On the Sunday after The Nativity we had the great pleasure of welcoming as guest, Fr. Constantin Naclad. Fr. Constantin is a senior member of the Theological and Educational Department of the Romanian Patriarchate. He and his wife were visiting their son and family in York, who are members of our community. After the Divine Liturgy we had an interesting discussion on church matters in the Romanian and Antiochian Patriarchates. We look forward to welcoming them back to York again when they next visit their family.
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!
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!
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.