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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





  • 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.


Sunday 26th February

Divine Liturgy 

Ceremony of Forgiveness

10.00 a.m.

Pancakes etc after Liturgy


Great Lent starts after Vespers

Monday 27th February Canon of St Andrew of Crete 5.30 p.m.  
Tuesday 28th February Canon of St Andrew of Crete 5.30 p.m.  
Wednesday 1st March

Presanctified Liturgy

Canon of St Andrew of Crete


10.00 a.m.

5.30 p.m.

6.30 p.m.

Thursday Canon of St Andrew of Crete 5.30 p.m.  

Sunday 5th March

Sunday of Orthodoxy

Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m. Bring a favourite Icon
Wednesday 8th March


Presanctified Liturgy

5.30 p.m.

6.00 p.m.

Thursday 9th March Moleben to St John the Baptist 9.30 a.m. Little St Elisabeth's
Saturday 11th March General Pannikhida for all Orthodox Christians 9.30 a.m.  

Sunday 12th March

Sunday of St Gregory Palamas

Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m.  
Wednesday 15th March

Hierarchal Presanctified Liturgy




6.30 p.m.




Fr Paul at St Chad's Parish Telford with Bishop Irenei and Fr Spyridon. 3 seats available in car for anyone who wishes to come.
Friday 17th March Presanctified Liturgy 10.00 a.m.  

Sunday 19th March

Sunday of the Cross

Divine Liturgy

Holy Baptism

10.00 a.m.

1.30 p.m.

Wednesday 22nd March


Presanctified Liturgy

5.30 p.m.  
Saturday 25th March Divine Liturgy   At the Mission Parish in Durham

Sunday 26th March

Sunday of St John of the Ladder

Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m. Contribution Lenten meal and talk after Liturgy

Wednesday 29th March

Day of prayer for the church in Ukraine

Akathist and moleben

Presanctified Liturgy

5.00 p.m.

6.00 p.m.

Thursday 30th March Canon of St Andrew 5.30 p.m.  
Saturday 1st April Saturday of the Akathist Akathist 9.30 a.m.  

Sunday 2nd April

Sunday of St Mary of Egypt

Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m.  
Tuesday 4th April  Hierachal Unction Service 6.00 p.m. Visit of Bishop Irenei
Wednesday 5th April

Hierarchal Presanctified Liturgy


10.00 a.m.

6.30 p.m.

With Bishop Irenei

Friday 7th April

Feast of the Annunciation

Vesperal Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m. 30 years since Fr Paul come into the ROCOR

Saturday 8th April

Lazarus Saturday

Baptismal Divine Liturgy 9.00 a.m.

Caviar after the Liturgy

At least one adult baptism

Sunday 9th April

Palm Sunday

Blessing of Palms and Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m. Bring branches and pussy willow etc
Monday 10th April Bridegroom Matins 6.00 p.m.  
Tuesday 11th April Bridegroom Matins 6.00 p.m.  
Wednesday 12th April TBC   Fr Paul at the Cathedral with Bishop Irenei
Thursday 13th April

Vesperal Divine Liturgy

12 Gospels Service

10.00 a.m.

6.00 p.m.

Fr Paul away a.m.

Friday 14th April

Royal Hours

Burial Service of The Lord and shortened Lamentations

9.30 a.m.

4.00 p.m.

Saturday 15th April

Blessing of Paschal Foods

Reading of the Acts

Midnight Office



9.30 a.m. until 12.00 noon

9.30 p.m.

11.30 p.m.



Preparations for Pascha

Sunday 16th April


Matins and Divine Liturgy at Midnight

Agape Vespers


9.45 a.m.

Pashal Meal afyter the Liturgy approx 3.00 a.m.

Blessing of Paschal Foods and Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament by arrangement

Saturday 22nd April Divine Liturgy at the Durham Mission Parish TBC In Durham

Sunday 23rd April

Thomas Sunday

Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m.  
Wednesday 26th April Akathist 6.30 p.m.  

Sunday 30th April

Sunday of the Myrrhbearing Women

Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m. Contribution Meal and Annual General Meeting after the Liturgy


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



His Grace Bishop Irenei of London and Western Europe will be visiting St Elisabeth's on Tuesday 4th April. He will be serving the Unction Service at 6.00 p.m. This is an opportunity for Orthodox Christians who live far from London to receive this sacrament in Lent. Orthodox Christians should have recently confessed before receiving this sacrament. Children under seven are not anointed.We can now confirm that there will be a Hierarchal Presanctified Liturgy on the next day, 5th April at 10.00 a.m. we will greet the Bishop at 9.30 a.m.



  • A new Schedule of services has been published above for March and April
  • 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.
  • The Presanctified Liturgy is served throughout Lent on Wednesdays or occasionally Fridays. The First one is on Wednesday March 1st at 10.00 a.m.; Wednesday March 8th at 6.00 p.m. after the Akathist; Friday 17th March at 10.00 a.m.; Wednesday 22nd March at 6.00 p.m. after the Akathist; Wednesday 29th March at 6.00 p.m. after the Akathist as a Hierarchal Service on Wednesday 5th April at 10.00 a.m. (This is now confirmed);
  • 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. on a number of Wednesdays (see above).
  • The Vesperal Divine Liturgy of The Feast of The Annuciation is served on Friday 7th April at 10.00 a.m.
  • A Baptismal Divine Liturgy will be served at 9.00 a.m. on Lazarus Saturday.
  • 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.
  • Choir Practice has  resumed but is now up at church.
  • Please note, the Children's Room in Church is out of commission for redecoration etc from Sunday 26th February for approximately 3 weeks. We are sorry for the inconvenience but it will be a great improvement once it is finished.

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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