John Fisher Church
56 Begbrook Park, Frenchey
Bristol BS16 1NF
We are a Parish within the Diocese of Sourozh, Moscow Patriarchate. The Diocese in this country was
founded by Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom) of blessed memory. The
diocese is headed by Archbishop Elisey of Sourozh. Our priest in charge is
Archpriest Michael Gogoleff, tel: 01225-858-792.
We are a multi-ethnic community and Orthodox Christians from various
nationalities worship with us. Our services are in English and Russian
(Church Slavonic) and we follow the old calendar. The services may be
attended by anyone who is interested, although only Orthodox Christians may
receive Holy Communion at the Divine Liturgy.
Here you can find the current schedule of the services. For
further information contact Elya
Kisina 0117 9140282, Masha Springford 0117-973-5037, Galina Self
Welcome to our Parish!
ATTENSION! Fr Michael cancelled service on Wednesday
April 4 at 18.00 due to the condition of his health.
study articles posted to you by email and on our Website.
"For I delivered unto you first of all
that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to
the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day
according to the Scriptures; and that He was seen of Cephas, then of the
twelve; after that, He was seen of above five thousand brethren at
1 Cor. 15:3-6
Holy Week in the Eastern Orthodox Church institutes the
sanctity of the whole calendar year of the Church. Its centre of
commemorations and inspiration is Easter, wherein the glorified Resurrection
of Jesus Christ is celebrated. Every Sunday is dedicated in the Eastern
Orthodox Church to the Resurrection of the Lord. One hundred days also are
dedicated to Easter, 50 before it for preparation, and another 50 after it
for commemorating the glorification of the Lord. Easter is considered the
"Feast of Feasts."
On Passion Week
“We are entering into difficult days today: days when we
recall the Passion of Christ; days when it will be difficult for us to come
to church and endure long services, to pray. Many ask themselves: is there
any point in coming to services when we are so physically tired, when our
thoughts are flying here and there, when we have no inner concentration and
true participation in what is going on?
Remember what happened during the days of Christ’s Passion: how many
people there were—both good and terrible people, who would have given
anything to break away from the horror and exhaustion of those days. Those
who were close to Christ—how their hearts were torn, how their last strength
both physical and emotional was wearing thin during the course of these few,
but terrible days… How hundreds of people, to be sure, would have liked to
break away from this week, to be free of what was happening: free from the
wrath, the fear, and the horrors.
But life would not let them escape it. The Most Pure Virgin Theotokos
could not run anywhere from the Lord’s Passion; neither could the Lord’s
disciples hide from their terror, even in those moments when fear conquered
them and they tried to hide themselves from the people’s wrath. Neither could
Nicodemus or Joseph of Arimathea, Christ’s secret disciples, or the true and
faithful myrrh-bearing women escape anywhere… There was nowhere to go because
terror abode in their hearts; because terror enveloped them both within and
without. And those who hatefully, stubbornly, and wrathfully strove to
accomplish Christ’s murder also had nowhere to hide from this.
So when you remember this, won’t you find a place in church during the
course of these terrible days? Their thoughts also raced, their hearts also
went cold, and their strength also failed them; but they lived through these
events. And what will be happening during these days is not a dead
remembrance of something that happened some time ago; it is an event that
resides in the heart of our days, and on it our world and our life is founded
Therefore, no matter what we experience, or no matter how little we
experience, let us attend these services, let us immerse ourselves in what
they have to say to us. We will not try to forcibly squeeze some feelings out
of ourselves: it is enough to watch; it is enough to hear. Let the events
themselves—for these are events and not just memories—break us in body and
soul. Then, when we forget ourselves and think rather of Christ, about what
is really taking place during these days, we will reach also that Great
Saturday when Christ is laid to rest in the tomb—and we also will find rest.
When at night we hear the announcement of the Resurrection, we too will be
able to suddenly come alive from that terrible numbness, from that terrible
death of Christ, from Christ’s dying, of which we shall partake at least a
little during these days of the Passion. Amen “
Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom)
Fundraising for a new church.
continue to raise money in order to buy our own church. We are not a big
parish and people are giving generously what they can afford, but we mainly
rely on the help of friends. This is our objective. In the meantime, until we
find something suitable to buy, we hope to move from Frenchey and, as a
temporary solution, to rent another place closer to the centre, where we can
leave all the things we need for our services.
help to collect the money.
Let God help us in our efforts!
For donations: Bank: Lloyds Bank
Account name: Russian
Orthodox Parish of the Holy Trinity
Sort code: 30-00-01, account:
For more information contact Elya Kisina, tel:
0117 9140282 or Masha
Springford, tel: 0117 9735037.