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The Feast of Theophany 2014

We celebrated the Feast of the Theophany together at our Sheffield Liturgy on Saturday, January 4th.

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“I wish to look serious. This is a serious business.”

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The Great Blessing of the Water 1

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The Great Blessing of the Water 2

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The Great Blessing of the Water 3

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The great Blessing of the Water 4

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Quiet clearing away

Sunday, November 10th – Visit from our Dean

Our Dean, Father Patrick Hodson was able to be with us for the Liturgy this morning.  It was very good to welcome you, Father, and our congratulations on the birth of your new grand-baby.

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and here is the group. Unfortunately I didn’t think to take these until our children had departed.

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Father Edwin’s Angel-Transporter

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… lovely blue morning …

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… but strong shadows … sorry, Tatiana!

“Breakfast” in the sun! Eyre Chapel 22/09/13

Beginning to gather ... not sure where the others have got to!

Beginning to gather … not sure where the others have got to!

Sheffield Cathedral Saturday, July 6th

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Click on this link to see all the photos (well, the ones Ann took!  Jean-Pierre had a new camera, so we’re all waiting to see his!)

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… and here is a better angle on the beautiful top of the cake (commissioned by Hilary from Anne-Marie – MANY THANKS to both!).

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Nicholas (Josh) gets his new stichar

Hilary Miranda dresses Nicholas (Josh) in the new stichar she has made:

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Nicholas with Reader Geoffry and Deacon Ian:
Josh New vestment

Nicholas and stichar “in action”, lighting candles and helping serve at the altar:
Josh candles

October 14: Akathist for St Parasceva the New (9:45am)

Saint Parascheva Icon

In honour of St Parasceva the New (read about her life here), whose feast day is this Sunday (October 14), matins will be replaced by the singing of an Akathist to the Saint.

St. Parascheva was born at the beginning of the 11th century A.D. into a wealthy, noble, and pious Christian family in the town of Epivat (now in Turkey) on the shores of the Marmara Sea. At the age of ten, while attending the liturgy in the “Church of the Holy Theotokos”, she heard the words, “Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matt 16:24). The words of the Lord had a profound effect on the young girl, and they became the subject of her meditations.

The future St. Parascheva began to dress poor people in her expensive clothes but her parents objected, finding the girl’s charity more than they could understand or support, and trying to get her to stop. By the age of fifteen, after her parents had died, she entered a convent in the Jordan desert and there lived in strict asceticism. She returned to her homeland two years befor eher death, at the young age of twenty-seven. Miracles by her grave revealed her sanctity, and later her in-corrupt relics were moved to Bulgaria. In later centuries she was moved to Romania, back to Bulgaria, then on to Belgrade, and on to Constantinople, in order that the relics were kept safe from Ottoman invaders.

Finally, in 1641, the relics were secretly transferred from Constantinople, now under Turkish rule, all the way to Iasi (Jassy) in north-east Romania in recognition of help given to the Ecumencial Patriarch by Moldavian Prince Vasile Lupu. And St Parasceva’s in-corrupt relics remain in Iasi to this day, where hundreds of thousands of pilgrims travel each year to venerate them.

The travels of St Parasceva’s relics show how universally loved she is within the Orthodox world. As well as various cities in Romania, churches dedicated to her exist in Sofia (Bulgaria), Paloumba (Greece), Lviv (Ukraine), Belgrade (Serbia), Dubica (Bosnia), and Banovci (Croatia). It is only natural that a diverse parish like St Cuthbert’s would honour St Parasceva too.

**Akathist will be sung at 9:45am on Sunday 14 October, at the Eyre Chapel in Newbold, Chesterfield. Divine Liturgy begins afterwards**

Let us all piously praise all-honorable Paraskeva,
the intercessor for the afflicted.
She gave up her earthly life,
and received eternal incorruption.
Therefore, she has been granted the grace to work wonders
by the command of God.

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What is an Akathist?
An akathist is a hymn comprises 24 stanzas. The stanzas alternate between short, ending with the refrain Alleluia, and long. The first Akathist Hymn was written in honour of the Mother of God in the 6th century A.D by St Roman the Melodist. Later, a massive besieging army of Persians and Scythians were miraculously turned away from the walls of Constantinople. The relieved citizens believed their deliverance had come through the intercessions of the Mother of God, and so sang St Roman’s praises to her all night without sitting down – and so the hymn became known as the Akathist (Gr. meaning “without sitting”).

Since then, many other Akathists have been written, addressed to God, Jesus Christ, or a particular Saint: the words in each are different, but they all follow the same structure as the original Akathist Hymn.

Late News – apologies!

Anita and David made their first Communion as full members of the Orthodox Church in the Eyre Chapel on Sunday, August 26th.  Here they are with Anita’s newly-blessed icons of St Anne:

Growing up!

Eyre Chapel, 11/09/11

I came across this image this evening – haven’t Josh and Sarah grown up in less than a year!  It’s lovely that we have a growing number of children in the parish.

Vespers of the Dormition of the Mother of God, 14/08/12

Before Vespers, Father Edwin received David and Anita (as Ann) by Chrismation.

We welcome them both warmly into our community, and hope to accompany them on their journey, learning more about the richness of the Orthodox Church, for many years to come!

There are more pictures in the gallery section of our blog.

Here is the icon of St Anne which Father Stephen has kindly sent from St Anne’s Monastic House in York, for the newly-received Ann.  She hasn’t seen it yet!

God’s Grandmother

Mother Thekla – Memory Eternal! 7 August

It hardly seems possible that a whole year has passed since Mother Thekla died in St Thomas’ Hospital, Middlesborough, after her stroke a week earlier.

Father Stephen Robson served a Panikhida at her graveside in Whitby one year on.

Our prayers did, indeed, arise as incense.  Memory Eternal, Mother!

The graveyard of St Hilda’s Priory, overlooking Whitby and the North Sea.