On Tuesday, 23rd January 2018 at 7.30 p.m., the Parish of St Elizabeth the New Martyr in Wallasey, near Liverpool, will welcome His Grace Bishop Irenei to lead a discussion group on the theme 'The Jesus Prayer and the Life of the Orthodox Christian'. Following His Grace's talk on the topic, all will be welcome to ask practical as well as broader questions, about how the Jesus Prayer is to form a part of the spiritual practice of Orthodox Christians, how it relates to our liturgical life and other prayers, and connected themes.
From Bishop Irenei: "Our modern world is filled with so many books about the Jesus Prayer, many of which are extremely popular but present an approach to the prayer developed in a strange estrangement from Church life. More often than not, people read such books (often including excerpts or even whole texts from the Holy Fathers), and thereby think they have discovered a familiarity with this tradition of prayer, which they then try to incorporate into their lives. But this approach to ascetical life — of 'reading one's way into' a life of prayer — is far indeed from the practice of the Church. In our time together in Wallasey, we will look at the Jesus Prayer concretely, practically, from the point of view of actual Orthodox life as our Church has handed it down to us. In what ways can we incorporate it into our at-home prayer Rule? What practices are accepted, and what are forbidden? How do we avoid the overly-intellectualised approach to prayer that is hidden within the seemingly 'simple' and pious books that are available today?"
The talk will follow a bring-and-share supper at 6.30 p.m., and will take place in the parish house at 58 Shrewsbury Road, Prenton, CH43 2HY. For further details, please contact the parish rector, Archpriest Paul Elliott.
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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