Every second Saturday of the month, 4 pm - Divine Liturgy in English of Sunday - Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family, Duke Street, London W1K 5BQ. Followed by refreshments.
Next Liturgy: Saturday August 10th - 3pm Great Vespers, 4pm Divine Liturgy for Sunday

To purchase The Divine Liturgy: an Anthology for Worship (in English), order from the Sheptytsky Institute here, or the St Basil's Bookstore here.

To purchase the Divine Praises, the Divine Office of the Byzantine-Slav rite (in English), order from the Eparchy of Parma here.

The new catechism in English, Christ our Pascha, is available from the Eparchy of the Holy Family and the Society. Please email johnchrysostom@btinternet.com for details.

Monday, 2 March 2009

Sunday of Orthodoxy & Blessing of Icons

Sunday 1st March saw the Melkite Greek Catholic parish of St John Chrysostom welcome the British Association of Iconographers to St Barnabas Church in Pimlico, Lonodn SW1, to celebrate the Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, the first Sunday in Lent in the Byzantine tradition.

Members of the Association displayed 30 icons in the Church prior to the Divine Liturgy, which concluded with the Procession and Blessing of the Icons, together with the Veneration of a new icon of the Theotokos commissioned for the parish.

The Sunday of Orthodoxy marks the end of the Iconoclast controversy with the Second Council of Nicaea in 787, which finally approved the veneration of images and relics within Christianity. The celebration of this milestone decision, integral to establishing orthodoxy about Christ's humanity and divinity, his incarnation and resurrection, and hence the nature and purpose of created things, was fixed on the first Sunday of Lent at the Synod of Constantinople in 843.

Taking part in the Liturgy were the Society's Chairman, Fr John Salter, and the Secretary, Fr Gary Gill.

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