On Saturday 27th January 2018 a LITURGICAL SERVICE WORKSHOP took place in the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Dormition, Harvard Road, London. The day was led by His Grace Bishop Irenei of Sacramento and Schema-Subdeacon Antony from the Holy Virgin Cathedral, San Francisco. The day was dedicated to learning the liturgical customs of the ROCOR tradition, in order to foster unity of practice and beauty in the Divine Services across the Diocese. The day was tailor-suited to all: especially Readers and Subdeacons (or those who serve in these roles, without being ordained; or who are thinking of being tonsured in future), and Deacons and Priests, for whom there was a special session with Bishop Irenei.
The workshop was open to all clergy and those with a blessing for Altar service, throughout the Diocese. In attendance were 7 Priests from across the Diocese and 24 Subdeacons, Readers and servers. There were 2 representatives of the Diocse of Sourozh. The day began with a quiet Hierarchal Liturgy which was served in its simplest form. Fr Vitaly served with Vladika with only tonsured Subdeacons and Readers in the Altar. The Priests prayed in the Altar, vested just before the Lord's Prayer and then communed. All those who attended went across to the Cathedral Parish Hall for a most welcome working breakfast kindly provided by the Sisterhood of the Cathedral. After breakfast, 33 of us gathered in the Cathedral to hear about how to conduct ourselves in the Altar, about liturgical gestures, preparing the incense and other very detailed traditions. Vladika Irenei emphasised the particular traditions of the ROCOR and some of our specific differences from other jurisdictions. Many of these are derived from the old Imperial Russian Orthodox Typikon which has been preserved in ROCOR practice. After an excellent working lunch, again kindly provided by the Sisterhood, we all returned to the Cathedral for a "hands on" session: the Priests in the Altar with Vladika Irenei and the Subdeacons, Readers and servers with Fr Antony in the nave of the Cathedral. We all had a wonderful day growing closer to God, and serving together. We all look forward to many more sessions like this in the future.
There were representatives from the London Cathedal Parish, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Colchester, Mettingham, Wallasey and Stradbally as well as Swindon and Luton (Diocese of Sourozh). Details of the matters discussed at the workshop will appear in the Question and Answer section of this website under Liturgical Life and Prayer, Liturgics and Serving.
The next Archpastoral visitation of His Grace Bishop Irenei will be from 4th - 23rd July. Below is an outline confirmed visitations on that stay.
- 6th-8th: Commemorative Festivities of the Holy Royal Martyrs on the Isle of Wight.
- Thursday 12th: Feast of Sts Peter & Paul:Venue to be announced.
- Saturday 14th: DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE: To the miraculous well of St Margaret and St Frideswide in Binsey (near Oxford), with Divine Liturgy in the ancient church at 9.45 a.m. followed by moleben at the Holy Well. His Grace will chair a meeting of the Diocesan Council this day as well. At 5.00 p.m., Vigil at the Diocesan Cathedral.
- Sunday 15th: 9.45 a.m.: Greeting and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy (10.00) at Dicoesan Cathedral.
- Monday 16th: 6.00 p.m.: Vigil of the Feast (Diocesan Cathedral, lower Church).
- Tuesday 17th: Feast of the Holy Royal Martyrs (Altar Feast of Cathedral lower Church): 9.00 a.m. Hierarchical Divine Liturgy of the Feast, followed by a luncheon in Cathedral Hall in honour of Feast and the 100th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Royal Family.
- Wednesday 18th: Royal Martyrs Sts Elisabeth & Barbara: Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in Cathedral.
- Saturday 21st: Kazan Icon of the Theotokos, the Altar Feast of the Cardiff Parish: 9.00 a.m. Hierarchical Divine Liturgy of the Feast in Cardiff. Reception to follow Liturgy.
- Sunday 22nd:Altar Feast of St Elisabeth, Wallasey: 9.45 greeting of the Bishop, 10:00 Hierarchical Divine Liturgy of the Feast in Wallasey, with Cross Procession and veneration of relics of St Elisabeth and St Barbara. A Garden Party will follow the Liturgy.
Spiritual talks will be scheduled during the visit. As ever, those wishing to meet formally with the Bishop are invited to contact the Diocesan Chancellor, Archpriest Paul Elliott, to have a meeting added to the calendar, or to approach Bishop Irenei directly during his visit to speak personally.
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