Sunday, 2 March 2014

Services in March 2014

at Audley & Dresden

Sat 1st 6pm Great Vespers
Sun 2nd 10am Matins; 11:00am Divine Liturgy and Forgiveness ceremony
Great Lent Begins

Mon 3rd 7pm Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete
Tue 4th 7pm Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete
Wed 5th 7pm Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts
Thu 6th 7pm Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete
Fri 7th 7pm Akathist to the All-holy Theotokos followed by Study Group

Sat 8th 6pm Great Vespers
Sun 9th 10am Matins; 11am Divine Liturgy and Procession of Icons
Wed 12th 7pm Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts
Fri 14th 7pm Akathist to the All-holy Theotokos followed by Study Group

Sat 15th 6pm Memorial & Great Vespers
Sun 16th 10am Matins; 11am Divine Liturgy
Wed 19th 7pm Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts

Sat 22nd 6pm Memorial & Great Vespers
Sun 23rd 10am Matins; 11am Divine Liturgy
2:30pm Akathist to the Holy Cross at Sandbach Crosses

Mon 24th 7pm Great Vespers of the Annunciation
Tue 25th 11am Divine Liturgy of the Annunciation
Wed 26th 7pm Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts
Fri 28th 7pm Akathist to the All-holy Theotokos followed by Study Group

Sat 29th 6pm Memorial & Great Vespers
Sun 30th 10am Matins; 11am Divine Liturgy

Name Days
1st David Pazir
18th Edward Bendo; Dylan Edward Jones
25th Despina; Mary Makings

20th Ioannes (2013); Matthew
23rd Elizabeth Boothby (2007)
28th Priest Patrick (2008)
29th Barbara Worth (2008)

Parish Feast
18th Saint Edward’s, Aethelhampton


1st March sees us back at our usual weekend location at the Church of the Holy
Resurrection in Dresden.
Thanks are due to all the painters, decorators and the many who volunteered
and took part in the cleanup operation at the end of February.
Work on the iconostasis and the delivery of our first two new icons from Efrem
in Manchester gives us a glimpse of the finished article.
Because these icons are brand new, they have yet to be varnished – something
that cannot happen until this time next year. This is the reason why they are
temporarily protected by perspex at the moment.
If anyone would like to donate money towards more icons for the screen,
perhaps as a memorial, please have a word with Fr Samuel.
Those who didn't manage to offer any assistance with cleaning this time around
will be very pleased to hear that the South aisle is going to be repainted in May,
so there will be plenty of opportunity very soon to do your bit.
Specific information will follow about arrangements for May, but we will again
be transferring our weekend services to Audley while that is done.
I think the experience of having our weekend services in Audley these past
weeks, while it has been just like old times, has shown how cramped the church
of Saint Michael had become – even with smaller than average congregations.

Regular Cleaning 

Volunteers are always in demand for cleaning both of our churches.
Dresden has its weekly clean on Thursdays under the supervision of Irene and Kim.
Please see either of them if you can help wield a duster or operate a vacuum cleaner.
Audley currently receives less attention but is no less in need.
It is not fair to ask Irene and Kim to take two buses each way in order to clean that church
as well, so please volunteer and make arrangements to have keys if you have an hour

Nicholas Chapman

Talking of old times – or rather, Old Timers – many of you will remember
Nicholas and his wife Nina who were members of our congregation for many
years and who moved to the United States a couple of years back. We are
delighted to pass on news that Nicholas was ordained to the office of Reader at
Holy Trinity Monastery on 12 February.

Reader Nicholas
Many Years!

Two Invitations

1st March 2014 is the nearest Saturday to the feast of Saint Chad.
We are invited to attend a Divine Liturgy hosted by the Community of Saint
Chad in Rugby at 10am in Lichfield Cathedral (Lady Chapel).
Kairos will begin at 9:30am, which is a little early but has to fit with the kind
permissions of the Dean & Chapter of the Cathedral.
1st March is the feast of Saint David and Saint Evdokia, so their feasts will be
celebrated and that of Saint Chad anticipated.

9th March 2014 is the Sunday of Orthodoxy which we will celebrate in Dresden
with a Procession of Icons – outside if the weather is good.
Bring an icon with you or if you forget, find one in church. There are many!
Last year a small group of us travelled to Erdington in Birmingham for pan-
Orthodox Great Vespers in the Greek Orthodox church attended by
Metropolitan Kallistos.
This year we are invited to the church of the Nativity of the Mother of God in
Walsall by Father John for Great Vespers at 6pm.

Advance notice of Derbyshire Events from Chris Tsielepi
Father Edwin from Chesterfield & Sheffield has agreed to celebrate.

Friday 25th April Bright Friday Feast of the Life-giving Spring
(Not sure where this is being held, so I will find out in time
for the April newsletter).

Saturday 21st June Blessing of the Waters (11am) and Akathist (2pm) at the
Pisani Chapel near Cromford.

Saturday 26th July Divine Liturgy at Saint Martin’s church in Stoney
Middleton (11am) followed by Blessing of the Waters.
This coincides with the Well Dressing at Stoney Middleton
and is always a wonderful day.