Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Holy Cross coming to Britain for the first time

The Holy Cross of Jesus Christ will come to Britain between the 28.11.2013 until the 12.12.2013. Archbishop Gregorios, of Thyateira and Great Britain wrote the below Encyclical, in order to inform the faithful of this great event. It is our obligation to advertise this and to venerate this Holy Relic of our Church, in order to receive its blessing.

To the Reverend Priests and Deacons, Honourable Chairpersons and Members of the Executive Committees, and to all the Christian people of our Sacred Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain.

Dearly Beloved in the Lord,

I take great joy in informing you of some wonderful news. Following the request of our holy Archdiocese, and that of the Russian Orthodox Church in Britain, His Beatitude the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos, and the Synod of the Holy Sepulchre, have agreed to bless the visit of the Precious and Life-giving Cross to the United Kingdom for our people to venerate.
Attached you will find the programme for the Holy Cross’ visit to our churches.
I invite all Orthodox Christians to come to church to venerate the Cross, to be blessed and edified by it, and to find through the grace of the Precious and Life-giving Cross health, happiness, forgiveness and remission of sins, the guidance and protection of their children, the strengthening of their family, and divine enlightenment of young and old.
Needless-to-say this relic is a piece of the Cross upon which our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified on Golgotha and upon which He shed His most holy Blood for the salvation of the human race. Rightly does the hymnographer sing:
“Rejoice, O life-bearing Cross, invincible triumph of true worship; O gate of paradise, constancy of believers, and wall of the Church, through which... we have ascended from earth to heaven.”
With profound theological poetry, the Church invites the people of God to venerate and pray before the Precious and Life-giving Cross:
“Come, all ye nations, let us adore the blessed Tree, through which everlasting justice hath come to pass… And by the blood of God the venom of the serpent was washed away; and the curse was undone by the righteous sentence when the just One was condemned unjustly… But glory to Thy fearful dispensation towards us, O Christ, wherewith Thou hast saved all, since Thou art good and the lover of mankind.”
With great joy we expect to see you come to our churches with devotion and holy humility to pray and bow down before the Holy Cross, which will be here in the United Kingdom for the first time to bless our churches, their leaders and congregations, and all who come with faith and the desire to find redemption and the salvation of their souls from Him who was crucified and suffered for us, our Lord Jesus Christ. To Him be dominion, glory and boundless mercy for ever and ever. Amen.

London, 1st November 2013

Gregorios, Archbishop of
Thyateira & Great Britain

Visit of the Precious and Life-giving Cross to the United Kingdom
28.11.2013 – 12.12.2013

28.11.2013 Thursday                                      Arrival of the Precious Cross

29.11.2013 Friday                                           Cathedral of All Saints, Camden Town

30.11.2013 Saturday                                       Cathedral of St Andrew, Kentish Town

1-2.12.2013 Saturday 3p.m. – Monday          Russian Cathedral of the Dormition and All Saints, Ennismore Gardens

3.12.2013 Tuesday                                          Cathedral of the Dormition, Birmingham

4.12.2013 Wednesday                                    Cathedral of the Divine Wisdom, Bayswater

5.12.2013 Thursday                                        Church of St Panteleimon, Harrow

6.12.2013 Friday                                             Cathedral of St Nicholas, Shepherds Bush

7.12.2013 Saturday                                         Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, Manchester (morning)
Russian Orthodox Church, Manchester (afternoon)

8.12.2013 Sunday                                           Church of St Nicholas, Liverpool

9.12.2013 Monday                                          Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God, Camberwell (morning)
                                                                        Church of St Nectarios, Battersea (afternoon)

10.12.2013 Tuesday                                        Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Oxford (morning)
Russian Orthodox Church of St Nicholas, Oxford (afternoon)

11.12.2013 Wednesday                                  Cathedral of the Dormition, Community of St Barnabas, Wood Green (morning)
                                                                        Church of St John the Baptist, Haringey (afternoon)

12.12.2013 Thursday                                      Departure of the Precious Cross

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