Great Lent and new beginnings

Great Lent: a time of repentance, of turning away from sin and towards God. You may like to say prayers for peace at home; this link is to our friends at the Orthodox Peace Fellowship. https://incommunion.org/2022/02/14/moleben-for-peace/

Mosaic Choir has received a blessing to chant the Salutations to the Mother of God in English on each Friday of this Great Lent, 19:30 at the Chapel of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, 5 Craven Hill, W2 3EN. We believe this to be the only service of Salutations solely in English in our capital city. All are welcome.

Photo by Alexios Gennaris

Good strength for Lent!

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!

Orthodox Bishops for Great Britain and Ireland have a new Website

The Pan-Orthodox Episcopal Assembly of Great Britain and Ireland have a new website.

It can be found at www.episcopalassembly.info 

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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.

Background

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.