We are halfway through our virtual visits to monasteries and this week will be guided through the spirituality and history of Optina monastery in Russia by Dr Anna Rogozhina. Our visit will be on Thursday 20 August at 19:00 BST (7pm, London time). Join us!
If you have not already registered for the series, send your name and email address via the page below and you will be sent the Zoom details for the session. Recordings of previous sessions are also linked from this page: https://forerunner.org.uk/summer-series-2020/.
O Lord, grant me to meet everything that this coming day may bring me with spiritual peace. Grant me to surrender myself gladly to Thy holy will. In every hour of this day, support me in all my undertakings. Teach me to accept whatever news I may receive in the course of the day with peace of soul and with the firm conviction that Thy holy will is in all things. In all my words and actions, direct my thoughts, feelings and senses. In all unforeseen events, grant me not to forget that everything is sent by Thee. Teach me to act frankly and reasonably with everyone I meet, that none may be disturbed or embittered. O Lord, give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day and all that may happen in the course of the day. Guide my will, and teach me to pray, to believe, to hope, to suffer, to forgive and to love. Amen
Mosaic Choir will be performing in the central London Church of Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane, Covent Garden on Friday 7 December.
If you haven’t been before, what can you expect? Well, carols in many different languages, representing musically diverse styles of singing. Three part Georgian pieces, Byzantine style carols with melody and ison (drone), harmonised carols from countries across the world – and even a few old favourites from the UK!
Why not come along and hear what the choir has to offer? Free entry with retiring collection for good causes, a celebration of wonderful music and a great preparation for the festal season!
Join us again for another year of amazing festivities, fellowship, prayer, and talks. We have an international selection of speakers from many different backgrounds visiting us throughout the weekend including our beloved Metropolitan Kallistos, clergy from Orthodox parishes all over the UK and abroad, youth workers, old friends, and Anna Wedlock a multi award winning storyteller. All here to help us explore this year’s theme and to answer our many burning questions.
This year will also see the return of our ever popular ‘hot potato’ sessions, along with walks in the surrounding countryside, singing, games, bonfires, and much more. We hope to welcome participants from the UK, Europe, and beyond.
Make sure to visit our website to familiarise yourself with what to expect and how to prepare. Apply now, as places are limited.
The Fellowship Chairman, Bede Gerrard, wrote to the His Grace, Bishop Angaelos
We convey our thoughts and prayers from the Orthodox Fellowship of St John the Baptist to Bishop Angaelos on the violence carried out yesterday in Tanta and Alexandria against the Coptic Orthodox Church as they celebrated the Entry of Christ into Jerusalem.
We were all moved by his testimony and thoughtful address at our last years conference and were moved by his fortitude and his firmness in the faith which he ensured us was the prerequisite for effective living with the diversity of our modern world.
The Coptic Orthodox Church has suffered and given steadfast witness to the truth of our faith throughout its existence. We pray and will continue to pray for our fellow Christians in Egypt and throughout the Middle East as they bear witness under such difficult and life threatening circumstances.
May the victims and their families find peace in the faith and may their memory be eternal. God grant them a place of refreshment light and peace; where all sorrow and pain and suffering are gone away.
With greetings to you all from the Fellowship. May we pass through the events of this Great and Holy Week and come then to the Joys of the Resurrection.
Bede (Gerrard), Chair of OFSJB
Bishop Angaelos and Metropolitan Kallistos at the OFSJB Summer Conference 2016
Learning about life and legacy of St Etheldreda of Ely
10:00 am Arrival and registration (Powcher’s Hall)
10.30 am Welcome Reception / drinks in Powcher’s Hall, followed by the short presentation of this Series of Pilgrimages to the places of Holy Women of the British Isles and Women’s Ministries Initiative events so far
10:45 am Talk on St.Etheldreda
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch break (lunch can be purchased at the local cafeteria)
1:10 pm Lunchtime Concert in the Lady Chapel
2:00 pm Cathedral tour
3pm Prayer Service and final remarks on the day ( Chapel tbc)
4:00 pm Departures
Additional programme for those who wish to stay longer and take part in the events of the Cathedral
5:30 pm Evensong Evening concert (tbc)
Venue: Tea/coffee and lunch options are available from the canteen of MDI