Lampeter Orthodox Church - Eglwys Uniongred Llanbed

Fool for Christ

Verily I say unto you, they have their reward’
Matt 6.2

The gratification of being well regarded
is my reward.
My reward is a stone
that pulls me down.
I must get rid
of my reward.

The eyes of men
are so many knives
cutting me up; under their gaze
I become
Legion. I pass like a whore
from one to the other
like so many pieces
of a smashed mirror.

Lusting after praise,
avaricious of praise,
proud of praise,
gluttonous for praise,
envious of praise,
angry at being disregarded and soon
falling into apathy.

That is how the days
pass; to flee
from the snare, I must be
ridiculous,
like Lazarus
lying at the rich man’s gate.

I must climb under
my reward, then, free
of other men’s eyes
I can see
objectively.
I can see the angels
outside the brothels
and round the walls
of the churches the devils
and in the depths
of winter, dressed
only in rags, lying
in the gutter I can taste
the fruits of Paradise.

In an Orthodox Church

Here is a poem……….

IN AN ORTHODOX CHURCH

In this place,
everything is still, any
noise is a shock.
No-one is
laughing here,
in this place, above
everything that happens,
above and below
and inside and out.
It requires,
this everywhere,
silence and darkness.
This is the most dear
habitation,
above thinking, here thinking
is a distraction,
demons, dreams and wishes
are only a nuisance.
The vibration of
strong emotion shrinks
this space, which is
normally very big, any
contrary vibration, contrary
space (e.g.
cyberspace)
is ruinous.
In this place what was
continuous has become saccadic,
what was saccadic
has become continuous.
I am living in an un-
finished dot drawing.
This is the house of prayer
where David went.
I am huddled in a dark
corner of his tent.
Here I have not seen God,
but I (and everyone with me)
have known a lovely
darkness from too much light.

Pan-Orthodox pilgrimage to Llanthony Priory

An invitation from Father Luke and the community at Llanelli to a pan-Orthodox pilgrimage to Llanthony Priory near Abergavenny (NP7 7NN) on
Saturday 4th March.

It is the site of one of St David’s monastic cells. Services will take place in the chapel
next to the ruins. Please arrive by 10am and the liturgy will begin shortly after. The vespers service will be
mid-afternoon from approximately 3pm.
There is a pub next to the Priory ruins for a drink after the liturgy,
although usually we take a picnic lunch.

Chwedlau’r Llan: Seintiau o Benfro i’r Fflint

Chwedlau’r Llan: Seintiau o Benfro i’r Fflint

Ar Ddydd Gŵyl Dewi cofiwn y rhan sylfaenol a chwaraeodd moliant y seintiau yng nghymdeithas Cymru cyn y Diwygiad Protestannaidd. Bydd y sgwrs hon gan Dr David Parsons yn trafod testunau Cymraeg yr Oesoedd Canol ynglŷn â’r seintiau, ac yn archwilio’r cysylltiad cryf gyda llefydd ac ardaloedd penodol.
*** Mynediad am ddim drwy docyn. ***

On St David’s Day we are reminded that the veneration of saints played a central part in pre-Reformation Welsh society. This talk given by Dr David Parsons discusses medieval Welsh-language texts about saints, and examines their strong relationship with particular places and regions.
*** Free admission by ticket. ***

*** Event held in Welsh with simultaneous translation. ***
Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales, Ceredigion on Wednesday 1 March 2017
Doors Open at 12:45PM
From 1:15PM to 2:15PM
Ticket Price:£0.00
Box Office: (01970) 632 548

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24.12.16 Vesperal Divine Liturgy

Lampeter Orthodox Church - Eglwys Uniongred Llanbed

Nativity

24.12.16
Vesperal Divine Liturgy
16.00hrs followed by ‘bring and share’ Festal Meal

Troparion of the Feast
“Thy nativity, O Christ our God,
has shown to the world the light of wisdom;
for by it, those who worshipped the stars
were taught by a star to adore Thee
the Sun of Righteousness,
and to know Thee, the Orient from on high.
O Lord, glory to Thee.

Kontakion of the Feast
“Today the virgin, gives birth to the incomprehensible One;
and the earth offers a cave to the unapproachable One;
Angels and shepherds glorify Him;
the Wisemen journey with a star;
since for our sakes is born the Eternal God, as a little Child.”

Feast of St Cybi 5th November

Liturgy to celebrate the Feast of St Cybi 10.30 followed by ‘ bring and share’ meal.

Blessing of St Cybi’s Well at 15.00hrs

St Cybi

Gwyl Cybi Sant

Help needed

Can anybody help identify this icon found by Fr Timothy in a second hand shop in Aberystwth?

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Santiago Pilgrimage

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Well done Bethan, Ioan, Gethin