Services

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LOCATION 

Please note that all services (except the Easter Service – scroll down for more info) are held in the chapel on the first floor of the church hall building of the same church we previously used, so the address and directions are still the same. On the photo above, the big window facing the road is behind our altar area.

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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.

 

SERVICES: Unless stated otherwise, our services are in English. Please double-check details before setting off, as services can be subject to change – thank you! Unless otherwise advertised, our parish priest Fr John Diulaj will celebrate the following services:
 
DIVINE LITURGY EVERY SUNDAY
CONFESSIONS START AT 9:40 AM
AND HOURS AT 10:00 AM
AND DIVINE LITURGY AT ABOUT 10:30.
FOLLOWED BY TEAS AND COFFEES (and -depending on volunteers- lunch).
ALL WARMLY WELCOME.
 
ADDITIONAL SERVICES: (updated as soon as details are known) 
    
THURSDAY 30 March: 18:30 – with opportunity of Confession from 18:10
The service of the PRE-SANCTIFIED GIFTS. (Unless there are medical reasons, please fast for at least six hours if you would like to receive the Divine Gifts. Thank you.)
 
FRIDAY 31 March: 18:30 – with opportunity of Confession from 18:10
The service of the PRE-SANCTIFIED GIFTS. (Unless there are medical reasons, please fast for at least six hours if you would like to receive the Divine Gifts. Thank you.)
 
SATURDAY 1 April 18:30
VESPERS
 
SUNDAY as normal
 
MONDAY 3 April 18:30 – Reading of the whole Gospel of St Matthew (Fr John).
 
TUESDAY 4 April 18:30 – Reading of the whole Gospel of St Mark (Fr John).
 
WEDNESDAY 5 April 18:30 – Reading of the whole Gospel of St Luke (Fr John).
 
THURSDAY 6 April 18:30  – Reading of the whole Gospel of St John (Fr John)
 
FRIDAY 7 April: 18:30 – with opportunity of Confession from 18:10
The service of the PRE-SANCTIFIED GIFTS. (Unless there are medical reasons, please fast for at least six hours if you would like to receive the Divine Gifts. Thank you.)
 
LAZARUS SATURDAY 8 April 
Confession from 9:40, Hours from 1000,
DIVINE LITURGY from 10:30
followed by light refreshments
 
PALM SUNDAY 9 April – as normal:
Confession from 9:40, Hours from 1000,
DIVINE LITURGY from 10:30
followed by light refreshments
 
MONDAY 10 April: 18:30 – with opportunity of Confession from 18:10

The service of the PRE-SANCTIFIED GIFTS. (Unless there are medical reasons, please fast for at least six hours if you would like to receive the Divine Gifts. Thank you.)
 
TUESDAY 11 April: 18:00 HOLY UNCTION
 
WEDNESDAY 12 April: 18:30 – with opportunity of Confession from 18:10
The service of the PRE-SANCTIFIED GIFTS. (Unless there are medical reasons, please fast for at least six hours if you would like to receive the Divine Gifts. Thank you.)
 
THURSDAY 13 April LITURGY OF THE LAST SUPPER

Confession from 9:40, Hours from 1000,
DIVINE LITURGY from 10:30
followed by light refreshments
 
FRIDAY 14 April: ROYAL HOURS 10:30
 
FRIDAY 14 April: TAKING DOWN OF THE CROSS
 
FRIDAY 14 April: LAMENTATIONS 18:30
 
SATURDAY 15 April 
Confession from 9:40, Hours from 1000,
DIVINE LITURGY from 10:30
followed by light refreshments
 
SATRUDAY 15 April 23:00
CANONS,  MATINS,  DIVINE LITURGY followed by breaking of fast together
 on Sunday morning NOTE LOCATION BELOW
 
EASTER SERVICE 2017
Our OLNY Easter Service will be held in the following (Roman Catholic) bigger premises to allow for additional faithful to join us at this special time:
 
Holy Family Parish Hall
 118 -120 Cave Hill Rd
North Belfast,
BT15 5BU.
 
DIRECTIONS TO EASTER SERVICE: 
If travelling by car from Belfast city centre, drive as to our present location on the Antrim road, but continue past our church to the next big traffic light junction, where you turn left into Cavehill Rd. Continue to near the top of the road, past a large red brick Protestant church on the left and very soon after, just by a bus-stop, the entry to the premises is on your left. Google maps puts the distance at 1.2 miles or four minutes driving from St John of Shanghai church.
The Hall is set back from the road behind the dis-used chapel of the Resurrection and has a sign for a playgroup to the left of the entry from the Cavehill Rd. There is ample car parking space and space for an Easter procession around the building. It also has a kitchen and dining facilities for breaking the fast together after the service.
 
EASTER SATURDAY TO SUNDAY NIGHT 15th to 16th  APRIL -likely starting at 23.00 hours and finishing in the early hours of Sunday. (exact details to be confirmed).
 
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 SATURDAY 13 May: Divine Liturgy partly (mainly?) in Slavonic – at usual time. However the Minsk choir of the St Elisabeth Convent will be singing the ‘hours’ and during this Liturgy (!)  
 
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They also will give a concert of additional Liturgical and folk choir pieces afterwards, around 1pm.
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Followed by light refreshments/ lunch at 2pm with an opportunity to buy their CDs and other items in support of their convent in Minsk until 3pm, when they will leave for Dublin.
 
For a sample of their singing click here.  
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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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