created for the Twelve Apostles community: would you like to be a part of this? Let me know!

Twitter Feed

I have also created a new Twitter account for the community: do follow us @12ApostlesHants.

Names for prayer

If you have not yet done so, please do send me a list of those whom you would like me to pray for at the Liturgy. Please separate them out into four groups:

Living who are Orthodox
Living who are not Orthodox
Departed who are Orthodox
Departed who are not Orthodox

Just their Christian (first) names are needed. Please include your own names at the top of the list.

Monastery of St John the Baptist talks

Each Sunday evening, 5.30–7pm, the Monastery in Essex, founded by St Sophrony, produces a talk on Zoom. Up until now these have been given either by Archimandrite* Peter, the abbot, or by Archimandrite Zacharias. You need to register for these in advance.

If you would be interested in joining the talks, please get in contact and I can send you the registration details. They are of great benefit.

[* Archimandrite is a title for a senior priest who is celibate.]

Archimandrite Philip: Ten at Ten

Also online, Archimandrite Philip of the monastery of our Archdiocese in Shropshire produces a Bible-study every weekday at 10 am from his YouTube channel—if you cannot watch live they are archived. Although called Ten at Ten, its length is somewhat a changeable feast.

You can reach his YouTube channel by clicking here or by searching “Archimandrite Philip” on YouTube.


Lockdown Response

We are in lockdown and our Metropolitan has given a clear directive that all churches in the Archdiocese are to be closed until the end of February at least. Our Archdiocese, without judging what others are doing, has taken the position that we do not want any transmission to take place in our churches and we want to keep everyone safe.

This is not what any Church wants to do: all want to welcome people for worship, yet our worship is not the totality of what we do as Christians and now is an opportunity to make even more use of other aspects of our Faith. Pray. Really pray. Make prayer a regular part of your life. Study. Read the Scriptures, read what the Fathers say about the Scriptures. Give. Give to the poor and needy. Give you time to a friends: call them and say hello.

I am here for you: get in contact if you would like help and support. Together, by the grace of God, we can emerge with a stronger Faith.

Live stream

The Monastery of Saints Antony and Cuthbert, Shropshire, is live-streaming its services for all who are unable to go to their own churches. These are over YouTube and can be accessed here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfWMaefJYqFEZkYiK2WmeEw

Usually Vespers on Saturday evenings at 5 pm and Matins and Liturgy on Sunday mornings from 7.30 am.


Resources

Have a look at our website — orthodoxeastleigh.uk
If you click on the “Blog” link, or directly here, you will see all past emails as well as sermons etc.

Our Facebook Page, facebook.com/orthodoxeastleigh, too, has daily additions during the week as well as on feast days. Please do like and share our page and content so we may reach a wider group of people.

Our community has a Twitter handle, @12ApostlesHants.

Do you receive the weekly (on Fridays) text message? If not, then let me know.


Saints and Feasts

Thursday 11th February — St Blaise the Holy Martyr of Sebastia. St Cædmon of Whitby, monk and hymnographer (c 680). St Gobnait, Abbess of Ballyrourney, Cork (5th).

Friday 12th — St Meletius, Archbishop of Antioch (381). St Ethelwold of Lindisfarne (740).

Saturday 13th — St Martinian of Palestine. Apostles Aquila and Pricilla.

Sunday 14th — Sunday of the Canaanite Woman. St Auxentios of the Bithynia (c 470). St Cyril, Apostle to the Slavs (869).

Monday 15th — Apostle Onesimus of the Seventy. St Maïor the Martyr. St Oswy, King of Northumbria (670).

Tuesday 16th — Martyr Pamphilus and his companions (309).

Wednesday 17th — Great-Martyr Theodore the Tyro (306). St Mariamne, the sister of the Apostle Philip. St Finan, Bishop of Lindisfarne (661).

Thursday 18th — St Leo the Great, Pope of Rome (461). St Colman, Bishop of Lindisfarne (676).


Can I help you?

I am here for you, you need only ask. Is there a way I can support your life of faith? Get in touch.

Can you help the mission?

Yes, absolutely. Offer yourselves to the Lord: pray! Make available to him all your talents and ask him how he would like you to use them — listen for his reply.

Your prayers!

With love in Christ

Fr Alexander
webenquiry@orthodoxeastleigh.uk

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Enter the Temple

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Message from Fr Alexander — Enter the Temple

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Canon of Supplication to the Mother of God
Monastery of St John the Baptist talks
Archimandrite Philip: Ten at Ten

Lockdown Response
Live stream information

Resources

Saints and Feasts — 4th–11th February

Offer of help

Dear Friends

Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,
According to Your word;
For my eyes have seen Your salvation
Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.
— Luke 2:29–32

On seeing his Lord enter the Temple, the Elder Simeon—who had been promised by God that he would see Christ—gave us this most beautiful prayer. The feast we celebrated on Tuesday, and continue to celebrate for a whole week, brings us into this mystery. Like all the feasts celebrating part of the life of the Lord, we do not commemorate merely an event of two thousand years ago, we celebrate Christ here and now coming in to his Temple.

And we can say even more than this. As the Apostle puts it,

For you are the temple of the living God.
— 2 Corinthians 6:16

So the present feast, sometimes called either The Presentation of our Lord in the Temple or The Meeting of the Lord, is a remembrance here and now that the Lord today offers to come into our hearts and be with us. We need only to open the door and receive him.

We are in challenging times. We need to work hard to make our hearts a welcome home for Christ. We temporarily are not able to go to Church and, in any case, our mission is yet to find a home (please keep praying!). Would either of the following suggestions be a way for you to keep your hearts alive to Christ?

1 — A Community WhatsApp Group
WhatsApp is a quite popular messaging service on mobile phones and could provide us with a quick and easy way to message the whole community in one group. Would such a service suit you?

2 — A Zoom meeting
Would a regular Zoom meeting where we can ask questions about our Faith and Life be of interest to you?

If either, or both, suggestions are of interest, please contact me: webenquiry@orthodoxeastleigh.uk.

Icon of The Meeting of the Lord, 2nd February

News

Names for prayer

If you have not yet done so, please do send me a list of those whom you would like me to pray for at the Liturgy. Please separate them out into four groups:

Living who are Orthodox
Living who are not Orthodox
Departed who are Orthodox
Departed who are not Orthodox

Just their Christian (first) names are needed. Please include your own names at the top of the list.

Canon of Supplication to the Mother of God

This service is often called by its Greek name, the Paraklesis. In it, we ask the prayers of the Mother of God that she ask her Son and her God to protect us. It is full of beautiful poetry mixing the themes of her protection for us alongside her asking God for our protection.

Our bishop, Metropolitan Silouan, has asked all who can in our Archdiocese to pray this service together at 7 pm on Wednesdays in our homes so that we all may raise our prayers as one to the Lord that he may bring an end to this pandemic.

Could you take this on? It usually takes 30–40 minutes. If you do not have a copy of the service I can email it to you: let me know.

Monastery of St John the Baptist talks

Each Sunday evening, 5.30–7pm, the Monastery in Essex, founded by St Sophrony, produces a talk on Zoom. Up until now these have been given either by Archimandrite* Peter, the abbot, or by Archimandrite Zacharias. You need to register for these in advance.

If you would be interested in joining the talks, please get in contact and I can send you the registration details. They are of great benefit.

[* Archimandrite is a title for a senior priest who is celibate.]

Archimandrite Philip: Ten at Ten

Also online, Archimandrite Philip of the monastery of our Archdiocese in Shropshire produces a Bible-study every weekday at 10 am from his YouTube channel—if you cannot watch live they are archived. Although called Ten at Ten, its length is somewhat a changeable feast.

You can reach his YouTube channel by clicking here or by searching “Archimandrite Philip” on YouTube.


Lockdown Response

We are in lockdown and our Metropolitan has given a clear directive that all churches in the Archdiocese are to be closed until the end of February at least. Our Archdiocese, without judging what others are doing, has taken the position that we do not want any transmission to take place in our churches and we want to keep everyone safe.

This is not what any Church wants to do: all want to welcome people for worship, yet our worship is not the totality of what we do as Christians and now is an opportunity to make even more use of other aspects of our Faith. Pray. Really pray. Make prayer a regular part of your life. Study. Read the Scriptures, read what the Fathers say about the Scriptures. Give. Give to the poor and needy. Give you time to a friends: call them and say hello.

I am here for you: get in contact if you would like help and support. Together, by the grace of God, we can emerge with a stronger Faith.

Live stream

The Monastery of Saints Antony and Cuthbert, Shropshire, is live-streaming its services for all who are unable to go to their own churches. These are over YouTube and can be accessed here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfWMaefJYqFEZkYiK2WmeEw

Usually Vespers on Saturday evenings at 5 pm and Matins and Liturgy on Sunday mornings from 7.30 am.


Resources

Have a look at our website — orthodoxeastleigh.uk
If you click on the “Blog” link, or directly here, you will see all past emails as well as sermons etc.

Our Facebook Page, facebook.com/orthodoxeastleigh, too, has daily additions during the week as well as on feast days. Please do like and share our page and content so we may reach a wider group of people.

Do you receive the weekly (on Fridays) text message? If not, then let me know.


Saints and Feasts

Thursday 4th February — Afterfeast of the Meeting of the Lord. St Isidore of Pelusium. St Aldate the Hieromartyr, Bishop of Gloucester (6th).

Friday 5th — Afterfeast of the Meeting of the Lord. Martyr Agatha. St Theodosios of Antioch.

Saturday 6th — Afterfeast of the Meeting of the Lord. St Photios the Great, Ecumenical Patriarch. Sts Barsanuphios and John of Gaza. St Ilyan of Homs.

Sunday 7th — 16th of Matthew. Afterfeast of the Meeting of the Lord. St Parthenios, Bishop of Lampsacus. St Richard of the West Saxons (720).

Monday 8th — Afterfeast of the Meeting of the Lord. Great Martyr Theodore the Commander (319). St Cuthman, Hermit of Steying (8th).

Tuesday 9th — Leavetaking of the Meeting of the Lord. Martyr Nikephoros of Antioch (c 257). St Teilo, Bishop of Llandaff and Llandeilo Fawr in Wales (6th).

Wednesday 10th — Hieromartyr Charalambos, Bishop of Magnesia in Thessaly (202).

Thursday 11th — St Blaise the Holy Martyr of Sebastia. St Cædmon of Whitby, monk and hymnographer (c 680). St Gobnait, Abbess of Ballyrourney, Cork (5th).


Can I help you?

I am here for you, you need only ask. Is there a way I can support your life of faith? Get in touch.

Can you help the mission?

Yes, absolutely. Offer yourselves to the Lord: pray! Make available to him all your talents and ask him how he would like you to use them — listen for his reply.

Your prayers!

With love in Christ

Fr Alexander
webenquiry@orthodoxeastleigh.uk

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Division or Unity?

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Message from Fr Alexander — Division or Unity?

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Names for Prayer
One Calendar left
Monastery of St John the Baptist talks
Archimandrite Philip: Ten at Ten
Canon of Supplication to the Mother of God

Lockdown Response
Live stream information

Resources

Saints and Feasts — 28th January–4th February

Offer of help

Dear Friends

Our world loves to divide and talk about division. We see in newspapers, magazines, on the internet whole industries developed to comment on the separation of a once tight-knit community, a couple seeking divorce, fall-outs among team-mates. And then we are meant to gloat over their misfortune, to see ourselves as above such petty squabbles—yet we cannot get enough.

We go further, we want to ascribe a winner and loser in the separation. We want to see, want to know, which is the hero and which the villain. How much do you join in with this gossip? How much do I?

Such gossip seems part of human nature, but it is unhealthy: when it spills into the Church the results are even more dangerous. We Christians should take no part in it. There is a feast this week which reminds us of this. When there were those who tried to divide the teachings of St Basil the Great, St Gregory the Theologian and St John Chrysostom—saying one was better than the others—the three appeared together to a certain saint telling him that they have no discord or rivalry between them.

The feast day commemorating this—always 30th January and often called “Three Hierarchs”—also reminds us that education is essential part of the Christian Faith. And this is not only for children and “converts” but for everyone: all are called to deepen their Faith through study. The lockdown is an excellent opportunity for many to spend a little time in reading the Bible and, maybe, another spiritual book.

My dear brothers and sisters, friends, do not be part of the gossip around divisions but be a healing presence to unify each other to Christ. Be a part of the solution to our troubles rather than encourage greater separation. Pray for each other and for our society.


News

Names for prayer

If you have not yet done so, please do send me a list of those whom you would like me to pray for at the Liturgy. Please separate them out into four groups:

Living who are Orthodox
Living who are not Orthodox
Departed who are Orthodox
Departed who are not Orthodox

Just their Christian (first) names are needed. Please include your own names at the top of the list.

One Calendar left

The last calendar is still available: is there a space on your wall? Or a friend who would appreciate a gift?

Contact me for details, webenquiry@orthodoxeastleigh.uk: £6. First come, first served: don’t miss out!

Monastery of St John the Baptist talks

Each Sunday evening, 5.30–7pm, the Monastery in Essex, founded by St Sophrony, produces a talk on Zoom. Up until now these have been given either by Archimandrite* Peter, the abbot, or by Archimandrite Zacharias. You need to register for these in advance.

If you would be interested in joining the talks, please get in contact and I can send you the registration details. They are of great benefit.

[* Archimandrite is a title for a senior priest who is celibate.]

Archimandrite Philip: Ten at Ten

Also online, Archimandrite Philip of the monastery of our Archdiocese in Shropshire produces a Bible-study every weekday at 10 am from his YouTube channel—if you cannot watch live they are archived. Although called Ten at Ten, its length is somewhat a changeable feast.

You can reach his YouTube channel by clicking here or by searching “Archimandrite Philip” on YouTube.

Canon of Supplication to the Mother of God

This service is often called by its Greek name, the Paraklesis. In it, we ask the prayers of the Mother of God that she ask her Son and her God to protect us. It is full of beautiful poetry mixing the themes of her protection for us alongside her asking God for our protection.

Our bishop, Metropolitan Silouan, has asked all who can in our Archdiocese to pray this service together at 7 pm on Wednesdays in our homes so that we all may raise our prayers as one to the Lord that he may bring an end to this pandemic.

Could you take this on? It usually takes 30–40 minutes. If you do not have a copy of the service I can email it to you: let me know.


Lockdown Response

We are in lockdown and our Metropolitan has given a clear directive that all churches in the Archdiocese are to be closed until the end of February at least. Our Archdiocese, without judging what others are doing, has taken the position that we do not want any transmission to take place in our churches and we want to keep everyone safe.

This is not what any Church wants to do: all want to welcome people for worship, yet our worship is not the totality of what we do as Christians and now is an opportunity to make even more use of other aspects of our Faith. Pray. Really pray. Make prayer a regular part of your life. Study. Read the Scriptures, read what the Fathers say about the Scriptures. Give. Give to the poor and needy. Give you time to a friends: call them and say hello.

I am here for you: get in contact if you would like help and support. Together, by the grace of God, we can emerge with a stronger Faith.

Live stream

The Monastery of Saints Antony and Cuthbert, Shropshire, is live-streaming its services for all who are unable to go to their own churches. These are over YouTube and can be accessed here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfWMaefJYqFEZkYiK2WmeEw

Usually Vespers on Saturday evenings at 5 pm and Matins and Liturgy on Sunday mornings from 7.30 am.


Resources

Have a look at our website — orthodoxeastleigh.uk
If you click on the “Blog” link, or directly here, you will see all past emails as well as sermons etc.

Our Facebook Page, facebook.com/orthodoxeastleigh, too, has daily additions during the week as well as on feast days. Please do like and share our page and content so we may reach a wider group of people.

Do you receive the weekly (on Fridays) text message? If not, then let me know.


Saints and Feasts

Thursday 28th January — St Ephraim the Syrian (373). St Palladios the Hermit of Antioch. St James the Righteous. St Isaac the Syrian, Bishop of Ninevah (7th).

Friday 29th — Removal of the relics of St Ignatius the God-bearer (307). St Gildas the Wise, Abbot of Llanilltud and Britany (c 570). St Voloc, Bishop in Scotland (c 724).

Saturday 30th — Synaxis of the Three Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom.

Sunday 31st — 15th Sunday of Luke. Saints Cyrus and John the Unmercenaries. St Aed, First Bishop of Ferns in Ireland (632).

Monday 1st February — Forefeast of the Meeting of the Lord. St Trypho the Martyr. St Brigid of Kildare in Ireland (525). St Seiriol of Penom, Anglesey, Wales (6th). St Jariath, Bishop of Armagh (c 480). St Darlugdach, second Abbess of Kildare (c 524). St Ursus (6th).

Tueday 2nd — The Great Feast of the Meeting of the Lord.

Wedneday 3rd — Afterfeast of the Meeting of the Lord. Synaxis of the Holy and Righteous Simeon the God-receiver and Anna the Prophetess. St Nicholas, Enlightener of Japan (1912). St Werburga, Abbess of Chester (700). St Laurence, Archbishop of Canterbury (619).

Thursday 4th — Afterfeast of the Meeting of the Lord. St Isidore of Pelusium. St Aldate the Hieromartyr, Bishop of Gloucester (6th).


Can I help you?

I am here for you, you need only ask. Is there a way I can support your life of faith? Get in touch.

Can you help the mission?

Yes, absolutely. Offer yourselves to the Lord: pray! Make available to him all your talents and ask him how he would like you to use them — listen for his reply.

Your prayers!

With love in Christ

Fr Alexander
webenquiry@orthodoxeastleigh.uk

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