Mosaic Choir – a wonderful return to singing

Mosaic Choir

On Monday 6 December, Mosaic Choir carolled in many different languages and traditions at the Orthodox Cathedral of St Andrew in Kentish Town, London, to celebrate St Nicholas and the Nativity of Christ.

Anna Conomos, accomplished storyteller, shared some of the stories of St Nicholas the Wonderworker, and the choir sang carols in English, Greek, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Georgian, Bulgarian, French and Latin!

The Cathedral switched on the Livestream and we were joined by people all over the UK, and even from Canada and Australia! You can still watch the livestream version at https://youtu.be/GkBV9lTNU_g and we hope to have some close up videos on our YouTube channel soon.

The audience was very appreciative and incredibly generous and we have a total of £750 as the collection. The Monastery of St John the Baptist in Essex has thanked everyone for their generosity and love, but has requested that the sum be donated to another cause. By agreement of all, the collection will be divided between three other wonderful monastic communities:

  • Monastery of St Antony & St Cuthbert, Shropshire, England
  • Monastery of All Celtic Saints, Mull, Scotland
  • Monastery of the Lifegiving Spring, Shannonbridge, Ireland

If you would still like to support the Monastery of St John, please consider making a purchase from the online bookshop: https://essexmonastery.com/bookshop/

Thank you to everyone who supported the choir and we hope to have more concerts and engagements in 2022!

Mosaic Choir Christmas Concert

Mosaic Choir will be singing at the Orthodox Cathedral of St Andrew, Kentish Town, London on Monday 6 December at 19:30 for a 19:45 start. Please join the choir for their favourite carols from around the world! Free entry with a charity collection.

Meet the Optina Elders

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/.

Skete of the Forerunner, Optina

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

Morning prayer of the Optina Elders

Countdown to monastic visits!

Just under one week to go until the Fellowship’s series of virtual visits to monasteries in six different countries!

Our full schedule is now confirmed, happening each Thursday at 19:00 BST (London time):

  • 30 July: Holy Dormition St Nicholas St Basil, Ukraine
  • 6 August: Annunciation, Ormylia, Greece
  • 13 August: Putna, Romania
  • 20 August: Optina, Russia
  • 27 August: Transfiguration, Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, USA
  • 3 September: Kaftoun and Hamatoura, Lebanon

Sign up for the Zoom details on our dedicated page: https://forerunner.org.uk/summer-series-2020/

Come and see!

Study Weekend Programme

Here is the Draft Programme for the Study Weekend at Saint Demetrios, Edmonton, London

Online application at saintdemetrios.org.uk

Places still available:

Study Weekend at Saint Demetrios London

 

Sign up for our Study Weekend on the Epistles of Saint John

Speakers to include,

His Eminence Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia,

Father Chrysostomos Tympas

Father Kristian Akselburg

Dr. Krastu Banev

£50 to cover meals and expenses. Day rates also available.

Fill in our online form (CLICK HERE)

Or download our paper copy and send it to us.

All enquiries to stdemetriosGB@gmail.com

The programme is being finalised. His Eminence will speak on the Friday.

All other speakers on the Saturday. The day will include talks, workshops, and evening entertainment.

Payment can be made on Saint Demetrios website http://www.saintdemetrios.org.uk 
(Also, by cheque and in person)

Christmas concert, 7 December 2018

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!

Contact issues!

Apologies…

It has just come to our attention that some online orders for the 2018-19 Directory (coming out in September) made through our form have disappeared in the electronic ether!

If you contacted us and haven’t heard back please email:

ofsjb.web@gmail.com

All requests for Conference have gone through and you will have received confirmation.

Summer Conference 2018

Conference Poster

Youth Festival 4 – 7 May 2018

“Cast the Net” (John 21:6)

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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.

http://www.orthodoxyouth.co.uk/youth-festival-2018.html

Contact us with any questions at: ofsjbyouthuk@gmail.com