With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Irenei of London and Western Europe, a new mission community has been established in Telford, Shropshire (England), under the spiritual protection of St Chad of Lichfield. The first Divine Liturgy of the community was served on Saturday 30th June / 13th July 2019 at the Serbian Orthodox Church of St Nicholas in Telford — a church temple generously offered for the use of the new community by His Grace Bishop Dositej of the Serbian Orthodox Eparchy of Britain and Scandinavia.
The community’s first Divine Liturgy was attended by a mixture of Russian, Ukrainian and British faithful, and was supported by the presence of the Chancellor of Great Britain and Ireland, Archpriest Paul Elliot (from the Parish of St Elisabeth in Wallasey). After the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy a shared lunch was enjoyed in the church hall.
Background on the new community.
Having received the petition of numerous faithful in the region, Bishop Irenei travelled to the area in Paschaltide to explore the possibilities for a new community. Thanks to the generous hospitality of the Serbian Orthodox Eparchy, the Orthodox church building of St Nicholas was been made available to the new mission. The trustees of the Serbian community have warmly welcomed the opportunity to foster additional Divine Services in the region.
His Grace Bishop Irenei has entrusted the pastoral care of the new community to Priest Spiridon Bailey, who was received into the ranks of the clergy of the Diocese at the beginning of this year and is an attached cleric of the Parish of St Elisabeth in Wallasey.
While the new mission’s first Liturgy was celebrated on a Saturday in order to make possible the concelebration of Archpriest Paul Elliott, in future the mission’s normal pattern shall be for Divine Liturgies to be held on the first and third Sundays of the month.
The location of Divine Services is St Nicholas Church, 18 Wellington Road, Muxton, Telford TF2 8NQ, England.
On the Sunday after Theophany, Bishop Irenei Makes an Archpastoral Visit to the Kazan Icon Parish in Cardiff, Wales. | В Неделю после Богоявления Преосвященный епископ Ириней совершает архипастырский визит в приход Казанской иконы Божией Матери в Кардиффе, Уэльс.
Bishop Irenei offered his gratitude to the clergy of the parish, who piously present the fulness of Holy Orthodoxy to the local community. | Епископ Ириней вознес слова благодарности клиру прихода, благочестиво преподносящим полноту Святого Православия местному сообществу.
On the Feast of Theophany, the Diocese’s Senior-most Cleric Receives a High Award from the Holy Synod. | В праздник Богоявления, старейший священнослужитель епархии получил высокую награду от Архиерейского Синода.
Mitred Archpriest Pavel Tzvetkoff, was awarded the right to wear a second pectoral Cross. | Протоиерею Павлу Цветкову было присвоено право ношения второго Креста.
Матушка Эмилия Пух из Люксембургского прихода отошла ко Господу. | Matushka Emilia Poukh de la paroisse luxembourgeoise s’est reposée dans le Seigneur. | Matushka Emilia Poukh of the Luxembourg Parish Has Reposed in the Lord.
«Наша староста уходит, оставляя пример подвижничества, выдержанности и веры…» | «Notre Starosta s’en va, laissant un exemple d’ascèse, d’endurance et de foi…» | ‘Our Starosta departs, leaving being her an example of asceticism, endurance and faith…’