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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.

 

Date Service Time Notes  
Wednesday 1st May

9th Hour

Presanctified Liturgy

4.30 p.m.

5.30 p.m.

the 9th Hour contains the Reading of 7 Chapters of St John's Gospel  
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 and Lamentations

9.30 a.m.

4.00 p.m.

Bring flower petals to decorate the Shroud of the Lord  
Saturday 4th May

Vesperal Liturgy

Reading of the Acts of the Apostles

Midnight Office

9.30 a.m.

9.30 p.m.

11.30 p.m.

Confessions can be done during the day. Church will be open for decoration etc and the Blessing of Paschal foods.

Readers of the Acts please bring Bibles in home languages

 

Sunday 5th May

PASCHA

Paschal Matins and Divine Liturgy

Agape Vespers

Midnight

9.30 a.m.

Blessing of Paschal Foods etc

Blessing of Paschal foods and Holy Communion from the reserved Sacrament by arrangement

 

 
Monday 6th May

Divine Liturgy

Moleben to St George

9.30 a.m.

May be limited transport

Procession of the Artos. Service mainly in Slavonic

 
Tuesday 7th May

Divine Liturgy

Akathist

9.30 a.m.

6.00 p.m.

Service mainly in Slavonic

 

 
Saturday 11th May

Divine Liturgy 

Blessing of the Waters

Vespers

8.30 a.m.

11.45 a.m.(approx)

5.30 p.m.

Pilgrimage to Holywell with Cathedral Youth Group  
Sunday 12th May

Divine Litutrgy and distribution of the Artos

Betrothal 

10.00 a.m.

12.30 p.m.

 

John and Elisabeth

 
Sunday 19th May Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m. Fr Paul and pilgrims in Georgia  
Sunday 26th May Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m. Contribution Meal after Liturgy with brief talk on Pilgrimage to Georgia  
Tuesday 28th May Akathist 6.00 p.m.    
Sunday 2nd June Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m. Children's Church  
Wednesday 5th June Akathist  6.30 p.m.    
Sunday 9th June

Divine Liturgy

Holy Matrimony

10.00 a.m.

1.30 p.m.

 

Sophie and Anthony

 
Wednesday 12th June Vespers 6.30 p.m. Ascension  
Thursday 13th June Divine Liturgy 9.30 a.m. Ascension  
Sunday 15th June Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m.    
Saturday 22nd June

Pannikhida

Vespers

9.30 a.m.

5.30 p.m.

   
Sunday 23rd June Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m. Pentecost  
Wednesday 26th June Akathist 6.30 p.m.    
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If you have any concerns please contact Father Paul on 07926194031 or frpaulelliott@aol.com

 

 

 

Wednesday 1st May: Great Wednesday: 9th Hour 4.30 p.m. Presanctified Liturgy at 5:30 p.m.

 

Thursday 2nd May: Great Thursday: Vesperal Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. and Twelve Gospels Service at 6:00 p.m.

 

Friday 3rd May: Great Friday: Royal Hours at 9:30 a.m. and Burial Service of the Lord at 4:00 p.m. followed by the Lamentations

 

Saturday 4th May. Great Saturday. Vesperal Liturgy at 9.30 a.m.

Cleaning and decoration of the Church from 12:00 noon Blessing of Paschal foods

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 5th May: Agape Vespers and Blessing of Paschal Foods at 9:30 a.m.

 

Monday 6th May: Bright Monday Divine Liturgy and Procession of the Artos 9.30 a.m.

Tuesday 7th May: Bright Tuesday Divine Liturgy 9.30 a.m.

 

Saturday 11th May: Bright Saturday :

Divine Liturgy 8.30 a.m. and Pilgrimage to Holywell.

Blessing of the Waters at Holywell and opportunity to take the Waters by prior arrangement.

Vespers at 5.00 p.m. back at St Elisabeth's. Visit of Reader Nicholai and London Cathedral Youth Group.

All blessed to come on Pilgrimage...no age limit!

 

Sunday 12th May: Thomas Sunday: Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m. distrubution of the Artos

 

Sunday 19th May: Sunday of the Myrrh Bearers 10:00 a.m.  (Fr Paul and pilgrims in Georgia) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • A new Schedule of services has been published above for May and June. There may be extra services added to this.
  • There will be quiet mornings and evenings for Catechumens as announced.
  • There will be Great Vespers on Saturday 11th May after the Pilgrimage to Holywell
  • 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.
  • 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 

Pannikhidas 

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch/v=tLNcmjSUeQY

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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