Services

***** Not so much a Service as an unusual one-off Invitation for an Online Event:*****

WEDNESDAY, 26 JANUARY 2022 FROM 18:00-19:00 UTC (= GMT = our local time here)
All Your Questions About ROCOR – Answered!

Online class: ROCOR’s own historian Protodeacon Andrei Psarev, founder and director of ROCORstudies.org will join us for a live webinar on Wednesday, January 26th, at 1 p.m. ET. Alena Plavsic, Development Manager of the Fund for Assistance to the Russian Church Abroad will host the seminar. 

Everything you’ve ever wondered about the history and traditions of ROCOR.
And even – what it means for you and our whole Church today and in the future. You can ask questions during the webinar on Zoom. Please, spread the word to all your ROCOR history buffs and/or all those who have questions about WHY ROCOR does certain things a certain way

WARM WELCOME 

St John

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 (Archpriest Fr Paul Elliott or Fr Spyridon Bailley) visits usually 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.   Unless  otherwise stated, all our services are in English. There may very occasionally be Slavonic, Greek, Romanian, Irish, Latin, German, Arabic, Spanish 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 but may help people of those language backgrounds to feel more at home.

For Covid related info please scroll down, thank you.

Next Priestly Visit:

We are delighted to be able to be able to announce that the next priestly visit by our dear and new parish priest, Fr Spyridon is expected to be in February 2022. The next Divine Liturgy is planned for Sunday the 13th of February. The annual Blessing of the Waters service is scheduled to take place after the Divine Liturgy. Please bring an empty bottle with you which you can fill up with Holy Water to take home.

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Saturday 12th February:  Confessions from 6pm and Vespers from 7:30pm.
 
Sunday 13th February: Confession from 9am followed by the Nativity Divine Liturgy (at about 10ish) followed by the Blessing of the Waters and a parish gathering with some food afterwards. 
 
Everybody is most welcome.
 
 
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Lay-led Services

Sunday morning Readers’ Services on Sundays at 10:30 am. All welcome. This is our main service of the week when we do not have a priest, usually sung by our little choir and usually followed by teas and coffees and a little parish get-together.  

Akathists:

All the below listed weekly Akathists have been resumed and you are very welcome. These are often just chanted by one of us, depending on who is available.

Tuesdays: 6 pm: Akathist to St John the Forerunner and Baptist 
Fridays: 8pm: Akathist to the Theotokos
Saturdays: 9:30am: Akathist to St John of Shanghai
Saturdays: 8pm: Akathist for the Departed

(For more detail on most of these Akathists please scroll down, thank you) 

Private Prayer: Please be encouraged to use the church for private prayer or for a short private service. Please email Johanna: johanna.mcbride@btinternet.com for further details and for arranging a suitable time. Looking forward to being of service. 

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Choir practice

Weekly meetings on Thursdays at 8pm. First one: Thursday 13th of May 2021, everyone welcome. These are presently paused but we hope to resume them in the second half of January 2022.

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CURRENT COVID ARRANGEMENTS:

You are  welcome to attend our services aiming for social distancing (and face-mask where possible) … and on other occasions (by arrangement) for the veneration of specific Relics.
 
There are three main areas for those who attend:
 
1. inside the church – the choir is inside the church and one person or family group can be in the church at the opposite side from the choir.
 
2. in the carport – when expecting more attendees than can fit into the church under the present distancing directives, we will have the door to the church open and a speaker transmitting the service into the carport area. The carport offers four corners for four people or family groups at social distancing. It also offers seating facilities for those in need of sitting down.
 
3. the garden – there is standing space for numerous people or family groups in the garden. The church door to the garden will be open if this area is also used. We would ask you to try your best to upkeep sufficient space between each other using your own initiative, many thanks.
 
4. Finally there is also standing space in the driveway beyond the carport.
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NB: PRESENTLY WE Ask you to leave your contact details with us for the purpose of covid tracking, We also PROVIDE BOTH FACE MASKS AND HAND SANITIZER AND WIPE THE AFTER-COMMUNION DRINKING VESSEL WITH ALCOHOL WIPES AFTER EVERY USE.
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Fr Paul has blessed us to provide a little hospitality in the carport area after services. You are also invited to bring your own packed lunch for after especially the Sunday services.
 
 
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LAY-LED SERVICES

Sundays: 10:30:: Readers’ Service of Hours and Typica 
 
 
TUESDAYS: 18:00 hrs: Akathist to St John the Forerunner and Baptist.
 
Online Study group/Catechumen Meeting” put on by Fr Justin in Liverpool starting at 20:00 hrs when the present technical hitches are sorted out (details will be above)
 
You can find the text here: Akathist to Saint John the Baptist    and you can find a live-stream recorded version of it below.
 
 
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FRIDAYS: 20:00 Akathist in honour of the Theotokos.
 
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SATURDAYS
 
Akathist to St John of Shanghai at 9:30 am. The text to the Akathist can be found here: Akathist in Honour of St John of Shanghai

and you can find a live streamed version (starting after a short delay) of it below: 

 
 
Akathist for the Departed at 20:00 BST. You can find the text here:  Akathist for Departed

and you can find a live-streamed version of it here:

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Non-Scheduled Services:

In addition to the scheduled services we also conduct evening prayers and/or Akathists on other days of the week, but at a more fluid schedule. If you would like to join us for one of those services, we will pin down the timing of it to suit you and us with joy! (Please pre-arrange via email johanna.mcbride@btinternet.com)

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PRIESTLY SERVICES:

 
VESPERS: 
We usually have Confession at 18:00 hours, before Vespers (and/or sometimes a service of Compline or a different scheduled event) at 19:30 on those SATURDAY evenings which precede a Divine Liturgy on the following day.   
 
DIVINE LITURGIES: 
On SUNDAYS Confession usually starts from about 9:00, continued throughout the chanting of the Hours from 9:30, followed at about 10:00 (depending on the duration of confessions.) by DIVINE LITURGY –  This may be followed by any other services such as panikhida, baptisms etc. and is followed by light refreshments or a parish meal. Everyone very welcome.
 
Planned future priestly visits are announced at the top of this page as and when details are known. 
 
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OTHER SERVICES:

 

HOUSE BLESSINGS, BAPTISMS, COMMEMORATIONS OF THE DEAD, HOSPITAL VISITATIONS, Anointing of the sick, FUNERALS etc-  by arrangement.
 
Theotokos
 
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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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… https://www.st-colman-church.org/
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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Additional online resources:

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FR PAUL ELLIOTT’S STREAMED SERVICES via his Church’s fb account

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TALKS FROM ST MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL’S MONASTERY:

For all with a thirst for entering further into the heart of the Orthodox faith and life there is another ROCOR online  resource offering a wealth of in-depth coverage of numerous aspects of this by means of talks which were previously for sale but have recently become free to listen to and are worth dedicating some time to… https://www.orthodoxtalks.com/about-us/