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!
Our very own dear Fr. Peter fell asleep in the Lord after a long struggle with serious illness. His time with us was a great blessing for all the community. Memory Eternal!
A fuller obituary for Fr. Peter can be found here.
Throughout the summer our usual home, the chapel at York St John, will close for renovation.
The Orthodox Community of St Constantine will not close! We shall continue to meet for the Divine Liturgy Sunday by Sunday in two different places in York.
Arrangements for our services are as follows:
May 27th – June 24th
Where: St Cuthbert’s Church, Peasholme Green, York (see map).
When: Sundays at 10am
- We can continue to use the car park at Park Grove School – 12 mins walk away (see map).
- Morrison’s car park on Foss Island Road – closer and also free, but strictly limited to 2 hrs maximum.
- Use York’s Park and Ride service. Several routes will bring you close to St Cuthbert’s. You can find details of the routes at https://www.itravelyork.info/park-and-ride
July 1st – August 18th
- The car park at Park Grove School – 8 mins walk away (see map).
- If you arrive early there may be space in the campus car park.
We are very grateful to the people of St. Michael-le-Belfrey Church for kindly allowing us to use St Cuthbert’s Church, and to the University authorities for finding us alternative accommodation.
(Editors note: copied from the original here.)
A Statement Issued by the Patriarchates of Antioch and all the East for the Greek Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, and Greek-Melkite Catholic
Damascus, 14 April 2018
God is with us; Understand all ye nations and submit yourselves!
We, the Patriarchs: John X, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Ignatius Aphrem II, Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, and Joseph Absi, Melkite-Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, Alexandria, and Jerusalem, condemn and denounce the brutal aggression that took place this morning against our precious country Syria by the USA, France and the UK, under the allegations that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons. We raise our voices to affirm the following:
- This brutal aggression is a clear violation of the international laws and the UN Charter, because it is an unjustified assault on a sovereign country, member of the UN.
- It causes us great pain that this assault comes from powerful countries to which Syria did not cause any harm in any way.
- The allegations of the USA and other countries that the Syrian army is using chemical weapons and that Syria is a country that owns and uses this kind of weapon, is a claim that is unjustified and unsupported by sufficient and clear evidence.
- The timing of this unjustified aggression against Syria, when the independent International Commission for Inquiry was about to start its work in Syria, undermines of the work of this commission.
- This brutal aggression destroys the chances for a peaceful political solution and leads to escalation and more complications.
- This unjust aggression encourages the terrorist organizations and gives them momentum to continue in their terrorism.
- We call upon the Security Council of the United Nations to play its natural role in bringing peace rather than contribute to escalation of wars.
- We call upon all churches in the countries that participated in the aggression, to fulfill their Christian duties, according to the teachings of the Gospel, and condemn this aggression and to call their governments to commit to the protection of international peace.
- We salute the courage, heroism and sacrifices of the Syrian Arab Army which courageously protects Syria and provide security for its people. We pray for the souls of the martyrs and the recovery of the wounded. We are confident that the army will not bow before the external or internal terrorist aggressions; they will continue to fight courageously against terrorism until every inch of the Syrian land is cleansed from terrorism. We, likewise, commend the brave stand of countries which are friendly to the Syria and its people.
We offer our prayers for the safety, victory, and deliverance of Syria from all kinds of wars and terrorism. We also pray for peace in Syria and throughout the world, and call for strengthening the efforts of the national reconciliation for the sake of protecting the country and preserving the dignity of all Syrians.
Please join us this Holy Week at any (or all!) of the following services:
Wed 4 April, 6:30pm Service of Holy unction and anointing
Fri 6 April, 6:30pm Great Vespers for Good Friday and veneration of the Winding Sheet
Sat 7 April, 11:00pm Paschal Vigil and Divine Liturgy (reading from the Acts of the Apostles from 10pm)
Orthodox and visitors are equally welcome. Please contact us if you have any questions, or visit our Welcome page if you need to know where to find us.
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.