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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 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 contact us. 

 

Divine Liturgy every  Saturday at 9.00 a.m. and Sunday at 10.00 a.m.

 

For arrangements of services during the period of restrictions caused by COVID-19 please see the details below

       Father Paul, our parish priest, can be contacted on 07926194031 or frpaulelliott@aol.com

 

 

 

 

St Elisabeth's is open for communal worship. The Divine Mysteries will be made available if necessary after services or by arrangement.  It is important for us to follow Government advice especially if we are at particular risk or if one of our family members has got symptoms. We should increase hand washing and maintain  social distance and wear face coverings ( unless we are exempt or assisting in the altar). The Government's advice can be found at www.hse.gov.uk/news/coronavirus.htm  St Elisabeth's will be following  Government guidelines. We have arranged for the church to be very clean and well ventilated. 

We will continue to use Facebook Live to stream services. The recordings will be uploaded straight after the service. The services will follow the timetable below. You can attend parts of the services through the Parish Facebook page. The Akathist will be chanted on  Wednesday evenings at 6.00 p.m.  Due to  Covid regulations there can be only limited social mixing indoors at the present time . The risk assessment has been updated now and allows for  55 to 60 adults at any one service plus sacred ministers and primary school aged children being approximately one third of the capacity of the building.

St Elisabeth's Wallasey is also open by arrangement  for individuals or family groups who may wish to say their prayers and receive Confession and Holy Communion whilst maintaining their shielding or self isolation. Father Paul has resumed visiting parishioners. Please make individual arrangements with Father Paul by text or email if you urgently need a visit. This should normally be for emergencies only.

When you come to church either for communal worship or for private prayer please read the following guidelines:

  • Make sure that you are symptom free
  • You may make your confession in the traditional way.
  • You must wear a face covering (unless you are exempt or serving in the altar) 
  • Apply hand sanitiser as you enter
  • Keep social distance using the whole church and not just the back!
  • Keep physical contact to a minimum
  • Apply hand sanitiser as you exit 
  • If you use the facilities, please wipe down the taps on the basin and other surfaces with the spray provided including the door handles.
  • Please note that communal singing is currently not permitted under present Government regulations but we are permitted to have a choir of 6 voices.
  • Regular members of the congregation will be informed of services by text message. Should the number of people exceed the capacity of the building according to the risk assessment, an additional service of the Typika with Holy Communion will follow the Sunday Liturgy.
  • Limited social mixing is permitted in the current regulations. 

The doors of the Church will be open whilst individuals or a family groups are in the building. There has been a risk assessment undertaken 

      Church opening times for private prayer and services.

                                     

(Livestreamed services from  St Elisabeth's are included in Blue.)

Date Service Time Notes

Wednesday 26th May

Mid Pentecost

Divine Liturgy

Akathist

7.00 a.m.

6.00 p.m.

Church open for communal worship though services limited to 45 to 50 people (not including Primary Aged Children or sacred ministers)

Saturday 29th May

Divine Liturgy

Holy Baptism

9.00 a.m.

11.15 a.m.

Church open for communal worship though services limited to 45 to 50 people (not including Primary Aged Children or sacred ministers)

Sunday 30th May

Divine Liturgy

10.00 a.m.

Church open for communal worship though services limited to 55 to 60 people (not including Primary Aged Children or sacred ministers)

Annual General Meeting of the Parish after Liturgy and over contribution Paschal Lunch

 

Wednesday  2nd June

Akathist

6.00 p.m.

Church open for communal worship though services limited to 55 to 60 people (not including Primary Aged Children or sacred ministers)

Thursday 3rd June

Moleben to St Constantine and St Helena

6.00 p.m.

Church open for communal worship though services limited to 55 to 60 people (not including Primary Aged Children or sacred ministers)

Saturday 5th June

Divine Liturgy

9.00 a.m.

Church open for communal worship though services limited to 55 to 60 people (not including Primary Aged Children or sacred ministers)

Sunday 6th June

Divine Liturgy

10.00 a.m.

1.15 p.m.

Church open for communal worship though services limited to 55 to 60 people (not including Primary Aged Children or sacred ministers)

Leavetaking of Pascha

Wednesday 9th June

Eve of Ascension

Divine Liturgy

Great Vespers

7.00 a.m. (Hours at 6.50 a.m.)

6.00 p.m.

Church open for communal worship though services limited to 55 to 60 people (not including Primary Aged Children or sacred ministers)

Thursday 10th June

Ascension of our Saviour

Divine Liturgy

10.00 a.m.

Church open for communal worship though services limited to 55 to 60 people (not including Primary Aged Children or sacred ministers)

Saturday 12th June

Divine Liturgy

9.00 a.m. 

Church open for communal worship though services limited to 55 to 60 people (not including Primary Aged Children or sacred ministers)
Sunday 13th June Divine Liturgy

10.00 a.m.

 

Church open for communal worship though services limited to 55 to 60 people (not including Primary Aged Children or sacred ministers)

Monday 14th June

Feast of St Justin Martyr

Divine Liturgy

10.00 a.m.

Church open for communal worship though services limited to 55 to 60 people (not including Primary Aged Children or sacred ministers)
Wednesday 16th June Akathist 6.00 p.m. Church open for communal worship though services limited to 55 to 60 people (not including Primary Aged Children or sacred ministers)
Saturday 19th June Baptismal Divine Liturgy 9.00 a.m. Church open for communal worship though services limited to 55 to 60 people (not including Primary Aged Children or sacred ministers)

Sunday 20th June

Holy Pentecost

Divine Liturgy followed by shortened vespers and Kneeling Prayers 10.00 a.m. Church open for communal worship though services limited to 55 to 60 people (not including Primary Aged Children or sacred ministers)

Monday 21st June

Funeral Service for Julia Zincelescu 1.00 p.m. Church open for communal worship though services limited to 55 to 60 people (not including Primary Aged Children or sacred ministers)
Wednesday 23rd June Akathist 6.00 p.m. Fr Paul in Ireland. Please note this may be a lay service only. On June 21st church services should be free of restrictions.

 

Sunday 27th June

Sunday of All Saints

 

Blessing of the Waters, Divine Liturgy

 

Holy Matrimony (To be confirmed)

10.00 a.m.

 

1.30 p.m.

* NB Subject to the lifting of the regulations by Her Majesty's Government.

Contribution meal after the Liturgy and meeting about children's activities etc

 

Apostles Fast begins after vespers

Wednesday 30th June Akathist 6.00 p.m. Church open for communal worship though services limited to 55 to 60 people (not including Primary Aged Children or sacred ministers)

Saturday 3rd July

St John of Shanghai

Divine Liturgy 9.00 a.m.

Church open for communal worship though services limited to 55 to 60 people (not including Primary Aged Children or sacred ministers)

Fr Paul on Isle of Wight representing Vladika Irenei

Sunday 4th July Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m.

Church open for communal worship though services limited to 55 to 60 people (not including Primary Aged Children or sacred ministers)

Fr Paul at the London Cathedral

Wednesday 7th July Akathist 6.00 p.m. Church open for communal worship though services limited to 55 to 60 people (not including Primary Aged Children or sacred ministers)
Saturday 10th July Divine Liturgy 9.00 a.m. Church open for communal worship though services limited to 55 to 60 people (not including Primary Aged Children or sacred ministers)
Sunday 11th July Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m. Church open for communal worship though services limited to 55 to 60 people (not including Primary Aged Children or sacred ministers)

Monday 12th July

St Peter and St Paul

Divine Liturgy time to be announced

Church open for communal worship though services limited to 55 to 60 people (not including Primary Aged Children or sacred ministers)

Apostles Fast comes to an end

Wednesday 14th July Akathist 6.00 p.m. Church open for communal worship though services limited to 55 to 60 people (not including Primary Aged Children or sacred ministers)

Saturday 17th July

Royal Martyrs

Baptismal Divine Liturgy 9.00 a.m. Church open for communal worship though services limited to 55 to 60 people (not including Primary Aged Children or sacred ministers)

Visit of Vladika Irenei

Sunday 18th July

St Elisabeth the New Martyr

Parish Altar Feast

Blessing of the Waters

Greeting of the Bishop

Hierarchal Divine Liturgy and Cross Procession

8.45 a.m.

9.45 a.m.

10.00 a.m.

Eve of lifting of restrictions...all welcome

Following the Liturgy there is the usual Parish Garden Party and contribution lunch at Fr Paul and Matushka Elisabeth's House...58 Shrewsbury Road,   Oxton CH43 2HY 

Church closed for redecoration etc

19th July to 30th July

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

  • The Divine Liturgy is currently served every Saturday at 9.00 a.m. and on Sunday at 10.00 a.m. and on certain weekday festivals.
  • Julia Zincelescu's funeral is at 1.00 p.m. at St Elisabeth's on Monday 21st June.
  • The Apostles Fast starts on the evening of Sunday 27th June and ends on the Feast of St Peter and St Paul on 12th July
  • There is a meeting of those intersted in children's activities after church on the 27th June
  • Baptismal Divine Liturgy Saturday 19th June 9.00 a.m. Divine Liturgy of Pentecost and kneeling prayers 10.00 a.m. on Sunday 20th June and All Saints Sunday, 27th June Blessing of the Waters and Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m.
  • 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 the remainder of June and July has been published above.
  • An Akathist or Moleben will be served every Wednesday evening at 6.00 p.m
  • Baptisms will normally take place on Saturday mornings immediately after Divine Liturgy
  • Choir Practice will only resume after the current restrictions have been lifted.

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 Anointing Service  on Wednesday 16th December at 6.00 p.m. in place of the Akathist.

Moleben of intercession

There will 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 6.00 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

Great Vespers is often served on the eves of Great Feasts

Divine Liturgy

The Divine Liturgy is served every Saturday during the present time at 9.00.a.m. This is especially suitable for children or fo those who wish to be especially careful in the light of COVID-19. The next weekday Liturgy will be served on Friday 4th December for the Feast of the Entry of the Mothe of God into the Temple

 

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. We still lack alto voices though. If you feel you are able to contribute to choral singing please speak to Matushka.

Presently the choir is very restricted due to COVID-19 regulations. As the situation eases next year, we hope to revive choir practices and revive our choral singing. The choir stand will be possibly be repositioned in order to allow for a slightly larger choir once social distancing regulations are lifted. This is hoped for in March or April and certainly in time for Palm Sunday.

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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