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Welcome to St Elisabeth_s Church, Rake Lane, Wallasey, CH45 5DE

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




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Services this week and news

Holy Saturday at St Elisabeth's
Holy Saturday at St Elisabeth's
Holy Saturday at St Elisabeth's
Holy Saturday at St Elisabeth's
Holy Saturday at St Elisabeth's
Holy Saturday at St Elisabeth's
with pilgrims from the Cathedral now in place
with pilgrims from the Cathedral now in place
with pilgrims from the Cathedral now in place
Sundays bewteen 04.09.16 - 25.09.16


The next Liturgies are on Sunday 18th September and Sunday 25th September at 10:00. There is normally a contribution meal after the Liturgy on the last Sunday of the month.

  • Father Patrick is visiting on Sunday 18th September and Fr Thomas is visiting on Sunday 25th September.
  • The Holywell Pilgrimage is on Saturday October 1st. Liturgy at 10:30 above the well. Procession to the well after the liturgy. Bring a packed lunch. Vespers at 15:00.
  • There will be an anointing service at 19:00 on Tuesday 4th October at St Elisabeth's. Fr Paul hopes that this will become a reasonably regular service.
  • Christopher Edwards has let me know that Choral Evensong on BBC Radio 3 on Wednesday 14th September is from The Danilov Monastery in Moscow. Do try to listen if you can. It goes out at 15:30 and is a recording of Vespers of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. You can catch up with it on BBC Iplayer as well.
  • The next choir practice will be announced shortly. These take place at Father Paul's house CH43 2HY
  • George Simpson was baptised on Sunday 21st August after the Holy Liturgy. Helena and Stephen and their family in Ukraine and Fr Nicholai from Helena's home church have donated a beautiful icon of St Elisabeth for our church. Photos of it will appear shortly.
  • On Sunday 16th October Vladika Mark has instructed his clergy to be present with him in London. Thus St Elisabeth's will be open for quiet prayer only on that day.
  • The Mhyrr Streaming Hawaiian Icon of the Mother of God will visit our parish in May next year. More details will follow soon. Also on Saturday 13th of May there will be a diocesan Pilgrimage to St Alban's Abbey. Fr Paul, Matushka Elizabeth and Reader Chad will all be involved and it is hoped that as many of us as possible can get to St Albans for the day. Fr Paul will look into the costs of hiring a coach nearer the time.
  • Advanced notice. "Lyra", an Orthodox singing group from St Petersburg will be giving a concert in St Elisabeth's next year on May 17th. More details will follow nearer the time.

Father Paul is looking after the Parish of St John of Shanghai in Belfast until there is a new rector. He is next serving the on  the 22nd October. Please pray the there will shortly be a replacement for Fr Mladin.

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

Choir Practice at Father Paul's house (CH43 2HY) as anounced..

Media at St Elisabeth's.  Father Paul records the Readings and the sermon of each Sunday . 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.


Pilgrimage in July. Father Paul and Matushka joined Father Vladimir on a pilgrimage to Svir and Solovets on July 25th, 2016 with pilgrims from our London Cathedral Parish. Reader Chad, Ludmila,Yulia and Svetlana (T)  also joined the pilgrimage. Father Paul will put some material and photos about the pilgrimage  on the Diocesan Website in the near future.

New Candlestands. The London Cathedral Parish  resolved to gift three candlestands to St Elisabeth's.  As always, we are most grateful for the generosity of the Cathedral Parish towards us.  Father Paul took two very old candlestands to Ormesby's of Scarisbrick to get them restored. There are photographs of them in use at the wedding of the Tsar's neice in London in 1922. They are already  by the central icon. As part of the furnishings of the London Imperial Russian Embassy, they would have been used by the Tsar to say his prayers on his visits to Britain. Fr Paul will put detailed photos of them on the website shortly.

The Choir at St Elisabeth's

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.

The servers at St Elisabeth's

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.

Baptising your child in our church

Fr Paul, Reader Chad and Baby Anna
Fr Paul, Reader Chad and Baby Anna
Fr Paul, Reader 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



Getting Married in St Elisabeth_s

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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