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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 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





  • 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
Saturday 16th April 

Baptismal Divine Liturgy  (one adult & one child) of Lazarus Saturday

Great Vespers of Palm Sunday

9.00 a.m.

5.00 p.m.

Followed by Caviar breakfast (hopefully!)


Sunday 17th April

Blessing of Palms  after the Hours

Divine Liturgy of Palm Sunday

9.45 a.m.

10.00 a.m.

Please bring pussy willow or branches
Monday 18th April Bridegroom Matins 6.00 p.m.  
Tuesday 19th April Bridgroom Matins 6.00 p.m.  
Wednesday 20th April

Presanctified Liturgy




9.00 a.m.


6.00 p.m.

Fr Paul with Vladika at the Cathedral
Thursday 21st April

Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St John Chysostom

12 Gospels service

10.00 a.m.

6.00 p.m.

Fr Paul with Vladika at the Cathedral
Friday 22nd April

Royal Hours 

Burial Service of the Saviour

9.45 a.m.

4.00 p.m.

Saturday 23rd April

Vesperal Liturgy of St Basil and Holy Baptism   (1 or 2 adults) Blessing of figs and dates

Blessing of Paschal Foods (During the day)

Reading of the Acts of the Apostles

Midnight Office and procession

2.30 p.m.

9.30 p.m.

11.30 p.m.

The Church is being decorated in the morning


Unusually, the faithful are blessed to recieve Holy Communion at this Liturgy AND the Liturgy of Pascha

Sunday 24th April


Paschal Matins and Divine Liturgy

Agape Vespers (with Holy Communion by arrangement) and blessing of Paschal Foods

00.00 a.m.

9.45 a.m.

Parish Paschal Breakfast follows the Divine Liturgy in the early hours of the morning.
 27th April No Akathist this evening    
Sunday 1st May

Baptismal Divine Liturgy of Thomas Sunday

Holy Matrimony 

10.00 a.m.

1.15 p.m.

Wednesday 4th May Akathist 6.30 p.m.  
Thursday 5th May Moleben before the relic of St George 5.00 p.m. Eve of the Feast of St George the Patron Saint of England
Sunday 8th May

Divine Liturgy

Holy Matrimony (Olga and Vitaly)

10.00 a.m.

1.15 p.m.

Wednesday 11th May Akathist 6.30 p.m.  
Sunday 15th May Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m.  
Wednesday 18th May Akathist 6.30 p.m.  
Saturday 21st May Baptismal Divine Liturgy 9.00 a.m. St John the Theologian
Sunday 22nd May Divine Liturgy  10.00 a,m.  
Wednesday 25th May Akathist 6.30 p.m.  
Sunday 29th May Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m.

Contribution meal and brief AGM

Last Sunday of Pascha

Wednesday 1st June


Vespers of the Ascension of the Lord

5.30 p.m.

6.00 p.m.


 Thursday 2nd June

 Divine Liturgy of the Ascension of the Lord

 10.00 a.m.



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




  • On Sunday 29th May there will be a contribution meal and a brief AGM.
  • The Divine Liturgy is currently served on some Saturdays 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 May has been published above.
  • 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 now 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.

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. 

Anointing Service

Fr Paul hopes to serve the simple abbreviated Anointing Service once more in the near future. The Unction service will be served by our Bishop on Sunday 20th March 

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


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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