2 Orthodox Parishes in Wales, UK:
2 Orthodox Parishes in Wales, UK:
IRELAND & BRITISH ISLES
Patriarchal Stavropegic Monastery
of St John the Baptist in Essex, England
ANIMALS OF MY HEART
Saits Carranog & Curig
and his tamed dragon (dinosaur)
Saint Carannog / Carantock
Irish Missionary of Wales & Cornwall, England (+6th century
Saint Carantoc was the son of Ceredig, King of Cardigan, but he chose the life of a hermit and lived in a cave above the harbour of the place now called after him, Llangranog, where there is also a holy well, which he probably used. When the people tried to force him to succeed his father, he fled, and founded a religious settlement in Somerset at Carhampton. According to legend, his portable altar was lost as he crossed the Severn Sea and was washed up at the mouth of the little brook Willet near Carhampton. Carantoc went to King Arthur, the leader of the British resistance to the Saxon invaders, to ask his help to recover his altar, and the King asked him in return to tame a dragon that was troubling the neighbourhood.
After Carantoc had prayed to the Lord, the dragon came running to the man of God and humbly bent his head to allow him to put his stole around his neck and to lead him like a lamb, lifting neither wing nor claw against him. After a time the dragon was released and departed having been instructed not to Continue reading “Saint Carannog / Carantock, Irish Missionary of Wales & Cornwall, England and his tamed dragon (dinosaur), 6th century – May 16”
ROMANIA OF MY HEART
Pr. Sophrony Sakharov & Sf Ioan Botezatorul Manastirea Ortodoxa
din Tolleshunt Knights, Maldon, Essex, England
Pr. Rafail Noica vorbeste despre Pr. Sofronie Saharov din Essex, England,
care stia ce se petrece de la distanta
Pr. Rafail Noica vorbeste despre Parintele Sofronie Saharov, care stia ce se petrece de la distanta. Prezinta doua intamplari reale din anii ’60. Parintele era clarvazator, dar nu afisa nimic din sensul pe care ni-l imaginam.
GREAT BRITAIN OF MY HEART
Ένας άθεος συναντάει τον ίδιο το Θεό
μέσα στην Ορθόδοξη Θεία Λειτουργία
π. Anthony Bloom του Sourozh,
Επίσκοπος Μ. Βρεταννίας & Ιρλανδίας (+2003)
Ο π. Anthony Bloom του Sourozh, Επίσκοπος Μ. Βρεταννίας & Ιρλανδίας μας αναφέρει:
«Θυμᾶμαι ὅτι μᾶς εἶχε ἐπισκεφθῆ κάποτε ἐδῶ ἕνας σαραντάρης, στρατευμένος ἄθεος. Ἦλθε σ᾽ αὐτή τήν ἐκκλησία ἐπειδή, ὅπως εἶπε, εἶχε φέρει ἕνα δέμα γιά κάποιον ἐνορίτη μας. Πῆγε καί κάθισε πίσω-πίσω, ἀλλά ἔνιωθε ὅτι μία παρουσία γέμιζε τό χῶρο. Ξαναήλθε σέ ὥρα πού δέν εἴχαμε Λειτουργία, και ἀνακάλυψε ὅτι ἡ παρουσία ἦταν ἀκόμη ἐκεῖ —ἀληθινή, ἀντικειμενική, δέν τή δημιουργοῦσε ἡ ψαλμωδία, τά κεριά, οἱ εἰκόνες, ἡ προσευχή τῶν ἀνθρώπων: ἦταν ἡ παρουσία τοῦ ἴδιου τοῦ Θεοῦ. Αὐτόν ἔτσι τόν ἄγγιξε…».
ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΗ ΑΠΟΛΟΓΗΤΙΚΗ – TRUTH TARGET
SAINTS OF MY HEART
St Alban the first Martyr of England,
in Verulamium (now St. Albans) of England (+250)
Feast day: June 17
Also, June 20 & July 17
SAINT ALBAN was the first martyr in the British Isles; he was put to death at Verulamium (now called Saint Albans after him), perhaps during the persecution under the emperor Diocletian in the year 303 or 304, although some say that he gave his life in the reign of the emperor Septimus Severus, around 209.
According to the story told by St Bede the Venerable, St Alban sheltered in his house a priest who was fleeing from his persecutors. He was so impressed by the goodness of his guest that he eagerly received his teaching and received Baptism. In a few days it was known that the priest lay concealed in St Alban’s house, and soldiers were sent to seize him. Thereupon the St Alban put on the priest’s clothes and gave himself up in his stead to be tried.
The judge asked St Alban, ‘Of what family are you?’
The saint answered, ‘That is a matter of no concern to you. I would have you know that I am a Christian.’
The judge persisted, and the saint said, ‘I was called Alban by my parents, and I worship the living and true God, the creator of all things.’
Then the judge said, ‘If you wish to enjoy eternal life, sacrifice to the great gods at once!’
The saint replied, ‘You sacrifice to demons, who can bring no help or answer to the desires of the heart. The reward of such sacrifices is the endless punishment of Hell.’
The judge was angered at the priest’s escape and threatened the saint with death if he persisted in forsaking the gods of Rome. He replied firmly that he was a Christian, and would not burn incense to the pagan gods. He was condemned to be beaten and then beheaded.
As he was led to the place of execution (the hill on which Saint Albans abbey church now stands) it is said that, by the martyr’s prayers, the crowd who accompanied him to his place of execution were enabled to cross the river Coln dry-shod. This miracle so touched the heart of the executioner that he flung down his sword, threw himself at St Alban’s feet, avowing himself a Christian, and begged to suffer either for him or with him. Another soldier picked up the sword, and in the words of Bede, ‘the valiant martyr’s head was stricken off, and he received the crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.’
A spring of water gushed forth from the place of the martyr’s execution, and it is said that, at the moment at which the saint’s head fell to the ground, the eyes of his executioner fell out of their sockets. Before this spectacle, the governor ordered that the persecution of Christians cease, and that due honour be paid to the glorious martyrs of Christ. From that time, many sick people found healing through the numerous miracles wrought at St Alban’s tomb, and his veneration spread throughout England and also in Europe.
The shrine of St Alban had lain empty since the destruction of the English monasteries by King Henry VIII, but in 2002 a portion of the martyr’s relics was taken there from the church of St Panteleimon in Cologne, Germany, where they had been preserved for many centuries. These relics now lie once more at the place of the saint’s martyrdom.
BRITISH ORTHODOX CHURCH
Orthodox Monastery of St Antony and St Cuthbert
in Gatten, Pontesbury, Shropshire, England
If you wish to contact the monastery, you can telephone (+44/0) 1588 650571
or email Fr, Silouan: firstname.lastname@example.org
or write to:
The Monastery of St Antony and St Cuthbert,
The Monastery of St Antony and St Cuthbert is a hermitage within the Romanian jurisdiction of the Orthodox Church, high up in the South-west Shropshire hills. Situated at 1,273 ft, under the Shepherd’s Rock, on the eastern slopes of the Stiperstones, Father Silouan lives alone, in what was once a miner’s cottage and small holding of twenty acres of pasture and woodland. He lives a life of prayer, silence, liturgy and work in the ancient tradition of orthodox monasticism.
Priest-monk Silouan began monastic life in the summer of 1990, in the Monastery of St John the Baptist at Tolleshunt Knights, in the county of Essex, established in 1959 by the late Archimandrite Sophrony, disciple of St Silouan the Athonite. Like St Silouan, Fr Sophrony was a monk of the Monastery of St Panteleiomon on Mt Athos in Greece. On the Holy Mountain, monks have prayed the Jesus Prayer, hallowing God’s Name in their hearts, for well over a thousand years.
There is no access to the Monastery by car. The farm track is long and rough. The nearest Car Park is at the Stiperstones Car Park at the Knolls, which is a 45 minute walk along the hill below the Stiperstones.