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 visit us. Please note that we do not use the little chapel in Father Paul's house for Sunday services.
Father Paul, our parish priest, can be contacted on 07926194031 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Divine Liturgy will be served on Sunday 25th November at 10.00 a.m followed by a contribution lunch.
- The Divine Liturgy will be served every Sunday in November and December at 10.00 a.m. please try to arrive early if you wish to make your confession.
- The services for the Great Feast of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple will be Great Vespers on Monday 3rd December at 19:00 and Divine Liturgy at 09:00 0n Tuesday 4th December. The simple anointing service will be served that evening at 18:30.
- Fr Paul is next in Belfast on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December and again on the 11th and 12th January.
- Fr Paul will probably keep the Feast of St Nicholas (Dec 19th) in Oxford with Fr Stephen. This is yet to be confirmed.
- There will be a quiet Divine Liturgy on Tuesday 25th December at 10:00 for the Feast of St Spiridon and St Herman of Alaska.
- Orthodox Christmas in on January 7th. There will be an evening service of Vespers and readings at 18:00 and Fr Paul will be available to hear confessions. Divine Liturgy of the Nativity of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ will be at 10:00 on Monday 7th January followed by a contribution Christmas dinner up at church. We will decorate the church on Saturday 5th January.
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.
Fr Paul now retired from his secular work and can now serve a few more weekday services.
Fr Paul hopes to serve the Anointing Service on Tuesday 6th November at 6.30 p.m. and Tuesday 4th December at 6.30 p.m.
Moleben of intercession
There will be a Moleben of intercession 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 will be served at 7.00 p.m. on Monday 3rd December for the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple.
The next weekday Liturgy will be served at 9.00 a.m. on Tuesday 4th December for the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple and Tuesday 25th December for the Feast of St Spiridon and at 10.00 a.m. on Monday 7th January for Orthodox Christmas.
Please note for your diaries that Orthodox Christmas is on Monday 7th January 2019. Services will be held on that day. As Theophany (19th January) falls on a Saturday this coming year, Fr Paul will be with Vladika Irenei at the Cathedral for the Feast itself and all the Theophany services will be served on the Sunday 20th January including the blessing of the waters and blessing of the Mersey.
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 sing alto, please speak to Matushka.
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 email@example.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
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 Archbishop Mark 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