A baptism, and services on 19-20 October
On Saturday 19 October the parish rector baptised Emelia, the infant daughter of Ivan Zagvozkine and Natasha Belova and baby sister to Ivan, Anton and Alexander. Emelia’s sponsors at baptism were Irina Shchelokova and Elena Fauris. Congratulations to Ivan, Natasha, Irina and Elena. May God grant his newly-baptised servant Emelia many years! That evening and on the morning of Sunday 20 October we had services in honour of Saint Jonah of Hankow, a righteous bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church who reposed in China in 1925 and was glorified in 1996. A gifted preacher of Orthodoxy and a model of pastoral service, Saint Jonah was also a great protector of children, having endured the sorrow of losing his own parents when still a child. The newly-baptised infant Emelia received Holy Communion for the first time at Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning. Following the Prayer before the Amvon, a brief moleben to Saint Jonah was served for the children of our parish and for all present.