Services

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.  
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ALL SERVICES: Unless  otherwise stated, our services are in English. Please double-check details before setting off, as service arrangements can be subject to change – thank you! 
For upcoming Priestly Service Dates and times for 2018 please scroll down. Thank you!
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SERVICES WITHOUT A PRIEST:
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SUNDAYS: Unless otherwise advertised we will have a Readers’ Service followed by an Akathist to St John of Shanghai every Sunday starting at 10:30 am, usually followed by teas/coffees. All welcome.
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TUESDAYS – NEW: in response to Bishop Irenei’s intention to visit Belfast and to his blessing to look for 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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SATURDAY EVENINGS: entreating the help of the Theotokos for peace in the world: Akathist to Our Most Holy Lady Mother of God at 19:30. All welcome.
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19:30 Vespers 

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Fr Paul will be bringing the icon and relic of St John of Shanghai with him again when he comes next time.

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PLANNED DATES for upcoming visits by Fr Paul Elliott  2018 below. 
 
On the weekends which Fr Paul Elliott will serve, we will have the following services: 
 
VESPERS –  we have Vespers at 19:30 on those FRIDAY evenings which precede a Divine Liturgy on the following day.   
 
 DIVINE LITURGIES: 
On SATURDAYS:
10:00 Hours and Confession* followed at about 10:30 by DIVINE LITURGY – (this may be followed by any other services such as panikhida, baptisms etc.) followed by light refreshments. Everyone very welcome.
 
 
Planned visits:  
May: Friday 4th – Saturday 5th (Vespers/ Divine Liturgy)
June: Friday 1st – Saturday 2nd (Vespers/Divine Liturgy)
June (Instead of July): Friday 29th – Saturday 30th (Vespers/Divine Liturgy – Parish feast of             St John of Shanghai with Garden Party after the Liturgy !!! All especially welcome!! )
August: Friday 10th – Saturday 11th (Vespers / Divine Liturgy)
September: Friday 7th – Saturday 8th (Vespers / Divine Liturgy) 
October: Friday 5th – Saturday 6th (Vespers / Divine Liturgy
November: Friday 2nd – Saturday 3rd (Vespers / Divine Liturgy)
December: Friday 7th – Saturday 8th (Vespers / Divine Liturgy)
 
 * 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 IMG_20170315_195726expression 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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