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.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Holy Cross from Jerusalem to visit the Greek and Russian Orthodox Dioceses in Britain - 28 November to 12 December

Encyclical of Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira, Patron of the Society
London, 1st November 2013

Dearly Beloved in the Lord,
I take great joy in informing you of some wonderful news. Following the request of our holy Archdiocese, and that of the Russian Orthodox Church in Britain, His Beatitude the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos, and the Synod of the Holy Sepulchre, have agreed to bless the visit of the Precious and Life-giving Cross to the United Kingdom for our people to venerate.

I invite all Orthodox Christians to come to church to venerate the Cross, to be blessed and edified by it, and to find through the grace of the Precious and Life-giving Cross health, happiness, forgiveness and remission of sins, the guidance and protection of their children, the strengthening of their family, and divine enlightenment of young and old.

Needless-to-say this relic is a piece of the Cross upon which our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified on Golgotha and upon which He shed His most holy Blood for the salvation of the human race. Rightly does the hymnographer sing: “Rejoice, O life-bearing Cross, invincible triumph of true worship; O gate of paradise, constancy of believers, and wall of the Church, through which... we have ascended from earth to heaven.”

With profound theological poetry, the Church invites the people of God to venerate and pray before the Precious and Life-giving Cross: “Come, all ye nations, let us adore the blessed Tree, through which everlasting justice hath come to pass… And by the blood of God the venom of the serpent was washed away; and the curse was undone by the righteous sentence when the just One was condemned unjustly… But glory to Thy fearful dispensation towards us, O Christ, wherewith Thou hast saved all, since Thou art good and the lover of mankind.”

With great joy we expect to see you come to our churches with devotion and holy humility to pray and bow down before the Holy Cross, which will be here in the United Kingdom for the first time to bless our churches, their leaders and congregations, and all who come with faith and the desire to find redemption and the salvation of their souls from Him who was crucified and suffered for us, our Lord Jesus Christ. To Him be dominion, glory and boundless mercy for ever and ever. Amen.

Gregorios, Archbishop of Thyateira & Great Britain
Programme of the Visit

Thursday 28.11.2013
Arrival of the Precious Cross
Friday 29.11.2013
Cathedral of All Saints, Camden Town
Saturday 30.11.2013
Cathedral of St Andrew, Kentish Town
Saturday 30.11, 3p.m.-
Monday 2.12.2013
Russian Cathedral of the Dormition and All Saints, Ennismore Gardens
Tuesday 3.12.2013
Cathedral of the Dormition, Birmingham
Wednesday 4.12.2013
Cathedral of the Divine Wisdom, Bayswater
Thursday 5.12.2013
Church of St Panteleimon, Harrow
Friday 6.12.2013
Cathedral of St Nicholas, Shepherds Bush
Saturday 7.12.2013
Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, Manchester (morning)
Russian Orthodox Church, Manchester (afternoon)
Sunday 8.12.2013
Church of St Nicholas, Liverpool
Monday 9.12.2013
Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God, Camberwell (morning)
Church of St Nectarios, Battersea (afternoon)
Tuesday 10.12.2013
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Oxford (morning)
Russian Orthodox Church of St Nicholas, Oxford (afternoon)
Wednesday 11.12.2013
Cathedral of the Dormition, Community of St Barnabas, Wood Green (morning)
Church of St John the Baptist, Haringey (afternoon)
Thursday 12.12.2013
Departure of the Precious Cross
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