Heilige Albanus (Albaan) van Engeland, eerste Britse christelijke martelaar (+250) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Dutch

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Heilige Albanus (Albaan) van Engeland, 

eerste Britse christelijke martelaar (+250)

Heilige Albanus (Albaan) van Engeland, ook wel Albanus van Verulamium genoemd, was een 3e-eeuwse Engelse heilige. Hij was de eerste Britse christelijke martelaar. Zijn feestdag is 22 juni. De Engelse plaats St Albans is naar hem vernoemd.

De vroegst bekende bron over Albanus is de hagiografie over Germanus van Auxerre door Constantius van Lyon, geschreven rond 480. Gildas schreef over Albanus in zijn De Excidio Britanniae (6e eeuw).

Volgens de 8e-eeuwse Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum van Beda was Albanus een inwoner van de Brits-Romeinse stad Verulamium, nu St Albans, iets ten noorden van Londen. Albanus bekeerde zich tot het christendom en werd hiervoor onthoofd op een heuvel boven de stad. Volgens Beda vond deze executie ergens na het jaar 303 plaats. Nieuw onderzoek door de Britse historicus John Morris wees echter op het jaar 209, tijdens de vervolging van christenen door de Romeinse keizer Septimius Severus. Andere historici plaatsen de gebeurtenis ergens in de jaren 250.

Albanus zou onderdak hebben gegeven aan een christelijke priester die op de vlucht was voor de Romeinen, en werd door deze priester bekeerd tot het christendom. Albanus wisselde met hem van kleren en werd in plaats van de priester gearresteerd en onthoofd op een heuvel aan de overkant van de Ver, de rivier waaraan Verulamium lag.

Op de plek waar de executie volgens de overlevering zou hebben plaatsgevonden werd eerst een kerk en vervolgens, in de 8e eeuw, een klooster gesticht dat aan de heilige Albanus gewijd was.

Het Sint-Albanuskruis is een christelijk kruissymbool. Het is een vlag met een diagonaal kruis in geel op een blauwe achtergrond. Het was onder meer de vlag van het Angelsaksische koninkrijk Mercia.

Video: Bishop Anthony Bloom’s conversion from atheism to the Orthodox Christian Faith

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Святий Албан, перший англійський мученик (+22 червня, 209) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Ukrainian

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Святий Албан (St Alban),

перший англійський мученик (†209)

Святий Албан († 22 червня, 209) — перший англійський мученик, язичницький солдат, який захистив християнського священика і ним же був навернений. Після того, як він виявив це римській владі, його бичували і обезголовили на місці, що згодом було йому присвячене як Абатство Святого Албана (монастир).

Церква вшановує його пам’ять 22 або 17 червня і його символом є олень.

Fr. Meletios Weber, England: Through Oxford to Orthodoxy ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* England, USA & the Netherlands

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Fr. Meletios Weber, England: Through Oxford to Orthodoxy

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Archimandrite Meletios Webber, of Scottish background, was born in London, and received his Masters degree in Theology from Oxford University, England and the Thessalonica School of Theology, Greece. He also holds an E.D.D. (doctorate) in Psychotherapy from the University of Montana, Missoula. He is the author of two published books: Steps of Transformation; an Orthodox Priest Explores the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (Conciliar Press, 2003); and Bread and Water, Wine and Oil; an Orthodox Christian Experience of God (Conciliar Press, 2007).

This interview was originally published in Pravoslavnie.ru.

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Fr. Meletios, could you tell us a little about your journey to Orthodoxy in Oxford, and how you became a priest?

I went to Oxford as a theology student in 1968, and very quickly found an Orthodox Church there. The parish priest at the time was Fr. Kallistos Ware, who is now Metropolitan of Diokleia, and the deacon at the time was Fr. Basil Osborne, who is now Bishop of Amphipolis. The parish in Oxford was both a Russian and a Greek one, coexisting in a small room in what had once been the house of the famous Dr. Spooner. I was immediately attracted to the quality of Continue reading “Fr. Meletios Weber, England: Through Oxford to Orthodoxy ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* England, USA & the Netherlands”

Saint Einion of Holy Virgin Mary’s Monastery on Bardsey Island, Wales (+6th ce.) – Former King who became Priest-Monk and Confessor in Wales

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St Einion Frenin of Holy Virgin Mary’s Monastery

on Bardsey Island, Wales (+6th ce.)

Former King who became Priest-Monk and Confessor in Wales

February 9

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Photo: Ruins of the St Enion’s Monastery on

Bardsey Island, Wales

Saint Einion was a son of Owain Whitetooth (Ddantgwyn) and the brother of Cuneglas, king of Rhos, and of saints Seiriol and Meirion. Part of Gwynedd’s Cuneddan dynasty, he seems to have ruled as a local king over the Llŷn Peninsula southwest of Anglesey and possibly over Anglesey itself. He was credited with granting his brother Seiriol the land for his monastery at Penmon on Anglesey and, later, his hermitage on Puffin Island.[12] He also lured the Breton saint Cadfan from Tywyn to found St Mary’s Abbey, the first religious establishment on Bardsey Island. Although not part of the Cistercian Way, this became a major site of pilgrimage in Wales. Einion himself is sometimes said to have joined Cadfan’s community on the island, although his relics were claimed by the church at Llanengan.

Einion Frenin was credited with the establishment of the original church at Llanengan (St Einion’s).

Miraculous locations nearby include Ffynnon Engan (“Einion’s Well”) and Ol Troed March Engan (“The Hoofprint of Einion’s Horse”), a petrosomatoglyph near Castell Cinan whose collected rainwater was claimed to possess curative powers.

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A letter to a new convert by Mother Thekla, Abbess of  Orthodox Monastery of the Assumpion in North Yorkshire, England

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A letter to a new convert by Mother Thekla,

Abbess of  Orthodox Monastery of the Assumpion

in North Yorkshire, England

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Mother Thekla, who died on Aug. 7, 2011 at aged 93, was the last surviving nun to have occupied the enclosed Orthodox Monastery of the Assumption in North Yorkshire, but became better known to the wider world as the spiritual muse of the composer Sir John Tavener. Mother Thekla wrote the following letter in 2009, when she was 91 years old. You can read more about her here.

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Dear “John”,

I understand that you are on the way to becoming Orthodox. I know nothing about you, beyond the fact that you are English.

Before we go any further, there is one point I should make clear. I have not been told why you are about to convert, but I assure you there is no point whatsoever if it is for negative reasons. You will find as much “wrong” (if not more) in Orthodoxy as in the Anglican or Roman Churches.

So – the first point is, are you prepared to face lies, hypocrisy, evil and all the rest, just as much in Orthodoxy as in any other religion or denomination?

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Some Orthodox Saints from Ireland, Russia, Norway, Holy Land, France, Egypt, England, Serbia, Asia Minor, Italy, Bulgaria, Spain & Romania – St Catherine’s Vision – PDF

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Some Orthodox Saints from Ireland, Russia,

Norway, Holy Land, France, Egypt, England, Serbia, Asia Minor,

Italy, Bulgaria, Spain & Romania

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Saint Elfleda (Ælfflæd), Abbess of Whitby, England (+714) – February 8

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Saint Elfleda (Ælfflæd), Abbess of Whitby, England (+714)

February 8

Saint Ælfflæd (654–714) was the daughter of King Oswiu of Northumbria and Eanflæd. She was abbess of Whitby Abbey, an abbey of nuns that were known for their skills in medicine, from the death of her kinswoman Hilda in 680, first jointly with her mother, then alone. Ælfflæd was particularly known for her skills in surgery and her personal attention to patients, as was Hilda, who was known for her personalized medical care.

Most of Ælfflæd’s life was spent as a nun. When she was about a year old, her father, King Oswiu of Northumbria, in thanksgiving for his victory over Penda of Mercia at the Battle of the Winwæd, handed her over to abbess Hilda to be brought up at Hartlepool Abbey. When Hilda left to found Whitby Abbey in 657 or 658, she brought Ælfflæd with her.

Upon Hilda’s death in 680, Oswiu’s widow, Eanflæd and their daughter Ælfflæd became joint abbesses and later in the 680s, Ælfflæd was sole abbess until her death in 714. The Northumbrian church of Cuthbert’s time was a wealthy and aristocratic institution. On at least one occasion princess Abbess Ælfflæd is found banqueting with St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne.

In the Life of St. Cuthbert, the saint assures Ælfflæd, who is concerned over the succession, that she will find Ecgfrith’s successor ‘to be a brother no less than the other one’ (Anon. V. Cuthberti 3.6). Cuthbert then tells the puzzled Ælfflæd that this brother is ‘on some island beyond this sea’, at which point she realises that he is talking of Aldfrith ‘who was then on the island which is called Iona’ (Anon. V. Cuthberti 3.6). Like her mother, Ælfflæd was associated with Bishop Wilfrid, and played a large part in the settlement which placed her nephew Osred son of Aldfrith on the throne in 705. She was an important political figure from the death of her brother Ecgfrith in 685 until her death.

According to one account, Ælfflaed had been afflicted with a crippling disease for some time. One day she thought about Cuthbert and wished she had something belonging to him, for she was certain that would help her. Soon afterwards a messenger arrived with the gift of a linen girdle from Cuthbert. She put this on and within three days was restored to health.

Her piety was praised by contemporaries such as Bede and Stephen of Ripon. Bede refers to her high degree of holiness and devotion, while Stephen calls her the consoler of the whole kingdom and the best counsellor.

Ælfflæd was considered a saint and her feast day was celebrated on 8 February. She was buried at Whitby.

Excavations in the 1920s by Radford and Peers found several building foundations and two inscribed memorial stones believed to record the deaths of St. Ælfflaed, Abbess of Whitby, and Cyneburgh, queen of King Oswald.

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The Father Of Lights

By Constantine Georgiades, England

Journey to Orthodoxy

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The Father Of Lights

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Saint Richard the Pilgrim, the King of Wessex, England (+720) – February 7

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Saint Richard the Pilgrim, the King of Wessex, England (+720)

February 7

Saint Richard the Pilgrim (also known as St. Richard of Wessex,[1] St. Richard the King, St. Richard the Saxon, St. Richard of Swabia. St. Ricarius) is a saint of England.

It is believed that Saint Richard was born in Wessex, England and his real name is uncertain.[1] He was the brother-in-law of Saint Boniface (Archbishop of Mainz) and father of Saint Willibald (Bishop of Eichstätt), Saint Winnebald or Winibald (Abbot of Heidenheim) and Saint Walburga (Abbess of Heidenheim). Richard is depicted with Wuna, who is reputed to have been his wife and their three children at St. Walburga’s shrine in Eichstätt.

Richard is said to have aided his gravely ill three-year-old son, Willibald, to recover through prayer.

Richard renounced his royal estate and set sail with his two sons from Hamblehaven near Southampton circa 721 A.D. They landed in France and temporarily stayed in Rouen. From there, they set off on the pilgrimage route to Italy, where they prayed at shrines situated along the way.

He died unexpectedly after developing a fever in Lucca, Tuscany, where he was buried in the Church of San Frediano (founded by the Irish monk Frigidian). Miracles were reported to have occurred by his tomb and a veneration cult emerged. The people of Lucca embellished their accounts of his life, describing him as an English prince.

Richard’s niece, a nun called Hugeburc or Huneburc (Huneburc of Heidenheim), wrote an account of the pilgrimage, entitled “Hodoeporicon”, which Willibald, his son, continued during his journey to the Holy Land. Historians date the text between 761 and 786.

Some of Richard’s relics were transported to Eichstätt, where Willibald eventually became Bishop.

Richard’s feast day is 7 February.

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Saint Dunstan Orthodox Christian Church in Poole, England

A Parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland

Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East

Saint Osmund’s Road, Parkstone, Poole, BH14 9JG

Church Phone: 01202 602628

Poole, England

 

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An ait guth manaich bidh geum ba
Ach mun tig an saoghal gu crich
Bithidh I mar a bha.

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The birth of Saint Dunstan Bishop of Canterbury, England (+988)

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The birth of Saint Dunstan Bishop of Canterbury, England (+988)

Feast day: May 19

Saint Dunstan (909-988) was born in Baltonsborough, Somerset. He was the son of Heorstan, a noble of Wessex. Heorstan was the brother of Athelm the bishop of Wells and of the Bishop of Winchester. It is recorded that his mother, Cynethryth, was a pious woman. Osbern’s life of Dunstan relates that a messenger miraculously told her of the saintly child she would give birth to:

She was in the church of St Mary on Candleday, when all the lights were suddenly extinguished. Then the candle held by Cynethryth was as suddenly relighted, and all present lit their candles at this miraculous flame, thus foreshadowing that the boy “would be the minister of eternal light” to the Church.

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דאנסטן הקדוש (St Dunstan) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* The Orthodox Saints in Hebrew language

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(דאנסטן הקדוש (+988

דאנסטֶן (אנגלית: Dunstan; נולד בשנת 909 לערך – 19 במאי 988) הוא קדוש נוצרי. דאנסטן היה אב מנזר במנזר גלסטונברי, הבישוף של ווסטר (Worcester), הבישוף של לונדון והארכיבישוף מקנטרברי. בנוסף שימש כיועץ לבית המלוכה. הוא שיקם את המנזרים באנגליה וביצע רפורמות בכנסייה האנגלית. במאה ה-11 כתב אוסברן את קורותיו ותיאר את דונסטן כאמן וקליגרף.

דאנסטן נולד בגלסטונברי.
החל את חייו כמפרזל, והיה זה שהצליח לכפות על השטן שלא לפקוד את אלה אשר משתמשים בפרסה.

בשנת 988 מת בקנטרברי. יום חגו מתקיים ב-19 במאי.

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#1 – Кад је Енглеска била Православна ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* ORTHODOX ENGLAND – Serbian

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Video: Heilige Ia von Irland & Cornwall (+450) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* German

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Video: Santes Dilig (St Cenheidlo / St Endelienta) Cymru a Chernyw (+6ed ganrif) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Welsh

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Naomh Abran na hÉireann (+515) – 8 Bealtaine ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Irish

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Naomh Abran na hÉireann (+515) – 8 Bealtaine.

Ba naomh Éireannach é Abran. Ba díthreabhach ina chónaí san Bhriotáin é.

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