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We are a parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) in the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland (ROCOR), striving to live the Orthodox Faith.

We are a small but growing community from various backgrounds, with people from The Russian Federation, The Baltic States, Romania, Serbia and  the USA with some converts to Orthodoxy  and others exploring the Faith. At the last count we had 16 nationalities. We use the Julian Calendar and our services are mainly in English with some Church Slavonic. We are a traditional parish  and very welcoming. If you are Orthodox already and looking for a parish, we are a lovely community to join. If you are interested in the Orthodox faith you are most welcome to visit us. Please note that we do not use the little chapel in Father Paul's house for Sunday services.

                     Father Paul, our parish priest, can be contacted on 07926194031 or frpaulelliott@aol.com




The Icon of Theophany
The Icon of Theophany
The Icon of Theophany

Wednesday 17th January 14:00  Cleaning and polishing afternoon to prepare for Theophany and the Bishop's visit.

Friday 19th January               09:30  Completion of Baptism and Chrismation for Joseph and Sarah

                                                10:00  Hours and Divine Liturgy of Theophany

                                                 followed by the Blessing of the Waters (bring bottles!)

Sunday 21st January            10:00 Meeting of Vladika Irenei  and Hierarchal Divine Liturgy **

                                               12:30 Snack and coffee

                                               13:30 Blessing of the Mersey at New Brighton 

Extra services and events 

Monday 22nd January           08:30 Hierarchal Liturgy in St Elisabeth's, Wallase followed by breakfast at 58 Shrewsbury Road, Oxton, CH43 2HY and                                                                 Pilgrimage to Shrine of St  Werburgh, Chester. Vladika and Fr Antony and pilgrims will have lunch in the Cathedral.

Tuesday 23rd January            08:30 Hierarchal Liturgy in St Elisabeth's, Wallasey  followed by breakfast at 58 Shrewsbury Road, Oxton, CH43 2HY

                                                  18:30 Bring and Share Supper at 58 Shrewsbury Road, Oxton, CH43 2HY followed by a spiritual                                                                                                          talk on the Jesus Prayer at 19:30...all welcome

Wednesday 24th January      08:30 Hierarchal Liturgy in Little St Elisabeth's at 58 Shrewsbury Road, Oxton,  CH43 2HY followed by breakfast and departure of                                              Vladika Irenei.

** Please note that there will be no confessions after 09:55 on Sunday 21st January. Please try to arrive for the greeting of Vladika Irenei. You may receive Holy Communion at the Sunday Hierarchal Liturgy if you have been to confession recently.



Sunday 28th January

Nicholai Papdopoulos and his daughter Sophia are organising a Sunday School for children of the Parish aged 4 (Reception) and above. It will take place on the last Sunday of each month (Not August or December) as the food is being prepared for the parish meal after the Liturgy. There will be a song, a story, something to colour in and some teaching in English. The Sunday School will last about 15 minutes. As it develops we hope to have a yearly outing and perhaps a party. It is a way of treasuring and developing our Orthodox young people. It will meet for the first time on Sunday January 28th straight after the Liturgy. Fr Paul is going to try to tidy the Library / School Room on Tuesday 9th January if anyone would like to join him. Please support this new venture in the life of our parish.

This Parish supports the Fund for Assistance. Please consider this in your giving.

Thank you for all your generosity. May God bless you!


The Metropolitan in St Elisabeth's
The Metropolitan in St Elisabeth's
The Metropolitan in St Elisabeth's
The Metropolitan's visit
The Metropolitan's visit
The Metropolitan's visit
with pilgrims from the Cathedral now in place
with pilgrims from the Cathedral now in place
with pilgrims from the Cathedral now in place
Sunday 12th November to Sunday 10th December



Services for December and January

  • Some advanced notices. Bishop Irenei is visiting the parish on the 21st January.  There will be a full Hierarchal Liturgy and possibly a blessing of the waters at the River Mersey (depending on weather and tides). This is a really important visit for our parish. Please put it is your diaries and tell everyone so that as many as possible can gather to greet Vladika. There will be a coffee and biscuits after church.
  • Fr Paul is in Belfast on Thursday 11th and Saturday 13th January.
  • The Christmas services will be Saturday 6th January Vespers and Great Compline 17:00 and Sunday 7th January 10:00 followed by a contribution Christmas Dinner. The Feast of the Theophany will be served on Friday 19th January at 10:00 followed by the Blessing of the Waters.
  • Fr Paul has put the abbreviated confession on the website. Most of the material is in English but there are also parts in Russian. You can find it at http://newmartyr.info/liturgica.html. Fr Paul is grateful to Yulia Rodgers for correcting his Russian typing!
  • The next choir practice  will be announced shortly. This  normally takes place at Father Paul's house CH43 2HY

The Choir has  recorded parts of the Liturgy. You can find the these here. or in the drop down menu under 'Our Worship' here..

Media at St Elisabeth's.  Father Paul records the Readings and the sermon of each Sunday when he remembers. These  recordings can be found under the tab 'Weekly Sermons' on the drop down menu on the left hand side of the website. Just click on the underlined text.



Now that Fr Paul appears to be properly retired from his secular work, he hopes to do more weekday services.

The Anointing Service will be normally on Tuesdays at 19:00 on the first Tuesday of each month unless this is impossible ( eg.  April 2018). It will be served on the following dates:-

05/12/17, 02/01/18, 06/02/18, 06/03/18, 04/04/18, 01/05/18, 05/06/18, 03/07/18, 07/08/18, 04/09/18, 02/10/18, 06/11/18 and 04/12/18.

Vespers and Moleben of intercession before the relics of St Elisabeth, St Barbara and St John of Shanghai will be served on some Wednesdays throughout the  Nativity Fast  and twice a month after that normally on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 18:15 though Fr Paul will be in church from 18:00 to hear confessions. These services will be served provisionally on the following dates but may be subject to change subject to Fr Paul's commitments:-

13/12/17, 27/12/17, 03/01/18, 24/01/18, 14/02/18 (Great Vespers), 14/03/18, 28/03/18, 11/04/18, 25/04/18, 09/05/18, 16/05/18 (Great Vespers), 23/05/18 (??), 13/06/18, 27/06/18, 11/07/18, 25/07/18, 08/08/18, 22/08/18, 12/09/18, 26/09/18, 10/10/18, 24/10/18, 14/11/18, 28/11/18, 05/12/18, 12/12/18 (??), 18/12/18 (NB.Tues.Great Vespers)

Weekday Liturgies will be served at 10:00 on  Friday 19th January 10:00 (Theophany), Thursday  15th February (The Meeting), Saturday 7th April (Annunciation), Thursday 17th May (Ascension), Thursday 12th July (St Peter and St Paul), Wednesday 18th July (St Elisabeth),Tuesday 14th August (Holy Cross) (??), Friday 21st September (Nativity of the Theotokos), Thursday 27th September (Exaltation of the Cross), Tuesday 4th December (Entry of the Theotokos), Wednesday 19th December (St Nicholas).

The Choir

Church Singing is a very important work in any Russian Orthodox Parish. Matushka Elizabeth is the choir director and works hard to enable the choir to sing as beautifully as possible. We are blessed with some very good singers and the choir does a wonderful job creating the right prayerful atmosphere for the Holy Liturgy. We still lack alto voices though. If you feel you are able to sing alto, please speak to Matushka.

Servers at the Feast of The New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia
Servers at the Feast of The New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia
Servers at the Feast of The New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia
At last a Stichar to fit Nicholas
At last a Stichar to fit Nicholas
At last a Stichar to fit Nicholas
New Red and Gold Vestments for the servers
New Red and Gold Vestments for the servers
New Red and Gold Vestments for the servers
Serving at the Holy Liturgy

Since the earliest times young men served in the altar. This is important work as it enables the Bishop or Priest to concentrate on the prayers. The traditional vesture for a server is the Stichar, which was originally a decorated garment which covered the toga in the Eastern Roman Empire. The vesture assists the server to step into the role and stay focused upon spiritual work. We have a number of servers at St Elisabeth's who greatly add to the solemnity of the service and therefore the sense of holiness. Some new vestments have just been made for them at the Convent of St Elisabeth, in Minsk. Some of the funding for this has come from Lena Miloshovich in memory of her mother Dushanka. Father Paul is very grateful for those who assist him in the altar. If you are interested in serving in the altar, please talk to Reader Chad.

Fr Paul, Subdeacon Chad and Baby Anna
Fr Paul, Subdeacon Chad and Baby Anna
Fr Paul, Subdeacon Chad and Baby Anna
Baptising your child in St Elisabeth's


We are delighted that you would like to have your child baptised in our church. Baptisms are normally conducted at about 10:30 on a Saturday morning though other arrangements can be made. The post code of the church is CH45 5DE. Father Paul’s phone number is 07926194031 and his email is frpaulelliott@aol.com  Please fill in the online Baptism Registration form and email it to Fr Paul. For details of having your son or daughter baptised in St Elisabeth's please follow this link : Baptism in the Russian Orthodox Church



Ludmila and Paul's Wedding
Ludmila and Paul's Wedding
Ludmila and Paul's Wedding

Getting married in St Elisabeth's can be arranged. Normally, the couple must be married in the Registery Office first unless the Registrar is present. The couple should both be baptised and free to marry. The chief bridesmaid and the best man should be of the Orthodox faith. Couples should normally ask Fr Paul to seek a blessing from Archbishop Mark before the wedding is arranged especially if either the bride or the groom are not of the Orthodox Faith. A blessing can be granted though any children of the marriage must be brought up Orthodox. Weddings take place normally at 13:00 on a Sunday and only then outside the church fasts.

St Elisabeth's Russian Orthodox Church - Liverpool, Wallasey, Birkenhead

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