Services

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KURSK ROOT ICON
Saturday 20th April @ 16:00 sharp: Departure from St John of Shanghai parish to Stradbally Co Laois to be there for 19:00 for the Akathist to the Kursk icon which will be visiting there. Please get in touch if you would like to go, so we can co-ordinate cars. Thank you! [NB: There will be no Akathist to the Theotokos at St John of Shanghai Belfast that evening]
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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.  
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ALL SERVICES: Unless  otherwise stated, our services are (mainly*) in English. Please double-check details before setting off, as service arrangements can be subject to change –

OUR EASTER DIVINE LITURGY IS SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY MORNING THE 4TH OF MAY.  CELEBRANT: FR SPYRIDON BAILEY
THIS WILL BE OUR ONLY EASTER SERVICE THIS YEAR. ALL VERY WELCOME.

Unless otherwise noted, the following services are celebrated weekly:

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, followed by teas/coffees. All welcome.
SUNDAY EVENINGS: 19:30 Akathist to Our Sweetest Lord Jesus. 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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WEDNESDAYS (during Lent only): 19:30 Paraclesis to the Theotokos. All welcome.
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SATURDAY EVENINGS: entreating the help of the Theotokos of the Iveron icon for all our needs and for peace in the world by praying an Akathist in her honour from 19:30 hours, in the presence of some of her beautifully scented myrrh as captured on cotton wool and kept in the church. All welcome.
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PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO AKATHISTS

  • ON SATURDAY 20 APRIL – that day we are joining with the Stradbally parish for the Akathist to the visiting Kursk icon, leaving from here at 4pm. Please get in touch if you need a lift.
  • AND ON TUESDAY MAY 28  – THANK YOU!!

*”Mainly” English, means there may very occasionally be Slavonic, Greek, Romanian 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.

The next PRIESTLY VISIT is scheduled for Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th of May

IMG_2278Friday evening @ 19:30 Vespers

Saturday 5th May Fr Spyridon Bailey is scheduled to serve the following:

10:00 Confession and Hours
10:30 Paschal Divine Liturgy with 
followed by teas and coffees
All most warmly welcome

For further upcoming Priestly Service Dates and times for 2019 please scroll down. Thank you!

 
 
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19:30 Vespers 

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NB Fr Paul/Fr Spyridon brings the icon and relic of St John of Shanghai with him when he comes to us.

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PLANNED DATES for upcoming visits by Fr Paul Elliott/ Fr Spyridon Bailey  2019 below. 
 
we will usually have the following services: 
 
VESPERS –  we usually have Vespers (and sometimes a service of Compline or a different scheduled event) 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:
FR SPYRIDON BAILEY comes to minister to us. 
Friday 3rd Vespers, Saturday 4th Paschal Divine Liturgy
 
June:
Friday 7th (Vespers) Saturday 8th Fr Paul Elliott
 
Friday 28th (Vespers) Saturday 29th: Divine Liturgy and Patronal Feast Garden Party
 
August: to be confirmed.
 
September 6th and 7th
October 4th and 5th
(to be confirmed:)
Likely to be November 1st and 2nd
Likely to be December 6th and 7th
 
 * 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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