Relics

2 Kings 13 v 21 And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.

Matthew 9 v 20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: 21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. 22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

Acts 19 v 11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.

IMG_20180203_094440 (2)Fr Paul Elliott brings with him a first class relic of St John of Shanghai every time he comes to our parish. We also have been blessed by having a number of second class relics of St John in our church. Furthermore, we are in the unusual and wonderful position of being able to make different relics available for veneration at different times throughout the year. These are loaned to us often to coincide with specific feast days. Everybody is welcome to venerate these relics.

 

AVAILABLE RELICS AND CORONA VIRUS

As we are told to stay home, it is becoming more difficult to venerate relics at church, but we will make an effort to facilitate the veneration of relics as a response to special requests. We would ask to give us at least a week’s notice in this case. At present the following relics can be made available where adequate notice has been given:

Andrew, The First Called (2 relics)
Anne, Mother of the All Holy Theotokos
Apollonia of Alexandria, Virgin & Martyr
Athanasius the Great, Doctor of the Church
Baltazar the Magi
Barbara Great Martyr
Bazil the Great
Caspar the Magi
Cosmas the Unmercenary
Catherine of Alexandria Great Martyr (Ekatatina)
Damian the Unmercenary
Demetrius of Thessalonika
Ekatarina of Alexandria Great Martyr (Catherine)
Eusebia of Rome, otherwise Xenia
George the Great Martyr
Gregory of Nyssa, Doctor of the Church
Holy Cross (3 relics)
Holy Lance of Saint Longinus
Holy Manger of the Lord
Holy Nail
Holy Sepulchre
Holy Titulus of the True Cross
Holy Tunic of the Lord
Ignatius of Antioch, Doctor of the Church
Iraneus of Lyons, Doctor of the Church
John the Forerunner otherwise called “the baptist”
John Chrysotom, Doctor of the Church
John of Damascus, Doctor of the Church
Joseph the Protector of the Lord (Belt)
Jude, called Thaddeus, brother of the Lord
Justin the Philosopher, otherwise called “the Martyr”
Lazarus of Bethany
Lucy of Syracuse, virgin martyr
Margaret of Antioch Great Martyr (Marina)
Marina of Antioch Great Martyr (Margaret)
Martha of Bethany
Mary of Bethany
Mary of Egypt
Mary Magdalene
Maximus the Confessor
Melchior the Magi
Nicholas of Myra
Patrick, Enlightener of Ireland
Polycarp of Smyrna, Doctor of the Church
Stephen the Protomartyr
THE ALL HOLY THEOTOKOS, a lock of Her hair
THE ALL HOLY THEOTOKOS, a piece of the Protecting Veil
Xenia of Rome, Virgin Martyr

Please contact Johanna (details on the Contact Us page) to make arrangements.

Many thanks!

 

In addition to the relic of St John of Shanghai and to the previously mentioned relics we will have the hair of the Blessed Virgin Mary for veneration during and immediately before and after the priestly services this weekend of 6/7 March, Alleluia.

For the next priestly visit 6/7 March

For the next visit of Fr Paul Elliott for Vespers on Friday 6th March evening at 19:30, and on Saturday 7th March during the Divine Liturgy and other Services in the morning we will have the following first class relics for veneration:

  • St Mary of Egypt,
  • St John the Baptist
  • St Anna the Mother of the Theotokos
  • St Peter and St Paul
  • St Stephen the Protomartyr

as well as a relic of the tunic of our Lord Jesus

All welcome to venerate these relics.

 

Sts Xenia

St XeniaFor the feast days of both St Xenia of Petersburg (icon on the left) and St Xenia the Righteous of Rome on Thursday,  6th of February,  we will have available for veneration a second class relic of the former saint and a first class relic of the latter. Everyone welcome. This is in addition to the following relics presently available for veneration:

– The tunic of Our Lord
– St John the Forerunner and Baptist
– Sts Martha, Lazarus and Mary
– St Anna the mother of the Theotokos

Available for veneration until 3 February:

Presently the following relics are available for veneration just before, during or immediately after any of the services or by private arrangement:

– The tunic of Our Lord
– St John the Forerunner and Baptist
– Sts Martha, Lazarus and Mary
– St Anna the mother of the Theotokos

Everybody most welcome.

 

Relics loaned to us for veneration at the Divine Nativity Liturgy on Sunday 12th January:

– the Holy Crib of the Infant Lord
– the Magi: Balthazar, Melchior and Caspar
– the Protecting Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary
– the Belt of St Joseph
– St Stephen
– St John the Forerunner and Baptist
– Sts Martha, Lazarus and Mary
– St Anna the mother of the Theotokos
– St Lucy of Syracuse
– St John of Shanghai

Everyone very welcome.

Upcoming dates for you diaries

For our celebration of the Feast of the Nativity on 11th and 12th January we are scheduled to make available for public veneration the relics of the Three Wise Men as well as a relic of the manger in which Our Lord Jesus had been placed.

St Stephen

From 30 December at least until his feastday on 9 January you are welcome to venerate the relic of St Stephen the first Martyr and Protodeacon at any of the scheduled services.

 

From now until the 8th of February the relics of Sts Martha, Lazarus and Mary are available for veneration at every scheduled service or by private arrangement.

 

Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd of December 2019:

For the All Night Vigil and for the Saturday JoachimannaEvening Service at 19:30 hours as well as for the Sunday morning Readers Service, on account of the feast of the CONCEPTION OF THE THEOTOKOS BY ST ANNA, a relic of St Anna will be made available for veneration. Everyone welcome.

 

 

St AndrewFriday 13th of December 2019:

The feastday of THE HOLY APOSTLE ANDREW THE FIRST-CALLED. We will have a relic of St Andrew the First Called available for veneration for the evening service at 19:30 hours. Everybody welcome.