Τετάρτη, 02 Σεπτέμβριος 2015

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Lessons at the school of Byzantine music begin Print E-mail

The lessons at the School of Byzantine Music of the Archdiocese begin in October.

For further information call

020-8881 4740 or 078 02-258 175

Address: 21 Trinity Road, London N22 8LB

 

His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain will give his blessing on the inauguration of the lessons Ceremony that will take place on Thursday 8 October at 7:00 pm in the evening.


 
Visit of the Ecumenical Patriarch to the UK Print E-mail

Dearly Beloved in the Lord,

 

            It is with great joy that I address this letter to you to inform you about the scheduled visit of His Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios to the United Kingdom.

            The Ecumenical Patriarch and his holy retinue are due to arrive on Sunday afternoon 1 November and will depart on Thurday 5 November. The visit of His Holiness is in response to an official invitation by His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Justin Welby, Leader of the Church of England.

            The Ecumenical Patriarch will devote a part of his visit to meet and bless His Flock living in the United Kingdom and Ireland and the other part to a series of official contacts with the Leader of the Church of England and his associates.

            In particular, the schedule of His Holiness is as follows:

 

            Monday, 2 November 2015, 6:00 pm: Great Vespers at the Divine Cathedral of the Divine Wisdom, Bayswater London. His Holiness will preside in the Vespers and preach to the Congregation.

            8:00 pm: Official Dinner in honour of His Holiness at the Hotel Marriott, Central London. All ticket holders will also attend the Official Dinner, and in this connection we advise all our Clergy and Church Officials and Lay Leaders of across our Communities to undertake a sale of Dinner tickets and encourage the Faithful to purchase them in time.

            Among those officially invited to the Dinner are, His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Justin Welby, Leader of the Church of England, the Ambassador of Greece, Mr Konstantinos Bikas and his wife, the Cyprus High Commissioner Mr Euripides Evriviades and his wife, the Ambassador of Turkey and his wife and the Ambassadors of the Orthodox Countries in the United Kingdom.

            We expect that the members of the Greek-Orthodox Church in London and the countryside will join us both in the Vespers as well as at the Official Dinner to greet His Holiness, our Ecumenical Patriarch, who - along with the other Leaders of the World Orthodox Churches - is scheduling a Panorthodox Synod, set to take place in Constantinople in 2016.

            It is for these reasons, my dearly beloved in the Lord - Clergy and Laity - members of this Biblical Eparchy of the Ecumenical Throne of Constantinople, that I address this letter so that you can be informed in time and be able to attend both the Vespers and the official Dinner in honour of His Holiness the Ecumenical Patrtiarch Vartholomaios.

            I strongly advise all Priests to inform the Faithful of their Parishes and prepare ourselves to welcome our Ecumenical Patriarch when, God willing, he arrives this coming November in the United Kingdom.

            Wishing you all health, a good Summer Holidays and the blessing of our Lord Jesus Christ to all your families and undertakings, I remain with wishes and love in the Lord and honour.

 

London, July 2015

                                                Archbishop Gregorios

                                                of Thyateira and Great Britain
 
The Thyateira Midland Ecclesiastical Seminary Print E-mail

An introduction to the teachings and practice of the

Orthodox Church in the 21st Century

 

The Venue:

The Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God

63 Dale Street

Palfrey, Walsall

West Midlands, WS1 4AN

 

Who is it for?

For men and women who: wish to serve in a leadership role in the Church and need a foundation for further study; or are involved with choir, serving and catechesis or who would like to be; or are just interested and want to increase their knowledge and understanding.

 

The aim is to provide students who wish to be more involved in the work of the Church with sufficient instruction for them to take on their various roles, and to provide a foundation for further Orthodox Theological Study

 

Who awards the certificate and the diploma?

 

The seminary is part of the Archdiocese and His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain will award the certificates.

 

Those who wish to study, but find the financial commitment difficult, should not be put off, as bursaries of up to 50% may be available in certain circumstances. Potential students should apply in writing to the Principal.

 

Cost:

£350 per calendar year (if students do not wish to write the seminar papers and essay, the certificate course would cost £300).

There is also a Diploma course which is a two year course and costs £400 p/year.

There is also an Advanced Diploma course for one year and costs £200 p/year.

There is a bursary of 50% for those who wish to do the course but find the fees difficult.

Payment can be made in full or in instalments. Your parish may wish to sponsor you.

 

Admission requirements:

Students will have a good grasp of the English language and will have received a secondary school education.

 

Date and Time:

Starting September 2015 and then every second Saturday of the month until June 2016. The months of July and August are holidays.

10.00am - 5.00pm divided into 5 sessions

 

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Greek Relief Fund Print E-mail

Dearly Beloved in the Lord,

 

            I am writing this letter to ask for your contribution and actual help towards Greece which is beset by the economic crisis, unemployment and poverty. For this reason, many young people leave their native country and migrate to foreign lands, in Europe, America, and Australia to establish a career and take care of their families. Greece is losing a great capital from its young and educated youth. The worse of it is that today in Greece many people is deprived of the essential goods such as daily food, basic medical care that is a staple particularly for the elderly, the sick, the impoverished, the unemployed and mostly for those who are carers of young children and elderly parents.

            For these reasons we are extending a warm appeal to your feelings, and organise a collection for the sake of Greece. The money you shall offer will be sent to the Metropolises of Greece, particularly to those which are the neediest, and those which have instituted soup kitchens and offer food and the bare necessities to those that need them most. In his simple and sacred manner, we shall contribute our best in aiding our brethren who are pressurised by the economic crisis and unemployment.

            We fatherly and warmly advise the Priests to read this letter from the Pulpit and appeal to their Congregation to contribute. The Committee Members of each Church must organise an extra collection on Sunday 19 and 26 July 2015, and send all the proceeds to the Archdiocese, who will in turn forwards them to Greece.

            Cheques and money orders should be made out to the name of the Archdiocese:

THE ARCHDIOCESE OF THYATEIRA.

 

Whoever from the Congregation would like to make a direct deposit, he or she should do so using the following information

 

BANK: BANK OF CYPRUS UK

SORT CODE: 40-63-77

ACCOUNT NUMBER: 34735111 (GREEK RELIEF FUND)

BIC: BCYPGB2L

IBAN: GB70 BCYP 40637734735111 or

 

BANK: NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE

SORT CODE: 406204

ACCOUNT NUMBER: 39117415

BIC: ETHNGB2L

IBAN: GB44ETHN40620439117415

  

            We expect that we will all do our duty generously and gladly to help our brethren who are in dire need of our actual love and care. It goes without saying that giving help towards our fellow people is an essential duty of ours. I am therefore confident that you will all contribute generously to relieve our brethren in Greece who, due to the economic crisis, are in dire need of our philanthropic heart and love. I have the sacred hope that each of Orthodox Christian, and particularly the Greeks of the Diaspora will execute their duty in full. God, through the intercessions of the Virgin Mary Mother of God and all of the Saints may repay you many fold. Wishing you a Happy Summer to both children and adults, I remain with warm wishes and love in the Lord and honour.

 

London, July 2015

 

                                                Archbishop Gregorios

                                                of Thyateira and Great Britain

 
Fax number out of service Print E-mail

Please be advised that due to unforeseen technical issues, the fax number of the Archdiocese: 020-7224 9301 is out of service. All correspondence should be sent by post: 5 Craven Hill, London W2 3EN, or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . Apologies for any inconvenience.

 

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