The Parish of The New Martyrs Elizabeth & Barbara


Russian Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow

Diocese of Sourozh.

 
 


Divine Liturgy is celebrated at 10.30 a.m. on every first Sunday in the month.  Services will be in English and Church Slavonic. Everyone is welcome to attend and to enjoy light refreshments afterwards. 


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      Foreword













































May I send belated Christmas and New Year Greetings to you all.  I am sorry I have not been able to send Christmas cards this year. 


In this calendar we are faced with rather a lot of services in January.  On Sunday 5th January we shall celebrate the liturgy for the Sunday before Christmas (Old Style).  This is the day on which the genealogy of Christ and the account of his birth is read from St. Matthew’s Gospel, and this will be our Old Calendar celebration of Christmas.


The next day in the New Calendar, is the feast of Theophany.  I do understand that people have difficulties getting to weekday services, but I would like to plead with people to make an effort to be there for that service.  It is a much older feast than Christmas, and some people would say, a more important one.  


It is a sadness to me that we shall miss the feast of the Meeting, known in old English as Candlemas.  On the new Calendar day of the feast, we shall be following the Old Calendar at Buckfast. Our calendar for February is a spare one.  During January I shall be planning what we can hope to do for Lent, which begins in March.  I shall be all the better able to plan that when I have seen how I cope with January.


Our cover picture shows an icon of St. Antony the Great and St. Paul of Thebes.  St. Antony is of course one of the patrons of the Community based at the Priory.  The great writer St. Jerome tells the story of their meeting in very old age.  This story gripped the Saxon and English imagination to such an extent that it is depicted again and again in ancient sculpture and in Welsh poetry.  St. Paul is very dear to me and we shall be keeping both their feasts in January.  The two lions, by the way, are said to have helped St. Antony bury St. Paul.  After doing so they asked for a blessing and Antony said over them the following prayer:


‘Lord, without whom not a leaf lights from a tree

Or a single sparrow falls to the ground,

Grant to these thy creatures

As thou knowest’



Father Benedict







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Worshipping at Southgate Retreat Centre, Buckfast Abbey, Buckfast, Devon.

 
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