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Monastic Choir Concert

The concerts of the Monastic Choir of St Elisabeth Convent from Minks, Belarus, reveal the traditions of Russian church singing based on the unity of life, prayer, and service. The programme of each concert consists of two parts. The first part includes worship hymns sung using ancient chants, marked by their refined and exalted nature. The second part consists of well-known and popular church songs and canticles, the beauty and wisdom of which lies in their simplicity and uniqueness.
Total duration of a concert is 45 minutes.

Please see the concert schedule.

Friday 22th September, 7 pm
Russian Centre for Science and Culture in London
37 Kensington High St
Kensington, London W8 5ED

Saturday 23rd September, 5 pm
St. Mary Abchurch
Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BA

Sunday 24th September, 12 pm
Serbian Orthodox Church of St Sava
89 Lancaster Road, London W11 1QQ

Sunday 24th September, 7pm
St John the Evangelist Polish Church
St John’s Avenue, Putney
London SW15 6AR

All proceeds go to charity
FREE ENTRANCE

Folk dance enrolment

We would like to invite you to register with the St Sava School of Folk Dance on Sunday 10th September 2017, from 12 to 3pm in the Bishop Nikolaj Hall, St Sava Church, London. We look forward to seeing you.

FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF OUR MOST HOLY LADY, THE THEOTOKOS AND EVER-VIRGIN MARY

INTRODUCTION

The Feast of the Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary is celebrated on September 8 each year. The Feast commemorates the birth of the Mother of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

BACKGROUND

The birth and early life of the Virgin Mary is not recorded in the Gospels or other books of the New Testament, however this information can be found in a work dating from the second century known as the Book of James or Protevangelion.

The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and ever virgin Mary

After the Lord's Ascension, the Mother of God remained under the care of the Apostle John the Theologian, and when he was absent, she lived in the house of his parents, near the Mount of Olives. For all the Apostles and all the faithful, she was a consolation and edification. Talking with them, the Mother of God told them of the wondrous events of the Annunciation, the conception without seed, and her birth of Christ without corruption, His childhood and earthly life. Like the Apostles, she instructed and strengthened others in the Christian Faith by her very presence, words, and prayers. The Apostles' reverence for the Most Holy Virgin was extraordinary. Upon receiving the Holy Spirit on the remarkable day of Pentecost, they remained in Jerusalem for about ten years, serving for the salvation of the Jews and wishing to see and hear her divine words as often as possible. Many of the newly-enlightened in the faith even came from distant lands to Jerusalem in order to see and hear the Most Pure Theotokos.

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