For a number of years, the British Orthodox congregation at Babingley have extended a warm welcome to their neighbours to attend a special service of Evening Prayer with a guest speaker on an ecumenical theme during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This year, however, it was decided to offer a day-long study session and multi-media presentation on “The Orthodox Way of Prayer”, led by Father Peter Farrington, which took place on Saturday, 24 January.
Father Peter’s two talks were well received and generated a lively discussion and fraternal exchanges, as did his illustrated presentation on “Praying with Ikons”. There were also opportunities – much valued by all present – for silent prayer, in which those present could practise the Prayer of the Heart as expounded by him. The study day opened and concluded with prayers from the Agbia. It was a great joy to have Father David Seeds and Archdeacon Alexander Astill from the Cusworth congregation supporting the day.