His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion arrives in Liverpool at 15:21 on Saturday 21st January. Some parishioners have already said that they will meet him at the Station. He is then being interviewed by BBC Radio Merseyside for a broadcast the next morning.
On Sunday 22nd January he is serving in our church. We will be greeting Vladika at 10:00 and then vesting him in the centre of the Church before the Hierarchal Liturgy.** He will be accompanied by Protodeacon Denis Lvov. Reader Chad will be ordained Subdeacon in the 6th Hour. There will be a contribution lunch afterwards up at church. The church will be prepared for his visit on the afternoon of Theophany on Thursday the 19th January. Please help if you can.
Please make sure that you attend on the 22nd and let others know as well. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet Metropolitan Hilarion and to welcome him properly to the UK. It is also the first time that we have ever had a Hierarchal Liturgy in the parish on a Sunday. The Hierarchal Liturgy expresses the fulness of the Orthodox Church and is most beautiful.
There will be tea at Fr Paul's house at 17:00 followed by vespers in Little St Elisabeth's. . Vladika is tonsuring Sr Margaret from St Bride's Hermitage, Edinburgh on Monday at 09:00 followed by Breakfast.
**Please note that Fr Paul and Fr Thomas will be unable to hear confessions after 09:58 so tell EVERYONE to arrive early. There will no opportunity to hear confessions after the Metropolitan has arrived. At least one priest will be able to hear confessions from 08:45. The church will be open at 08:15.