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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

 

Services this week and news

The inside of St Elisabeth's
The inside of St Elisabeth's
The inside of St Elisabeth's
Candlestand from the Cathedral before cleaning
Candlestand from the Cathedral before cleaning
Candlestand from the Cathedral before cleaning
Candlestand from the Cathedral now in place
Candlestand from the Cathedral now in place
Candlestand from the Cathedral now in place
36th Sunday after Pentecost Tone 4

Sunday 14th February. Holy Liturgy at 10:00.  For more details see the calendar of services for February.

Choir Practice at Father Paul's house (CH43 2HY) on Thursday 25th February at 19:00.

Blessing of CandlesOn Sunday 14th February, Father Paul will bless candles as this is the Forefeast of the Meeting of the Lord. Please bring candles to bless and place on the table which will be in the centre of the church.

Media at St Elisabeth's. The 40 minute film of the Divine Liturgy which was served on the 29th November is really beautiful.  It can be viewed on "A1R TV". Type www.a1tv into your search engine - then type the word 'Orthodox' in the search field on the front page. The search will identify 3 video clips from our Liturgy. They are in MP4 format. The other broadcast on "Bay TV" which John Egan arranged was broadcast just before Western  Christmas. The "Bay TV" broadcast  has been transferred to youtube.You can watch it by typing in Faith Matters 32. Father Paul has begun to record the Gospel of each Sunday and the sermon. The first of 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 Diocesan Assembly and Great Unction Service will be held at the Cathedral on Saturday 16th April, Reader Chad will be there to represent the congregation. The Draft Constitution of the Diocese has been translated into Russian by Irina Burnip and has been published on the Diocesan Website.

Pilgrimage in July. Father Paul and Matushka will be joining Father Vladimir on a pilgrimage to Svir and Solovets in 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 give some preparatory talks at his house on the holy sites that we will visit. Pilgrims and anyone else interested will be welcome to attend. The talks will be published on the website.

The Holy Water is still in the centre of the church. Please bring bottles to fill up with holy water to take home. Please let me know by email if you would like me to bless your house.

New Candlestands. The London Cathedral Parish has resolved to gift three candlestands to St Elisabeth's. The sisters from Minsk  delivered these on February 3rd. As always, we are most grateful for the generosity of the Cathedral Parish towards us. We have put the candlestand by the icon of St Elisabeth. It has two icons on it, one of St Philip, first Metropolitan of Moscow and the other St Jonah, his successor. It is thought that the Candlestand is well over 100 years old and probably came from the London Podvoria.

The parish was pleased to welcome Reader Paul Ziolo to the Liturgy last Sunday. He has formerly been a Reader in the OCA and in the Polish Orthodox Church and has just discovered us!. Vladika Mark has blessed him to function fully in the diocese, assist Reader Chad and  deputise for him when he is away. He can read in Slavonic.

 

 

 

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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