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Thursday, 30 May 2013

The Repose of His Eminence, Metropolitan Cyprian of Oropos and Phyle

We wish to announce that, after a long illness, His Eminence, Metropolitan Cyprian of Oropos and Phyle, President of the Holy Synod in Resistance of the Old Calendar Orthodox Church of Greece and Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Sts. Cyprian and Justina, reposed peacefully in the Lord today, Thursday, May 17/30, 2013, at 78 years of age and at rest in his monastic cell.
May the Lord God give him rest among the Righteous in the Land of the Living.
The funeral Service will take place at the headquarters of the Metropolis of Oropos and Phyle, in the Cathedral Church of the Holy Monastery of Sts. Cyprian and Justina, Phyle, Attica, Greece, on Saturday, May 19 (Old Style)/June 1(New Style), 2013, 10:00 a.m., at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy.
On behalf of the Holy Syenod

† His Grace, Bishop Cyprian of Oreoi,
Acting President of the Holy Synod

† His Grace, Bishop Klemes of Gardikion
Secretary of the Holy Synod

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Saint Edward Brotherhood Orthodox Incense

We supply Orthodox incense made in the traditional manner by the monks of the brotherhood. The incense is available by the pound or in small sachets.

The incense is made by grinding pure Frankincense to a fine powder and adding fragrant oils to produce a strongly perfumed incense. As many as twenty different fragrances are added to make each incense, many of which are natural flower extracts.
The incense is then rolled out by hand and cut into small pieces. A small amount of talcum powder is used to keep the grains separate.

Orthodox incense is traditionally fragrant but does not produce copious amounts of thick smoke. As a result, many customers use our incense as it does not cause choking or coughing. Also, as the fragrance is completely incorporated into the incense rather than simply sprayed on, the incense lasts longer both in storage and in use. Only four or five grains are needed to cense a church, but more can be added if dense clouds of incense are required.

Due to the large recent increase in postage costs we have altered our postage and packing charges from a flat 15% to a sliding scale based on the total cost of the order. The new charges will be significantly cheaper for many customers, especially those ordering 3 or 4 pounds by weight.  The cost of some raw materials has also increased, hence the increase in the price of some of the fragrances whilst others remain at the 2011 prices.

Click here to download our price list in PDF format. 

Friday, 10 May 2013

A Big Thank You!

                                                    Christ is Risen!

    A big thank you to all our parishioners and friends who helped us over Great Week and the Pascha feast: to those who through Great Week, knowing we had long services, brought meals daily for those that had attended church, to those who chauffeured His Grace Bishop Ambrose from Heathrow and between the Convent and the Brotherhood here, to those who decorated the epitaphios and the church, who helped prepare the vestments and clean the church, to those who prepared dishes for the paschal breakfast around the bonfire, and those who helped build the bonfire, to all who helped with the daily chores, and to those who cleared up after the paschal midnight feast.  We owe you and those that chanted, served and read during the services a debt of gratitude. 

    Many thanks also to those who contributed to the Palm Sunday collection to help our Synod in Greece run its soup kitchens for the poor there during this period of austerity. The collection came to £1,146.00 (in addition to that in the regular freewill offering box), and with donations given by others who we not able to be at church here on that day, we were able to give Bishop Ambrose £1,720 for this cause.  Since then, in fact, some more donations have come in, which we will keep for his next visit in July.

    God bless you all for your help and support.  May your hearts and minds be filled with the joy of His Pascha, and may that lighten your way in the months ahead.

    With love in our Risen Saviour,

        Fr Alexis, sinner