We must be one of the few parishes in England which have an Eastern (Armenian) and two Orthodox (Russian and Ukranian) churches close by.
On Saturday (before the Sunday of Orthodoxy) Fr Ian, with Dominic and Gregory, Sr Julie and Sr Catherine attended the consecration of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Pokrov on Clarence Road.
It was a long (we were not able to stay for it all), impressive, and colourful liturgy led by Archbishop Elisey (Elijah) of Sourozh. Dominic (aged four and three quarters) was very interested to visit “Maria’s church.” Maria is in Dominic’s class at school. But he couldn’t understand why the people were singing about snakes (like his father he had no knowledge of the language being used 🙂 )
There were a wide variety of people present and it was good to see old friends among those attending, including Fr Ephrem (who held Orthodox liturgies in St Chrysostom’s), Fr Gregory from Levenshulme and Subdeacon Michael (a former sacristan at St Chrysostom’s).
This beautiful little church is a lovely tribute to the love and care of its people and a source of prayer and blessing for many.
We wish the Pokrov parish and its people
God’s blessings for today and for the future.