Dear parishioners and friends,
It is now over eight weeks that we have not been able to gather in our church for services, for the Divine Liturgy.
This must be very hard for many of us. We are so used to coming to church on a Sunday, to receive the life-giving holy Gifts, the Body and Blood of our Saviour, for the remission of sins and for life everlasting.
I know that for many of us our coming together in the church is also a time of communion with each other. Over the fifty years of our parish life, many of us have formed close bonds, friendships, and for many of you our church is also a home away from home.
Our church is a place of comfort, a source of healing, a true home, the home of our Lord, where we are in the presence of our Saviour, His blessed Mother and all His saints.
We are now having to live like the desert fathers, alone in our cells. But this does not mean that we are alone. We can be together in love and in our thoughts, but above all in our prayers. I encourage you all to pray for one another.
Please rest assured that you are all in my prayers, and if you have any special requests for prayer, or if you have names of people you would like me to add to the list of those I remember at the Divine Liturgy, which together with Irina I celebrate every Sunday, please do write to me or call me.
If you need to contact me for any reason, please do not hesitate to do so.
firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 01392 278585, mob: 07811 128275
A reminder that three times a week the services which I take at home can also be seen on the parish Facebook page.
God willing, it may be possible, in the not too distant future, for us to gather together for prayer once again.
May God bless you all!
”On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of him (out of his belly) will flow rivers of living water.’ (Jn 7: 37-38)
And we can all have “rivers” flowing out of us of “living water,” – of compassion, kindness, wisdom, creativity, courage, patience, humility and love, “Come and abide in us” today, Lord, as we choose to come and abide in You.
(Paraphrased from Vassa Larin).