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Welcome to St Elisabeth_s Church, Rake Lane, Wallasey, CH45 5DE

We are a parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) in the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland (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 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 frpaulelliott@aol.com

 

 

 

The Parish of St Elisabeth wish you all a holy and blessed Christmas

The Great Entrance
The Great Entrance
The Great Entrance
Icon of the Nativity
Icon of the Nativity
Icon of the Nativity
The Congreagation
The Congreagation
The Congreagation

Father Paul and Matushka Elizabeth thank you for all your presents and good wishes for Christmas. We had about 100 people in Church on Saturday 7th January. It was a really lovely day. Thank you to those who worked so hard to prepare the church, those who sang and those who served and of course, all those who brought lovely food to eat.

Fr Paul was interviewed by Radio Merseyside for Christmas. You can hear this interview by clicking here. It was broadcast on the 8th January and is still available on the BBC Radio Merseyside Website. At the end of the interview you can hear Matushka and Martin singing one of the chants of Christmas. There is a note on BBC Radio Merseyside Twitter Account at https://twitter.com/bbcmerseyside

If you did not manage to get to church for Christmas you can hear the whole service by following this link.

The Fund For Assistance

This Parish supports the Fund for Assistance. Please consider this in your giving.

The collection on the first Sunday in December will be sent to the Fund for Assistance.

There was over £80 in the collection on Sunday and Fr Paul was given £50 when he was in Belfast.

The parish had already pledged £250 to the Fund for Assistance, so Fr Paul will send £380

Thank you for all your generosity. May God bless you!

Metropolitan Hilarion's visit on Sunday 22nd January

The Metropolitan's last visit
The Metropolitan's last visit
The Metropolitan's last visit
The Metropolitan's Visit

His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion arrives in Liverpool at 15:21 on Saturday 21st January. Some parishioners have already said that they will meet him at the Station. He is then being interviewed by BBC Radio Merseyside for a broadcast the next morning.

On Sunday 22nd January he is serving in our church. We will be greeting Vladika at 10:00 and then vesting him in the centre of the Church before the Hierarchal Liturgy.** He will be accompanied by Protodeacon Denis Lvov. Reader Chad will be ordained Subdeacon in the 6th Hour. There will be a contribution lunch afterwards up at church. The church will be prepared for his visit on the afternoon of Theophany on Thursday the 19th January. Please help if you can.

Please make sure that you attend on the 22nd and let others know as well. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet Metropolitan Hilarion and to welcome him properly to the UK. It is also the first time that we have ever had a Hierarchal Liturgy in the parish on a Sunday. The Hierarchal Liturgy expresses the fulness of the Orthodox Church and is most beautiful.

There will be tea at Fr Paul's house at 17:00 followed by vespers in Little St Elisabeth's. . Vladika is tonsuring Sr Margaret from St Bride's Hermitage, Edinburgh on Monday at 09:00 followed by Breakfast.

**Please note that Fr Paul and Fr Thomas will be unable to hear confessions after 09:58 so tell EVERYONE to arrive early. There will no opportunity to hear confessions after the Metropolitan has arrived. At least one priest will be able to hear confessions from 08:45. The church will be open at 08:15.

Services this week and news

With Pilgrims from London
With Pilgrims from London
With Pilgrims from London
St Elisabeth's in the Nativity Fast
St Elisabeth's in the Nativity Fast
St Elisabeth's in the Nativity Fast
with pilgrims from the Cathedral now in place
with pilgrims from the Cathedral now in place
with pilgrims from the Cathedral now in place
Sundays between 18.12.16 - 08.-01-17

 

Theophany Liturgy and Blessing of the Waters

 

on Thursday 19th January 10:00

 

After the Liturgy we will be preparing the Church for Vladika Hilarion's visit. If you can help that afternoon it would be brilliant.  

 

  Hierarchal Liturgy on Sunday 22nd January at 10:00

 

Vladika Hilarion will be with us on Sunday 22nd January for a Hierarchal Liturgy and festive lunch afterwards in Church.

 

*Please note that trains from Liverpool will be suspended for quite a long time from January 3rd. There is a replacement bus service but those who know about the mysteries of Merseyrail say that the ordinary buses are better. 

Pilgrimage to Chester on Saturday 18th February at 10:45

Blessing of Waters and Moleben at the Shrine of St Werburgh

  • The next anointing service  at St Elisabeth's will be on Tuesday 17th January at 19:00. Please encourage those who are sick or suffering to attend the service. There are always blessed oils available for those who are not Orthodox.
  • Fr Paul has put the abbreviated confession on the website. Most of the material is in English but there are also parts in Russian. You can find it at http://newmartyr.info/liturgica.html. Fr Paul is grateful to Yulia Rodgers for correcting his Russian typing!
  • The next choir practice will be on Tuesday 10th January at 19:30. This takes place at Father Paul's house CH43 2HY.
  • Stephen Simpson will be received into the Holy Orthodox Church on Sunday 12th February at 10:15 just before the Holy Liturgy and make his first communion with his family on the 19th Febraury. Please pray for him as he prepares for this great step in his life. Shortly there will be Catechisis lessons starting to prepare people for reception into the Orthodox Church.
  • Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Werburgh in Chester. It is hoped to gather a pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Werburgh in Chester hopefully on Saturday 18th February 2017. If you are interested, please see Fr Paul or Reader Chad. Once established, it is hoped to make this an annual event on the Saturday nearest her feast day which is Feb /3rd/16th. Fr Paul  has now had confirmation from the Cathedral Authorities at Chester so the Pilgrimage will go ahead. Glory to God in His Saints!
  • The Myrrh Streaming Hawaiian Icon of the Mother of God will visit our parish in May next year. More details will follow soon. Also on Saturday 13th of May there will be a diocesan Pilgrimage to St Alban's Abbey. Fr Paul, Matushka Elizabeth and Reader Chad will all be involved and it is hoped that as many of us as possible can get to St Albans for the day. Fr Paul will look into the costs of hiring a coach nearer the time.
  • Advanced notice. "Lyra", an Orthodox singing group from St Petersburg will be giving a concert in St Elisabeth's next year on May 17th. More details will follow nearer the time.

Father Paul is looking after the Parish of St John of Shanghai in Belfast until there is a new rector. He is next serving the Liturgy on Saturday 14th January. He will be introducing a new priest, Fr John, to the parish.

The Choir has begun to record parts of the Liturgy. You can find the these here. or in the drop down menu under 'Our Worship' here..

Media at St Elisabeth's.  Father Paul records the Readings and the sermon of each Sunday when he remembers. These  recordings can be found under the tab 'Weekly Sermons' on the drop down menu on the left hand side of the website. Just click on the underlined text.

 

 

The Choir at St Elisabeth's

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 sing alto, please speak to Matushka.

The servers at St Elisabeth's

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.

Baptising your child in our church

Fr Paul, Reader Chad and Baby Anna
Fr Paul, Reader Chad and Baby Anna
Fr Paul, Reader 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

 

 

Getting Married in St Elisabeth_s

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 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

This website is published with the blessing of His Eminence Metropiltan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad and Ruling Hierarch of the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland (ROCOR)

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