The Society of St John the Wonderworker is an Orthodox Apostolate, made up of both Orthodox and Non-Orthodox Christians with the aim of celebrating and propagating the work and spirituality of St John the Wonderworker. We are based in the UK, though membership is extended around the world, and meet regularly seeking to deepen our spiritual lives.
The Society also seeks to provide a sacramental life, spiritual home and direction for the diaspora of Western Rite Orthodox Christians in the United Kingdom.
The Society meets once a month to celebrate a Mass according to the Use of Sarum; the ancient liturgy of the British Isles which St John worked to propagate alongside the Gallican Rite. The service takes place on a rotating basis in several locations around the UK. There are additional Votive Masses celebrated throughout the year.
Find out more about the Use of Sarum here.
The Society also has two annual events; a weekend retreat and annual pilgrimage. The annual retreat is centered upon Botel Abbey, a beautifully restored medieval castle and chapel in the Scottish borders.
The Society of St John the Wonderworker meets weekly online and in person across the world to share in the Spiritual Exercises. These are comprised of a set of meditations, contemplations, prayers and readings which concentrate upon a celebration of the Apostolic Heritage of the Western Church in an Orthodox context. The aim is to propagate both a deeper understanding of the Western Tradition, as well as to celebrate the life and miracles both of St John and the Saints of the British Isles.
The exercises last about 40 minutes and can be joined live via our YouTube channel every Sunday at 18:00 GMT or accessed later in the archive.