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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




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Services this week and news

Holy Saturday at St Elisabeth's
Holy Saturday at St Elisabeth's
Holy Saturday at St Elisabeth's
Holy Saturday at St Elisabeth's
Holy Saturday at St Elisabeth's
Holy Saturday at St Elisabeth's
Sundays bewteen 24.07.16 - 07.08.16

The Church will be open on Sunday 24th July and Sunday 31st August for private prayer from 10:00 - 11:30

The next Liturgy is on Sunday 7th August 10:00 Hours and Divine Liturgy. Visit of Fr Patrick Ramsey

Advanced notices:

  • Choir practice will be anounced shortly and takes place at Father Paul's house.
  • Father Paul will be serving at the Cathedral on Sunday 24th July to bless pilgrims before our journey to Russia. There will be no services at St Elisabeth's from Monday 18th July - Friday 12th August though Fr Paul will try to arrange for the the church to be open on one or two of the Sunday mornings.
  • The next Liturgy in St Elisabeth's will be on Sunday &th August when Father Patrick will come up from Essex to serve.
  • On Saturday 13th August, there will be Vespers at about 18:00 depending on the arrival of the pilgrims. On Sunday 14th August we will be joined by  a group of pilgrims from our Cathedral in London. At the end of the Liturgy there will be a lesser blessing of the waters and blessing for the start of the Dormition fast. After the Liturgy, there will be a contribution lunch so that we can welcome our visitors properly.
  • The Holy Liturgy will be served at 10:00 on Friday 19th August for the Holy Transfiguration. Please bring fruit to be blessed  either to this Liturgy or on the following Sunday.
  • George Simpson will be baptised on Sunday 21st August after the Holy Liturgy.

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 on August 20th and the 10th September. Please pray the there will shortly be a a replacement for Fr Mladin.

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..

Choir Practice at Father Paul's house (CH43 2HY) as anounced..

Media at St Elisabeth's.  Father Paul records the Readings and the sermon of each Sunday . 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.


Pilgrimage in July. Father Paul and Matushka will be joining Father Vladimir on a pilgrimage to Svir and Solovets on July 25th, 2016 with pilgrims from our London Cathedral Parish. Reader Chad, Ludmila,Yulia and Svetlana (T)  will now be joining the pilgrimage as well. More details can be found on the Cathedral website. Nearer the time, Father Paul will put some preparatory talks material on the holy sites that we will visit on the Diocesan Website.

New Candlestands. The London Cathedral Parish  resolved to gift three candlestands to St Elisabeth's.  As always, we are most grateful for the generosity of the Cathedral Parish towards us.  Father Paul took two very old candlestands to Ormesby's of Scarisbrick to get them restored. There are photographs of them in use at the wedding of the Tsar's neice in London in 1922. They are already  by the central icon. As part of the furnishings of the London Imperial Russian Embassy, they would have been used by the Tsar to say his prayers on his visits to Britain. Fr Paul will put detailed photos of them on the website shortly.

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.

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

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