St Cyril and Methodius

They were brothers from Salonica, of eminent and wealthy parents, Leo and Maria. The elder brother, Methodius, spent ten years as an officer among the Slavs in Macedonia, and thus learned the Slavic language. After that, Methodius went off to Olympus and gave himself to monastic asceticism, and Cyril (Constantine) later joined him there. When the Khazarite king, Kagan, sought preachers of the Christian faith from the Emperor Michael, the Emperor commanded that these two brothers be found and sent to the Khazars. They converted Kagan to the Christian faith and baptised him, together with a great number of his nobles and an even greater number of the people.

Paschal Encyclical of the Serbian Orthodox Church 2024

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Patriarchal Pascha Encyclical 2024

The Serbian Orthodox Church to her spiritual children at Pascha, 2024

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By the Grace of God

Orthodox Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci, and Serbian Patriarch, with all the Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church to all the clergy, monastics, and all the sons and daughters of our Holy Church: grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, with the joyous Paschal greeting:

 

Christ is Risen!

“When You descended into death,
O Life immortal,
You slayed Hades with the splendor of Your Divinity;
and when from the depths You raised the dead,
all the powers of heaven cried out to You:
O Giver of Life, Christ our God, glory to You.”
(Troparion of the Resurrection, Tone-2)

Boldly and unwaveringly proclaiming the words of this divinely inspired hymn, let us join the holy forefathers, patriarchs, prophets, apostles, martyrs, venerable ones, righteous ones, confessors, and teachers of the faith, as well as all the angelic choirs, who today in heaven celebrate the holy and life-giving Resurrection of the Lord! Let us also hasten with the myrrh-bearing women to the empty tomb of Christ so that we too can hear the words of the angel, filled with eternal joy:

“The time for sorrow is passed; weep not;
but announce the Resurrection to the Apostles!”

St Basil of Ostrog

Basil was born in Popovo Polje in Herzegovina, in Mrkonjici village near Trebinje, of simple and devout parents. From his youth he was filled with love for the Church of God, and when he grew up he went to the monastery of the Dormition of the Mother of God at Trebinje, and became a monk. As such, he quickly became known for his serious and rare ascetic life, for he loaded himself with ascetic practices, each harder than the last. 

Easter church services 2024

Wednesday 1 May 2024 - GREAT WEDNESDAY 

10:00 The Presanctified Liturgy 
18:30 Holy Unction

 

Thursday 2 May 2024 - GREAT THURSDAY

10:00 Divine Liturgy
18:30 Great Vigil - The reading of the 12 Passion Gospels

 

Friday 3 May 2024 - GREAT FRIDAY

10:00 ROYAL HOURS
18:30 VESPERS WITH THE PROCESSION OF THE SHROUD
19:30 Matins with Burial service of the Lord

 

Saturday 4 May 2024 - GREAT SATURDAY

10:00 Divine Liturgy

 

Sunday 5 May 2024 - EASTER

00:00 EASTER MATINS and 1st EASTER LITURGY
10:00 2nd EASTER LITURGY
19:00 Easter Vespers

 

Monday 6 May 2024 - BRIGHT MONDAY - ST. GEORGE DAY

10:00 Divine Liturgy

 

Tuesday 7 May 2024 - BRIGHT TUESDAY

10:00 Divine Liturgy

On Great Wednesday, Great Thursday and Great Friday, the church will be open from 9:00 to 13:00 and from 18:00 to 21.30.

On Great Saturday, the church will be open from 9:00 to 13:00 and 22:00 to 24:00.

On Easter, the church will be open from 00:00 (midnight) to 3:00 and from 9:00 to 20:00.

*Note: All those who wish are preparing to partake in the Holy Sacrament of Communion
at the first (midnight) Liturgy on the Day of the Resurrection,  should abstain from food and drink at for at least 8 hours prior to the service.

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89 Lancaster Road
London
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Telephone: 020 7727 8367
E-mail: crkva@spclondon.org.uk

 

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