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ALL SAINTS: NOTICES -- GREAT MARTYR PROKOPIOS, 2021

TILBURY DIVINE LITURGY

This Saturday, 10th July.

Our monthly mission to the people of Thurrock, southwest Essex, and nearby.

Do attend, help, pray - if you are able.

 

COUGHS & COLDS: A POLITE REMINDER

Respecting and protecting others is an important aspect of our Christian life.

On Sunday we had with us some new families whose children were unwell, coughing heavily.

Please note: If you - or your children - are coughing or have heavy colds, please stay away from the holy services. It is unfair to other people, in particular those with weakened immunity, to be exposed unnecessarily to the risk of infection. Thank you.

 

ORTHODOXY 101 -- CREED AS SAFEGUARD: ​​“One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic, Church”

“One” = conciliar, united; replicating the One-ness of Christ’s Holy Body.

“Holy” = not of this world; untainted by worldliness.

“Catholic” = universal; understood everywhere and at all times.

“Apostolic” = as revealed to the Apostles – by Christ God; as taught by the Apostles.

“Church” = the Body of Christ; the gathering together.

The Church (She) is singular and is Christ-manifested within creation (space-time) by the forgoing factors/compositional elements (“One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic”).

The Church is unique. This could be presented mathematically as: One + Holy + Catholic + Apostolic = The Church (1+1+1+1=1) ​

The Symvolon ("Symbol of Faith" - AKA "The Creed") provides us with a statement of belief and interpretation that the Church (= the Orthodox Church) can only be composed from these specific factors, combined in this one specific way.

 

ALL GLORY TO GOD!

Evgenia - gave birth to a baby boy. Congratulations to her and to husband, Alexander (husband), and their daughters, Daria & Anna.

 

YOUR HOLY PRAYERS

Presbytera Sylvia - fell asleep in the Lord. Memory eternal! 

Lucy - returning home from university.

 

SAINT PROKOPIOS OF KAESAREA PALESTINA, PRAY TO GOD THAT OUR SOULS BE SAVED! 

 

With love and prayers, in Christ.

Forgive me, the sinner and unworthy presbyter,

Father Jakob

 

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ORTHODOXY 101 : ATTENDING THE DIVINE LITURGY

Christianity is experiential; it is not just 'read about', it must be lived. The Holy Eucharist is at the centre of our worship, at the centre of our Life in Christ.

We come to the Church, we remain in the Church in order that our souls be saved. That is all. It is our soul's salvation - there is nothing else.

The Holy Services are a store-house of spiritual treasures. To be saved, we need to gain knowledge of ourselves. We do this by discovering our sins and weaknesses, and by fighting against their pull. Our faith is war on personal pride. When our pride is wounded in the course of Church life, we should thank God! 

We fight best when we are supported. For support we have the Holy Gospels; the Holy Fathers, their Lives and Teachings; we have God and we have each other.

The Church Community (both living and departed) is our Family in Christ. Our God is LOVE. And we are giving of our best, when we give love to God and to each other.

The Holy Eucharist is the body and Blood of Christ. It is life itself, it is Salvation. It is our treasure: "Where your treasure is there will your heart be also"​(Matthew 6:21). We spend time with - we are attentive to - the people, the things we love the most.

Canon LXXX (Sixth Oecumenical Council) reads, "A cleric or layman shall not go three consecutive Sundays without attending church, unless some necessary business requires him to leave his town. The usual penalties apply: deposition for a cleric; excommunication for a layman".

It is not always possible to come to every holy service, but our good practice, and simple good manners, is to notify the priest of our absence, or if we have moved away. Notification demonstrates love and humility, and allows the priest and community to pray for us, for example - when we are sick.

We pray for those who are absent from the divine services for legitimate reasons. The others, who come infrequently or have not attended for long periods, have become prodigal sons, wanderers. They have distanced themselves from Christ and from their Christian family. Their love has become luke-warm. A full and proper return to Church requires a full and proper repentance, taking responsibility for our failings.

Church life is about responsibility. It is about stepping up and being adult. This is done by singing, standing throughout the holy services, fasting, making regular confession, reading in Church, serving, cleaning and tidying, cooking, reading the morning and evening prayers every day, preparing properly for confession and communion. Above all it is about praying.

To be blunt, Church (parish) life is about giving time and money to the glory of God. Church life is about commitment. Without commitment, we will never become deeply Orthodox or even remain Orthodox.

Love of God and love of neighbour are entwined. We cannot love God if we do not love our neighbours, especially our fellow Christians; and we cannot love our neighbours if we do not love God (1 John 4:20).

We spend time with God, we spend time with each other. We do so not because we feel 'obliged' or even because we 'want to' but simply because our heart draws us, and we follow Christ's new commandment (Luke 10:27): "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself".

 

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AΓAΠH = CARITAS = CHARITY = LOVE

John 4:16: Ὁ Θεὸς ἀγάπη (koine Greek) = Deus caritas est (Latin) = God is Love (English)

 

GIVING TO OTHERS

All glory to God! Our small parish has been able in little ways to help the poor, offer love to the stranger, to help heal the wounded.

GIFTAID

This past year we received £2,000 back from the UK government. Our parish trustees have authorised this and future monies raised through giftaid to be passed on to our poorer neighbours. If more of us donated by giftaid we could do even more to help the poor, the wounded, and the marginalised who are our neighbours.

 

'HOW CAN I HELP?'

Every penny helps! Donate to our parish via gift aid. If you pay tax in the UK you can use giftaid. It's free, it's easy, and as you can see above, it helps us to help others. The UK government pays us back for what you give to us via gftaid. This is the only official help that UK charities receive.

Our hope and ambition is that every penny given to us by you comes through giftaid.

 

LAZAROS, OUR NEIGHBOUR

The dying Lazaros is lying outside our door (Luke 16:20). We Christians have a duty of care (John 21:17), this is a constant in our life (Matthew 26:11), we must not ignore him (1 John 3:17). Let us do all that we are able to help to help our neighbour (John 15:12). May I ask you - please make a start, and donate to the parish by giftaid.

 

CHRIST IS RISEN!

 

In the Risen Lord,

Father Jakob 

Presbyter, All Saints North Benfleet

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SERVICES DURING COVID-19

EVERY SUNDAY:

*** THE HOLY TEMPLE IS OPEN FROM 9:00 FOR PRAYER ***

ORTHROS [Matins] Starts at 09:30.

DIVINE LITURGY [Holy Eucharist] Starts at 10:30.

We observe social-distancing; face coverings must be worn. Stewards (our trustees) might have to show you where to stand/sit. Households must stay together. Limited numbers admitted.

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Welcome to the website of All Saints' Orthodox Church, Basildon, Essex.

Our congregation is diverse in terms of background and nationality and age; we are thoroughly multi-cultural, have many young families, and are a lively and friendly parish. We very much welcome visitors and all enquirers who are eager to learn about the Orthodox Christian faith. We look forward to meeting you soon!

Please use the links above to navigate the site.

Please see the services page for details of services.

IN NON-COVID TIMES:

EVERY SUNDAY:
*** THE HOLY TEMPLE IS OPEN FROM 09:00 FOR PRAYER ***
ORTHROS [Matins] Starts at 09:30.
DIVINE LITURGY [Holy Eucharist] Starts at 10:30.
Fellowship and refreshment follow the holy services. 

EVERY WEDNESDAY:
*** THE HOLY TEMPLE IS OPEN FROM 09:30 FOR PRAYER ***
THIRD HOUR and SIXTH HOUR, or AKATHIST Starts at 10:30. 
Followed by Catechesis, Confession and cleaning the Holy Temple.

SATURDAY (usually, last Saturday in the month):
*** THE HOLY TEMPLE IS OPEN IN THE AFTERNOON FOR PRAYER ***
ESPERINOS [Vespers] starts at 4:30pm.

SATURDAY (First in the month):
*** at Our Lady Star of the Sea, 96 Dock Road, Tilbury, Essex, RM18 7BT ***
DIVINE LITURGY [Holy Eucharist] Starts around 10:20.