English Language Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. Belfast, NI.
TEMPORARY CHANGE IN SERVICES:
Unfortunately from Friday 27th November 2020 there is a complete government-imposed absence of services open for people to attend until including 11 December. Rest assured there will be a service – an Akathist and/or Evening prayers and a Psalm offered every day of the week during this time behind closed doors.
In addition to the services behind closed doors we also offer Zoom meetings to maintain the continuity of the Tuesday evening study group especially geared toward enquirers and catechumens. Due to the lockdown restrictions we will meet on Tuesday 1 December at 19:00 hours on the zoom platform. The code for the meeting on Tuesday is Ch2e3g and the invitation of it is https://us05web.zoom.us/j/89079538015?pwd=YlZpdjhNVEFGVWFMN2JoZVRiMUVJdz09 and the meeting id is 890 7953 8015. If you would like to join us it would be good if you could watch the first two talks by metropolitan Anthony Bloom on doubt and Questioning so to speak as preparatory homework …
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.
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.
NB: PRESENTLY WE PROVIDE BOTH FACE MASKS AND HAND SANITIZER AND WIPE THE AFTER-COMMUNION DRINKING VESSEL WITH ALCOHOL WIPES AFTER EVERY USE.
Fr Paul has blessed us to provide a little hospitality (water and a sweet biscuit or two) in the carport area after services. You are also invited to bring your own packed lunch for after especially the Sunday services.
Until further notice we offer the following lay-led scheduled services
TUESDAYS: Akathist to St John the Forerunner and Baptist followed by a “Catechumen Meeting”.
at 18:00 pm (Local Time) You can find the text here: Akathist to Saint John the Baptist and you can find a live-streamed version of it below and at 19:00 hours a gathering of all who are interested in deepening our understanding of Orthodoxy.
Akathist for the Departed at 8:30 pm BST until 14th November 2020, when the starting tome will change back to 19:30. You can find the text here: Akathist for Departed
and you can find a live-streamed version of it here:
10:30 am: we have re-started our Sunday morning Lay-led Reader’s Services Hours and Typica, followed by an Akathist to St John of Shanghai. 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:
Aiming to celebrate at least one service in our little church every day, in addition to the scheduled services we also conduct evening prayers and or Akathists on the remaining 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 email@example.com)
Additional online resources:
FR PAUL ELLIOTT’S STREAMED SERVICES via his Church’s fb account
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 indepth 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/
NB Fr Paul usually brings the icon and relic of St John of Shanghai with him when he comes to us.
VESPERS We usually have Vespers (and/or sometimes a service of Compline or a different scheduled event) at 20:30 on those FRIDAY (or SATURDAY) evenings which precede a Divine Liturgy on the following day. DIVINE LITURGIES: Confession from about 9:30, 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:
December 2020: Fr Paul : Friday 18th/ Sat 19th. Vespers Friday evening, Saturday early morning: baptisms, followed by Divine Liturgy with reception of at least one catechumen. All very welcome. Please pray that this will go ahead unhindered! Thank you!
January 2021 – Second Sat/Sunday in January: Fr Spyridon Bailey (tobe confirmed)
HOUSE BLESSINGS, BAPTISMS, COMMEMORATIONS OF THE DEAD, HOSPITAL VISITATIONS, Anointing of the sick, FUNERALS etc- by arrangement.
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:
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.
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.
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.htmWe 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.~