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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.
In honour of the ‘Autumn Feast’ of St John the Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco — for many years the Ruling Bishop of this Diocese — which commemorates the uncovering of the incorrupt relics of the saint on 29th September / 12th October 1993, we reprint here the recollection of that miraculous event by Archpriest Peter Perekrestov, which calls to mind the wonders that preceded St John’s glorification by the Church.
Bishop Irenei Makes an Archpastoral Visit to the Sanremo Parish, Italy, on the Feastday of Hieromartyr Peter of Krutitsa. | В день памяти священномученика митр. Петра Крутицкого Преосвященный епископ Ириней совершил архипастырский визит в приход в Сан-Ремо, Италия.
On the 16th Sunday of Pentecost, His Grace Bishop Irenei of London and Western Europe made an archpastoral visit to the Parish of Christ the Saviour and St Seraphim of Sarov in Sanremo, Italy.
Bishop Irenei Participates in Moscow Patristics Conference on the Legacy of St Ambrose of Milan. | Епископ Ириней принял участие в Московской святоотеческой конференции, посвященной наследию святителя Амвросия Медиаланского.
His Grace Bishop Irenei of London and Western Europe today took part in the seventh annual Patristics Conference organised by the Sts Cyril and Methodius Institute of the Moscow Patriarchate, dedicated this year to “St Ambrose of Milan and his Theological Heritage.”