We are very happy to welcome Mirko Demasi to the Orthodox Church, being chrismated and given the name Elias. We hope and pray for many blessings in the time ahead. Many years, Elias!
This is a note for those who couldn’t be with us last Sunday, and a reminder to those who were, that we are supporting the following charities during the Nativity period – from now until the end of December.
York Foodbank & Carecent York are in great need of the following –
Dried milk, Long-life fruit juice / squash, Instant coffee, Teabags, Biscuits, Sponge puddings, Sweets / chocolate, Breakfast Cereal (all types), Tinned meat (corned beef, hot dogs and spam), Baked Beans, Tinned spaghetti, Tinned tomatoes, Sugar, Tinned fruit
Cleaning products, Baby wipes/face wipes, Shampoo & conditioner, Shower gel, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Roll-on deodorants, Feminine products
There will also be cash collection box and the proceeds from that will be divided equally between:
Bundles of Joy York & International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC).
At a time when the feast of Our Lord’s birth is often forgotten in the rush to waste money on costly gifts and over-eating please remember those of our neighbours who have so little – and give generously whatever you can, recalling His parable of the contribution of the Poor Widow (Mark 12:41-44)
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Your prayers, please.
Several of us were pleased to attend the annual conference of the archdiocese this year. We are blessed to be part of a wonderful network of parishes across the UK under the omophorion of our Bishop Silouan. Please enjoy the photos!
Please join us on Wednesday the 1st of March at 6.30pm for this special Lenten service.
For more information about the Canon, please get in touch with Father Michael or have a look at this explanation.
In his Enthronement address on 27th February 2016 at St George’s Cathedral in London, Metropolitan Silouan said,
Be Holy as Christ is Holy in your daily life, witnessing to others Christ’s example of love, beauty and splendour. Pray unceasingly, observe the fasts, read the Holy Bible, follow Christ’s teachings and example, keep all the Holy Sacraments of the Church, building your relationship with Christ through the Holy Spirit…
Now, at last, I am with you all. I will be with you in your parishes and homes sharing with you the words of our Lord and the consolation of our perfect faith…
Christ showed us the way of obedience and humility through the Great and Life-Giving Cross. He permits each of us to carry a small cross to lead us to salvation while He carried the Great Cross for the salvation of all. I will help you bear your cross and you will help me to bear mine, until it is time for us to join Him eternally, entering salvation together. Our lives are now bound to each other for evermore, our purpose is salvation and our destiny is Christ and only Christ.
Following his election and ordination last year Metropolitan Silouan sent a message of encouragement to the clergy and people of the diocese. You can read it here.