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.
13 September, 2014, 14th Sunday - 11 October, 2014, 18th Sunday (followed by SSJC AGM) - 8 November, 2014, 22nd Sunday - 13 December, 2014, 27th Sunday - 10 January, 2014, Sunday after Christmas

9 September 2014 - Coptic Lecture by Bishop Angaelos, 6-45 pm, St Mark's Coptic Church, Allen Street, London W8 (following the AGM at 6 pm of the Anglican & Eastern Churches Association)

17-20 September 2014 - Orientale Lumen UK, East-West Meeting XI, Minster Abbey - Sacred Art & Sacred Music - 50 Years Since Paul VI and Athenagoras in Jerusalem. Dr Alexander Lingas & Dr Christopher Hodkinson, Musicians East and West. Angela Maguin, Gregorian Chant & St Hildegard. Irina Lomax, Iconographer. Further details from http://www.minsterabbeynuns.org/. Bookings to Sr Benedict Gaughan osb, St Mildred's Priory, Minster Abbey, Ramsgate, CT12 4HF (deposit £5). Download booking form here.

6 November 2014 - Fr Mark Drew: The Filioque - Past Division, Journey to Reconciliation? Lessons from A 13th Century Controversy The SSJC Christopher Morris Lecture 2014. 7-15 pm at the Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, Duke Street, London W1, after Divine Liturgy at 6-15pm. All welcome. RSVP johnchrysostom@btinternet.com

26-28 November 2014 - Eastern Christian Thought & Practice for 21st Century Europe,Theotokos Institute, University of Cardiff. Prof Andrew Louth (Durham), Dr Roman Zaviyskyy (Lviv Ukrainian Catholic University), Bishop Vahan Hovhanissian (Armenian Apostolic Church in Britain) - Details from http://www.tics.org.uk/

27 November 2014 - Constantinople Lecture of the Anglican & Eastern Churches Association and the Fellowship of St Alban & St Sergius - Fr John Behr, Dean of St Vladimir's Seminary, New York USA: Take Back Death! Christian Witness in the Twenty-First Century. St Mellitus College, 24 Collingham Road, LONDON SW5 0LX. 6 pm Evening Prayer, 7pm Lecture. All Welcome.


Monday, 8 March 2010

Cardinal Sandri appeals for the Church in the Holy Land


Here is the letter the prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, sent to the bishops regarding the collection for the Church in the Holy Land, which traditionally takes place on Good Friday.


Your Excellency,

The preparation for Easter once again launches the appeal to the Pastors of the universal Church to support the Holy Land by offering prayers, attentive participation and practical generosity.

Sensitivity to the needs of the Church in Jerusalem and in the Middle East finds its motivation in the "we" of the Church. This sensitivity becomes help, like the relief sent to the brethren who l ived in Judea (Acts 11:29-30); remembrance, like St Paul's invitation in his Letter to the Galatians (2:10), and a collection that responds to precise practical instructions (1 Corinthians16:1-6) and is described as the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints (2 Corinthians 8-9 and Romans 15).

Our appeal this year is inspired by the pilgrimage "in the historical footsteps of Jesus" which the Holy Father Benedict XVI made last May. I had the honor of accompanying him and of sharing the pastoral, ecumenical and interreligious concern that enlivened his words and actions.

Together with the ecclesial community of Israel and Palestine I listened to "a voice" of brotherhood and peace. Strongly emphasizing the ceaseless problem of emigration, His Holiness recalled that "in the Holy Land there is room for everyone"! And he urged the authorities to support the Christian presence but at the same time assured the Christians of this land of the Church’s solidarity.

At Holy Mass in Bethlehem, he then encouraged the baptized to be "a bridge of dialogue and constructive cooperation in the building of a culture of peace to replace the present stalemate of fear, aggression and frustration" so that the local Churches might be "workshops of dialogue, tolerance and hope, as well as of solidarity and practical charity".

The Year for Priests involves the beloved priests and seminarians of the whole Church, together with their respective Bishops, in a commitment to the Holy Places. Let us, therefore, return in our hearts to the Upper Room in Jerusalem where the Teacher and Lord "loved us to the end"; to that place where the Apostles with the Holy Mother of the Risen Crucified One experienced the first Pentecost. We firmly believe in the "flame" of the Holy Spirit "which is never extinguished" and which the Living One sp reads in abundance. And let us work tirelessly to guarantee a future to Christians in the place where "the kindness and humanity" of Our God and Father first appeared.

The Pope has entrusted to the Congregation for the Eastern Churches the task of keeping alive interest in that blessed Land. In his name I urge everyone to reinforce the solidarity that has been shown so far. In fact, the Christians of the East have a responsibility that belongs to the universal Church, in other words the responsibility to preserve the "Christian origins", the places and people who are the sign of them, so that those origins may always be the reference of the Christian mission, the measure of the ecclesial future and its security. They therefore deserve the support of the entire Church.

I enclose an informative document that illustrates all that the Custody of the Holy Land has been able to achieve with the 2009 Collection. And I recall that it is always thanks to the annual Collection that various interventions can be carried out by the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and by the Eastern Catholic Churches in Israel and in Palestine.

I pray the Lord that he may lavishly reward those who love the Land that gave birth to him: it must remain, thanks to the "lively and youthful Church" which works there, a witness down the centuries to the great works of salvation.

In communion with the pastors and Christians of the Holy Land, I wish you an Easter filled with divine blessings.

Yours most devotedly in the Lord,

Leonardo Card. Sandri
Prefect

+ Cyril Vasil, S.J.
Archbishop Secretary
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