7 January 2024
Celebrating the Nativity of our Lord. This was followed by a parish meal and a Nativity play put on by the children of the parish.
Christ is born, glorify Him!
SAINT ANDREW'S DAY
30 November / 13 December 2023
Celebrating the feast of St Andrew with three Romanian priests (including Fr Ioan and Fr Mihai Constantinescu) and a Ukrainian priest from Metropolitan Onufry's church.
St Andrew pray to God for us!
SAINT EDMUND'S DAY AT LITTLE ABINGTON
20 November / 3 December 2023
Celebrating the feast day of St Edmunds at Little Abington with Fr Leonid Tauleanu and Fr Alexandru Visan.
St Edmund pray to Gor for us!
NEW PARISH RELICS
Sunday 13 August 2023
Many thanks to Fr Ioan, Antonio Brailescu and Florin Murgu who very recently returned to the parish with Holy relics of St Stephen the Protomartyr, St Antony the Great, St Dimitry of Salonica, St Catherine the Great-Martyr, St Menas the Great-Martyr and St Nectarios. It was possible to acquire them on permanent basis for our parish, for our veneration! We feel very blessed to have such relics!
St Stephen, St Antony, St Dimitry, St Catherine, St Menas, St Nectarios pray to God for us!
PATRONAL FEAST 2023
2 July 2023
Today, we celebrated the feast of our Patron Saint, St John of Shanghai. The Liturgy was followed by a procession and a shared meal with the parishioners.
Holy Father John, pray to God for us!
NEW PARISH RELICS: THE SLIPPER OF ST SPYRIDON
Sunday 25 June 2023
St Spyridon, whose holy relics can be venerated in Corfu, is called the 'walking saint' because of the way his slippers wear out every year, even in repose. His slippers are thus replaced regularly.
Following a recent pilgrimage to Corfu by members of the parish, it became possible to attain one of these very slippers. We received the Holy Relic on Sunday 25th June and, after the liturgy, an Akathist to St Spyridon was read and sung in three languages.
By the grace of God, the parish feels honoured and blessed to have such a relic! We thank everyone who helped in making this happen.
Holy Hierarch Spyridon, pray to God for us!
NEW CHURCH SIGN
10 May 2023
In honour of the fact that the late Queen in one of her last acts made Colchester a City, we have had a new sign made. It bears the coat of arms of the City of Colchester, which dates back to 1413. It shows St Helen with the Cross of Christ that she found in Jerusalem, a Roman centurion (representing national importance - Colchester was the Roman capital before London), an oyster fisherman, representing local people, and the three crowns of the Martyr Edmund, King of East Anglia. Its motto reads ‘No Cross, No Crown’, meaning that if we do not take our cross on ourselves, we will not receive the crown of salvation.
Sunday 16 April 2023
Celebrating the Resurrection of Christ our Saviour.
CHRIST IS RISEN!
SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY
Sunday 5 March 2023
Celebrating the Sunday of Orthodoxy with a procession around the church
THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD
Saturday 7 January 2023
Celebrating the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ.
CHRIST IS BORN, GLORIFY HIM!
CONCELEBRATION WITH PRIEST ADRIAN HANȚIU
Sunday 1 January 2023
Today, we had the pleasure of a visit from Priest Adrian Hanțiu from Arad (Western Romania), with whom the Liturgy was concelebrated.
CONCELEBRATION WITH PRIEST MIHAI CONSTANTINESCU
Sunday 4 December 2022
Today, the Liturgy was concelebrated with Fr Mihai Constantinescu who said some words of greeting on behalf, and with the blessing, of our Metropolitan Joseph of the Roman Patriarchate.
PATRONAL FEAST 2022
Saturday 2 July 2022
Parishioners gathered as we celebrated the Patronal Feast of St John the Wonderworker. The Divine Liturgy was followed by a shared meal in the church hall.
Sunday 24 April 2022
The church was full as we celebrated the Resurrection of our Lord. The Easter service started near midnight on Holy Saturday and finished in the early hours of Easter Sunday.
CHRIST IS RISEN!
AID FOR UKRAINE - THANK YOU!
Thursday 10 March 2022
Thank you to all those who so generously donated money, medicine, first aid and other essentials for the people of Ukraine. By the time the van leaving for Ukraine came to the church to collect everything on Thursday 10 March, there were around 15 bags full of your donations and a total collection of £1,070. Thank you!