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
Wednesday 24th April: Great Wednesday: Unction Service at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 25th April: Great Thursday: Vesperal Liturgy at 10:00 a.m. and Twelve Gospels Service at 7:00 p.m.
Friday 26th April: Great Friday: Royal Hours at 9:30 a.m. and Burial Service of the Lord at 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 27th April. Great Saturday. Cleaning and decoration of the Church from 10:00 a.m. Blessing of Paschal foods and Reading of the Acts of the Apostles at 9:30 p.m.
Midnight Office 11:30 p.m. PROCESSION at Midnight.
PASCHAL MATINS AND DIVINE LITURGY followed by Paschal Feast
Sunday 28th April: Agape Vespers and Blessing of Paschal Foods at 9:45 a.m.
Visit of His Grace, Bishop Irenei of Richmond and Western Europe
Saturday 4th May: Bright Saturday : 9:30 a.m. Hierarchal Liturgy at Little St Elisabeth's Church in Fr Paul's house CH43 2HY
Sunday 5th May: Thomas Sunday:
9:45 a.m. Greeting of the Bishop
10:00 a.m. HIERARCHAL DIVINE LITURGY followed by contribution meal in Church
Monday 6th May: Spiritual Talk in Church 7:00 p.m. by His Grace, Bishop Irenei.
Please note that there is the Diocesan Pilgrimage to St Albans on Saturday 11th May which is to be led by His Grace, Bishop Irenei.
- The Divine Liturgy is served every Sunday at 10.00 a.m. Please try to arrive early if you wish to make your confession.
- Thank you so much for all who worked so hard to make the visit of the holy Kursk Root Icon such a success.
- Details of Holy Week services are above. His Grace, Bishop Irenei is visiting the Parish on Thomas Sunday 5th May. Details are above. Please can as many of us as possible gather for this important event. There are a number of visitors coming from a considerable distance to be with us.
- There is a diocesan pilgrimage to St Albans on Saturday 11th May.
- There will be a pilgrimage to the Holy Land next year from our parish. Details will appear here as they are are worked out.
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.
Thank you for all your generosity. May God bless you!
Here is a little cartoon with Lizzie Elliott playing. It has a few ideas for raising funds for this charity
Last year Lizzie's concert raised £400 and so the parish match funded and sent £400 This year we have sent £500 ($615)
Well done St Elisabeth's!
Fr Paul is retired from his secular work and can now serve a few more weekday services.
Fr Paul hopes to serve the Anointing Service on Tuesday 5th February 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 on Thursday 14th February for the Feast of The Meeting is unfortunately cancelled as Fr Paul is double booked. He apologises for this oversight.
The next weekday Liturgy will be served on Friday 15th February for the Feast of the Meeting 9.00 a.m.
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 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