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.

Presently – in addition to the relics of the month of June mentioned below – we have a relic of The True Cross also available for veneration. Glory to God!

AVAILABLE RELICS AND CORONA VIRUS

It is possible to come here and venerate relics even in the present climate, so long as social distancing is preserved and a visit is pre-arranged for one person at a time or during services where six are allowed with social distancing.

Where possible, please wear a face mask and make use of hand sanitizer which will be provided, thank you. We will be delighted to facilitate your veneration of the relics!

The September schedule is as follows:

5th.   Saint Irenaeus of Lyon
14th. Beheading of St John the Baptist
18th. Saints Zacharias and Anne, Parents of the All Holy Theotokos
21st. Nativity of the All Holy Theotokos
27th. Exaltation of the Holy and Life Giving Cross
27th. Saint John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constatinople and Author of the Divine Liturgy
30th. Saint Sophia of Rome

The following relics will be made available throughout August from the third of August, especially to coincide with the August feast days:

August 4th: Equal of the Apostles Saint Mary Magdalene
August 7th: Dormition of St Anne Mother of the All Holy Theotokos (together with St Joachim}
August 14th: Procession of the Holy and Life Giving Cross
August 15th: Translation of the Relics of the Holy Protomartyr Saint Stephen the Deacon
August 26th. Saint Maximus the Confessor
August 28th: The Dormition of the All Holy Theotokos(a lock of Her hair,PS: and the Holy Veil)

Throughout July we will have the below listed relics (some of them are mounted together with one or two other relics) especially also to coincide with their feastdays, for which we will be happy to facilitate veneration of the relics even if there is no specific service scheduled for a particular day:

2 July: St Jude, the brother of the Lord

7 July: St John the Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord

12 July: St Peter and St Paul

13 July: (Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles): St Andrew, St James the Just, St Luke, St Mark, St Matthew, St Simon, St Thomas

14 July: Sts Cosmas ans Damian the Unmercenaries

15 July: Robe of the Mother of God – Feastday of the placing of the Tunic of the Mother of God in Blanchernae

19 July: St Lucy

23 July: Holy Tunic of the Lord

31 July: St Marina of Antioch (encased together with St Catherine of Alexandria and St Barbara the Great Martyr)

We have now received the relics for June feast days, which can be venerated throughout the month of June:

St Helena, Empress (feastday 3rd of June)
St Xenia of St Petersburg (feastday 6th of June)
St John the Forerunner and Baptist (feastday of the third finding of his
head on 7 June) – we are presently in the very humbling
position of having a relic of his father and mother – St Elisabeth and
St Zacharia – as well.
St Justin the Philosopher (festday 14th June)
Sts Peter and Paul (start of the fast for their feastday on 15th of June)

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Placing of names

We also offer you an innovative and different service: You now have the option of sending a name to us via email (johannamcb@btinternet.com) which can be placed with a relic of your choice for a chosen number of days. The following relics are available for this:

A

Ambrose of Milan, Dr. of the Church
Andrew, The First Called (2 relics)
Anne, Mother of the All Holy Theotokos
Anthony the Great (of the Desert)
Apollonia of Alexandria, Virgin & Martyr
Athanasius the Great, Doctor of the Church

B

Baltazar the Magi
Barbara Great Martyr
Bazil the Great

C

Caspar the Magi
Cosmas the Unmercenary
Catherine of Alexandria Great Martyr (Ekatatina)
Christopher of Lycea (Great Martyr)

D

Damian the Unmercenary
Demetrius of Thessalonika

E

Ekatarina of Alexandria Great Martyr (Catherine)
Elizabeth, the Mother of St John the Forerunner and Baptist
Eusebia of Rome, otherwise Xenia

G

George the Great Martyr
Gregory of Nyssa, Doctor of the Church

H

Helena The Empress, discoverer of the True Cross
Holy Column of the Flagellation
Holy Cross (3 relics)
Holy Lance of Saint Longinus
Holy Manger of the Lord
Holy Nail
Holy Sceptre (Reed) of the Lord
Holy Sepulchre
Holy Shroud of the Lord (Turin)
Holy Titulus of the True Cross
Holy Tunic of the Lord

I

Ignatius of Antioch, Doctor of the Church
Iraneus of Lyons, Doctor of the Church

J

James the Just (Brother of the Lord)
Joachim the father of the Theotokos
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”

L

Lazarus of Bethany
Lucy of Syracuse, virgin martyr
Luke the Evangelist

M

Margaret of Antioch Great Martyr (Marina)
Marina of Antioch Great Martyr (Margaret)
Mark the Evangelist
Martha of Bethany
Mary of Bethany
Mary of Egypt
Mary Magdalene
Matthew the Evangelist and Apostle
Maximus the Confessor
Melchior the Magi

N

Nicholas of Myra

P

Patrick, Enlightener of Ireland
Polycarp of Smyrna, Doctor of the Church

S

Simon, the Apostle, Kinsman (‘brother’) of the Lord
Sophia of Rome (mother of Faith, Hope and Love)
Stephen the Protomartyr

T

THE ALL HOLY THEOTOKOS, a lock of Her hair
THE ALL HOLY THEOTOKOS, a piece of the Protecting Veil
Thomas the Apostle

X

Xenia of Rome, Virgin Martyr

Z

Zachariah, High Priest and Father of St John the Forerunner and Baptist

Many thanks!

Further scripture to ponder in relation to relics …

OLD TESTAMENT
Exodus 13 v 19:

19 And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you.

Exodus 13 v 33 – 34

33 And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a pot, and put an omer full of manna therein, and lay it up before the Lord, to be kept for your generations. 34 As the Lord commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the Testimony, to be kept.

Deuteronomy 10 v 1 – 5

1At that time the Lord said unto me, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first, and come up unto me into the mount, and make thee an ark of wood. And I will write on the tables the words that were in the first tables which thou brakest, and thou shalt put them in the ark. And I made an ark of shittim wood, and hewed two tables of stone like unto the first, and went up into the mount, having the two tables in mine hand. And he wrote on the tables, according to the first writing, the ten commandments, which the Lord spake unto you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly: and the Lord gave them unto me. And I turned myself and came down from the mount, and put the tables in the ark which I had made; and there they be, as the Lord commanded me.

NEW TESTAMENT
Acts 5:15

15 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.

Hebrews 9:3-4 (Old Covenant related)

And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;

Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;

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.