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 9th September, 4pm

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







Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Fate of Syrian Nuns Hangs Over Region's "Christian Gathering" - Al Monitor/AINA

By Jean Aziz
 
Amid the positive and negative developments involving Lebanon these days, and the anticipation and anxiety surrounding the upcoming constitutional procedures -- from forming a government to the presidential elections -- a meeting of Christians will be held in Beirut to consider matters of equal urgency and importance.

The meeting, organized by the Christian Gathering-Beirut, is set to take place the third week in December at Our Lady of Lebanon, the famous Christian shrine in Harissa, northeast of the capital. The large gathering is expected to attract political party representatives as well as prominent and independent Christian political figures, among them members of the Free Patriotic Movement, led by Gen. Michel Aoun, head of the largest Christian ministerial and parliamentary bloc, and the Tashnag, which represents the overwhelming majority of Christian Armenians.

The Christian Gathering was launched on Sept. 2 and includes representatives from the major churches in Lebanon, among them a number of bishops, representing the heads of their churches. On Nov. 2-3, the organization held a Levantine conference in which delegates from Christian groups in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine and Syria participated, in addition to Lebanese churches and Gathering members. An impressive array of Western diplomats also attended. The packed assembly, whose attendees heard news of the suffering of the region's Christians and various testimonies, concluded by issuing a conference document and establishing a framework for the six countries represented.

The organizers told Al-Monitor that two issues are on the agenda of the upcoming meeting: attacks on Christians in Syria and the fears that jihadist terrorism will take hold in Lebanon with the possible targeting of Christian areas. There have, indeed, been worrying indicators in this latter regard.

Read full report here:
Assyrian International News Agency
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