Monday, August 27, 2018

Children’s camp in England

During August 2018, an informal children’s camp was held in England, where Bishop John contributed with teaching Law of God classes. The children experienced communal camp life, daily church services, living in tents and taking their turn in a roster of duties.

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Everyone sang and read at the services together.

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We had our meals together, during which we listened to reading from an edifying children’s book.

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Daily blessing of porridge at breakfast!

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The children had lessons every day. This years’ theme was the Divine Liturgy.

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Vespers in candlelight.

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The children prayed every morning and evening in the improvised barn-chapel, which they themselves helped decorate.

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View of the altar in the barn-chapel.

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Finding the spot in the service book…

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The altar server with the censer ready.

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We celebrated the Divine Liturgy on Sunday and at the end of the camp.

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The children baked their own prosphoras, which were offered at the Liturgy.

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In addition to other excursions, we made a pilgrimage to the monastery of St Fursey, a 7th century Irish missionary monk who established a monastery on the site of an earlier Roman fortress.

Troparion of St. Fursey of Burgh Castle, Tone 5
Establishing thy monastery in a Roman fortress / thou didst teach men that the Orthodox Faith is a true bastion / against the onslaughts of every evil force, O Father Fursey. / Wherefore pray to God for us / that we may all be bastions of the Faith / standing firm against the rising tide of falsehood, / that our souls may be saved

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The walls of the huge Roman fortress where St Fursey built his monastery.

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Group photo of the pilgrims.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Transfiguration at the Convent of the Annunciation in London

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On the great feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord, Bishop John visited the historical Convent of the Annunciation in London, UK. The Convent was established in the 1950s by St. John of Shanghai and San Fransisco and nuns from the Holy Land, guided by the ever-memorable Abbess Elizabeth (Ampenoff).

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The Midnight Office, Hours and Liturgy were read and chanted in Slavonic, Arabic and English, and attended by faithful of diverse national backgrounds. Bishop John blessed the grapes and fruits brought by the people. After the service, the sisters invited the parishioners for tea.

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Newly-ordained priest Nicolae Capitanu (Old Calendar Orthodox Church of Romania) services the large population of Old Calendar Romanian faithful in London.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Bishop John visits St Edward Orthodox Monastery

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On Sunday 30.7./12.8. Bishop John visited the St Edward Orthodox Monastery near London, England. By God’s providence, the relics of the 10th century Orthodox Martyr, saint Edward the King of England, are venerated in this monastery since 1988. The monastery is located in peaceful surroundings within the Brookwood cemetery.

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At the Divine Liturgy Archimandrite Alexis, Priest Borislav and Hierodeacon Sabbas (GOC) concelebrated. Parishioners of many nationalities attended the service, which was chanted in English, Greek, Romanian and Slavonic.

The brotherhood kindly offered a meal and opportunity to speak with the people after the service.

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    Divine Liturgy: 9 am.
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Annunciation of the Mother of God Women’s Monastic Community

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  • Spiritual Father: Bishop John.
  • Address: 266 Nowhere Creek Rd, Nowhere Creek, 3469
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