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TOMORROW -- SATURDAY, 29th MAY -- ESPERINOS

Esperinos (Vespers) at 4:30 pm.

The Orthodox day begins at sundown. The Esperinos [Vespers, Vercenie] is understood as the commencement of our Sunday holy services.

Esperinos is followed by Orthros and the Divine Liturgy. Together, these three holy services form a composite and an ensemble; a sacred edifice of preparation, teaching, praise, Communion with Christ, and thanksgiving. The holy services are medicine for the wounded soul, opportunities for us to step off the secular merry-go-round, to embrace stillness (hesychia), and to draw closer to God.

Those who are able to attend should do so. 

If you wish to make confession before the service, please contact Father Jakob ASAP.

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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.