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News Bulletin Archive

All of our news bulletins to date, in PDF format:

April 2017 (no 101) | PDF | 1,115Kb

This issue features: The Resurrection of the Body by St Justin, The Annunciation, News and Jottings, Holy Week and Pascha Schedule.

March 2017 (no 100) | PDF | 743Kb

This issue features: St Dositheus and Abba Dorotheus, St John of Kronstadt on Almsgiving, Notes and Jottings.

February 2017 (no 99) | PDF | 1667kb

This issue features: St Basil on fasting, photos from the Metropolitan's visit, Notes and Jottings

January 2017 (No 98) | PDF | 844kb

This issue features: The Nativity of Christ, Metropolitan Hilarion's Epistle, The Hawaiian Myrhh-streaming ikon and Notes and Jottings

December 2016 (No 97) | PDF | 620Kb

This issue features: The Nativity Fast, The Entry of the Theotokos, and Notes and Jottings

November 2016 (No 96) | PDF | 692 Kb

This issue features: St John Chrysostom, the Kazan Ikon, the Burial-Stone of Christ, and Notes and Jottings

October 2016 (No 95) | PDF | 697Kb

This issue features: Good King Wenceslas, Notes and Jottings, Founder's day plans.

September 2016 (No 94) | PDF | 1, 074Kb

This issue features: the Miracle of St Michael at Chonae and Notes and Jottings.

August 2016 (Number 93) | PDF | 758 Kb

This issue of the features a feature on the story of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus, poster on College Day, our services for August as well as more notes and jottings.

July 2016 (Number 92) | PDF | 1,231 kb

This issue features: St Vladimir, Baptizer of Russia, Vladyka St John, St Walstan Pilgrimage, Notes and Jottings.

June 2016 (Number 91) | PDF | 861Kb

Thus issue features: The Chinese Martyrs of the Boxer Rebellion, St Walstan of Taverham, Notes and Jottings

May 2016 (Number 90) | PDF | 709Kb

This issue features: Paschal Message of Patriarch Kirill, Bixley Church Update, Notes and Jottings

Holy Week 2016 | PDF | 535Kb

Holy Week Schedule 2016

April 2016 (Number 89) | PDF | 736Kb

This issue features: The Woman at the Well, St Gabriel the Archangel, Obituary of Father Elias Jones

March 2016 (Number 88) | PDF | 779kb

This issue features: St John Chrysostom on the forty day fast, St Felix of Dunwich, Notes and Jottings

February 2016 (Number 87) | PDF | 899Kb

This issue features: The Humility of St Macarius, Orthodoxy Against Abortion, Notes and Jottings.

January 2016 (Number 86) | PDF | 902Kb

This issue features: The Nativity Epistle of Metropolitan Hilarion and Notes and Jottings.

December 2015 (Number 85) | PDF | 869Kb

This issue features: Orthodox Elders St Porphyrios and Elder Cleopa, an advent hymn of St Ambrose, Fr Gregoire Legoute, Notes and Jottings.

November 2015 (Number 84) | PDF | 1,188Kb

This issue features: St John of Kronstadt's Wife, St Varus and Prayer for the non-Orthodox Departed, Details of Ikon Study Day, Notes and Jottings, New Christmas Card designed by Sunday School Children

October 2015 (Number 83) | PDF | 917 kb

This issue features: Lives of St Dmitry Rostov and St Demetrios the New, a report on College Day 2015, and our services for October as well as more notes and jottings.

September 2015 (Number 82) | PDF | 816 Kb

This issue features a compilation of quotations with commentary from St Silouan the Athonite on Loving our Enemies; a report of the work of the St Elizabeth Convent in Minsk; our services for September as well as more notes and jottings.

August 2015 (Number 81) | PDF | 1.02 Mb

This issue features: a life of St Mary Magdalene; a poem by St Nikolai Velorimovich; a report on a lecture by Prof. Marcus Plested at the College as well as our services for August and more notes and jottings.

July 2015 (Number 80) | PDF | 1.20Mb

This issue features: a homily by St John the Wonderworker on the Feast of Sts Peter and Paul; a report of our recent pilgrimage to Iken in honour of St Botolph; our services for July; details of a forthcoming lecture at the College by Prof. Marcus Plested as well as more notes and jottings.

June 2015 (Number 79) | PDF | 951Kb

This issue of the bulletin features: a sermon by Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh on the First celebration of the Feast of All the Saints of the British Isles; news of our pilgrimage to Bradwell as well as our forthcoming pilgrimage to Iken; our services for June as well as more notes and jottings.

May 2015 (Number 78) | PDF | 2.39 Mb

This issue features: an article on the centenary of the Armenian Genocide where millions of Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Christians were killed over a 30 year period by the Ottoman government; as well as a poster and practical information regarding our pilgrimage to Bradwell; pictures and news of the completion of the tomb of the Foundress; together with more notes and jottings.

April 2015 (Number 77) | PDF | 1.05Mb

This issue features a profound homily on the Resurrection by St Justin of Chelije; 55 maxims of the Christian Life by the recently reposed Fr Thomas Hopko; information on a fundraising endeavour by a catechumen of our community; details of our services over Holy Week and the rest of April as well as more notes and jottings.

March 2015 (Number 76) | PDF | 1.13Mb

This issue features a Lenten homily by Metropolitan Philaret; sayings of St Mark the Faster; details of new products available from SGOIS; our holy week schedule for 2015 and services list for March 2015 as well as more notes and jottings.

February 2015 (Number 75) | PDF | 781 Kb

This issue features a brief life of the newly glorified St Paisios of Mount Athos together with a report of Christmas in Mettingham and news of our events and pilgrimages for 2015.

January 2015 (Number 74) | PDF | 1.25 Mb

This issue features a magnificent homily by St John Chrysostom on the Nativity of Christ, a sermon by Vladyka St John Maximovitch on Holy Water, our services for January with details of Christmas and Theophany celebrations as well as photos of the new courtyard with more notes and jottings.

December 2014 (Number 73) | PDF | 1 Mb

This issue features a sermon by the great Celtic missionary and pilgrim, St Columbanus whose feast falls in December together with a life of the saint, news of new publications and works at the College as well as more news and jottings.

November 2014 (Number 72) | PDF | 1.16Mb

This issue features a helpful homily by St John of Kronstadt on the 50th Anniversary of his glorification; an article on the identity of the four saints at the top of our patronal ikon of the "Joy of All Who Sorrow" together with the services for November and more notes and jottings.

October 2014 (Number 71) | PDF | 1.3Mb

This issue features a sermon by Patriarch Kirill on the 700th Anniversary of St Sergius of Radonezh, a photoreport of the pilgrimage to Sergiev Posad in July, sayings of the Elders of Optina as well as the service schedule for October and more notes and jottings.

September 2014 (Number 70) | PDF | 1.35Mb

This issue features an homily on the Beheading of St John the Baptist by St Justin Popovic; an extract from our NEW publication of the Life of Archimandrite Lazarus (Moore); a photoreport on College Day 2014 as well as our church services for September and more notes and jottings.

August 2014 (Number 69) | PDF | 1.23 Mb

This issue features a homily on the Dormition of the Mother of God by St Luke of Simferopol; an excerpt from Bede's Ecclesiastical History on the Life of St Cedd with a photograph of our new ikon; a statement from Archbishop Demetrios on the plight of Christians in the Middle East; our services for August as well as more news and jottings.

July 2014 (Number 68) | PDF | 1.3Mb

This issue features a homily written by Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov for the Glorification of Vladyka St John Maximovitch in 1994; Fr David Moser's account of participating in the glorification services; a report of the College's Third Pilgrimage to St Botolph's Church, Iken as well as the service schedule for July and more notes and jottings.

June 2014 (Number 67) | PDF | 838Kb

This issue features a sermon on the Holy Spirit by Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware); news of the Flood Disaster in Serbia and how to make a donation; a pastoral note on confessions; our complete service schedule for June as well as more notes and jottings.

May 2014 (Number 66) | PDF | 1 Mb

This issue features the Paschal Homily of Vladyka Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, on the joy of the Risen Christ, a profound and eminently practical letter from St Theophan the Recluse to a layman on the subject of developing a Prayer Rule together with our service schedule for May and our Notes and Jottings, including a report on Holy Week and Pascha 2014.

April 2014 (Number 65) | PDF | 1.4 Mb

This issue features a sermon by St Proklos, Patriarch of Constantinople, on the Feast of the Annunication; a beautiful poem by St Venantius Fortunatus "On Easter"; the service schedules for April and Holy Week; details of new stock items as well as more notes and jottings.

March 2014 (Number 64) | PDF | 1.3 Mb

This issue features a homily by St Gregory Palamas on the nature of true fasting; a feature on the graceful response of Orthodox priests and monastics in the Ukraine; a book review by John Harwood; our service schedule for March 2014, news of a forthcoming Easter Supplement to the Emporium as well as more notes and jottings.

February 2014 (Number 63) | PDF | 1.1Mb

This issue features a meditation on the Sunday of Zacchaeus; a reflection on St Dismas, the Righteous Thief; the life of the newly glorified Elder Porphyrios as well as our service schedule for February together with more notes and jottings.

January 2014 (Number 62) | PDF | 1.7 Mb

This issue features the Christmas Message of Patriarch Kirill, a special article on the importance of Righteous Melchizedek as well as a write up of recent pilgrimage to London to see a relic of the Cross, the service schedule for January together with more news and jottings.

December 2013 (Number 61) | PDF | 1.12Mb

This issue features an Advent Homily by Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou, a reflection by Deacon Andrew Bond on the 20th Anniversary since Archimandrite David of Walsingham's repose as well as a picture of our new ikonostasis ikons along with more notes and jottings.

November 2013 (Number 60) | PDF | 1.43 Mb

This issue features a sermon by Patriarch Kyrill on the feast day of the Ikon Joy of All Who Sorrow, a meditation on Prayer & the Liturgy by Archimandrite Meletios (Webber) as well as the SGOIS Christmas Cards for 2013 and more Notes and Jottings.

October 2013 (Number 59) | PDF | 1.2Mb

This issue features a short life of the Martyred Guardian of the Iveron Ikon of the Mother of God, Brother Joseph Munoz-Cortes, a reflection on his funeral by one of the monks of Holy Trinity Monastery Jordanville, an archaeological report on digging at Barber's Point opposite St Botolph's minster at Iken, as well as more notes and jottings.

September 2013 (Number 58) | PDF | 1.93 Mb

This issue features a homily on St Anna & The Nativity of the Mother of God; news items on the plight of St Catherine's Monastery, Sinai and St George's Monastery in Lebanon; together with a 3 page Photo Report on Reader Mark's Sponsored Pilgrimage to Bixley as well as information on how to purchase the newly-released Pomyannik and Prayer Card; services in September ass well as lots of news and jottings.

August 2013 (Number 57) | PDF | 1.5 Mb

This issue features a piece on the origin of the Ikon Not-Made-By-Hands which is commemorated in August, together with an important announcement from the St George Orthodox Information Service on the future of Orthodox News, a Word from St Wandregesilius of Fontenelle as well as more Notes & Jottings.

July 2013 (Number 56) | PDF | 1.3Mb

This issue features a photo montage of the ascetic life of Vladika St John (Maximovitch), an article on St Barbara the New-Martyr together with more notes and jottings.

June 2013 (Number 55) | PDF | 1.3 Mb

This issue features a sermon by St Augustine of Hippo on the Feast of the Ascension of Christ, a piece on the representation of the Ascension within the Divine Liturgy, the Life of St Walstan of Bawburgh as well as other notes and jottings.

May 2013 (Number 54) | PDF | 1015Kb

This issue features the Paschal Message of His Eminence Archbishop Mark; an account of the Shrine of the Mother of God, The Life-giving Fount in Constantinople, a list of Paschal Greetings from around the world as well as more notes and jottings.

April 2013 (Number 53) | PDF | 1.3Mb

This issue features a sermon on Great Lent by Vladyka St John the Wonderworker; the second and final part of our series on "Praying the Prayer of St Ephrem"; the first in a new series on Experiencing the Liturgy which explores the Triumphal Hymn; as well as more news & jottings about the College and community life.

March 2013 (Number 52) | PDF | 968 Kb

This issue features the first part of an article on Praying the Prayer of St Ephraim the Syrian this Lent together with a brief overview of St Ephraim's Life, news on further renovation work at the College as well as some of the details of our Lenten services in March.

February 2013 (Number 51) | PDF | 1 Mb

This issue features an explanation of the meaning and history of the Great Feast of the Meeting of Lord, a life of the New Martyr Patriarch St Tikhon of Moscow as well as more news and jottings on developments in the church and the college.

January 2013 (Number 50) | PDF | 1.42 Mb

This issue features the Christmas Sermon of Archbishop Mark, some excerpts from the spiritual councils of St Seraphim of Sarov, together with a breakdown of the dates of the major feasts for 2013 and an answer as to why Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter this year over a month later than other Christian groups.

December 2012 (Number 49) | PDF | 874Kb

This issue features a sermon on the start of the Nativity Fast, the first in a new pastoral series on the question of frequent communion together with a small overview of the origin and meaning of the prayer rope as well as more news and jottings.

November 2012 (Number 48) | PDF | 1100Kb

This issue features St Herman of Alaska's famous conversation with a naval captain and his crew, a little life of Archimandrite Lazarus (Moore) together with a piece on why Orthodox Christians should pray for the dead as well as more news and jottings.

October 2012 (Number 47) | PDF | 1.17Mb

This issue features an illustrated life of the great Russian monastic founder St Sergius of Radonezh, a note on the forthcoming 80th Anniversary of the repose of Vladyka Nikolai (Karpov), Bishop of London; as well as a report on the Inauguration of the College OLM and more news and jottings.

September 2012 (Number 46) | PDF | 873 Kb

This issue features an introduction to the College by the Mettingham Orthodox Trust, the first translation into English of a remarkable ancient Russian prayer that includes St Botolph of Iken, as well as more notes and jottings about the Church and College.

August 2012 (Number 45) | PDF | 534 kb

This issue features a sermon by Blessed Hieromonk Seraphim (Rose) on the Feast of the Transfiguration, information on the forthcoming inauguration of the College of Our Lady of Mettingham as well as more church news and jottings.

July 2012 Number 44 | PDF

This issue features a sermon by St John (Maximovitch), news on the pilgrimage to Iken and more news and jottings.

June 2012 Number 43 | PDF | 753 kb

This issue features an historical time line of St Botolph, overview of the life of St Daniel as well as updates and news about developments at the church and college.

May 2012 (Number 42) | PDF

This issues features a 10th Century Anglo-Saxon Life of St George by Aelfric of Eynsham, news on the recent opening of "Olland bookshop", as well as list of new books available from SGOIS.

April 2012 (Number 41) | PDF

This issue features the Paschal Epistle of Metropolitan Hilarion, answers the question, "why Orthodox Christians exchange red eggs on Easter night?" as well as more church news and jottings.

March 2012 (Number 40) | PDF | 380 Kb

This issue features a historical overview of the Restoration of the Holy Ikons which is celebrated on the first Sunday of Great Lent, a piece on St Mary of Egypt, and more church news and jottings including the Mettingham Orthodox Trust Gift Aid Declaration.

February 2012 (Number 39) | PDF | 270Kb

This issue features news on our new ikon of Our Lady of Mettingham, an example of Christian love and the life of Sts. Xenophon and Mary as well as more church news and jottings.

January 2012 (Number 38) | PDF | 223 Kb

This issue features the Christmas Epistle of our Archbishop Mark, a piece on the meaning of Theophany and the life of St Philip Metropolitan of Moscow.

December 2011 (Number 37) | PDF | 1067Kb

This issue features the life of St Nicholas the Wonderworker, an extract from a sermon on the Feast of the Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple, news about the visit of the Ikon "Surety of Sinners" to the UK as well as more church news.

November 2011 (Number 36) | PDF | 331 Kb

This issue features reminders about two important services in November, our patronal feast and the Year's Mind of our foundress Mary Bond; a brief history of the wonderworking Ikon of the Mother God, Joy of All Who Sorrow; a piece on the British Saint Condedus, one of the Fathers of Fontenelle Abbey; as well as more church news and jottings.

October 2011 (Number 35) | PDF | 347 Kb

This issue features a reflection on the Holy Apostle Thomas, a sermon by St Nikolai Velimirovic, an account of the bringing of the Kursk Ikon to Kazakhstan as well as more church news and jottings.

September 2011 (Number 34) | PDF | 319 Kb

This issue features an encyclical message from our Archbishop Mark on 11 September the anniversary of the 9/11 bombings and the Feast of the Beheading of St John the Baptist, a piece on what Orthodox Christians believe about the conception and birth of the Mother of God as well as more updates about recent events and developments in the house.

August 2011 (Number 33) | PDF | 238 Kb

This issue features information about the two major feasts of the month of August, The Transfiguration of our Lord & The Dormition of the Mother of God, as well as a piece on the Jesus Prayer and an update on the developments in the house.

July 2011 (Number 32) | PDF | 182 kb

This issue features an excerpt from a sermon of Vladika St John (Maximovitch) on ikons, a short life of St Olga and the text of the troparion of St Wandregesilius as well as more church news.

June 2011 (Number 31) | PDF | 167 Kb

This issue features a homily on almsgiving by St Nikolai of Zicha, exciting news about the ikon of St Wandregesilius we have commissioned and details about our plans for the celebration of his feast this year on 3 August as well as a short life of St Helen.

May 2011 (Number 30) | PDF | 212 Kb

This issue features the Paschal Message of our beloved Archpastor Vladyka Mark together with notes on the paschal feast of Radonitsa that we will celebrate on the Tuesday after Bright week (3 May) and more church news.

April 2011 (Number 29) | PDF | 176 Kb

This issue features the Lenten Homily of Metropolitan Hilarion, further notes on the meaning and significance of the Lenten and Holy Week Services as well as exciting news about plans for a porch to protect the West door of the church.

March 2011 (Number 28) | PDF | 215 Kb

This issue features detailed notes on the services at the start of Great Lent, a report on the recent visit of Vladyka Mark to ordain Reader Antony to the priesthood as well news on the new website.

February 2011 (Number 27) | PDF | 217 Kb

This issues features news of Vladyka Mark's visit to ordain Rdr Antony as priest of our community along with information about the Sundays leading upto the start of Great Lent and the Life of St Maximus the Confessor.

January 2011 (Number 26) | PDF | 143 Kb

This bulletin featues important news about the forthcoming visit of Abp Mark to ordain Rdr Antony Bardsley as the priest of our community together with a Life of St Basil the Great and an excerpt from a Christmas sermon of Vladyka St John (Maximovich)

December 2010 (Number 25) | PDF | 238Kb

This issue features an obituary for Diakonissa Mary, the Foundress of our church together with a sermon by St John of Kronstadt and a brief report on our patronal feast.

November 2010 (Number 24) | PDF | 215 Kb

This issue features a report on the recent visit of Metropolitan Hilarion (ROCOR) to the Joy of All Who Sorrow in Moscow as well as information about St Laura the Martyr, St John of Rila and St Wandregesilius.

October 2010 (Number 23) | PDF | 218 Kb

This issue features a short article on the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God (Pokrov) and the obituaries of two friends of our church, the iconographer, Leon Liddament and Leslie Tozeland.

September 2010 (Number 22) | PDF | 242 Kb

This issue features an article by Metropolitan Kallistos on Orthodox Worship, a brief life of St Fanourios , a sermon by Vladika St John on the Cross and a little piece on the start of the new church year.

August 2010 (Number 21) | PDF | 224 kb

This issue features an article on the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God and the life of St Mary Magdalene, Equal-to the Apostles.

July 2010 (Number 20) | PDF | 237 Kb

This issue features a report on the visit of the Wonderworking Kursk (Root) Ikon to the church on 21 June as well as the life of St Wandrigesilius, the last letter of St Elizabeth to her convent and details about Vladika St John when he was Archbishop in London.

June 2010 (Number 19) | PDF | 218 Kb

This issue features a sermon by Vladika St John on the Feast of All the Saints of Russia as well as article by Fr Geroge Florovsky on why Orthodox venerate the Mother of God.

May 2010 (Number 18) | PDF | 225 Kb

This issue features a sermon by St Leo the Great on the Feast of the Ascension, reports on the community’s participation in the Mettingham Inter-church quiz and patronal feast at the Shrine in Walsingham as well as an article on Name Saints.

April 2010 (Number 17) | PDF | 222 Kb

This issue features the Paschal Sermon of our superior, Archbishop Mark as well as a piece on singing in the Orthodox Church.

March 2010 (Number 16) | PDF | 224 Kb

This issue features a sermon by Vladika St John on the start of great Lent, details of the Holy week services in the church as well as an article on the significance of Lazarus Saturday.

February 2010 (Number 15) | PDF | 218 Kb

This issue features a report on fundraising for the survivors of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, notes of features of the Orthodox observance of Great Lent and a report on our Christmas Liturgy where Laura Jordan-Tozeland was received into the Church.

January 2010 (Number 14) | PDF | 215 kb

This issues features an article on the Feast of Theophany as well as a piece on the significance of the important Sunday services before the beginning of Great Lent.

December 2009 (Number 13) | PDF | 213 Kb

This issue features news on the receipt of many gifts to the church including relics and ikons, a brief report on the Church's AGM, as well as two reflections on Advent and the Meaning of Christmas.

November 2009 (Number 12) | PDF | 222 Kb

This issue features various updates on the church including progress of connecting the church to an electricity supply, installation of deacon doors as well as a life of St John of Kronstadt.

October 2009 (Number 11) | PDF | 224 Kb

This issue features news of the first baptism in the church together with a piece on the significance of baptism in the Orthodox Church.

September 2009 (Number 10) | PDF | 188 Kb

This issue features a report on the visitation of the relics of St Elizabeth and Barbara, an update on the painting of the Exterior of the church and a piece on the veneration of the Cross in the Orthodox Church.

August 2009 (Number 9) | PDF | 188 Kb

This issue features a report on the blessing of the church and first Liturgy on 16 July 2009 and the subsequent news report on BBC, as well as news on the donation of an ikon of St Walstan and a piece on the veneration of relics.

July 2009 (Number 8) | PDF | 222 Kb

This issue features further information on the progress of the church, with news about the installation on the Royal Doors and the placing of the cupulas. There is also lives of the New Martyrs Elizabeth and Barbara as well as a piece about the significance of Bishops in the Orthodox Church.

June 2009 (Number 7) | PDF | 188 Kb

This issue features updates on the donation of several ikons to the church, the fitting of the carpet into the altar, and delivery of two pews; as well as a piece on why Orthodox clergy wear cassocks and a reflection on the Incarnation by the Serbian Saint Justin (Popovic).

May 2009 (Number 6) | PDF | 188 Kb

This issue features the Pachal Homily of our superior, His Eminence Archbishop Mark, as well as a report on the First Services in the church over Holy Week.

April 2009 (Number 5) | PDF | 228 Kb

This issue features further updates on the building of the church, details of new furnishings that had been recently acquired as well as an overview of the major Orthodox services in Holy Week; and why Orthodox Christians give out red eggs at Easter.

March 2009 (Number 4) | PDF | 220 Kb

This issue features an update on the building of the church as well as an article on the discovery of an image of Our Lady venerated at Mettingham College in the Middle Ages.

February 2009 (Number 3) | PDF | 230 Kb

This issue features general updates on church life as well as a piece on the Tradition of Fasting within the Church and why Orthodox Christians light lamps and candles.


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