Services on 16-17 June, the Third Sunday after Pentecost
On Saturday 16 June and Sunday 17 June we had services for the Third Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of Saint Metrophanes (Mitrofan), first Patriarch of Constantinople (+c.326 AD). Amongst the saints also commemorated on this day were All Saints of Belorussia, an icon of whom was set forth for veneration during both services. Receving Holy Communion for the first time at Divine Liturgy on Sunday was the newly-baptised Christopher Newton. Following the Prayer before the Amvon prayers of blessing were read over a copy of the revered Georgian Icon, “Glory of Iveria” ("Слава Грузинской Церкви") - a gift to our parish from Alexei Kozlovski and Svetlana Bolonina – and a set of liturgical books containing all the services for the first and last weeks of Great Lent – a gift from Evgenia Druganova. In his sermon the parish rector spoke about the importance of not “having it both ways” in the spiritual life, and of seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.