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 14th July - 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.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

The Way, an Introductory Course to the Orthodox Faith

The Way is the new course introducing the Orthodox Faith from the Institute of Orthodox Christian Studies. It draws on the elements of hospitality and human social relations in sharing the Christian faith used in the well known Evangelical programme, the Alpha Course. But it takes a distinctively Orthodox theological approach - for instance on the Liturgy and the sacraments, the Mother of God, the life and structure of the Church and human salvation - and this is integral to the course. The 12 weekly sessions consist of:
  • a meal together
  • a talk on a central aspect of Christian belief
  • free discussion in small groups
  • a question and answer session and panel discussion

Here is the introductory video:

The course comes in a boxed set of 5 DVDs and, as well as illustrating teaching, worship and spirituality, includes 12 talks by Metropolitan Kallistos, Professor David Frost (Principal of the Institute) and the late Fr Michael Harper. The talks are:

  1. The search for faith
  2. God the Holy Trinty, the "Lover of Mankind"
  3. Being Human: Fully Alive
  4. Why did Jesus Come to Us
  5. Salvation in Christ
  6. The Holy Spirit
  7. What on Earth is the Church? Isn't God enough?
  8. Living the Faith I - The Divine Liturgy, "Pearl of Great Price"
  9. Living the Faith II - The Holy Mysteries
  10. Living the Faith III - The Bible, Prayer and Fasting
  11. Living the Faith IV - Chrisian Behaviour
  12. "Heaven on Earth": Members of the Church and Citizens of Heaven

The story of the course's development has been fascinating, not only involving the fruits of warm dialogue and friendship between Orthodox and Evangelical Christians in England, but also international support, through World Vision International in Romania, where a similar course aimed at introducing children to the Christian faith has been developed, inspired by the Way. World Vision also generously sponsored the publication of the course in multimedia format.

Fr Mark Woodruff, our Vice-Chairman, representing His Grace the Archbishop of Westminster, attended the recent launch at the Parish Hall of St Botolph, Bishopsgate (home to the London parish of the English Deanery of the Antiochian Orthodox Church), and was presented with a complimentary copy of the course. Professor Frost told Fr Mark as he made the presentation, "It is very important that we can share this new development and achievement with our friends in the Roman Catholic Church because the Church aspires to breathe, as Pope John Paul said, on both its lungs."

The Way is published by Gazelle Books and can be ordered direct from the publisher. Or it can be ordered from any bookshop ISBN 9781872897103.

We warmly congratulate the Institute on this magnificent resource, which will not only enable the spirituality and teaching of the Orthodox Church to be better known in the UK, now that increasingly its role in Christian life and mission alongside other Churches here is integral to the endeavours and discipleship of all, but it will also be of great value to the deepening and sharing of the faith when used in other Christian traditions.

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