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Confession

Confession is a second Baptism cleansing the stains on our souls and restoring our relations with God.

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Holy Communion

It is the duty of every Orthodox Christian to partake of Holy Communion, since it is by this Sacrament that we become one with Christ and with one another.

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Fasting

On fast days we do not consume meat, dairy products, fish, olive oil and wine.

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Baptisms

1) Baptisms may take place throughout the whole year, except during Holy Week and at Christmas (unless special permission has been given);

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Divorces

An ecclesiastical divorce may be granted after a civil decree has been issued.

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Funerals & Memorials

Relatives of the deceased person are requested to contact the local priest to arrange the time and the other details of the funeral.

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Preparing for Holy Communion

In his book, Great Lent, Fr Alexander Schmemann states:

‘…in many Orthodox Churches there developed, and is commonly accepted today, the doctrine which affirms that Communion for laity is impossible without sacramental confession and absolution.

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The Great Fast

By Fr Vassilios Papavassiliou

– How often do we begin Great Lent with sighs of regret! “The fast is almost upon us again! Enjoy meat while you can!”. “A contradiction in terms though it is: happy Lent!”.

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Saint Theodore of Canterbury

Aaron Taylor

– For the year 668 A.D., the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles record the following: ‘Pope Vitalianus hallowed Theodorus archbishop, and sent him to Britain.’

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The Return of Gnosticism?

Fr. Vassilios Papavassiliou

– Over the past few years, there has been an enormous popular interest in Gnosticism and early Christian writings.

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A Season of Bright Sadness

Aaron Taylor

– Many Christians in the west, Catholic and Protestant, are familiar with the penitential season preceding Easter that is known as Lent.

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Psalm 50

Fr Vassilios Papavassiliou

– The only psalm that is prescribed to be recited in its entirety at every Divine Liturgy is (in the Orthodox Old Testament)1 Psalm 50

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