Safeguarding

Interim Policy Statement on Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable People in the Orthodox Church

Please read this statement carefully.  A copy is on display at all our services.  We need to be aware of the issues dealt with in this policy document, as we meet as a loving community.

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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

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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

 

Journey to Pascha | Forgiveness Sunday

During Lent, the parish of St Cuthbert will be publishing short booklets every week. It is hoped that these booklets will be useful and help us all through this time of spiritual growth.

The first two booklets can be found as pdf files below. The first explains a bit about Lent, fasting and the Sunday of the Last Judgement. The second talks about forgiveness, the Canon of St Andrew, and the sin of anger.

Each can be printed on to one A4 piece of paper (double-sided) by selecting ‘booklet’ in the print settings in Adobe reader, although the writing is a bit small. Otherwise they can be read on your computer.

If you have any questions about the contents of these booklets, please contact Fr Edwin or Deacon Jonathan.

Issue 1: Sunday of the Last Judgement

Issue 2: Forgiveness Sunday

Other useful links:

Daily readings for Lent

The Great Canon of St Andrew…

in English (another link is also found in Issue 2, with scriptural references)

in Russian

in Greek

in Romanian

In Bulgarian

in French

 

May you all have a blessed and fruitful Lent!

Lent | Journey to Pascha

Preparing the Lenten services…

Sunday the 28th of January is the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, which marks the beginning of the Lenten Triodion, a book of services and prayers that takes us to the Eve of Pascha (Easter) which this year is on the 7th of April. The period between now and that celebration of the Resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ is one of preparation and potential for growth. “Potential growth”, because our growth and preparedness for Pascha is not guaranteed if we enter into this period – Lent – with a superficial understanding or wrong attitude.

The Church services and prayers of Lent are a beautiful way of telling us how to have a “proper” and fruitful Fast, but there is an overabundance; in Holy Week alone, if all the services were offered in their fullness and we attended them, we’d spend close to 40 hours in church! For most people, monasteries, and all parishes today, the full compliment of Lenten services is impossible. All we at St Cuthbert’s can hope to do is try to select enough of the Church’s  wisdom and beauty to give services that can keep us going through these long weeks. Attending these services will help us to recharge on our progression of growth and repentance, spending time with other people on a similar journey. In between, we must support and love each other in prayer using the lessons taught us on each Sunday. In addition, below are a few resources that might be of help. Let’s keep in touch with each other, and especially with God.

From the Parish of St Cuthbert, may you all have a blessed and fruitful Lent!

Parish of St Cuthbert’s calendar of services for Lent and Holy Week

The Journey to Pascha – pdf of the Sundays leading to Easter and suggested “ways to participate”

Explanation of the special days, hymns and practices of Lent and Holy Week – from Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (there are some slight differences in practice between us and the Greeks, but a very good resource)

“On Fasting” by St John Chrysostom

Saint Cuthbert’s Parish Day 2017

From last year’s parish day

More pictures from last year’s Parish Day (Facebook)

What: Afternoon of food, drink, activities and films for all ages.
When: Sunday September 17th, 10am til 3pm.
Where: Eyre Chapel, Newbold Chesterfield.
Who: Everyone welcome!

On Sunday September 17th 2017, we are once again holding a ‘Parish Day’ where all members of our parish, along with their friends and family, are invited to join us after the Liturgy for an afternoon of food, drink, activities and more. There will be a marquee set up so the weather will not stop us! The Divine Liturgy will be served at 10:00am (earlier than normal) followed by food and drink reflecting the diversity of our parish. This year:

  • Discover more about St Cuthbert with films and a treasure hunt for all the family.
  • Sample food and drink reflecting the diversity of our parish.
  • Try Capoeira – a popular martial-art/dance from Brazil.
  • Make arts and crafts to take home

Plus: Face-painting, piñata, Orthodox library and whatever else we can fit in!

If you have a special dish or some food from your hometown that you would like to share, please bring it along – the food will be blessed after the Liturgy. Any food or drink (wines, fruit juices etc.) you would like to bring along are very welcome and will be appreciated.

After lunch, there will be activities for children and adults. There will also be a corner for Orthodox books available to borrow and read at home. The books will be from Fr Edwin and Dn Jonathan’s own collections.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us. Bring your friends and family too!

If you are interested in helping us out, or just want to know more, contact:

Deacon Jonathan (email: zgjmc@hotmail.com; tel: 07746741569)

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Please make every effort to be present.  This day is an excellent opportunity to get to know people in our parish and locally and will help us to grow as a community.

St Cuthbert’s Parish Day (Sunday October 9th, 2016)

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What: Afternoon of food, drink, games, films for adults and children.
When: Sunday October 9th, 10am til 3pm.
Where: Eyre Chapel, Newbold Chesterfield.
Who: Everyone welcome!

On 9th October, 2016 we are holding a ‘Parish Day’ where all members of our parish, along with friends and family, are invited to join us after the Liturgy for an afternoon of food, drink, children’s activities and more. There will be a marquee set up so the weather will not stop us! The Divine Liturgy will be served at 10:00am (earlier than normal) followed by food and drink reflecting the diversity of our parish.

If you have a special dish or some food from your hometown that you would like to share, please bring it along – the food will be blessed after the Liturgy. Any food or drink (wines, fruit juices etc.) you would like to bring along are very welcome and will be appreciated.

After lunch, there will be activities for children and adults. There will also be a corner for Orthodox books available to borrow and read at home. The books will be from Fr Edwin and Dn Jonathan’s own collections.

The day will conclude with everyone coming together for a short prayer service, especially for children.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us. Bring your friends and family too!

If you are interested in helping us out, or just want to know more, contact:

Deacon Jonathan (email: zgjmc@hotmail.com; tel: 07746741569)

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Please make every effort to be present.  It is a new venture and we want it to be a success. We hope to make this an annual event, though perhaps not at the same time of year!

Services for Holy Week 2016

Holy Week

 

Tomorrow is Holy Monday, the beginning of Holy Week and the final ascent to Easter. Here is a reminder of the services the parish of St Cuthbert will be holding this week, including the Paschal services too:

 

Wednesday 27th April     Great and Holy Wednesday

  • Healing Service in The Eyre Chapel – 7.00 pm

 

Friday 29th April                    Great and Holy Friday

  • Vespers and Procession of the Shroud in The Eyre Chapel at 3.00 pm

 

Saturday 30th April 

  • Midnight Office, procession round the church and Paschal Matins at The Eyre Chapel at 9.00 pm

 

Sunday 1st May      HOLY PASCHA

  •  Divine Liturgy in The Eyre Chapel, Chesterfield, at 10.30 am, preceded by baptisms starting at 9.30 am.

 

 

More details about the full Holy Week services and their meanings can be found here:

http://lent.goarch.org/articles/holyweek_orth_church.asp

 

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW DEACON!

CONGRATULATIONS & MANY YEARS

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.

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