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Sayedna visits St Martin and St Helen, Colchester

On Thomas Sunday, 12th May 2024, His Eminence Metropolitan Silouan visited the Parish of St Martin & St Helen in Colchester. After the Great Doxology at Orthros, before the start of the Divine Liturgy, Sayedna ordained (now former) Reader George Harrison to the order of Subdeacon and Nicholas Taylor to the order of Reader. Subdeacon George has served faithfully as Reader for several years and has given much time and energy in helping to build God's Holy Church in Colchester and beyond. Reader Nicholas (who also works very hard as parish treasurer) puts in a lot of effort ensuring the choir have the proper liturgical resources needed before each service. Sayedna preached on the importance of recognising the resurrection of Christ as a reality in our own lives, and stressed the importance of Holy Communion and Confession as the means of spiritual renewal and resurrection for each of us. After concelebrating the Hierarchical Liturgy with Father Alexander and Father Mark, Sayedna spoke briefly again to the people, reminding them of the importance of truly giving ourselves to the Church, as Subdeacon George and Reader Nick have done, each in our own way, with our own gifts and talents, whether monastic, clergy or laity.

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