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 11th November, 4pm

But see below for the Pontifical Divine Liturgy in Westminster Cathedral on 28th October, to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Exarchate & Eparchy in the UK, served by His Beatitude Sviatoslav, Father & Head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.

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.

"It's Now or Never: The Return of the Eastern Christians to Iraq and Syria" - John Pontifex of Aid to the Church in Need gives the annual Christopher Morris Lecture in the Society's 90th year. Monday 27th November at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family. 6-15 pm Divine Liturgy, 7-15 pm Lecture, 8-15 pm Reception. £10 donation requested. RSVP to johnchrysostom@btinternet.com

Monday, 1 November 2010

A Royal Exile: King Zog and Queen Geraldine of Albania - Book Review

Fr John Salter, Chairman, writes in Chrysostom, November All Saints 2010

In 1940 King Zog of Albania arrived in England with his Queen, the former Hungarian Countess Geraldine Apponnyi de Nagy-Appony. She had only recently given birth a to a son, Crown Prince Leka, and had an extremely difficult journey getting to these shores and seeking asylum. They made their home in the Ritz hotel in London and then at Parmoor House in the Thames Valley. The King was never to return to Albania, although the Queen returned and is buried in the capital, Tirana. Their son, King Leka I, also returned to Albania and his son, Crown Prince Leka II, is in the Albanian government and resident in Tirana. 

To celebrate the 70th annniversary of Their Majesties' arrival in the United Kingdom, the Anglo-Albanian Society, the Ambassador of Albania and the Ambassador of Kosovo arranged an al fresco luncheon party in the grounds of Parmoor House on one of the hottest days of this summer. The guest of honour was His Royal Highness Crown Prince Leka II (the Albanians seem to add numbers after their Crown Princes' names). The Crown Prince is a Moslem, but his bride-to-be, who
accompanied him, is a member of the Albanian Orthodox Church and the Prince is proud of the fact that his grandmother was a Hungarian Catholic and his mother, Queen Susan, an Anglican - a former
communicant of the Church of England in Australia. She died relatively young and is buried in Tirana.

An excellent book has been produced by Neil Rees on King Zog and the Albanian Royal Family, with excellent photographs too. A Royal Exile : King Zog and Queen Geraldine of Albania, including their wartime exile in the Thames Valley and Chilterns is published by The Court of King Zog Research Society, and available from ths sam c/o 1, Eskdale Avenue, Chesham, Bucks.HP5 3AX England. It is paperback. No price.

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