Services

Saturday 2nd July 2022: Patronal Feastday of St John:

You are very welcome to join us for an Akathist in honour of St John of Shanghai on his feastday, Saturday, 2nd July at 9:30 am. All very welcome!

NB the Altar Feastday of our parish is the 12th of October.

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 – since January 2022 our parish priest 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

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Fr Spyridon

As a general rule our parish priest, Fr Spyridon Bailey, is aiming to come to Belfast during the second weekend of the month. We are now looking forward to having our dear Fr Spyridon back with us in July. He is due to come on Saturday 9th of July and Sunday 10th. The itinerary is as follows… 

Saturday 9th July:

Confession @ 6 pm, Vespers at 7:30 pm

Sunday 1oth July:

Confession @ 8:30 am followed by the Divine Liturgy at about 10:30, followed by tea and coffee and some food.

All very 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 cancelled until further notice. This will be updated once these resume. 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)

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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 near future.

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CURRENT COVID ARRANGEMENTS:

You are  welcome to attend our services aiming for social distancing … 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 HAND SANITIZER.
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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 – Akathists

 
TUESDAYS: 18:00 hrs: Akathist to St John the Forerunner and Baptist.
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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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:

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/