Welcome to the website of the Greek Orthodox Church of Archangel Michael and Holy Piran, Cornwall.
Within the Patriarchate of Constantinople, Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, we extend a pan-Orthodox welcome to Orthodox Christians of all nationalities and jurisdictions, together with visitors and enquirers.
Typically, Sunday services are Orthros (Morning Prayer) at 9.30am and Divine Liturgy at 10.30am with Esperinos (Evening Prayer) on Saturdays at 6.30pm. However, these are sometimes subject to change so please check the services page and the leaflet downloads for more information.
The Church is located at Laity Moor, near Ponsanooth in Cornwall (TR3 7HR).
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The Orthodox Church of Archangel Michael and Holy Piran
Laity Moor, Nr Ponsanooth, Cornwall. TR3 7HR
Details for the services in April, and Great Week and Holy Pascha can be downloaded from the links below
The Divine Liturgy - served every Sunday - can be joined using Zoom. Anyone wishing to join should contact Dr. Salem Murjaneh for each meeting’s link (see the contacts page).
Towards Holy Pascha
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, The Great Fast 2021.
Before Christmas I sent a few words reflecting on the year past and with thoughts for that to come. Well, here we are in the fourth month of 2021, presented with the same difficulties but with signs of improvement and hopes for a full release from the affects of the virus which has brought so many difficulties to everyone.
We are now in the time of the Great Lenten Fast, the concentrated period of selfexamination, fasting and devout preparation for the joyful celebration of Holy Pascha. This time last year saw the beginning of our meetings on Zoom which in and out of lockdowns we have been able to maintain. But it has not been easy!
Spiritual nourishment has been received through our customary Orthodox ways of individual daily prayers and readings. For some, this time “in the desert” has been enriched through the various oases of talks “on line” and by joining live streamed services. Conversely, the prevalence of misinformation, conspiracy theories and a plethora of opinions, have proved to have a negative influence, unless resisted.
Our own local pattern throughout, observing Government and Hierarchical direction and guidance has also not been easy and we have had to have regard for the adminstering of the Holy Mysteries, welfare of our fellow Orthodox Christians, the existence of a virulent pandemic and with consideration of our church size and facilities. Pray fervently for our hierarchs and all who at whatever level bear responsibility for guiding us along the Way.
“The Clergy and Committee members are urged to demonstrate both discernment and patience to the faithful, so that guidelines are not seen and understood as authoritative commands. We want our people to understand that we are doing our best and want to see them safe and healthy. These guidelines are offered with love, care and concern for the people of God.” Archdiocese quote from December 2020.
With the Zoom facility at least our Sunday Divine Liturgy has been available for those unable to attend and our list of services with occasionally just a few notices can always be found on our website (see above). Also, the website of the Archdiocese is a mine of information and articles of interest - www.thyateira.org.uk
From Palm Sunday - April 25th we enter Great (Holy) Week. May our continuing Lent be blessed and our celebration of Holy Pascha truly joyful.
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before his presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, he is God;
It is he who made us, and not we ourselves,
We are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Ps.100