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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 weekdays at 9.30 a.m. or just after

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

Children's Church is normally once a month. Parents are contacted by WhasApp. We meet on a Sunday immediately after the Liturgy.

Those interested in becoming Orthodox should initially speak with or contact Father Paul

Online Bible Study with Father Justin by arrangement

There is normally an Akathist at 6.00 p.m. on a Tuesday or 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 4th February

Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m.    
Tuesday 6th February Akathist 6.00 p.m.    
Saturday 10th February       Fr Justin in Belfast
Sunday 11th February

Divine Liturgy

Holy Matrimony

10.00 a.m.

1.30 p.m.



Edmund and Audrey

Tuesday 13th February




12.00 noon

6.00 p.m.


Paulina Gruza funeral in Shotton and Burial in Hawarden
Wednesday 14th February Great Vespers 5.00 p.m.    

Thursday 15th February

Feast of the Meeting

Divine Liturgy and Blessing of Candles 9.30 a.m.    
Sunday 18th February Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m.   Fr Paul at the Cathedral for Fr Deacon Alban's ordination to the Holy Priesthood
Wednesday 21st February Akathist 6.30 p.m.    
Saturday 24th February Great Vespers and Lity 5.00 p.m.    
Sunday 25th February Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m.   Contribution meal after church and talk from one of the clergy
Wednesday 28th February

Rite of Confession



5.30 p.m.

6.30 p.m.


Saturday 2nd March Divine Liturgy ( Church Slavonic) 9.30 a.m.    
Sunday 3rd March Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m.   Children's Church
Wednesday 6th March Akathist 6.30 p.m.    
Saturday 9th March       Fr Paul in Belfast

Sunday 10th March

Meat Fare Sunday

Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m.  


Pancakes and creamy puddings etc after church

Wednesday 12th March Akathist  6.30 p.m.    

Sunday 17th March

Forgiveness Sunday

Divine Liturgy and ceremony of Forgiveness 10.00 a.m.    
Monday 18th March Canon of St Andrew of Crete 6.00 p.m.  

Start of Great Lent

talk on Divine Trinity after the Canon.

Tuesday 19th March  Akathist and Canon of St Andrew of Crete 6.00 p.m.    
Wednesday 20th March 9th Hour and Presanctified Liturgy 5.30 p.m.   Canon of St Andrew at 4.30 p.m.
Saturday 23rd March

Divine Liturgy

Great Vespers and Lity

9.00 a.m.

5.00 p.m.


Liturgy at Little St Elisabeth's

58 Shrewsbury Road, Prenton CH43 2HY

Choir practice and Vespers on usual location

Sunday 24th March Triumph of Orthodoxy

Blessing of the Waters

Divine Liturgy


8.45 a.m.

10.00 a.m.

  Bring a favourite icon
Tuesday 26th March

Presanctified Liturgy

Unction Service

9.00 a.m.

6.30 p.m.

  Visit of Bishop Irenei
Wednesday 27th March Presanctified Liturgy 9.30 a.m.   Possibly hierarchal...to be confirmed 
Saturday 30th March


( Church Slavonic)

9.30 a.m.    
Sunday 31st March Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m.   Lenten Meal after Church with Spiritual Talk 
Wednesday 3rd April 

Presanctified Liturgy 

( Church Slavonic)

5.30 p.m.   No Akathist this week
Saturday 6th April Great Vespers and Lity 5.00 p.m.    

Sunday 7th April

Feast of the Annunciation and Sunday of the Cross

Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m.   Bring Basil for the Cross
Tuesday 9th April Akathist 6.00 p.m.    
Wednesday 10th April 9th Hour and Presanctified Liturgy 5.30 p.m.    
Saturday 13th April



5.00 p.m   visit of Fr Theodore
Sunday 14th April Divine Liturgy  10.00 Tuesdayv  

visit of Fr Theodore

contribution Lenten meal and spiritual talk

Tuesday 16th April Akathist 6.00 p.m.    
Wednesday 17th April 9th Hour and Presanctified Liturgy and Chanting of the Canon of St Andrew of Crete 5.30 p.m.   NB This is a long service
Saturday 20th April Divine Liturgy and chanting of the Akathist Hymn 9.00 a.m.    
Sunday 21st April Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m.   Children's Church
Tuesday 23rd April Akathist 6.00 p.m.    
Wednesday 24th April 9th Hour and Presanctified Liturgy 5.30 p.m.    

Saturday 27th April 

Lazarus Saturday

Baptismal Divine Liturgy

Great Vespers and Lity


9.00 a.m.

5.00 p.m.



Caviar Breakfast after the Liturgy


Sunday 28th April Blessing of Palms and procession after the Hours and before the Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m.  

Bring branches and pussy willow.

Monday 29th April Bridegroom Matins 6.00 p.m.    
Tuesday 30th April Bridegroom Matins 6.00 p.m.    
Wednesday 1st May Presanctified Liturgy 5.30 p.m.    
Thursday 2nd May

Vesperal Liturgy

12 Gospels Service

9.30 a.m

6.00 p.m..


Friday 3rd May

Royal Hours

Burial Service of the Lord followed by Lamentations and Little Compline

9.30 a.m.

4.00 p.m.



Saturday 4th May

Vesperal Liturgy

Acts of the Holy Apostles

Midnight Office

9.30 a.m.

9.30 p.m.

11.30 p.m.


Blessings of Paschal Foods and decoration of the the Church for Pascha



Midnight Paschal Matins and Divine Liturgy of Pascha

Agape Vespers of Pascha

Midnight to 3.00 a.m.


9. 30 a.m.


Blessing of Paschal Foods

Follwed by Pashcal Breakfast

Blessing of Paschal Foods


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 February to May 5th. There may be extra services added to this shortly once a blessing is obtained from Bishop Irenei.
  • There will be quiet mornings and evenings for Catechumens as announced.
  • There will be Great Vespers on Saturday 27th  April. 
  • There will be a parish Breakfast after the Paschal Liturgy and Paschal Foods can be blessed both on the evening of 4th May and Sunday morning 5th May.
  • There will be a pilgrimage to Holywell on Saturday 11th May...more details to follow. Organised by Reader Nicholai from our Cathedral.
  • Adults are to be baptised on Saturday 27th April at the Baptismal Liturgy of Lazarus Saturday followed by a Caviar Beakfast
  • The next adult Baptismal Liturgy will be on Saturday 20th July. The Parish Altar Feast will be in Sunday 21st July when Bishop Irenei will be with us.
  • Pascha falls on a Saturday /Sunday May 4th /5th The Acts of the Apostles will start to be read at 9.30 p.m. in the evening.
  • Children's Church will meet after the Liturgy as announced.
  • The Divine Liturgy is currently served on occasional weekdays and Saturdays.  It is always served 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 Tuesday or Wednesday evenings at 6.00 p.m. though in Lent it precedes the Presanctified Liturgy at 5.30 p.m. on a number of Wednesdays (see above).
  • Baptisms will normally take place on Saturday mornings during or immediately after Divine Liturgy or at about 10.00 a.m. or by private arrangement
  • 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. 


Akathists of intercession

There will normally be an Akathist to the Mother of God or occasionally a Moleben served on Tuesdays at 6.00 p.m. and 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. There are details in the Timetable of services above.

Great Vespers

Great Vespers is often served on the eves of Great Feasts at 5.00 p.m. and on some Saturday evenings

Divine Liturgy

The Divine Liturgy is served on some Saturdays  at 9.00.a.m. and at 9.30 a.m. whenever possible on Great Feasts. 

Presanctified Liturgy

This will be served during Great Lent normally on most Wednesday evenings after the  Ninth Hour 


These are served on request and on some Saturdays during March and April or on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy

Hierarchal Unction

Bishop Irenei normally comes to St Elisabeth's to serve the Unction service in Great Lent. Details will be posted on the website nearer the time.


The Choir

Church Singing is a very important work in any Russian Orthodox Parish. Matushka Elizabeth is the choir director, assisted by Alison Sailor. They work 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.

An initiative of our choir, Blessed by Metropolitan Nicholas, is in the promotion of an English-American Paschal Troparion composed by Alison Sailor and first performed at the Liturgical Music Conference in New Divievo, last year. If you would lie to hear it please follow the link below.


Please copy this into your browser if the link does not work


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. The recently acquired red vestments are the kind donation of Subdeacon Pavel Lisitsin. 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 Subdeacon Chad or Father Paul.

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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