Calendar of Events

Every Sunday, Matins commence at 9.30 a.m. followed by the Divine Liturgy at 11.00 a.m. ,finishing around 12.30 p.m., unless followed by a memorial or celebration service. The congregation then gathers at the Church Hall, where tea and coffee together with a selection of home baked cakes and biscuits, are served.

Vespers every Saturday evening from 6.30 p.m. -7.15 p.m 

Suplicatory Canons (παρακλήσεις) every evening 6.30-7.30 p.m

Services are held in English on the first Sunday of every month.  The Creed and the Lord's Prayer are recited in Greek, Russian (usually) and English - with Georgian, Romanian and other tongues to be heard depending on who is present in the congregation each week.

All visitors are welcome to attend the Holy and Divine Liturgy, but
you should note that only confirmed Orthodox Christians are permitted to receive Holy Communion.
  The blessed, but non-sanctified bread, distributed at the end of the Holy Liturgy, antidoron, is offered to all Christians.

 Please note that advance booking is required for all Liturgies, including every day of the Holy Week, but not for Vespers.

Programme of Services 12 April-2 May 2021

Πρόγραμμα Ἀκολουθιῶν 12 Ἀπριλίου-2 Μαΐου 2021

Monday 12 April

Δευτέρα 12 Απριλίου

GREAT COMPLINE

ΜΕΓΑ ΑΠΟΔΕΙΠΝΟ

18.00

VISIT OF ARCHBISHOP NIKETAS

ΕΠΙΣΚΕΨΙΣ ΤΟΥ ΑΡΧΙΕΠΙΣΚΟΠΟΥ ΝΙΚΗΤΑ

Tuesday 13 April

Τρίτη 13 Απριλίου

LENTEN VESPERS

ΕΣΠΕΡΙΝΟΣ

 

18.30

 

Wednesday 14 April

Τετάρτη 14 Απριλίου

Small Compline with Great Canon

Μικρόν Απόδειπνο μετά Μεγάλου Κανόνος

18.30

 

Thursday 15 April

Πέμπτη 15 Απριλίου

LENTEN VESPERS

ΕΣΠΕΡΙΝΟΣ

 

18.30

 

Friday 16 April

Παρασκευή 16 Απριλίου

AKATHIST HYMN

ΑΚΑΘΙΣΤΟΣ ΥΜΝΟΣ

18.45

 

Saturday 17 April

Σάββατο 17 Απριλίου

VESPERS

ΕΣΠΕΡΙΝΟΣ

18.30

 

Sunday 18 April

Κυριακή 18 Απριλίου

Matins & Divine Liturgy

Όρθρος/Θεία Λειτουργία

09.00 - 12.00

(Note earlier start time)

St Mary of Egypt

Της Οσίας Μαρίας της Αιγυπτίας

Sunday 18 April

Κυριακή 18 Απριλίου

Penitential Vespers

Κατανυκτικός Εσπερινός

18.30

 

Monday 19 April

Δευτέρα 19 Απριλίου

LENTEN VESPERS

ΕΣΠΕΡΙΝΟΣ

 

18.30

 

Tuesday 20 April

Τρίτη 20 Απριλίου

LENTEN VESPERS

ΕΣΠΕΡΙΝΟΣ

 

18.30

 

Wednesday 21 April

Τετάρτη 21 Απριλίου

Liturgy of the Presanctified

Λειτουργία των Προηγιασμένων

18.30

 

Thursday 22 April

Πέμπτη 22 Απριλίου

LENTEN VESPERS

ΕΣΠΕΡΙΝΟΣ

 

18.30

 

Friday 23 April

Παρασκευή 23 Απριλίου

VESPERS

ΕΣΠΕΡΙΝΟΣ

 

18.30

 

Saturday 24 April

Σάββατο 24 Απριλίου

Matins & Divine Liturgy

Όρθρος/Θεία Λειτουργία

09.00 - 12.00

(Note earlier start time)

Raising of Lazarus

Έγερσις Λαζάρου

Saturday 24 April

Σάββατο 24 Απριλίου

VESPERS

ΕΣΠΕΡΙΝΟΣ

18.30

 

 

 

Sunday 25 April

Κυριακή 25 Απριλίου

 

 

Matins & Divine Liturgy

Όρθρος/Θεία Λειτουργία

 

 

09.00 - 12.30

(Note earlier start time)

Palm Sunday: Episcopal Liturgy served by Bishop Rafael of Ilion

Των Βαΐων - ῏Αρχιεράτικη Λειτουργία υπό του Επισκόπου Ιλίου Ραφαήλ

Programme for Holy Week  25 April - 2 May 2021

Πρόγραμμα Ακολουθιῶν τῆς Μ. Εβδομάδος 2021


Sunday 25 April

Κυριακή 25 Απριλίου

Matins/Episcopal Liturgy

Όρθρος/Αρχιερατική Λειτουργία

 

09.00 - 12.30

Palm Sunday: Episcopal Liturgy served by Bishop Rafael of Ilion

Των Βαΐων - ῏Αρχιεράτικη Λειτουργία υπό του Επισκόπου Ιλίου Ραφαήλ

 

Sunday 25 April

Κυριακή 25 Απριλίου

Matins of Holy Monday

Όρθρος της Μεγάλης Δευτέρας

19.00

Service of the Bridegroom

Ο Νυμφίος, Ιωσήφ του παγκάλου

Monday  26 April

Δευτέρα 26 Απριλίου

Matins of Holy Tuesday

Όρθρος της Μεγάλης Τρίτης

19.00

Service of the Bridegroom

Ο Νυμφίος, Των 10 Παρθένων

Tuesday 27 April

Τρίτη 27 Απριλίου

Matins of Holy Wednesday

Όρθρος της Μεγάλης Τετάρτης

19.00

Service of the Bridegroom

Ο Νυμφίος, Της αλειψάσης τον Κύριον

Wednesday 28 April

Τετάρτη 28 Απριλίου

Sacrament of Holy Unction

Ιερόν Ευχέλαιον

18.30

 

Thursday 29 April

Πέμπτη 29 Απριλίου

Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St Basil

Εσπερινή Λειτουργία του Αγίου Βασιλείου

 

10.00 - 12.15

The Last Supper

Ο Μυστικός Δείπνος

Thursday 29 April

Πέμπτη 29 Απριλίου

Matins of Holy Friday

Όρθρος της Μεγάλης Παρασκευής

 

18.30 - 22.15

The Passion of our Lord, The 12 Gospels

Τα άγια Πάθη του Κυρίου, Τα 12 Ευαγγέλια

Friday 30 April

Παρασκευή 30 Απριλίου

The Great Hours and Vespers

Μεγάλαι Ώραι και Εσπερινός

 

09.30 12.15

Deposition from the Cross

Αποκαθήωσις

Friday 30 April

Παρασκευή 30 Απριλίου

Matins of Holy Saturday

Όρθρος του Μεγάλου Σαββάτου

 

19.00

The Burial Procession

Ο Επιτάφιος

Saturday 1 May

Σάββατο 1 Μαΐου

Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St Basil

Εσπερινή Λειτουργία του Αγίου Βασιλείου

 

10.00 - 12.15

Descent into Hades, Vespers of the Resurrection

Η εις Άδου κάθοδος, Εσπερινός της Αναστάσεως

Saturday 1 May

Σάββατο 1 Μαΐου

Short Resurrection Service

Σύντομη τελετή της Αναστάσεως

 

21.00 - 21.30

 

Saturday 1 May

Σάββατο 1 Μαΐου

Resurrection Vigil; Matins and Divine Liturgy

Όρθρος και Θεία Λειτουργία

 

23.00 - 02.30

The Resurrection of our Lord

Η Ανάστασις του Κυρίου

Sunday 2 May

Κυριακή 2 Μαΐου

Vespers of Love

Εσπερινός της Αγάπης

11.00

 

Please note:

On Thursday and Saturday Morning of Holy Week, Holy Communion will be kept for 30 minutes after the end of the Liturgy, so that those who did not manage to reserve a place for the Liturgy may receive Communion after the end of the service, once the Church has been vacated by those who attended

 The short service of the Resurrection at 9pm will take place to enable more people to come to receive the Paschal light, given the continued government restriction to 50 people in each service. The service will be repeated in the full vigil at 11pm. Those who reserve a place for the 9pm service may NOT  reserve also for the later service, which is reserved ONLY for those who wish to stay until the end of the Liturgy. Those attending the 11pm Vigil must be in the church by 11.15 at the latest, since the doors will then be closed.

If you do not manage to reserve a place for either service, please DO NOT attempt to come to the Church and wait outside - you will not under any circumstances be admitted and the local police will be in the area to ensure that large crowds do not form.

The Paschal Light can be taken at the Vespers on Sunday 2 May at 11 am, or any other of the daily Vespers at 18.30 in Renewal Week, the week after Pascha. 


ESSENTIAL COVID-19 GUIDANCE 

 The Scottish Government has announced that places of worship have re-opened for individual prayer and contemplation as from Monday 22nd June 2020. The following arrangements have been put in place for our gradual and safe return to normality, until the Scottish Government permits later in the summer attendance at the Divine Liturgy.

Main worshiping area

We will disinfect the main worshipping area before opening the doors. Although the same will apply to the toilets, there will be no disinfection of the kitchen area.

Access

(i)             We expect that faithful will not congregate at the entrance or exit

(ii)            When services resume, there will be a one-way flow system; entrance by the main door as usual, but exit through the School door by the side

(iii)           We have provided alcohol-based hand sanitizer/gel at both entrance and exit

(iv)           If you want to wear a face covering, you can either bring your own or you may ask for one. As these items are costly and difficult to obtain, a 50p contribution will be greatly appreciated


Infection prevention and safety

v  All members in attendance must maintain physical distancing at all times, including entrance and exit doors

v  Anyone who is unwell or who shows symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature/fever, cough or loss of smell), or is in the extremely vulnerable group, or is shielding, who is isolating, or is living with someone who is isolating or is unwell, MUST NOT ATTEND THE CATHEDRAL.

v  If a face covering is not used for medical or other reasons, please cover the mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not hands) when coughing or sneezing

v  Please note that there will be no access to the toilets when visiting the Cathedral for private prayer and contemplation

v  Avoid close contact with people who may become unwell when within the building; inform immediately one of the officers or volunteers in attendance

v  Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

v  Do not touch face, eyes, nose or mouth if hands are not clean.

Social distancing

·       Please assume effective physical distancing while in and around the building.

·       Avoid non-essential contact with others.

·       Keep a safe distance of at least 2 metres from others, until if and when revised by the Scottish Government

·       Avoiding physical contact (e.g. hugs, handshakes, etc).

·       Do not stand, take a seat in one of the clearly marked areas

Candles

An adequate supply of candles has been laid out with an officer or a volunteer overseeing to guide visitors as to the safe use.

Icons

The practice of bowing to venerate the icons is recommended, but where visitors touch the icons, these will be sanitised with wipes between each person to ensure hygiene measures are continued.

Blessed Bread (Αντίδωρον)

On Sundays and on days when the Liturgy has been served, a supply of the blessed bread along with plastic bags will be laid out on a table at the exit (School door), so that you may take some home to family after your individual prayer/contemplation.

Scottish Government Guidance:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship/pages/overview/