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 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 contact us.
Divine Liturgy every Saturday at 9.00 a.m. and Sunday at 10.00 a.m.
For arrangements of services please see the details below
Father Paul, our parish priest, can be contacted on 07926194031 or firstname.lastname@example.org
St Elisabeth's is open for communal worship. The Divine Mysteries will be made available if necessary after services or by arrangement for those who may need to continue to shield or may be nervous of being in a large group. It is important for us to follow Government advice especially if we are at particular risk or if one of our family members has got symptoms. The Government's advice can be found at www.hse.gov.uk/news/coronavirus.htm St Elisabeth's will be following Government guidelines. We have arranged for the church to be very clean and well ventilated.
We will continue to use Facebook Live to stream services. The recordings will be uploaded straight after the service. The services will follow the timetable below. You can attend parts of the services through the Parish Facebook page. The Akathist will normaly be chanted on Wednesday evenings at 6.00 p.m.
When you come to church either for communal worship or for private prayer please:
- Still make sure that you are symptom free.
- You may wear a face covering if you wish as St Elisabeth's is sometimes crowded and is an enclosed space.
- Hand sanitiser is still available as you enter and leave
- Please respect those who may wish to continue social distancing etc
- Communal singing is permitted from the 19th July
- Regular members of the congregation will be informed of services by text message.
The doors of the Church will be open whilst individuals or a family groups are in the building to increase ventilation.
Church opening times for private prayer and services.
(Livestreamed services from St Elisabeth's are included in Blue.)
|Saturday 18th September||Divine Liturgy||9.00 a.m.||
Father Paul serving
Matushka Elisabeth's namesday
|Sunday 19th September||Divine Liturgy||10.00 a.m.|
Tuesday 21st September
Nativity of the Mother of God
|Divine Liturgy||9.00 a.m.||
Father Justin serving
Father Paul at the Cathedral
Wednesday 22nd September
Note change of time
Saturday 25th September
Leavetaking of the Nativity of the Mother of God
|Father Paul serving|
Sunday 26th September
Forefeast of the Exaltation of the Cross
|Divine Liturgy||10.00 a.m.||Bring Basil to decorate the Cross|
Monday 27th September
The Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross
|Divine Liturgy||7.00 a.m.||Father Paul house blessing in Crewe|
|Wednesday 29th September||Akathist||6.30 p.m.||Note change of time|
|Saturday 2nd October||NB No Liturgy today|
Sunday 3rd October
Leavetaking of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-creating Cross
|Divine Liturgy with Veneration of the Cross||10.00 a.m.|
|Wednesday 6th October||Akathist||6.30.p.m.|
|Saturday 9th October||Divine Liturgy||9.00 a.m.|
|Sunday 10th October||Divine Liturgy||10.00 a.m.||
Visit of Fr Deacon Alexander
and Reader Nicholas Chapman (Jordanville)
Wednesday 13th October
Eve of the Feast of the Protective Veil of the Mother of God
|Akathist||6.30 p.m.||Father Paul in Ireland|
Saturday 16th October
|NB No Divine Liturgy||Father Paul in Ireland|
|Sunday 17th October||Divine Liturgy||10.00 a.m.|
|Wednesday 20th October||Akathist||6.30 p.m.|
Saturday 23rd October
Feast of the Optina Elders
|Baptismal Divine Liturgy||9.00 a.m.|
|Sunday 24th October||Divine Liturgy||10.00 a.m.|
|Wednesday 27th October||Akathist||6.30 p.m.|
|Saturday 30th October||NB No Divine Liturgy|
|Sunday 31st October||Divine Liturgy||10.00 a.m.|
Wednesday 3rd November
Namesday of Metropolitan Hilarion
If you have any concerns please contact Father Paul on 07926194031 or email@example.com
- Sunday 26th September Divine Lturgy 10.00 a.m. Forefeast of the Exaltation of the Cross and the blessing of basil
- Monday 27th September Divine Liturgy of Exaltation of the Cross and blessing of basil. 7.00.a.m.
- The Divine Liturgy is currently served every other Saturday at 9.00 a.m. and always on Sunday at 10.00 a.m. and on certain weekday festivals. 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.
- A new timetable of services for the remainder of September and October has been published above.
- An Akathist or Moleben will be served most Wednesday evenings at 6.30 p.m. from Wednesday 22nd September.
- Baptisms will normally take place on Saturday mornings during or immediately after Divine Liturgy
- Choir Practice will resume soon.
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.
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.
Fr Paul hopes to serve the Anointing Service on Wednesday 16th December at 6.00 p.m. in place of the Akathist.
Moleben of intercession
There will be a Moleben of intercession or Akathist before the relics of St Elisabeth, St Barbara and St John of Shanghai served on some Wednesdays at 6.00 p.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.
Great Vespers is often served on the eves of Great Feasts
The Divine Liturgy is served every Saturday during the present time at 9.00.a.m. This is especially suitable for children or fo those who wish to be especially careful in the light of COVID-19. The next weekday Liturgy will be served on Friday 4th December for the Feast of the Entry of the Mothe of God into the Temple
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 contribute to choral singing please speak to Matushka.
Presently the choir is very restricted due to COVID-19 regulations. As the situation eases next year, we hope to revive choir practices and revive our choral singing. The choir stand will be possibly be repositioned in order to allow for a slightly larger choir once social distancing regulations are lifted. This is hoped for in March or April and certainly in time for Palm Sunday.
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.
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