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Christos Voskrese! Christ is risen!

Christos voskrese!

ХРИСТОС ВОСКРЕСЕ!

 Christ is Risen!

 

Fr Paul and Matushka Elisabeth and the Parish of St Elisabeth wish you all a joyous and blessed Pascha!

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
Thomas Sunday

Sunday 8th May:      10:00 Hours and Divine Liturgy (Visit of Fr Geoffrey Ready and Nathanael)

Catechumen recieved at Pascha. Christopher Edwards was made a catechumen at the Liturgy on the 1st Sunday of Great Lent and was received into Holy Orthodoxy at 22:45 on the evening of Pascha. Olga, his wife  renewed her commitment to the Orthodox Faith along side him at the same time. Please pray for  the newly illumined Christopher and for Olga his wife and Ludmila Ward his sponsor.

Matushka Elizabeth was really moved by the kindness of the congregation. Svetlana and Klaudia came across on the day of Matuschka's birthday with flowers, cards and a most generous present of a voucher for the Liverpool Philharmonic. Thank you.

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) to be announced.

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.

The Annual General Meeting of the Parish and of the St Barbara Trust. This will take place on the Sunday of All Saints being the First Sunday after Pentecost on the 26th June during a contribution lunch. The parish accounts will be published and we will decide upon certain projects like the sanding of the church floor and the refurbishment of the Library.

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 has taken two very old candlestands to Ormesby's of Scarisbrick to get them restored in the near future. There are photographs of them in use at the wedding of the Tsar's neice in London in 1922. Once they are ready they will be back  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. I have just received an estimate for their restoration which will cost in excess of £1000. If anyone would like to contribute specially to this, donations would be gratefully received.

The Sunday of the Holy Cross

The new icon of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
The new icon of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
The new icon of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
The Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross

On the Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross we blessed a new lcon in memory of the Handmaiden of God Alina who died last Summer.   She was in the Royal Infirmary gravely ill and called for a priest. She bore her illness very bravely and reconfirmed her Orthodox Faith. Aidan, Klaudia and Father Paul all visited her regularly. Her funeral was in St Elisabeth's last year. Her mother, Tamara, sent this beautiful icon of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Creating Cross from Belarus which was blessed before the Liturgy. We will remember Alina every time we venerate this icon and her mother and brother Alexei and partner Mark.

 

Visit of Maria Boschmann and Fr Patrick

Fr Paul and Maria
Fr Paul and Maria
Fr Paul and Maria
  Maria and Father Patrick
Maria and Father Patrick
Maria and Father Patrick
Maria, Fr Paul and Fr Patrick et al
Maria, Fr Paul and Fr Patrick et al
Maria, Fr Paul and Fr Patrick et al
Maria Boschmann visits the parish

Matushka Elizabeth and Father Paul have enjoyed having Maria Boschmann with us for a few weeks. Maria is the daughter of one of our priests, Father Alexander, in the parish of St Nicholas in Stuttgart. Vladika Mark asked us if we could host her. She came to improve her English (which is better than Father Paul's!) and to experience time in Father Paul's school in Chester. We visited Victoria Hyland and her family in North Wales as the families have mutual friends in Stuttgart.

At the same time, Father Patrick Ramsey visited on his way to Northern Ireland. He will assist at the parish of St John of Shanghai in Belfast. Matushka Elizabeth and Father Paul took them both to the Shrine of St Winefride in Holywell.

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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