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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Services for May and June
- Pentecost Sunday is next Sunday. The kneeling prayers will follow straight after the Liturgy. Please say the thanksgiving prayers at home this Sunday. Food after Liturgy this coming Sunday as long as people bring some.
- Sunday 3rd June is All Saints Sunday... The Podvoria Chalice will be blessed after its restoration before the proscomede. Holy Baptism at 12:45.
- Fr Paul is at the Sourozh Diocesan Conference from Friday 8th to Saturday 9th June representing Vladika Irenei and again in London at the Russian Embassy on Wednesday 13th June
- Fr Paul is in Belfast again on the 1st and 2nd of June.
- The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Binsey near Oxford is on Saturday 14th July. All are welcome. Vladika Irenei will be serving and leading the Pilgrimage.
- Advanced notice...Vladika Irenei will be serving a full Hierarchal Liturgy and Procession for the Parish Altar Feast on Sunday 22nd July followed by a Garden Party at Fr Paul's house. Please keep this very importatnt day free in your diaries and encourage all members of the parish to attend. It is 100 years since St Elisabeth was martyred.
- 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 shortly. This normally takes place at Father Paul's house CH43 2HY
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.
Nicholai Papdopoulos and his daughter Sophia have organised a Sunday School for children of the Parish aged 4 (Reception) and above. It takes place on the last Sunday of each month (Not August or December) as the food is being prepared for the parish meal after the Liturgy. There is a song, a story, something to colour in and some teaching in English. The Sunday School will last about 10 - 15 minutes. As it develops we hope to have a yearly outing and perhaps a party. It is a way of treasuring and developing our Orthodox young people. It met for the first time on Sunday January 28th straight after the Liturgy. The next Sunday School is on Sunday 25th February during the Annual General Meeting of the Parish. Please support this new venture in the life of our parish.
Now that Fr Paul appears to be almost retired from his secular work, he hopes to do more weekday services.
The Anointing Service will be normally served once a month unless this is impossible. It will be served on the following dates:-
04/04/18, 03/05/18, 05/06/18, 03/07/18, 07/08/18, 04/09/18, 02/10/18, 06/11/18 and 04/12/18.
There will be a Moleben of intercession before the relics of St Elisabeth, St Barbara and St John of Shanghai served on some Wednesdays throughout the Great Lent and twice a month after that normally on the second and fourth Wednesdays or Thursdays of the month at 18:15 though Fr Paul will be in church from 18:00 to hear confessions. These services will be served provisionally on the following dates but may be subject to change due to Fr Paul's commitments:-
,25/04/18, 09/05/18, (Great Vespers), 13/06/18, 11/07/18 (Great Vespers), 25/07/18, 08/08/18, 22/08/18, 12/09/18, 26/09/18, 10/10/18, 24/10/18, 14/11/18, 28/11/18, 05/12/18, 12/12/18 (??), 18/12/18 (NB.Tues.Great Vespers)
Weekday Liturgies will be served at 10:00 on Friday 19th January 10:00 (Theophany), Thursday 15th February (The Meeting), (The Feast of the Ascension will be kept at the London Cathedral), Thursday 12th July (St Peter and St Paul), Wednesday 18th July (St Elisabeth), Tuesday 14th August (Holy Cross) (??), (Friday 21st September for the Nativity of the Theotokos will be kept at the London Cathedral), Thursday 27th September (Exaltation of the Cross), Tuesday 4th December (Entry of the Theotokos), Wednesday 19th December (St Nicholas).
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.
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.
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 email@example.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 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