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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 Saturdays at 9.00 a.m.

Contribution Lunch and talk by one of the clergy after the Liturgy on the last Sunday of the  month

Online cathechism with Father Justin and Father Deacon Alban by arrangement

There is normally an Akathist at 6.30 p.m. on a 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 frpaulelliott@aol.com





There wil be a service of Great Compline of Eve of Theophany on Wednesday 18th January at 6.00 p.m. Fr Paul available to hear confessions.

For the Feast day itself ,the Hours will be at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Blessing of the Waters before the Liturgy so please bring bottles so that you can take the water away with you. Divine Liturgy for the Feast of Theophany on Thursday 19th January at approximately 10.00 a.m. This is a Baptismal Liturgy with 5 adults being baptised. The following Sunday, the 22nd January  we will  Bless the Mersey in New Brighton. This year we will try to gather at the Perch Rock car park. It will be high tide at about 11.40 a.m. so we may have to walk out some way to bless the waters this year. Let us hope for reasonable weather. This kind of extends the feast of Theophany enabling those who cannot take time off work for the feast to partake of some of the joy of the occasion but also, as a missionary activity so that the local people see that we Orthodox Christians are alive and well and thriving in Merseyside.



  • 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.


      Church  services.


Date Service  Time Notes
Sunday 1st January Divine Liturgy  10.00 a.m. Very little public transport today
Wednesday 4th January Akathist  6.30 p.m.  
Friday 6th January

Royal Hours

Vigil of Christmas

10.00 a.m.

 5.30. p.m.

BBC Radio Merseyside Broadcast recording 12.00 noon

Saturday 7th January Divine Liturgy of Christmas 10.00 a.m. Contribution Christmas Dinner after the Liturgy
Sunday 8th January Divine Liturgy of St James  10.00 a.m.

Please note. This service is quite different from the usual Divine Liturgy and it does not start with the 3rd and 6th Hours. The Preparation Prayers for Holy communion will be read at 10.00 a.m.

Dress rehearsal for the Children's Nativity

Wednesday 11th January Akathist  6.30 p.m.  
Saturday 14th January Divine Liturgy of St Basil  9.00 a.m.

The Circumsision of our Lord and Feast of St Basil the Great

(Fr Justin in Ireland)

Sunday 15th January  Divine Liturgy  10.00 a.m. Nativity Play for the Children instead of the sermon
Wednesday 18th January Vigil of Theophany  6.00 p.m.  
Thursday 19th January

Blessing of the Waters

Baptismal Divine Liturgy

 10.00 a.m.

Adult Baptisms today
Friday 20th January Moleben to St John the Baptist  9.30 a.m. Broadcast from Little St Elisabeth's
Sunday 22nd January Divine Liturgy  10.00 a.m.

Blessing of the River Mersey at New Brighton after the Divine Liturgy

possible Adult Baptisms today

Sunday 22nd January Divine Liturgy  10.00 a.m.

Blessing of the River Mersey at New Brighton after the Divine Liturgy

possible Adult Baptisms today

Wednesday 25th January Akathist  6.30 p.m.  
Sunday 29th January Divine Liturgy  10.00 a.m. Contribution meal after church talk by one of the clergy
Wednesday 1st February Akathist 6.30 p.m.  
Sunday 5th February Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m.  
Wednesday 8th February Akathist 6.30 p.m.  
Sunday 12th February Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m.  
Tuesday 14th February Great Vespers 6.00 p.m. Feast of the Meeting
Wednesday 15th February

Blessing of candles

Baptismal Divine Liturgy



10.00 a.m.

6.30 a.m.

Feast of the Meeting

and at least 1 adult baptism

Sunday 19th February Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m. Meat Fare Sunday
Wednesday 22nd February Akathist 6.30 p.m.  
Sunday 26th February

Divine Liturgy 

Ceremony of Forgiveness

10.00 a.m.

Pancakes etc after Liturgy


Great Lent starts after Vespers

Wednesday 1st March


Pre sanctified Liturgy

6.00 p.m.

6.30 p.m.




If you have any concerns please contact Father Paul on 07926194031 or frpaulelliott@aol.com




  • A new Schedule of services has been published above for January, February and early March
  • The Divine Liturgy is currently served on occasional weekdays and Saturdays  It is always 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 Wednesday evenings at 6.30 p.m. though in Lent it precedes the Presanctified Liturgy at 5.30 p.m. normally.
  • Baptisms will normally take place on Saturday mornings during or immediately after Divine Liturgy or at about 10.00 a.m.
  • 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. 


Moleben of intercession

There will normally 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 6.30p.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

Great Vespers is often served on the eves of Great Feasts

Divine Liturgy

The Divine Liturgy is served on some Saturdays  at 9.00.a.m. and , whenever possible on Great Feasts. 

Presanctified Liturgy

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 Divin Liturgy


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.  If you feel you are able to contribute to choral singing please speak to Matushka. We especially need singers for occasional and weekday services.


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 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

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