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On Saturday 31st March / 13th April 2019, the eve of the Sunday of St Mary of Egypt, the general service of Holy Unction was served in the London Cathedral of the Nativity of the Mother of God.
The service was led by His Grace Bishop Alexander of Vevey, Vicar of the Diocese, together with clergymen from the Cathedral parish and throughout Great Britain and Ireland. Throngs of faithful came to confess their sins and receive the blessed sacrament of healing of soul and body, which was served in the presence of the wonderworking Kursk-root Icon of the Theotokos — the chief icon of Russian Orthodoxy in the Diaspora — which is midway through its visit to the Diocese.
The service of Holy Unction is served in a general manner (i.e. for all the faithful, as opposed to its normal form, served at the sick-bed of an individual) once per year in the Orthodox Church, during the season of Great Lent. This was the service for the British Isles for this year; the service is also being celebrated in other regions in Europe.
Appeal of the First Hierarch to the God-Loving Flock, in Connection with the Coronavirus Pandemic | Обращение Первоиерарха к Боголюбивой пастве в связи с пандемией коронавирусной инфекции | Appel du premier hiérarque au troupeau de Dieu au sujet de la pandémie de coronavirus
The First Hierarch of the Church Abroad calls on all clergy and faithful to humble themselves, obey the hierarchy and local authorities. | Первоиерарх Зарубежной Церкви призывает все духовенство и верующих смириться, подчиниться иерархии и местным властям.
Fifth Live-Stream Lenten Spiritual Talk with Bishop Irenei Tonight: ‘The Work of Repentance – Lessons from the Life of St Mary of Egypt for Day to Day Life’, for the Benefit of Those Housebound on Account of the Current Epidemic
The fifth live-streamed Lenten talk for those housebound during the coronavirus epidemic. Tonight’s talk will draw from the recently-read Life of St Mary of Egypt, finding examples of repentance for day-to-day life..
Friday Evening of the Fifth Week of Great Lent – The Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos: Materials for Prayer at Home in Cases Where Church Attendance is Not Possible Due to the Coronavirus | Пятница пятой недели Великого поста – Акафист пресвятой Богородицы: тексты в случае, когда посещение храма невозможно из-за коронавируса
For those who cannot be in a church this evening, we provide the texts of the prayers and hymns (including the full Akathist Hymn) for this sacred day, to read at home.