Unusual Paschal Services in Devon

Please see the article below.

Fr Patrick.


Our Nomadic Pascha

 

To quote Fr Anthony Hughes in our issue of 25th April, 'Each Holy Week is different.’  Well, Holy Week and Pascha have certainly felt very different for us from last year to this.  Last year, we were in the depths of the first Covid lockdown.  Celia had come up with the idea of putting out a weekly newsletter to keep us in touch with one another, and since we could not go to church, we turned small corners of our houses into churches.  Father Peter, so recently ordained, gave huge comfort by livestreaming services from Barnfield Road not only to us in the parish but to a much wider circle.  Some of us quietly read the services from the Triodion.  On Easter Day many of us joined a Zoom party which was the nearest we could get to greeting one another with a kiss.

The most obvious practical difference this Pascha was that churches could open for public worship.  This presented problems for us, though.  Not only was Saint Anne's quite unsuitable for any gathering with social distancing, but – and this was much more difficult – Fr Peter was hugely absent.  As Lent proceeded it seemed we had nowhere to meet and no-one to lead us.

Science and The Christian Faith - a book release by Fr Christopher Knight

Thyateira Deanery's annual Conference & Festival 2021 postponed

   From the time following the decision to postpone the May 2020 event, our small team of organizers have been aware that the circumstances around an event in May 2021 would not necessarily be 'situation normal': our best information from our venue was that - come May - there might well be restrictions in order to minimize the risks of transmitting Covid-19.

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Ordination of Deacon Stephen as a Deacon and Gabriel Keenes as a Reader

At the Liturgy on Saturday 5th December 2020, presided by our Archbishop Nikitas, the ordination of Deacon Stephen (Morys Ireland) took place, assigned to serve at the parish of Saint Peter & Saint Paul in Clapham.

Gabriel Keenes, who will assist Father Constantine in our Guildford community, was ordained Reader.

"A man whom we admired" - an online seminar about Father Peter Scorer, 10 December 2020

The Metropolitan Anthony Foundation is hosting an online seminar about Father Peter Scorer, priest of the Orthodox Church and grandson of Professor Semyon Frank.

Date: 10th December at 4:00pm GMT  (7:00pm Moscow time ).
Place: YouTube (Russian) and Zoom (simultaneous English translations)

Father Peter's funeral, 18 Steptember 2020

Father Peter was laid to rest at Exeter Higher Cemetery on Friday 18th September 2020. Covid-19 regulations made it impossible for the funeral service to be held at Saint Anne's, so it was decided in the light of a forecast of good weather that the entire ceremony should take place at the cemetery close to the grave. Even so, attendance had to be limited to 30 people only, and all those who were there were aware that they were representing the many, many friends and colleagues who could not be present.

Fr Peter Scorer reposed in the Lord

The Revd Presbyter Peter Scorer reposed in the Lord on Friday, September 11, 2020.

He was ordained into the diaconate by the late Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh and made a Priest by Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira and Great Britain serving 47 years as a Deacon.

He was a student of Father Alexander Schmemann and served the Orthodox Parish of the Holy Prophet Elias in Devon.

May his Memory be Eternal!

CANCELLATION - Children’s Summer Camp Wales 2020

Please read the attached notice about the cancellation of the Children’s Summer Camp 2020 

CHRIST IS RISEN!

Please see below the Paschal Messages of His All-holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholemew and of His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas.

thyateira.org.uk/patriarch-encyclical-for-holy-pascha/

thyateira.org.uk/easter-message-of-his-eminence-archbishop-nikitas/

Holy Week Statement from British and Irish Church Leaders

Please download the attached statement (PDF).

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