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Journey to Pascha 2019 | Issue 1 (Publican and the Pharisee)

Icon of repentance

Jesus calls Zacchaeus (left) and the Samaritan woman Photini (right)

Sunday the 17th February 2019 is the beginning of the Lenten Triodion – the period that leads up to, and includes, Lent, Holy Week, and Holy Saturday, the day before Pascha.

Last year, on each Sunday of Lent, the Parish of St Cuthbert published short booklets on the various theme(s) of the Great Fast called “Journey to Pascha”. This year, we are doing the same, with some extra issues before Lent begins, dealing with the “preparation for the preparation”.

The first issue, on the theme of Repentance generally, and the parable of the Publican and the Pharisee in particular, can be downloaded below:


Journey to Pascha 2019 no. 1 (Publican and the Pharisee)


Any questions, or to be added to a mailing list to receive electronic issues directly to your email every Sunday, please contact Deacon Jonathan (


Readings for the Publican and the Pharisee: 2 Timothy 3: 10-15 (Epistle); Luke 18: 9-14 (Gospel)


Journey to Pascha | All eight issues up to end of Holy Week

All eight issues of Journey to Pascha are available for download (pdf format) using the links below:

Christ “the Bridegroom”


Issue 1: Sunday of the Last Judgement (Introduction to Lent, the Biblical readings, fasting and the Last Judgement)

Issue 2: Forgiveness Sunday (About forgiveness, the Canon of St Andrew, Prayer of St Ephraim and the deadly passion of Anger)

Issue 3: Sunday of Orthodoxy (The “Triumph of Orthodoxy”, “You and your conscience” and the deadly passions of Lust & Gluttony)

Issue 4: Sunday of Gregory Palamas (Hesychasm and the Jesus Prayer, the “love of the martyrs” and the deadly passion of Avarice)

Issue 5: Sunday of Holy Cross (Carrying our cross, Pt 1 of Guide to Confession and the deadly passion of Sorrow)

Issue 6: Sunday of St John Climacus (The Ladder, the Beatitudes, Pt 2 of Guide to Confession and deadly passion of Despondency)

Issue 7: Sunday of Mary of Egypt (Life of St Mary, the 5 stages of sin and the deadly passions of Vainglory and Pride)

Issue 8: Palm Sunday & Holy Week (About the services of Holy Week, final steps and Christ “the Bridegroom”)


There is one more issue of Journey to Pascha, intended for the Sunday of Great and Holy Pascha itself. The above, very brief, booklets are intended as a companion for Lent; some of the information may be useful beyond the Great Fast. If you have any questions regarding the booklets, please contact either Fr Edwin or Dn Jonathan.

The booklets are primarily produced for, and by, the Parish of St Cuthbert but can be distributed more widely if there is a desire for it. If you intend to use any of the material in the booklets, please cite “Orthodox Parish of St Cuthbert” as the author. We hope that you find these booklets useful.

A blessed Holy Week, Pascha and beyond!

Journey to Pascha | Sunday of Gregory Palamas


The fourth booklet ‘Journey to Pascha’ includes information about hesychasm, the Jesus Prayer and dealing with the passion of Avarice. The pdf file is below:

Journey to Pascha 4 (Sunday of Gregory Palamas)

“As we start upon the third week of the Fast, O faithful, let us glorify the Holy Trinity, and joyfully pass through the time that still remains. Causing passions of the flesh to wither from our souls, let us gather divine flowers, weaving garlands for the queen of days, that with crowns upon our heads we may sing in praise of Christ the Victor.” 

(from Vespers on the second Sunday of Lent)

Some useful links:

Reading the lives of the saints

Journey to Pascha | Sunday of Orthodoxy

The third booklet ‘Journey to Pascha’ includes information on Sunday of Orthodoxy, ‘the Conscience’ and dealing with the passions of Gluttony and Lust. The pdf file is below:

Journey to Pascha 3 (Sunday of Orthodoxy)

“Let us now set out with joy upon the second week of the Fast; and like Elijah the Tishbite let us fashion for ourselves from day to day, O brethren, a fiery chariot from the four great virtues; let us exalt our minds through freedom from the passions; let us arm our flesh with purity and our hands with acts of compassion; let us make our feet beautiful with the preaching of the Gospel; and let us put the enemy to flight and gain the victory.”

(from Vespers on 1st Sunday of Lent)

Some useful links:

Holy Fathers on the conscience

How to deal with the passion of lust




On the morning of Saturday 21st November in the chapel of his Eminence Gregorios, Greek Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain during the Divine Liturgy (which started at 7.15 am!) our Reader Jonathan was ordained Deacon by our Archbishop Job of Telmessos in the presence of almost all the clergy of our deanery, of his wife, Catalina, and his mother and father.  Priest Edwin was invited to be one of the concelebrants of the Divine Liturgy with Archbishop Job.

This is a great blessing to our parish, for it ensures a stable future.

After the service with great gusto we all sang:  Mnohaja L’ita – the Slavonic version of ‘Many Years’

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The Feast of the Dormition

DSC04221Our Dean and his wife were present with us for Matins and the Divine Liturgy – and, of course, for the food afterwards.  We were able to eat and drink outside, and the children were able to play.


We celebrated St John Climacus in Chesterfield and wished Sophie, “Many Years!”

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Can you forgive someone else’s enemies?

Father Stephen Freeman on forgiveness.  A good read for Lent/present times …

Sheffield Cathedral 07/03/2015

Please click on this link (or copy and paste into your browser) for photos of today’s Sheffield Liturgy, which Hieromonk Stephen Robson kindly travelled from York to serve.  We all wish Father Edwin a speedy recovery.

New Gospel (Book) for our Parish!

Last Sunday, we greeted the beautiful new Gospel – so much more than a “book” – which Fr Edwin brought back from Romania, and, relevantly,  Father Stephen Freeman has written this week on his blog … well worth reading: