Services

SERVICES THIS WEEK
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Saturday 25th March 2017
The Annunciation to Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

10 am: Hours & Divine Liturgy of the Feast

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Sunday 26th March 2017
Fourth Sunday of Great Lent – Saint John of the Ladder

9.30 am: Matins, immediately followed by the Divine Liturgy at around 10.15 am

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Friday 31st March 2017
Fifth Friday of Great Lent

7 pm: Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts


SERVICES FOR LENT, HOLY WEEK & PASCHA

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About the services

Within an Orthodox church there is a unique sense of mystery and spiritual beauty: it is in effect a window into Heaven. In front of us as we enter is the Iconostasis: a screen bearing icons of Christ and the Saints, showing us the glory of Heaven. All around us are icons of the Saints who join with us in our worship of God: “we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.” The atmosphere is enhanced by the incense, the music, the candles, and the prayers of the worshippers.

Orthodox services last longer than those in many Protestant and Roman Catholic churches, but worshippers are more free in the Orthodox church to come and go as they wish. Most of the congregation will stand for much of the service but some will sit if they need to do so. Orthodox Christians will make the sign of the Cross, light candles, bow, make prostrations and venerate the icons but we do not expect non-Orthodox visitors to know all the details of Orthodox practice before they visit our church, or to do anything that feels strange or awkward. No one will mind if visitors do not make the sign of the Cross or light candles, as long as they remember that they are in a holy place and remain reverent and respectful during the service. We are always happy to answer questions (after the service!) about what we do, and why.

At the end of the Liturgy, Orthodox and non-Orthodox worshippers alike are invited to share the Antidoron. This is bread which has been blessed but not consecrated as the Body of Christ.