Services

PRACTICALITIES!: 

LENTEN TALKS

We are very thankful to Vladyka Irenei for feeding our spiritual lives with Great Lenten talks. You can listen to these talks from St John of Shanghai Belfast’s facebook page where the links to them will appear as soon as they are available on the day. Thank you Vladyka Irenei. The next one is scheduled for Thursday 2 April @ 19:00 hours, and there will not be an evening service in our chapel that evening.

Corona virus:

Teas and coffees after services have been cancelled until further notice due to corona virus precautions, but – as mentioned above, with the exception of those evening services cancelled to facilitate the viewing of Vladyka’s Spiritual talks – services are going ahead as per usual with attendees being asked to keep at a distance from each other as best as possible. Elbow or knuckle greetings or simply bows instead of hugs and kisses at this time please, God bless us all!!

Cancellations of Services:

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.
*** There are presently no short notice changes in service times***
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Easter Schedule – DV

Great Lent is upon us, but Easter is coming. Due to availability of priests, our ONLY Easter Divine Liturgy will be celebrated by Fr Spyridon on Sunday, April 26th in the morning, starting with Confession at 9:45 am. This is the weekend following Orthodox Easter. At the actual Easter date we will have a lay-led Readers’ Service at the usual time of 10:30 am.

 

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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.
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.
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LAY LED SERVICES:
When we do not have a priest we still have services which are led by lay people of the parish:
EVENING SERVICES: every day @ 19:30: Usually “Evening Prayers” and/or an Akathist: On Tuesdays it is the Akathist to St John the Forerunner especially to entreat his help for finding more suitable premises for the parish. 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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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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All Night Vigils: We had our first lay-led All night Vigil on Saturday to Sunday night 21/22 December 2019 and enjoyed the experience. We hope to have further All Night Vigils in the future. They will be advertised here, as and when they are scheduled.
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PRIEST LED SERVICES:

For upcoming Priestly Service Dates and times please scroll down. Thank you!

 
 

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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 (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. Everyone very welcome.
 
Planned future priestly visits:  
2020:
April 25th/26th…Sun…Fr Spyridon (Paschal)
May 23rd/24th…Sun…Fr Spyridon
Jun 12th/13th…Sat…Fr Paul
Jul 10th/11th…Sat…Fr Paul ( St Johnish)
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Dates of interest
Vladika Irenei is visiting the Liverpool parish on Friday 13th March to serve the Unction (Anointing) Service at 6.00 p.m.  There will be an extra Liturgy at Fr Paul’s house the next day with an opportunity to meet with the Bishop afterwards before he goes on to Telford.
Anointing Service…London April 4th
St Alban’s Pilgrimage…Sat…May 9th
Holywell pilgrimage…Sat June 20th
Consecration of St John’s Colchester … Sat July 4th
St John’s day Belfast…Sat/Sun  11th or 18th Oct depends on Vladika.
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further dates will be advertised as soon as they are confirmed.
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 * 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 – From 9:45 onward and 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, Anointing of the sick, 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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