Services

PRACTICALITIES!:
Very occasionally short notice changes to services/service times have to be made. If so, they will be announced here. So please do check before setting out to come, thank you.
** presently there are no short notice changes **
however, notice it given, that on Saturday 14 December, the day of the planned Baptism and Divine Liturgy, there will be no evening service.
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WARM WELCOME 
You and your friends and family are warmly invited to all our (mainly*) English-language Divine Liturgy and other services. We are a small group of faithful and new faces are always very welcome.  
A priest (Fr Paul Elliott / Fr Spyridon Bailley) visits once a month (scroll down for upcoming dates) and celebrates the Divine Liturgy as well as hearing confessions and carrying out other priestly duties as and when required such as baptisms, house blessings and visiting the sick.
When we do not have a priest we still have services which are led by lay people of the parish:
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EVENING SERVICES: every day @ 19:30: Usually “Evening Prayers”, except on Tuesday when it is the Akathist to St John the Forerunner. On the evenings before a Divine Liturgy on the following day we usually have Vespers @ 19:30. Everyone very welcome to all services!
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ALL SERVICES: Unless  otherwise stated, our services are ( mainly*) in English. Please double-check the details on this website before setting off, as service arrangements can be subject to change – and any changes will be advised here.
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SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES: Unless there is a Divine Liturgy Scheduled for the Sunday morning, we will have a Readers’ Service (a service without a priest) followed by an Akathist to St John of Shanghai every Sunday starting at 10:30 am, followed by teas/coffees. All welcome.
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TUESDAYS: in response to Bishop Irenei’s visit to Belfast and to his blessing to look for suitable bigger premises, until further notice there will be an Akathist to St John the Forerunner and Preparer of the Way every TUESDAY evening at 19:30. All welcome
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*”Mainly” English, means there may very occasionally be Slavonic, Greek, Romanian or other languages used – for example for the “Lord have Mercy” prayer, but it is only a small token and nothing to be worried about. It will not interfere with the understanding of the prayers for English speakers.

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For upcoming Priestly Service Dates and times for 2019/2020 please scroll down. Thank you!

 
 
 

 

19:30 Vespers 

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NB Fr Paul usually brings the icon and relic of St John of Shanghai with him when he comes to us.

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VESPERS 
We usually have Vespers (and/or sometimes a service of Compline or a different scheduled event) at 19:30 on those FRIDAY  (or SATURDAY) evenings which precede a Divine Liturgy on the following day.   
 
 DIVINE LITURGIES: 
Confession*  from about 9:45, continued throughout the chanting of the Hours from 10:00, followed at about 10:30 by DIVINE LITURGY – (depending on the duration of confessions.) This may be followed by any other services such as panikhida, baptisms etc. and is followed by light refreshments. Everyone very welcome.
 
Planned priestly visits:  
December:  (Fr Paul Elliott) Friday 13th and Saturday 14th December:
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Fr Paul is coming a little earlier than usual on Friday, and will do a house blessing and anointing of the sick before celebrating Vespers at 19:30. Everyone is welcome to join us for Vespers and a customary cup of tea afterwards.
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Saturday14th: leaving here at 7am to make our way North to the Glenoe Waterfall, for an adult baptism. If you want to have a lift to the location of the waterfall from the church here in Belfast, please let Johanna know asap. (johannamcb@btinternet.com) Thank you!
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Confession from 9:45, Hours from 10:00 the remainder of the liturgical requirements for the Newly Illumined will be served before the start of the Divine Liturgy. There will be teas and coffees after the Divine Liturgy and everybody is most warmly welcome. 
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2020:
January  (Fr Spyridon) Saturday 11th and SUNDAY 12th January
February (Fr Paul) Friday 7th and Saturday 8th February
March (Fr Paul) Friday 6th and Saturday 7th February
April (Fr Spyridon) Saturday and SUNDAY, dates to be confirmed
 
 * NB: PLEASE NOTE THAT IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN PRIVACY, CONFESSION IS HEARD IN THE CHAPEL OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST AND FORERUNNER, DIRECTLY BESIDE THE CHURCH OF ST JOHN OF SHANGHAI – IN THE SAME BACK GARDEN – DURING THE TIME OF THE CHANTING OF THE ‘HOURS’  I.E.  BETWEEN TEN AND TEN THIRTY AM. MANY THANKS! 
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OTHER SERVICES:

Such as HOUSE BLESSINGS, BAPTISMS, COMMEMORATIONS OF THE DEAD, HOSPITAL VISITATIONS, FUNERALS etc-  by arrangement.
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USUAL PREPARATION FOR COMMUNION:
All who would partake of Divine Liturgy Communion are reminded to be sure at least

  • to fast from midnight (people requiring medication are allowed to make necessary adjustments to this)
  • to be present from the very beginning of the Liturgy.
  • Confession is recommended as preparation for Communion, but can be done to a different confessor.

Our ROCOR sister parish of Saint John the Wonderworker in British Columbia in Canada has a very readable page on Confession and Communion. You may like to explore the link below:

 http://saintjohnthewonderworker.ca/church-praxis/confession/

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AFTER COMMUNION:

There is a table with antidoron (the remaining bread from the preparation for the Eucharist, which has been blessed, but not consecrated) and warm wine diluted with water at the back of the church on the left when coming in. Both are for taking immediately after Communion. This is a practice within the Russian Tradition to ensure also that the Eucharist is being swallowed properly and so surely taken into us. Please partake of the wine and antidoron served at this table after partaking of Communion, many thanks.

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CHOIR

We are a young parish with very few choir members at present. We welcome any expression of interest of people who may want to join the choir. In addition to untrained people we are especially in need of people who can teach us English language Russian Liturgical melodies. If this is you, please do not hesitate to make yourself known to us!! Thank you.
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SISTER PARISHES:
For those of us who are also interested in attending Services in Stradbally, County Laois in the Republic of Ireland, here is a link to the Service page of their website…http://www.st-colman-church.org/html_en/service-en.htm
We also have another sister parish, The Parish of St Elizabeth the New-Martyr, and it has a wonderful extensive website http://www.newmartyr.info/ and also a warm relationship with our parish thanks to Fr Paul Elliott who has been continually supportive of us in many different ways and not lastly by coming over to serve for us.
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