Sunday 21 June 2009

An historic announcement

The Chairman of the Church and Community Council, Mr. Pantelis Demosthenous, has announced to the congregation today the time-plan for the forthcoming starting of the works, for the building of the new Byzantine Church of Saint Panteleimon.

His speech in Greek is here:

A summary of the plan is as follows:

19th July: The last Divine Liturgy at the present Church with the current setting.

20th - 25th July: The icon-screen, all the icons and other articles will be transferred to the Community Centre, which will serve as place of worship, during the building of the new Church.

26th - 27th July: Celebration of the Patronal Festival of Saint Panteleimon in the present Church.

27th July: After the Patronal Festival the present Church will be offered to the builders to demolish it.

Saturday 20 June 2009

A talk

Tomorrow Sunday 21st June at 4.30 pm a Social Gathering is organised by the Auxiliary Ladies' Sisterhood at our Community Centre.

The Ladies will offer delicious refreshments, as they always do, and Dr. Panayiotis Procopiou, the 2nd Chanter at our Church and Secretary to our Church Committee, will give a talk on “The protochanter Theodoulos Kallinikos”. Entry is free.

Friday 19 June 2009

Flowers and plants

The following pictures show flowers and plants from around our Church of Saint Panteleimon:

Monday 15 June 2009

Day of Cyprus

Once a year, around the Feast of St. Barnabas the Apostle (11th June), Founder and Patron Saint of the Church of Cyprus, we organise a special celebration in our Community, in order to honour Cyprus, its Apostolic Church and its rich civilisation.

We start with a special Prayer in the Church, followed by a talk and then we have a social gathering at our Community premises, where we enjoy Greek hospitality and we taste delicious souvlakia.
The speaker this year (yesterday, Sunday 14th June 2009) was the Lecturer - Translator and Writer Dr. Zannetos Tofallis, who gave an interesting outline of the History of Cyprus, as well as its literature.

Sunday 7 June 2009

Sponsored Walk

A Sponsored Walk of 3 miles was organised today in our Community. It was the fourth year in a row that an event of this kind was organised in financial support of our efforts to build a new Church in byzantine style.

Four ladies had actually organised this event. They are: Mary Nicolaou, Mary Papapavlou, Martha Constantinou and Georgina Panayi. They also offered water for those who walked as well as refreshments for all who participated in the event.

41 people of all ages (even a baby in a pram) had taken part. Half of them have already given their sponsorship money which are about £4000. The Parish Priest Fr. Anastasios had collected £1500.
The Chairman of the Community Mr. Pantelis Demosthenous and Fr. Anastasios had at the end offered Certificates to all walkers.

Saturday 6 June 2009

Saturday of the Souls

Today it is the Saturday of the Souls. This is the Eve of Pentecost. The day is dedicated to prayers for the departed. In the morning we had in our Church a Divine Liturgy and Memorial Services.

Later on we visited our Greek Orthodox Cemetery at Pinner, NW London, where we held Memorial Services for our dead.

“O Lord, give rest to Thy servants in the city of the living, where there is neither sorrow, nor sadness, nor sighing, but life everlasting”!

Thursday 4 June 2009

Elections at our Church Hall

Euro-elections Day today in Great Britain.

Our Church Hall has always been used by the Local Authorities as a Polling Station.

The Polling Station Officers allowed us to take pictures of the Church Hall showing the relevant signs, but only from the outside.

Monday 1 June 2009

Monthly Programme


Wednesday, 3rd June: 6.00 pm Supplicatory Canon to St. Panteleimon
..........6.30 pm Bible Study: «The Holy Spirit»
Friday, 5th June: 6.00 pm Vespers and Memorial Services
Saturday, 6th June: 9.30 am Matins, Divine Liturgy and Memorial Services
..........1.00 pm Memorial Services at the Greek Orthodox Cemetery in Pinner
..........Saturday of Souls
Sunday, 7th June: 12.00 noon Kneeling Vespers
..........Memorial Services are NOT allowed today
..........1.15 pm Sponsored Walk
Monday, 8th June: 9.30 am Matins and Divine Liturgy
..........Feast of the Holy Spirit
Wednesday, 10th June: 6.00 pm Vespers
..........6.30 pm Bible Study: «Jehovah’s Witnesses»
Thursday, 11th June: 9.30 am Matins and Divine Liturgy
..........Feast of Sts. Barnabas and Bartholomew

Sunday, 14th June: DAY of CYPRUS
..........12.00 noon Prayer for Cyprus
..........Speaker: Dr. Zannetos Tofallis
Wednesday, 17th June: 6.00 pm Supplicatory Canon to St. Panteleimon
..........6.30 pm Bible Study: «Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil»
Sunday, 21st June: 4.30 pm Social Gathering, organised by the Auxiliary Ladies' Sisterhood
..........Speaker: Dr. Panayiotis Procopiou
..........Theme: «The protochanter Theodoulos Kallinikos»
Wednesday, 24th June: 6.00 pm Supplicatory Canon to St. Panteleimon
..........6.30 pm Bible Study: «Astrology, in the light of Orthodoxy»
Sunday, 28th June: 6.00 pm Vespers
Monday, 29th June: 9.30 am Matins and Divine Liturgy
..........Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul
..........6.00 pm Visit to the Church of the 12 Apostles
Tuesday, 30th June: 9.30 am Matins and Divine Liturgy
..........Gathering of the 12 Apostles
..........6.00 pm Vespers
..........6.30 pm Bible Study: «The 12 Apostles»