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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 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.

Cleaning and Polishing Day

Saturday 26th November

We had a fantastic cleaning and polishing day in St Elisabeth's on Saturday 26th November in preparation for the Nativity Fast.  We  cleaned, polished and tidied just about anything and everything! Thank you to Svetlana, Ludmilla, Klaudia, Alla, Vadim, Xenia and Matushka Elisabeth. Nadezda and Klaudia did a great deal of washing and Tatiana brought us lots of paper towels. Svetlana's packed lunch stretched to all of us! We will have another cleaning day in March Great Lent and then before each fast.

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
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 bewteen 13.11.16 - 04.12.16


The next Liturgy is on Sunday 4th December. The Nativity Fast starts on Monday 28th November. This is slightly less strict than the Great Lenten Fast. Though it is essentially vegan during the week, at weekends we can have fish, oil and wine. There will be a shortened Molieben to St Nicholas after the Liturgy on Sunday 18th December followed by fish, soup, rolls and fasting foods.

  • The next anointing service  at St Elisabeth's will be on Tuesday 6th December at 19:00. Fr Paul hopes that this service will be served about every month. 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
  • Alexey Koloydenko from the London Cathedral is organising a family pilgrimage to our parish for the weekend of the 17/18th December. He will be bringing some parishioners from the London Parish. They will visit the shrine of St Winefride in Holywell as part of their pilgrimage  on Saturday 16th December and hope to meet at 11:00. Please see Fr Paul if you like to join them. There are 4 spaces in my car. There will be an extra Liturgy for St Nicholas in the little church of St Elisabeth in Fr Paul's house (CH43 2HY) at 08:00 on Monday 19th December.
  • The next choir practice will be on Tuesday 13th December 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 5th February at 10:15 just before the Holy Liturgy. Please pray for him as he prepares for this great step in his life.
  • 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 still has not had confirmation from the Cathedral Authorities at Chester so this may not take place this coming year.
  • 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 3rd December. He is spending an extra day on the 2nd December to bless some houses and meet parishioners. Please pray that there will shortly be a new priest for Northern Ireland.

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

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