January this year ends the day before the eve of Forgiveness Sunday when we start out on the journey towards Great Lent. On 2nd February we celebrate The Meeting of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the Temple which in the Western Church is usually called Candlemas. In our Church candles are blessed, lit and distributed to the Faithful. Mary the Most Holy Mother of God and Joseph, Christ's Foster Father took the infant Jesus to the Temple as they were bound to do to fulfill the Law. Two aged people were also there moved by the Holy Spirit, Simeon who was destined to see the Messiah before he died and Anna a prophetess. They both spoke about the Baby Jesus and His Mother recognising Him as the Saviour. They had both waited a long time for this day in hope and certainty that the promised Messiah would come to all mankind.

Do we as Orthodox Christians sincerely have this hope? Let us not forget that only a few weeks ago the world was celebrating Christmas, usually forgeting about the Crucifixion and Holy Pascha, which for us is the central core of our Faith. For Simeon and Anna this was the culmination of all their hope. Let us go towards Pascha not only in hope but in certainty that we may witness to God's great love for all our brothers and sisters and of all Creation.

Much Love,

Fr. George. 


Saturday 1st February 2020 - Great Vespers 4:00pm

Forefeast of the Meeting. Martyr Tryphon of Campsada near Apamea, in Syria (25O). Martyrs Perpetua and Felicitas of Carthage (202-3). St Bridget (Brigid or Bride), Abbess of Kildare (c 525). St Seiriol, Abbot of Penmon (Anglesey 6th). (1 Thessalonians 5:14-23; Luke 17:3-10)

Sunday 2nd February 2020 - Divine Liturgy 10:00am


Monday 3rd February 2020

Afterfeast of the Meeting. Righteous Symeon the God-receiver and Anna the Prophetess. Martyr Blaise of Caesarea in Cappadocia (4th). St Laurence of Canterbury, Bishop (619). St Werburga of Chester, Abbess (c 700). St Anskar, Archbishop of Hamburg, Enlightener of Denmark and Sweden (865). St Roman, Prince of Uglich (1285). John, Nicholas and Stamatios, New Martyrs of Spetsai (1822). St Nicholas, Archbishop of Japan (1912). (1 Peter 2:21b-3:9; Mark 12:13-17)

Tuesday 4th February 2020

Afterfeast of the Meeting. St Isidore of Pelusium (c 450). St Aldate, Bishop of Gloucester, Hieromartyr (6th). New Martyr Antony of Karyes (1516). (1 Peter 3:10-24; Mark 12:18-27)

Wednesday 5th February 2020 - FAST DAY

Afterfeast of the Meeting. Martyr Agatha of Palermo (Sicily 251). St Theodosy, Archbishop of Chernigov (1696). (1 Peter 4:1-11; Mark 12:28-37)

Thursday 6th February 2020

Afterfeast of the Meeting. St Photios, Patriarch of Constantinople (891). St Voukolos, Bishop of Smyrna (c 100). Virgin-Martyr Dorothy at Caesarea in Cappadocia (288-300). Martyrlulian of Emesa (312). Martyr Sixtus (Kent, 3rd). St Mael, Bishop of Ardagh, disciple of St Patrick (c 488). St Barsanouphios the Great and St John the Prophet (Gaza 6th). St Vedast, Bishop of Arras (539). (1 Peter 4:12-5:5 Mark 12:38-44)

Friday 7th February 2020 - FAST DAY

Afterfeast of the Meeting. Sts Emmelia, Nona and Anthousa, mothers of the Three Great Hierarchs (4th). The 1003 Martyrs of Nicomedia (303). St Augulus (Augustus), Bishop and Martyr (303). St Parthenios, Bishop of Lampsakos on the Hellespont (4th). St Richard of the West Saxons (720). St Luke of Hellas (953). Hieromartyr Vladimir, Metropolitan of Kiev (1918). (2 Peter 1:1-10; Mark 13:1-18)

Saturday 8th February 2020

Afterfeast of the Meeting. Great Martyr Theodore Stratelates ("the General") (319). Prophet Zechariah (c 20BC). St Cuthman, hermit of Steyning (8th). St Sava II, Archbishop of Serbia (1271). (2 Timothy 2:11-19; Luke 18:2-8a)

Sunday 9th February 2020 - Divine Liturgy 10:00am - FAST-FREE WEEK

SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN AND THE PHARISEE (Luke 16). (Beginning of the Triodion.) Leavetaking of the Meeting. New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia. Hieromartyrs Marcellus, Bishop of Sicily, Philagrius, Bishop of Cyprus, and Pancratius, Bishop of Taormina (1st). Martyr Nikephoros of Antioch in Syria (c 257). St Teilo, Bishop (Llandaff and Llandeilo Fawr 6th), St Peter of Damascus (12th). New Martyrs Fr Dimitri Klepinin (France 1944) and his companions Elias Fondaminsky (1942) and George Skobtsov (1944). (2 Timothy 3:10-15; Luke 18:9-14)

Monday 10th February 2020 - FAST-FREE

Hieromartyr Haralambos, Bishop of Magnesia in Thessaly (202). St Zeno the Postman (4th). St Scholastlca, sister of St Benedict (543). St Anna, Princess of Novgorod (1056). (2 Peter 1:20-21; 2:1-9 Mark 13:9-13)

Tuesday 11th February 2020 - FAST-FREE

Hieromartyr Blaise, Bishop of Sebaste (c 316). St Caedmon of Whitby, Monk (c 680). Empress Theodora, Restorer of the icons (c 867). St Demetrios, Wonderworker of Priluk (Vologda 1392). (2 Peter 2:9-22; Mark 13:14-23)

Wednesday 12th February 2020 - FAST-FREE

St Meletios, Archbishop of Antioch (381). St Mary (who was called Marinos), and her father, St Eugene, at Alexandria (6th). St Ethelwold of Lindisfarne (740). St Alexis, Metropolitan of Moscow and Wonderworker of All Russia (1378). New Martyr Kristo the Gardener (Albania 1748). St Meletios, Archbishop of Kharkov (1840). Iveron (Iberian) icon of the Most Holy Theotokos. (2 Peter 3:1-18; Mark 13:24-31)

Thursday 13th February 2020 - FAST-FREE

The Apostles Aquila and Priscilla (1st). St Martinian of Caesarea in Palestine (5th). Sts Zoe and Photeini (5th). St Eulogios, Mchbishop of Alexandria (607-8). St Stephen (in monasticism Symeon), the Myrrh-flowing, Prince of Serbia (1199). (1 John 1:8-2:6; Mark 13:31-14:2)

Friday 14th February 2020 - FAST-FREE

St Maron, Hermit, of Syria (5th). St Abraham, Bishop of Charres in Mesopotamia (5th). StAuxentios of Bithynia (c 470). Repose of St Cyril, Equal-to-the Apostles and Teacher of the Slavs (869). St Isaac the Recluse, of the Kiev Caves (1090). (1 John 2:7-17; Mark 14:3-9)

Saturday 15th February 2020 - FAST-FREE

Saturday of the Prodigal Son. Apostle Onesimos, of the Seventy (c 109). St Oswy, King of Northumbria (670). St Anthimos of Chios (1960). (1 Timothy 6:11b-16; Luke 20:46-21:4)

Sunday 16th February 2020 - Divine Liturgy 10:00am

SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON (Luke 17). Martyr Pamphilos at Caesarea in Palestine (307-9). St Flavian the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople (449). (1 Corinthians 6:12-20; Luke 15:11-32)

Monday 17th February 2020

Great Martyr Theodore the Recruit (c 306). St Mariamni, sister of Apostle Philip (1st). St Finan, Bishop of Lindisfarne (661). Hieromartyr Hermogen, Patriarch of Moscow and Wonderworker of All Russia (1612). (1 John 2:18-3:8; Mark 11:1-11)

Tuesday 18th February 2020

St Leo the Great, Pope of Rome (461). St Agapetos the Confessor, Bishop of Synada in Phrygia (4th). St Colman, Bishop of Lindisfarne (676). (1 John 3:9-22a; Mark 14:10-42)

Wednesday 19th February 2020 - FAST DAY

Apostles Archippos and Philemon, of the Seventy, and Martyr Apphias (1st). New Martyr Philothei of Athens (1589). St Theodore (Ushakov) of Sanaskar (1791). (1 John 3:21-4:11; Mark 14:43-15:1)

Thursday 20th February 2020

St Leo, Bishop of Catania (Sicily c 780). St Dionysius, Pope of Rome (268). Hieromartyr Sadoc (Sadoth), Bishop of Persia (342-4). St Agathon, Pope of Rome (682). (1 John 4:20-5:21; Mark 15:1-15)

Friday 21st February 2020 - FAST DAY

St Timothy of Symbola in Bithynia (9th). St Eustathios, Archbishop of Antioch (c 337). (2 John 1-13; Mark 15:20,22,25,33-41)

Saturday 22nd February 2020

Saturday of Meatfare. Saturday of Souls. Uncovering of the relics of the Martyrs at the Gate of Eugenios at Constantinople (395-423). St Athanasios the Confessor, of Constantinople (826). (1 Corinthians 10:23-28; Luke 21:8-9,25-27,33-36)

Sunday 23rd February 2020 - Divine Liturgy 10:00am

SUNDAY OF MEATFARE. SUNDAY OF THE LAST JUDGEMENT. Hieromartyr Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna (167). St Alexander, founder of the Monastery of the "Unsleeping Ones" (c 430). St Boisil (Boswell), Abbot of Melrose (664). St Milburga, Abbess of Wenlock (715). St John the Harvester (Theristis) of Mt Consolino (Calabria 11th). St Polycarp of Briansk (1620-1). St Nazary, Abbot of Valaam (1809). St Zenovei, Metropolitan of Tetri-Tskaro (Russia, Georgia 1985). (1 Corinthians 8:8-9:2; Matthew 25:31-46)

Monday 24th February 2020 - MEAT-FAST

First (4th) and Second (452) Findings of the Honourable Head of Holy, Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John. St Cumein, Abbot of Iona (c 669). (3 John 1-15; Luke 19:29-40, 22:7-39)

Tuesday 25th February 2020 - MEAT-FAST

St Tarasios, Patriarch of Constantinople (806). St Ethelbert, King of Kent (616). St Walburga, Abbess of Heidenheim (779). (Jude 1-10; Luke 22:39-42,45-71, 23:1)

Wednesday 26th February 2020 - MEAT-FAST

Martyr Photeini (Svetlana), the Samaritan Woman (1st). St Porphyrios, Bishop of Gaza (420). (Joel 3:12-21)

Thursday 27th February 2020 - MEAT-FAST

St Prokopios the Confessor of Decapolis (8th). St Thallelaios, Hermit, of Syria (460). St Raphael (Hawaweeny), Bishop of Brooklyn (1915). (Jude 11-25; Luke 23:1-31,33a,44-56)

Friday 28th February 2020 - MEAT FAST

St Basil the Confessor, companion of St Prokopios at Decapolis (750). Sts Marana and Cyra (Syria 4th-5th). St Nicholas of Pskov, Fool-for-Christ (1576). St Kyrana the Virgin-martyr (1751). (Zechariah 8:19-23)

Saturday 29th February 2020 - Great Vespers 4:00pm - MEAT-FAST

Saturday of Cheesefare. Commemoration of All Monks and Nuns. St John Cassian the Roman (435). St Oswald, Archbishop of Vork (992). (Romans 14:19-23, 16:25-27; Matthew 6:1-13)

Sunday 1st March 2020 - Divine Liturgy 10:00am - MEAT-FAST

SUNDAY OF CHEESEFARE. The Expulsion of Adam from Paradise. Forgiveness Sunday. Martyr Eudoxia of Heliopolis (c 160-70). St Domnina (Domnica) (Syria 5th). St David of Wales, Bishop (6th). (Romans 13:11b-14:4; Matthew 6:14-21)

Of your charity, please pray for:

all who are sick: 

especially Doina, Mother Esodia, Doris, Maria, Lilia, Charlotte, Emma, Megan, Olga, James, and Jessie.;

for those in need: 

especially Michael; Ondar; George; Christina, Christos and family; also Archbishops Paul and John and all held in captivity;

and for all departed this life:

especially for all Orthodox Christians who lie asleep in the Lord, in particular: 

Mihajo Milinkovic (2nd), Anjrej (12th), Nedilco Milic (24th) and all who have reposed recently or whose anniversaries occur at this time.

All requests for additions or amendments to this prayer list can either be made to me in person (Subdeacon James) or (and especially for urgent requests at any time) you can telephone me on: 01909-290214 (home) or 07412884765 (mobile) or email me at: orthodoxjames@gmail.com). 


Name days this month:

Robert Clark (St Richard - 7th), Nicholas Ward (14th)

Parish Web Site: www.orthodoxdoncaster.org

Parish Safeguarding Officer: Subdeacon James, Tel. 07412 884765

CLERGY:- Fr. George Evans, Parish Priest, Tel. 01302 368916 

Fr Michael Cerghit, Deacon: m.cerghit@yahoo.com

Confessions: either before Great Vespers* or Divine Liturgy**

or by prior arrangement – please don’t leave it while the last minute!

Great Vespers – *eve of first Sunday of the Month 4:00pm; 

Divine Liturgy – **Sundays 10:00am