On Friday the 16th of December the Mosaic Choir brought the spirit of Christmas to North London with a beautifully executed and uplifting performance of traditional Christmas songs and Carols from Greece, Russia, Romania, Serbia and other places around the world, spreading the joy of Christmas. Voices were wonderfully balanced and blended, often accompanied by folksy recorder pieces masterfully played by Rebecca Vucetic. Story teller, Anna Conomos, gave helpful introductions telling the story of the song and the meaning behind the words.
The choir performed a full range of music from peaceful hymns to foot tapping Balkan carols, rounded off with a stunning encore of Gaudete, sung with wonderful dynamics from sotto voce to a rousing final chorus. The choir were warmly received with a standing ovation and loud applause – it really added a bit of warmth to a cold winter night.
They were hosted by the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Andrew, and the concert was attended by Bishop Chrysostom of Kyanea and introduced by Priest Kristian Akselburg – who warmly thanked the choir. At the end a charity collection was held – the proceeds to be shared between charities supported by the Fellowship and also the Cathedral’s Christmas almsgiving.
Here is a brief taste of the concert through some amateur videos.
Some beautiful photos were taken by the photographer Alexios Gennaris and can be seen on our Facebook Page
2016 is shaping up to be another fascinating year for the Orthodox Fellowship of St John the Baptist. Why not join us to meet others in fellowship and in a spirit of learning?
Annual Fellowship study weekend in Walsall, 22-24 January, ‘What are Priests for?’ (report forthcoming).
Women’s Ministries Initiative (supported by the Fellowship) study day in Dublin, 9 April, ‘Abrahamic Religions: Revelation in Judaism, Christianity and Islam’ (Poster: Study Day Abrahamic 9 Apr 2016; Registration form: Study Day Abrahamic Registration Form)
Annual Youth Festival in Ilam, 26-30 May, ‘Finding our way in Christ’ (details will be on the Youth website in due course).
Annual Fellowship summer conference in Swanwick, 1-3 July, ‘Being Orthodox in a Multi-Religious Society’ (Poster and Booking Form).
Information on all these events is available on this website, explore and find out more!
The Pan-Orthodox Episcopal Assembly of Great Britain and Ireland have a new website.
It can be found at www.episcopalassembly.info
The Episcopal Assembly is one of thirteen bishops’ assemblies that have been established in different geographical regions throughout the world. It is made up of all the active, canonical Orthodox bishops with churches in Britain and Ireland.
Some of their most important documents and statements can be found here.
These include a recent Statement on the Persecution of Christians and Pastoral Recommendations On Preparation for and Receiving of Holy Communion.
The Assembly was established in accordance with the Decision of the 4th Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference, held in Chambésy, Switzerland in 2009, at which representatives from all the universally-recognized autocephalous Orthodox churches met and considered the situation of the Orthodox communities in the Diaspora, that is, in countries outside the canonical territories of the established Local Orthodox Churches. The Assemblies are designed to promote cooperation among the Churches and to prepare the way for the resolution of the canonical anomalies associated with overlapping jurisdictions.
7th of March 2015
(10:30am – 4pm)
Main speakers: Metropolitan Kallistos Ware and Dr Mary Cunningham
St Cross Church, Oxford, St.Cross Rd, City Centre, OX1 3TP
Women’ Ministries Initiative : Networking, Educating, Communicating
Women and Men in Christ, let us see the Church flourish with positive changes
Women’ Ministries Initiative
From 10am – arrivals, registration, tea and coffee
10:30 – Welcome and Presentation on Women’ Ministries Initiative
11:00 – Metropoliton Kallistos Ware on Priesthood + discussion afterwards
13:00 – Bring your own and share lunch (coffee and tea provided)
14:00 – Dr Mary Cunningham on Laity + discussion afterwards
16:00 – Departure
The full cost of the study day is £12, (£6 for students) or free forsubscribed members of Women’ Ministries Initiative (earlyregistrations are encouraged)
For registration and membership enquiries please contact Dr ElenaNarinskaya tel.07714920072
(Elenarinskaya @ yahoo.co.uk). Membership forms can be send via e-mail on request.