About us

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.

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*** EMERGENCY HEALTH PROCEDURES IMPORTANT MESSAGE ***

Beloved Christians,

FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS ISSUED THIS EVENING BY THE UK GOVERNMENT, ALL PLACES OF WORSHIP WILL BE CLOSED FOR A MINIMUM OF THREE WEEKS.
PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO HOLY SERVICES AT ALL SAINTS FOR AT LEAST THREE WEEKS.

STAY INDOORS, WHERE POSSIBLE.
OBEY THE INSTRUCTIONS.
HELP IN ANY WAY THAT YOU ARE ABLE.
BUT, ABOVE ALL, PRAY FOR EACH OTHER.

In Christ God,
the sinner and unworthy presbyter, Father jakob
23/03/2020

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FIFTH SUNDAY OF GREAT LENT

Beloved Christians,

I pray that you are all safe and well.  I miss you all very much, and pray God that we will be together soon!

SAINT MARY OF EGYPT
We must not underestimate God’s mercy, nor his immense love for the repentant prodigal.  Instead of giving up when times are tough, we should be constantly aware of our failings and take inspiration from the saints.  In today's Holy Gospel (St. Mark 10:32-45), we see James and John demonstrate how far man is from God – they fail to see the wood for the trees.  In this, James and John are like most of us - we want to be appreciated, we want our efforts to be recognised; we become unhappy if we are overlooked. 
Today is the Feast of Saint Mary of Egypt.  Saint Mary is one of the greatest ascetics of the Church but she was not born with superhuman powers. On the contrary, she was like us- a sinful and broken person.  Saint Mary offers us a path to follow, and an image (ikon) of what we might potentially become.  In worshipping Christ’s Holy Resurrection she was able to become a part of it.  This she achieved with the help of God. Like the harlot in the Gospel, Saint Mary was able to drive out love with love- the love of earthly pleasures she drove out with the flaming love of God.  If someone as bad as Saint Mary can become a great saint then, God willing, so can we!
Saint Mary’s lifetime of almost unendurable toil is the opposite of what the world knows as 'success' and 'wealth' and 'fame'. The monastic- monachos, is the one who is 'on their own'. She lived alone beyond the River Jordan. Isolated, 'locked-down', with little to eat and no human contact. And this she did, not for a few weeks, but for seventeen years! Truly, Saint Mary of Egypt is a saint for our time; she offers us an image of what we must endure and of what we might potentially become.  

NIGHTLY JESUS PRAYER
Glory to God that so many of you are answering the plea of the holy monks of Mount Athos, and praying the modified Jesus Prayer with your Orthodox brothers and sisters around the world!  All Saints has always been a community of prayer, and for this I offer all praise and thanks to God.
You can pray around 500 Jesus Prayers in 15 minutes. Pray every night,  8:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. UK time, for our world suffering from the Covid-19 pandemic:  
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on Your world!
Some tips: Always hold your prayer rope in your left hand, keeping you right free to make the Cross. Kneel or sit. Wear a hood, close your eyes. Share the praying with those in your family. 

A SECOND PSALTER GROUP ?
Some of you have shown interest in forming a second Psalter Group. You'll need 20 people. These people do not have to be from our parish, or even to live in the UK. You will pray one kathisma per day (this takes only 15 minutes, which amounts to a tiny 1.042% of the day), and together the twenty of you pray the entire Psalter every day.  Such a great blessing!  Do Let me know please, if you are interested.

HOLY ESSEX
All places can be holy.  We Orthodox Christians have no need of a temple in Jerusalem... Essex is most especially blessed to have several Orthodox churches and a famous monastery.  This week, on television (Pilgrimage, Friday, BBC4), we heard how the nun, Sister Simiona from Serbia, came to faith not in her home country where she was an atheist, but here in Essex. Converted at the monastery of Saint John, she now lives a beautiful life of humility and service to God.  Truly, wherever we may be, we are blessed by God!

GO IN PEACE AND SERVE THE LORD
I shall continue to state the truth: with great suffering there is ALWAYS great mercy and self-sacrifice.  We, as Orthodox Christians, are called upon to manifest Christ in the midst of all people, to serve the Lord, and to love His entire world.
May we all, through the prayers of the Most Holy Mother of God and All the Saints, patrons of our holy temple, be granted the strength to bear our crosses with faith and fortitude, so that all we do may be to the glory of the Holy Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

with love and prayers, in Christ God,
the sinner and unworthy presbyter, Father jakob

5/4/2020

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Beloved Christians,

 

I pray that you are all safe and well. 

A number of you have asked what to do on Sunday mornings, during the lock-down. 
The teaching of the Church is simple: treat Sunday as you would ordinarily, give as much time to God as you wo
uld were you in Church. A couple of hours is such a little offering to God for all that He does for us. 
I recommend that you read the 
Typikaservice.  It is, according to the Typikon, used when a priest is not available. The service mirrors the Divine Liturgy, but does not contain the partaking of Holy Communion
Following this, you can, if you so desire, read some of the prayers that I recommended in my previous email, or read others as you see fit. Those in the Psalter Group, and those following the Akathists and daily readings from St John Klimakos, already have plenty to do(!).

Those who are too ill to read, should rest; but, please let us know that you are unwell so that your brothers and sisters in Christ can pray for your speedy recovery.

 

The Typika in English is online here:

http://www.saintjonah.org/services/typica.htm

 

 

Search online for τυπικα ; Обедница, Изобразительны, etc., for other languages. 

 

These are trying times for everyone. But with great suffering there is ALWAYS great mercy and self-sacrifice. We, as Orthodox Christians, are called upon to manifest Christ in the midst of all people, to serve Him, and to love His entire world.

 

May we all, through the prayers of the Most Holy Mother of God and All the Saints, patrons of our holy temple, be granted the strength to bear our crosses with faith and fortitude, so that all we do may be to the glory of the Holy Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

In Christ God,
the sinner and unworthy presbyter, Father jakob

28/03/2020

 

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EVERY SUNDAY:
*** THE HOLY TEMPLE IS OPEN FROM 09:00 FOR PRAYER ***
ORTHROS (Matins) Starts at 09:30.
DIVINE LITURGY (Holy Eucharist) Starts around 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 AFTERNON 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 10:30