Saturday, 30 May 2009

Services for June 2009.

Sat. 6th Memorial Saturday
6pm Memorial and Great Vespers.
Sun. 7th Holy Pentecost
10am Matins; 11am Divine Liturgy; 6pm Great Vespers with the Kneeling Prayers.

Sat. 13th 6pm Great Vespers.
Sun. All Saints. 14th 10am Matins; 11am Divine Liturgy.
Mon. 15th Beginning of the Apostles’ Fast.
Meeting of Trustees 7pm at Sparch Hollow.

Sat. 20th 6pm Great Vespers.
Sun. 21st All Saints of Britain and Romania. 10am Matins; 11am Divine Liturgy.

Sat. 27th 6pm Great Vespers.
Sun. 28th 10am Matins; 11am Divine Liturgy.
Mon. 29th Holy, Glorious and All-praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter and Paul.
11am Divine Liturgy.

Namedays in June.

14th Monica.
22nd Alban.
29th Pavlos.

Patronal Feasts .

9th St. Columba,Doncaster.
17th St. Botolph, London.

Pilgrimage to Croyland Abbey

S. Columba & Kentigern Orthodox Church, Doncaster invites you to join its pilgrimage to Croyland Abbey on Saturday, 18th July 2009.

11.00a.m. The Divine Liturgy
in the ruins. (In church if the weather is inclement.)

Picnic Lunch
(Tea and coffee available in the Church Coffee Lounge)

2.00p.m. Akathist to St. Guthlac

Veneration of the Relic of St. Theodore
(Abbot of Croyland, Martyred in 870 by the Danes)

With grateful thanks to the Vicar and Churchwardens
for their kind hospitality.

Youth Activities

1. GOYGB Youth Camp.

Fr. Philip ( Lincoln ) has been the Chaplain for this camp for about a decade now and recommends it to very highly. They have room this year for about 50 participants and twenty adult helpers. There is lots to see on the internet site and all the relevant application forms etc.

What are the benefits for the Participants?
It is fun.
They get to meet other young Orthodox from many Dioceses from all over the world.
There are daily “lessons” about the faith.
There are interesting activities: I don’t yet know what is planned for this year but previously we have had:
Camping in the woods; Making fires; Woodcarving; Making prosphora; Music workshops; Saints plays;
Orienteering; Falconry; “The Snake man”; Party; Pilgrimage; Visits from various clergy; Barbeque;
Arts and crafts; Kite making; Iconography; Komboskini making; Sports day;
“Camp fete” - no money changes hands! Morning and evening prayers; Visit to Victorian Farm;
Archery; Regular “reunions”;
Time off etc etc etc

However “The best times are when we are just going for a walk or having time off to chat” to quote a participant of many years.

What benefits are there for the Adult Helpers?
Potential marriage bureau!
They arrive early and leave late and get to know each other very well.
It is enormous fun.
Lots of musical opportunities.
Very regular reunions, which lead on to the Youth Festival, Young Parents’ camp etc.

2. Other Youth Activities.

Annual Youth Festival.
Next year it will be on Bank Holiday weekend 30th April to 3rd May 2010 in Ilam Derbyshire.

Facebook Group
Youth Festival (18 – 35yrs!)

Yahoo Group
There is a messaging group to keep people up to date with what’s going on, we also have a weekly bulletin of saints lives and the readings for the day.

Orthodox Youth Choir Group
There is a mailing group for choir related events which you can subscribe to here:

Google Calendar
If you want to subscribe to the combined calendar of events (embedded on the above website) the address is:
This is a public calendar with masses of events across UK and Europe

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Services for May 2009

Sat. 2nd 6pm Great Vespers.
Sun. 3rd 10am Matins; 11am Divine Liturgy

Sat. 9th 6pm Great Vespers.
Sun. 10th 10am Matins; 11am Divine Liturgy.

Sat. 16th 6pm Great Vespers without a priest. (Fr. Samuel in Ireland until 23rd May.)
Sun. 17th 11am Divine Liturgy served by Fr. Dennis from Doncaster.

Sat. 23rd 6pm Great Vespers without a priest.
Sun. 24th 10am Matins; 11am Divine Liturgy.
5pm Vespers at Pennant Melangell led by Shrewsbury parish of the Holy Fathers of Nicaea.
Wed. 27th 6.30pm Great Vespers of the Ascension.
Thurs. 28th 11am Divine Liturgy of the Ascension.

Sat. 30th 6pm Great Vespers.
Sun. 31st 10am Matins; 11am Divine Liturgy.

Namedays in May.

8th Metropolitan John; John Warden; Hugh Maxfield.
10th Simon Harvey.
11th Cyril Macatominey.
21st Fr. Constantin; Helen Carson; Elena Batkin.
27th Bede.
29th Lucas Joy.
30th Isaac.


20th Jean Grace 2008.

Patronal Feasts

12th St. Aethelhard, Louth.
21st St. Constantine, York; St. Helen, Colchester.

Pennant Melangell

The church dedicated to St. Melangell lies in a remote and beautiful spot at the head of the Tanat Valley. It is set in a circular churchyard, possibly once a Bronze Age burial site, ringed by some of the country’s finest ancient yews which may also predate the Christian era. In its location and atmosphere it typifies the special qualities of a Welsh country church.
The first church on the site is said to have been founded in the 7th Century by Melangell, the daughter of an Irish king, who dwelt here as a hermit. One day the Prince of Powys came hunting, and a hare took refuge under Melangell’s cloak. The Prince’s dogs fled howling and, deeply impressed, he gave her the valley as a sanctuary. Ever since Pennant Melangell has been a place of pilgrimage.
There has been a Christian Church here for over 1200 years. Its setting, in a place of great beauty deep in the Berwyn Mountains, is peaceful and unspoilt. Parts of the building date from the 12th Century though the most recent, a rebuilding of the apse on its original foundations, was completed only in 1990. The church contains a fine 15th Century oak screen with carvings that tell the story of Saint Melangell and Prince Brochwel.
The church’s greatest treasure is the 12th Century shrine of Saint Melangell, containing the bones of the saint. This was dismantled after the Reformation and its stones, carved with a strange blend of Romanesque and Celtic motifs, were built into the walls of the church and lych-gate. They were reassembled in the last century and have now been re-erected in the chancel. It is unparalleled in Northern Europe and is visited by pilgrims from all over Britain and beyond. The feastday of Saint Melangell is 27th May.

Holy Mother Melangell, pray to God for us.