We are a parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) in the Diocese of Great Britain and Western Europe (ROCOR), striving to live the Orthodox Faith.
We are a growing community from various backgrounds, with people from The Russian Federation, The Baltic States, Ukraine, 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 contact us.
Divine Liturgy every Sunday at 10.00 a.m. and some weekdays at 9.30 a.m. or just after
Contribution Lunch and talk by one of the clergy after the Liturgy on the last Sunday of the month
Children's Church is normally once a month. Parents are contacted by WhasApp. We meet on a Sunday immediately after the Liturgy.
Those interested in becoming Orthodox should initially speak with or contact Father Paul
Online Bible Study with Father Justin by arrangement
There is normally an Akathist at 6.00 p.m. on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening except in Lent when it precedes the Presanctified Liturgy
For arrangements of services please see the details below
Father Paul, our parish priest, can be contacted on 07926194031 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Regular members of the congregation will be informed of services by text message.
- Private arrangements for confession or receiving of Holy Comunion are always possible.
|Sunday 5th November||Divine Liturgy||10.00 a.m.|
|Wednesday 8th November||Akathist||6.00 p.m.|
|Saturday 11th November||Divine Liturgy||9.30 a.m.||with Fr Dcn Alban in Durham|
|Sunday 12th November||Divine Liturgy||10.00 a.m.|
|No akathist this week||Father Paul in Mettingham|
|Friday 17th November||Holy Matrimony||9.30 a.m.||Oxana and Christian|
|Saturday 18th November||
Catechumens quiet morning in St Elisabeth's
9.30 a.m. until 1.00 p.m.
|Enquirers, recently baptised and catechumens all welcome.|
|Sunday 19th November||Divine Liturgy||10.00 a.m.|
|Tuesday 21st November||Akathist||6.00 p.m.|
|Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 25th November||Fr Paul in Florence for Clergy Convocation|
|Sunday 26th November||Divine Liturgy||10.00 a.m.||Contribution meal after the Liturgy|
|Tuesday 28th November||Akathist||Beginning of the Nativity Fast|
|Saturday 2nd December||Divine Liturgy||9.30 a.m.||Fr Paul with Fr Dcn Alban at St Luke's Ushaw Moor, Durham|
|Sunday 3rd December||Divine Liturgy||10.00 a.m.|
|Monday 4th December||Divine Liturgy||9.30 a.m.||Feast of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple|
|Tuesday 5th December||1.30 p.m. Visit of Year 5 St Werburgh's School|
|Wednesday 6th December||Akathist||6.00 p.m.|
|Sunday 10th December||Divine Liturgy||10.00 a.m.|
Wednesday 13th December
St Andrew the Apostle
Divine Liturgy ( Church Slavonic)
|Sunday 17th December||Divine Liturgy||10.00 a.m.|
|Tuesday 19th December||
|Feast of St Nicholas|
|Thursday 21st to Friday 22nd December||
|Fr Paul at Diocesan Youth Conference London|
|Sunday 24th December||Divine Liturgy||10.00 a.m.|
|Monday 25th December||Divine Liturgy||9.30 a.m.||Feast of St Spyridon and St Herman|
|No Akathist this week||Very restricted Public Transport|
|Sunday 31st December||
Moleben for the beginning of the Secular New Year
|No contribution meal|
|Tuesday 2nd January||Akathist||6.00 p.m.|
|Tuesday 2nd January||Akathist||6.00 p.m.|
|Saturday 6th January||Vigil of Christmas||5.30 p.m.||We will attempt what we can of the Vigil of Christmas Eve|
|Sunday 7th January||Divine Liturgy||10.00 a.m.||The Children will offer a short Nativity play as part of today's service. There will be a contribution Christmas dinner after the Liturgy|
|Tuesday 9th January||Akathist||6.00 p.m.|
|Sunday 14th January||Divine Liturgy of St James||10.00 a.m.|
|Tuesday 16th January||Akathist||6.00 p.m.|
|Thursday 18th January||Vigil of Theophany||5.30 p.m. with Blessing of the Waters||Fresh Holy Water will be available. Please bring a bottle.|
|Friday 19th January||Baptismal Divine Liturgy of Theophany||9.30 a.m.||
Fresh Holy Water will be available. Please bring a bottle.
|Sunday 21st January||
Blessing of the Mersey Estuary
Fresh Holy Water will be available. Please bring a bottle.
We will gather at Perch Rock, New Brighton. Park in Morrisons
|Sunday 28th January||Divine Liturgy||10.00 a.m.||Contribution Meal and talk from one of the Clergy after the Liturgy.|
If you have any concerns please contact Father Paul on 07926194031 or email@example.com
- A new Schedule of services has been published above for November, December and January. There may be extra services added to this shortly once a blessing is obtained from Bishop Irenei.
- There is a quiet morning for Catechumens and those interested on Saturday 18th November at St Elisabeth's from 9.30 a.m. until about 1.00 p.m.
- The St Philip's Fast begins on the 28th November.
- There will be a Liturgy for the Feast of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple on Monday 4th December at 9.30 a.m. and a Divine Liturgy for the Feast of St Nicholas onTuesday 19th December at 9.30 a.m.
- Orthodox Christmas falls on a Sunday ( January 7th) It is hoped that the children will gather to do a Tableau or short Nativity as part of the Divine Liturgy after Holy Communion. There will be a contribution Christmas Dinner as usual.
- Adults are to be baptised on Friday 19th January at the Baptismal Liturgy of Theophany. We will brave the weather and bless the Mersey Estuary after the Liturgy on Sunday 21st January. If adult cathechumens cannot be present at the Feast of Theophany itself, Fr Paul will make individual arrangements.
- The Divine Liturgy is currently served on occasional weekdays and Saturdays. It is always served on Sundays at 10.00 a.m. Please check in the schedule of services published above.
- A simple peoples' service book in English and Russian can be downloaded and printed. You can find more services under "Liturgica" on this website.
- An Akathist or Moleben will be served most Tuesday or Wednesday evenings at 6.00 p.m. though in Lent it precedes the Presanctified Liturgy at 5.30 p.m. on a number of Wednesdays (see above).
- A moleben to St John the Baptist is served monthly to pray for our mission parish in Durham.
- Baptisms will normally take place on Saturday mornings during or immediately after Divine Liturgy or at about 10.00 a.m. or by private arrangement
- Choir Practice has resumed but is now up at church.
Children are welcome at the Divine Liturgy. If they need a bit of "time out" there is a place for them in the side porch where mums or dads can sit with them with some toys and books and they can still see what is happening in the Liturgy. Children's Church tries to meet monthly on a Saturday afternoon.
This Parish supports the Fund for Assistance. Please consider this in your giving.
Father Paul will send £500 to this Christmas appeal this year. We are very fortunate at St Elisabeth's and so should look at opportunities to support those priests and parishes far less fortunate than ourselves.
Well done St Elisabeth's!
Fr Paul now serves a few more weekday services.
Akathists of intercession
There will normally be an Akathist to the Mother of God or occasionally a Moleben served on Tuesdays and some Wednesdays at 6.00p.m. These services may be subject to change due to Fr Paul's commitments. It is best to text Fr Paul on 07926194031 to check if it is going ahead. There are details in the Timetable of services above.
Great Vespers is often served on the eves of Great Feasts at 5.30 p.m.
The Divine Liturgy is served on some Saturdays at 9.00.a.m. and at 9.30 a.m. whenever possible on Great Feasts.
This will be served during Great Lent normally on most Wednesday evenings after the Akathist and on some Friday Mornings
These are served on request and on some Saturdays during March and April or on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy
Bishop Irenei normally comes to St Elisabeth's to serve the Unction service in Great Lent. Details will be posted on the website nearer the time.
Church Singing is a very important work in any Russian Orthodox Parish. Matushka Elizabeth is the choir director, assisted by Alison Sailor. They work 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. If you feel you are able to contribute to choral singing please speak to Matushka. We especially need singers for occasional and weekday services.
An initiative of our choir, Blessed by Metropolitan Nicholas, is in the promotion of an English-American Paschal Troparion composed by Alison Sailor and first performed at the Liturgical Music Conference in New Divievo, last year. If you would lie to hear it please follow the link below.
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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. The recently acquired red vestments are the kind donation of Subdeacon Pavel Lisitsin. 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 Subdeacon Chad or Father Paul.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 Bishop Irenei 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