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Updated Covid restrictions and Social Distancing regulations – a message from our Chaplain

Dear All

 As you know I have been trying always to ensure that our compliance with Government COVID restrictions conform to legal interpretation from our lawyer, Mrs. Papatsori.

I was able to speak with her this morning. Nothing has changed yet in terms of 1 person per 15sqm inside the church – double masking. Outside we should be 2 metres away from each other, seated.

Free self-testing for those ‘essential for the worship’ has now ended. Instead a Vaccination certificate is required – either the Greek one or the EU COVID passport, proving that the individual is vaccinated (or a CPR test, 72 hrs before, or a more recent negative self-test.) I have to hold a copy of this certificate in the church. People around the altar, the Wardens, and Sidesperson, should provide one of the forms of certification in order to undertake their duty. The same is required for those attending the Swedish Mass.

Coffee after the service is still not permitted – ‘by analogy’ (the phrase used by the Government regulators) coffee would have to be at tables, no one standing, tables socially distanced, ‘coffee servers’ masked and tested. Clearly we cannot comply with this as yet. Let’s hope for the future….

The Government seems keen to progress by encouragements or advantages towards vaccination. We will see how this affects the churches.

Thanks for continued patience.

Fr. Leonard

The lord is my shepherd

Service for the 5th Sunday of Easter at St Paul’s Athens and on Zoom

Fr. Leonard will lead the worship and preach.

 

Priest:                Alleluia. Christ is risen!

All:                     He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

 

1 The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want.
He makes me down to lie
in pastures green; he leadeth me
the quiet waters by.

 

2 My soul he doth restore again,
and me to walk doth make
within the paths of righteousness,
e’en for his own name’s sake.

 

3 Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale,
yet will I fear none ill,
for thou art with me and thy rod
and staff me comfort still.

 

4 My table thou hast furnished
in presence of my foes.
My head thou dost with oil anoint,
and my cup overflows.

 

5 Goodness and mercy all my life
shall surely follow me,
and in God’s house forevermore
my dwelling place shall be.

 

 

Assistant:         Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed for us. Let us therefore rejoice by

putting away all malice and evil and confessing our sins with a sincere and pure heart .

There follows a short period of silence and stillness

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He is risen

Service for the 4th Sunday of Easter 23rd May 2021 at St Paul’s Athens and on Zoom

Deacon Christine is leading the worship and Fr. Leonard is the preacher.

 

Deacon:            Alleluia. Christ is risen!

All:                     He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

 

O praise ye the Lord!
Praise him in the height;
rejoice in his word,
ye angels of light;
ye heavens, adore him
by whom ye were made,
and worship before him,
in brightness arrayed.

O praise ye the Lord!
Praise him upon earth,
in tuneful accord,
ye sons of new birth;
praise him who hath brought you
his grace from above,
praise him who hath taught you
to sing of his love.

O praise ye the Lord!
All things that give sound;
each jubilant chord
re-echo around;
loud organs, his glory
forth tell in deep tone,
and sweet harp, the story
of what he hath done.

 

O praise ye the Lord!
Thanksgiving and song
to him be outpoured
all ages along!
For love in creation,
for heaven restored,
for grace of salvation,
O praise ye the Lord!

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He is risen

Service for the 3rd Sunday of Easter: 16th May 2021 at St Paul’s and on Zoom

 

Fr. Leonard is leading the worship and is preaching.

 

Priest:            Alleluia. Christ is risen!

All:                 He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

 

Ye choirs of new Jerusalem,                        (tune St. Fulbert)
Your sweetest notes employ,
The Paschal victory to hymn
In strains of holy joy.

For Judah’s Lion bursts His chains,
Crushing the serpent’s head;
And cries aloud through death’s domains
To wake th’imprison’d dead.

Devouring depths of hell
Their prey at His command restore;
His ransom’d hosts pursue their way
Where Jesus goes before.

Triumphant in His glory now
To Him all power is given;
To Him in one communion bow
All saints in earth and heaven.

While we, His soldiers, praise our King,
His mercy we implore,
Within His palace bright to bring
And keep us evermore.

All glory to the Father be,
All glory to the Son,
All glory, Holy Ghost, to Thee,
While endless ages run.

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He is risen

Service for the 2nd Sunday of Easter: 9th May 202 at St Paul’s and on Zoom

Fr. Leonard is leading the worship and Deacon Christine is preaching.

 

Priest:            Alleluia. Christ is risen!

All:                 He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

 

1 Alleluia! Alleluia!
Hearts to heav’n and voices raise;
sing to God a hymn of gladness,
sing to God a hymn of praise:
he who on the cross a victim
for the world’s salvation bled,
Jesus Christ, the King of Glory,
now is risen from the dead.

 

2 Christ is risen, Christ the first-fruits
of the holy harvest field,
which will all its full abundance
at his second coming yield:
then the golden ears of harvest
will their heads before him wave,
ripened by his glorious sunshine
from the furrows of the grave.

 

3 Alleluia! Alleluia!
Glory be to God on high;
alleluia to the Saviour,
who has won the victory;
alleluia to the Spirit,
fount of love and sanctity.
Alleluia! Alleluia
to the Triune Majesty
.

 

Assistant:      Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed for us. Let us therefore rejoice by

putting away all malice and evil and confessing our sins with a sincere and pure heart .

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130 lilies

Easter Lilies

A big thank you to all those who donated 130 lilies in memory of their loved ones. you can see the virtual lilies above and below, the  beautiful flower arrangements that were placed in the Church for Easter Sunday.. The names of your loved ones are given below and will also be written in the Easter Book of  Remembrance, which will be available to view in the Church when it re-opens.

Once again we are hugely grateful to Mary Pelides for making these wonderful flower arrangements to decorate the Church.

 

 

IN MEMORIAM

Maurice Ashford

 

Ann Skinner,

 

Hardy, Lounton and Griffin families

Anthony Antoniadis. Christine Woodlands  . Karl Darley.

 

Donald Orr, Carolyn Grandstaff,  Costas Makaritis,
Sandra Makaritis
Marjorie, Dimitris, Pat, Mary, Mario,

Zoe, Pantelis ,Maria, Anastasia, Vera.

 

Maria, Paraskevas, Maria, Eftsathios, George, Ephraim, Salome, Momo 8

 

Matilda Amartey family

 

Jenkins/Dedes Families

 

Angela Hutton, Pat Mills, Pam Nicholson, John and Roseabelle Newton, Arthur and Rose Wayt, Moscha Arabopoulou, Peter Contraros. Alex maroukis Dimitri maroukis, Wendy mansell

 

Jack and Margery Bradley

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He is risen

Service for Easter Sunday 2nd May 2021 at St Paul’s and on Zoom

Easter Sunday: 10.00hrs Holy Liturgy in St. Paul’s  – (pre-register your attendance)

                                12.00noon  Zoom Worship  (new Zoom link – try to join before the start time!)

 

Fr. Leonard is leading the worship and preaching this morning, assisted by Deacon Christine and Angelos Pouliadakis.

 

Blessing of an Easter Candle        (you might like to have a lit candle at home)

Priest:        Eternal God, who made this most holy night to shine with the brightness of your one true

light: set us aflame with the fire of your love, and bring us to the radiance of your

heavenly glory: through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:              Amen

Priest:        Alleluia. Christ is risen!

All:              He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

 

Renewal of Baptismal Vows

Priest:         As we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, we remember that through the paschal mystery we have died and been buried with him in baptism. To follow Christ means dying to sin and rising to new life with him. Therefore I ask:

 

Priest:         Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God?

All:              I reject them

Priest:         Do your renounce the deceit and corruption of evil?

All:              I renounce them

Priest:         Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour?

All:              I repent of them

 

Priest:         May the light of Christ, rising in glory, banish all darkness from our hearts and minds.

In baptism, God calls us out of darkness into his marvellous light. Therefore I ask:

 

Do you turn to Christ as Saviour?

All:             I turn to Christ

Priest:        Do you submit to Christ as Lord?

All:              I submit to Christ

Priest:        Do you come to Christ, the way, the truth, and the life?

All:              I come to Christ

Priest:         Alleluia. Christ is risen!

All:              He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

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Dr John Kittmer receives an award from the Greek Ambassador to the United Kingdom

From the Anglican congregations of Athens and Greece, our sincere congratulations to Dr. John Kittmer, former Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Greece. John was awarded the honour of Grand Cross of the Order of the Phoenix by The President of Greece for his work as Chairman of the Anglo-Hellenic League, based in London. The photograph shows Dr. John Kittmer (left), receiving his award, with the Greek Ambassador to the United Kingdom (centre), and Professor Paul Cartledge (right), who incidentally taught John Kittmer when he was at Cambridge.

Palm Sunday

Zoom Service for Palm Sunday- 25th April 2021

We have permission from our bishop to follow the Greek calendar date for Easter (this year only) so today is Palm Sunday. Every day this Holy Week (Monday- Good Friday) there is a form of worship at 10.00hrs. There is a Zoom link. Please join at least 5 minutes before 10.00am if you can. Deacon Chris has a meditation on FB daily at 09.00hrs

 Easter Sunday: 10.00hrs Holy Liturgy in St. Paul’s (pre-register your attendance)

                               12.00 noon  Zoom Worship  (new Zoom link)

 Fr. Leonard is leading the worship and preaching this morning, assisted by Deacon Christine. Christina Antoniadou is playing the keyboard. Please see ‘Chat’ on the day, to see the pieces Christina is playing.

 

Deacon:     Blessed be the Kingdom of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

All:              Now and for ever.

Deacon:     Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

All:              and also with you.

 

All glory, laud, and honour
To Thee, Redeemer, King!
To Whom the lips of children
Made sweet Hosannas ring,

Thou art the King of Israel
Thou David’s Royal Son,
Who in the LORD’S name comest,
The King and Blessèd One.
All glory, &c.

The company of Angels
Is praising Thee on high,
And mortal men, and all things
Created make reply.
All glory, &c.

The people of the Hebrews
With palms before Thee went
Our praise and prayers and anthems
Before Thee we present.
All glory, &c.

To Thee before Thy Passion
They sang their hymns of praise;
To Thee now high exalted
Our melody we raise.
All glory, &c.

Thou didst accept their praises;
Accept the praise we bring,
Who in all good delightest,
Thou good and gracious King.
All glory, &c.

 

Fr. Leonard will welcome the congregation.

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