Metropolitan Silouan has sent his Paschal greeting to every parish. You may download the text here.
We pray that all our parishioners and friends may have a joyful and holy season of Pascha in the light and love of the Risen Christ.
Fr. David Sennitt, founder of the Antiochian Orthodox parish of St. Columba and St. Kentigern, Doncaster, passed to the Lord on the evening of Sunday 30th June. His funeral service will be served at that church on Tuesday 23rd July at
Meditations on Great Lent. Each Tuesday evening at 7pm, from 19th March to 16th April, in the Chapel kitchen. All welcome!
We are holding a weekly discussion group on the subject of Great Lent and what it means for Orthodox Christians. We will be using as the text for our discussions the book Meditations on Great Lent: Reflections on the Triodion by Fr. Vassilios Papavassiliou.
On Sunday 24th, Sunday of the Prodigal Son, His Eminence served a Hierarchical Liturgy in the University Chapel. At the beginning of the service he ordained Maximos Bryan and John Kirkwood as Readers. Both of them have been a mainstay of our kliros for several years and their ordination is a recognition of their service an commitment to the Church. Unfortunately, Reader John is leaving us almost immediately because a change in his employment situation takes him to Lincoln. However he will be joining the parish of All Saints of Lincolnshire. York’s loss will be Lincoln’s gain. Many Years, Maximos and John!
For his sermon Sayedna preached to us on the importance of Repentance and Forgiveness for our lives as Orthodox Christians, particularly in view of the approach of Great Lent. After the service he met with the children of the parish and spoke to them about their prayer life and they were clearly delighted with the opportunity to meet and talk with him, appreciating his kind manner. We held a buffet reception for His Eminence in the University Refectory, catered for by the University and we all enjoyed it enormously. Sayedna made a point of talking to the various groups of parishioners, particularly the younger adults and everyone was touched by his gentle and good-humoured demeanour and his wise words of advice. Thank you, Sayedna, for your visit. Many Years and come back to us again soon!