On Saturday 24 April, Lazarus Saturday, our parish will take up a collection to benefit the Russian Eccelesiastical Mission in Jerusalem. This collection is customarily taken up on Palm Sunday every year in all the parishes, monasteries and missions of our Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. As we have no services in our parish for Palm Sunday this year, we will take up the collection on the preceding day. Collection envelopes will be available in church from the evening of Friday 23 April. Many places of immense spiritual and historical significance in the Holy Land have been entrusted to the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission, and we have many monastics there who care for these holy places, undertake good works, and pray for the whole world. The monastics there are in particular need of support at present as the coronavirus has halted the flow of pilgrims. Those who wish to make a donation online direct to the Mission may do so via Paypal through the Mission's website.