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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




Great Week and Pascha

Great Week and Paschal Services

Sunday 9th April: Palm Sunday Blessing of Palms at 10:15 followed by Holy Liturgy

Wednesday 12th April: Anointing Service at 19:00

Thursday 13th April: Twelve Gospels Service at 19:00

Friday 14th April: Great Friday: Royal Hours at 10:00 and Burial Service of the Lord at 16:00

Saturday 15th April: Reading of the Acts of the Apostles 21:30 and Midnight Office at 23:30

Matins and Holy Liturgy of Pascha at Midnight followed by parish breakfast

Sunday 16th April: Vespers of Pascha 10:00


This Pascha please do your best to attend the night service. This is a time when the whole parish should gather to welcome the Lord's Resurrection. Bring rugs etc for the children. This year there is no Saturday afternoon service and only Vespers on the Sunday morning with blessing of Paschal Foods.

There is a cleaning session on the morning of Saturday 15th April when the church will be decorated for Pascha. Please come and help. The church will be open from 10:00 till 12:45 for cleaning and for blessing of Paschal Foods. It will open again at 19:30 when Fr Paul will be available for confessions and blessing of Paschal Foods. Please bring Bibles in your home languages for the Reading of the Acts.

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!

Services this week and news

The Metropolitan in St Elisabeth's
The Metropolitan in St Elisabeth's
The Metropolitan in St Elisabeth's
The Metropolitan's visit
The Metropolitan's visit
The Metropolitan's visit
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 26.03.17.-

This Wednesday  29th March there will be the reading of the Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete at 18:00

The next Liturgy is on Sunday April 2nd. This is the the Fifth Sunday of Great Lent.

Friday 7th April Divine Liturgy of the Annunciation 10:00

Saturday 10th April Lazarus Saturday Divine Liturgy and reception of Emma/ Mellangell Dale 09:45

Vespers of Palm Sunday 17:00 (Little St Elisabeth's)

The following Sunday is Palm Sunday. Palms will be blessed just before the beginning of the Liturgy at about 10:15


Next Church cleaning session on 15th April just before Pascha. 


*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. 

Some of the daily readings for Great Lent can be found here http://newmartyr.info/journey_through_great_lent.html


  • The next full anointing service at St Elisabeth's will be on Great Wednesday 12th April. Please encourage those who are sick or suffering to attend this service. There are always blessed oils available for those who are not Orthodox. The Twelve Gospels Service is on Great Thursday 13th April at 19:00 and on Great Friday 14th April the Royal Hours will be served at 10:00 and the Burial Service of the Lord is at 16:00.
  • 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 announced soon. This  takes place at Father Paul's house CH43 2HY on a Tuesday evening.
  • Emma Dale was made a Catechumen on Monday 6th February and took the name Melangell. She will be received into the Orthodox Church on the weekend of 8/9th April. She will make her first holy communion on Lazarus Saturday. Fr Mark will be with us all weekend. The Feast of the Annuciation falls on Friday 7th April. There will be a Vesperal Liturgy that day at 10:00 and a quiet Liturgy at 10:00 on Lazarus Saturday followed by a baptism. There will be a shortened Pannikhda after the Prayer behind the Ambon towards the end of the Divine Liturgy on Lazarus Saturday.
  • Advanced notice: Evgenei Guz and Ana Ceben will be getting married after the Liturgy on Sunday 30th April.
  • The Myrrh Streaming Hawaiian Icon of the Mother of God will visit our parish some time this year. More details will follow soon. Also on Saturday 13th of May there will be a diocesan Pilgrimage to St Alban's Abbey led by Bishop Irinei. Fr Paul, Matushka Elizabeth and Subdeacon 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. Bishop Irinei will probably be attending the concert and visiting our parish. More details will follow nearer the time.


The Choir has  recorded 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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