We are a parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) in the Diocese of Great Britain and Western Europe (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 contact us.
Divine Liturgy every Sunday at 10.00 a.m. and some Saturdays at 9.00 a.m.
For arrangements of services please see the details below
Father Paul, our parish priest, can be contacted on 07926194031 or email@example.com
- Regular members of the congregation will be informed of services by text message.
- Private arrangements for confession or receiving of Holy Comunion are always possible.
|Sunday 23rd January||Baptismal Divine Liturgy||10.00a.m.||Blessing of the Mersey at Perch Rock, New Brighton after the Liturgy|
|Wednesday 26th January||Akathist||6.30 p.m.|
|Sunday 30th January||Divine Liturgy||10.00 a.m.||Contribution Lunch and talk by Father Paul|
|Wednesday 2nd Fabruary||Akathist||6.30 p.m.|
|Sunday 6th February||Divine Liturgy||10.00 a.m.|
|Wednesday 9th February||Akathist|
|Saturday 12th February||Divine Liturgy||9.00 a,m.|
|Sunday 13th February||Divine Liturgy||10.00 a.m.|
|Monday 14th February||Great Vespers and Blessing of Candles||6.00 p.m.|
|Tuesday 15th February||Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Meeting and blessing of candles||10.00 a.m.|
|Wednesday 16th February||Akathist||6.30 p.m.|
|Saturday 19th February||2.00 p.m.||Children's Church|
|Sunday 20th February||Divine Liturgy||10.00 a.m.|
|Wednesday 23rd February||Akathist||6.30 p.m.|
|Saturday 26th February||Divine Liturgy and Pannikhida||9.00 a.m.;|
|Sunday 27th February||Divine Liturgy||10.0 a.m.||Contribution meal after the Liturgy and talk by Fr Justin|
|Wednesday 2nd March||Akathist||6.30 p.m.|
|Sunday 6th March||Divine Liturgy and ceremony of Forgiveness||10.00 a.m.||Contribution pancake lunch and cakes and yummy things after the Liturgy in Church|
|Monday 7th March||Great Canon of St Andrew Part 1||5.30 p.m.|
|Tuesday 8th March||Great Canon of St Andrew Part 2||5.30 p.m.|
|Wednesday 9th March||Akathist and Presanctified Liturgy||5.30 p.m.|
|Thursday 10th March||Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete Part 4||5.30 p.m.|
|Friday 11th March||Presanctified Liturgy||10.00 a.m.|
|Saturday 12th March||Pannikhida||9.00 a.m.||Saturday of the Departed|
|Sunday 13th March||Divine Liturgy and procession of icons around the church||10.00 a.m.||Triumph of Orthodoxy. Bring icons from home|
|Wednesday 16th March||Akathist and Presanctified Liturgy||5.30 p.m.|
|Friday 18th March||Presanctified Liturgy||10.00 a.m.|
|Saturday 19th March||
Vespers and veneration of the Kursk Root Icon (TBC)
Fr Paul to drive to Telford to collect the Kursk Root Icon (TBC)
|Sunday 20th March||Divine Liturgy in the presence of the Kursk Root Icon (TBC)||10.00 a.m.||The Icon is in the Parish for Saturday evening until Monday evening and will be visiting the homes of parishioners. (TBC)|
|Wednesday 23rd March||Akathist and Presanctified Liturgy||5.30 p.m.|
|Sunday 27th March||Divine Liturgy and veneration of the Cross||10.00 a.m.||Contribution Lenten Meal and talk by Fr Justin|
|Wednesday 30th March||Akathist||6.30 p.m.||NB no presanctified Liturgies this week|
|Sunday 3rd April||Divine Liturgy||10.00 a.m.|
|Tuesday 5th April||Canon of St Andrew of Crete (Transferred from Thursday)||5.30 p.m.|
|Wednesday 6th April||Akathist and Presanctified Liturgy (Eve of Annunciation)||5.30 p.m.|
|Thursday 7th April||Vesperal Liturgy of St John Chrysostom||10.00 a.m.|
|Saturday 9th April||Divine Liturgy||9.00 a.m.|
|Sunday 10th April||Divine Liturgy||10.00 a.m.|
If you have any concerns please contact Father Paul on 07926194031 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sunday 28th November Divine Liturgy 10.00 a.m. followed by contribution lunch and short talk by Father Justin. Please note, no dairy or meat but fish and oil permitted.
- The Divine Liturgy is currently served on some Saturdays at 9.00 a.m. and always on Sunday at 10.00 a.m. and on certain weekday festivals. Please check in the schedule of services published above.
- A simple peoples' service book in English and Russian can be downloaded and printed. You can find more services under "Liturgica" on this website.
- A new timetable of services for November, December and most of January has been published above.
- An Akathist or Moleben will be served most Wednesday evenings at 6.30 p.m.
- Baptisms will normally take place on Saturday mornings during or immediately after Divine Liturgy
- Choir Practice will resume soon.
Children are welcome at the Divine Liturgy. If they need a bit of "time out" there is a place for them in the side porch where mums or dads can sit with them with some toys and books and they can still see what is happening in the Liturgy.
This Parish supports the Fund for Assistance. Please consider this in your giving.
Father Paul will send £500 to this Christmas appeal this year. We are very fortunate at St Elisabeth's and so should look at opportunities to support those priests and parishes far less fortunate than ourselves.
Well done St Elisabeth's!
Fr Paul now serves a few more weekday services.
Fr Paul hopes to serve the Anointing Service on Wednesday 16th December at 6.00 p.m. in place of the Akathist.
Moleben of intercession
There will be a Moleben of intercession or Akathist before the relics of St Elisabeth, St Barbara and St John of Shanghai served on some Wednesdays at 6.00 p.m. These services may be subject to change due to Fr Paul's commitments. It is best to text Fr Paul on 07926194031 to check if it is going ahead.
Great Vespers is often served on the eves of Great Feasts
The Divine Liturgy is served every Saturday during the present time at 9.00.a.m. This is especially suitable for children or fo those who wish to be especially careful in the light of COVID-19. The next weekday Liturgy will be served on Friday 4th December for the Feast of the Entry of the Mothe of God into the Temple
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 contribute to choral singing please speak to Matushka.
Presently the choir is very restricted due to COVID-19 regulations. As the situation eases next year, we hope to revive choir practices and revive our choral singing. The choir stand will be possibly be repositioned in order to allow for a slightly larger choir once social distancing regulations are lifted. This is hoped for in March or April and certainly in time for Palm Sunday.
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 Bishop Irenei 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