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.
Please note that during the current restrictions due to COVID-19 all services from Monday 23rd March will take place behind closed doors in the little chapel in Father Paul's house. The administration of the sacraments will take place by arrangement with the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Irenei.
Please use this very simple little service at home while we are unable to meet together. It is very easy to use. We sang the last prayer to the Mother of God when the Holy Kursk Root Icon was last with us and all the pilgrims who came to Solovki heard it so often as we visited the holy sites.
Father Paul, our parish priest, can be contacted on 07926194031 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The services at St Elisabeth's will continue behind closed doors and the Divine Mysteries will continue to be available to the faithful. It is important for us to follow Government advice by self imposed isolation whether we have symptoms or not and especially if we are at particular risk or if one of our family members has got symptoms. We should not be travelling unnecessarily, we should increase hand washing and we should be very conscious of our proximity to each other. We must just shop for essentials and take one walk or run or cycle ride a day. Bishop Irenei has issued excellent advice which can be found at www.orthodox-europe.org and the Government's advice can be found at www.hse.gov.uk/news/coronavirus.htm St Elisabeth's will be following the Bishop's advice carefully within Government guidelines. We have arranged for the church to be very clean.
The Bishop will now issue prayer material for the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent.These can be found at
From Monday 23rd March all Liturgies and Moleben's will take place in Little St Elisabeth's behind closed doors. If the Holy Mysteries are to be received, this will be up either up at St Elisabeth's Wallasey by personal arrangement with Fr Paul for individuals or possiibly in your own homes. Please be sensible and considerate to others, if you make individual arrangements make sure that you are still symptom free, wash your hands when you do come into church and keep physical contact to a bare minimum. The doors of the Church will be closed whilst individuals are in the building.
We should continue to ask for God's blessing and care for ourselves and all those caught up in this unfortunate situation. Most of the members of our church family will have received a text from Father Paul about the exact arrangements for the next few weeks. Father Paul is hoping to learn how to record services somehow so that our parish family can stay very close. The recordings will be uploaded in the afternoon. There have been offers of help for isolated members of the congregation. Please contact Father Paul if you think that fellow members of the congregation can help by doing shopping or other acts of support and Christian love. Olga recorded our service last Sunday. It is on YuTube.
Additional services will be served and announced by text message or on the parish website. The Moleben for the Deliverence of Pestilance will be served regularly throughout this time during which all members of the parish family will be prayed for by name, all the clergy of our diocese and all our NHS staff and public servants. If you like particular family, friends or contacts prayed for please contact Fr Paul. The doors of the Church will be closed now during this service but it will be recorded next time it is served and made available here. Father Paul will serve the whole service on Saturday 28th March at 11.15. He will be available for individuals from 11.45 a.m. until 12.15 p.m. in St Elisabeth's Wallasey behind closed doors once the Moleben is complete.
Please all gather together in your own homes at 9.45 a.m. every day to pray the Jesus prayer for 10 minutes so that we can all be together in spirit at least. Matushka and I are serving a very simple service at 9.55 a.m. every day (except Sunday) after our 10 minutes of the Jesus Prayer. Somehow we are using the Parish Facebook Page. We think that you need to ask to be a friend of Saint Elisabeth if you want to join us live. Some people have already worked out how to do this including a very far flung member of the congregation presently in Treviso in Italy and friends of the parish in South Africa.
Bishop Irenei will be giving livestreamed Lenten talks. Details of how to access these are on the Diocesan Website www.orthodox-europe.org
If you have any concerns, please do not hestitate to contact Father Paul on 07926194031 or email@example.com
- The Divine Liturgy is served every Sunday at 10.00 a.m. Please try to arrive early if you wish to make your confession.
- There is no contribution lunch after church on the fourth Sunday of March.
- Fr Paul is next in Belfast in June 2020.
- The Parish AGM is postponed until the current restrictions are lifted.
- The pilgrimage to the Holy Land from our parish from the evening of Sunday the 24th May to the afternoon of Tuesday the 2nd of June may have to be cancelled due to travel restrictions and quarantine regulations in the Holy Lands. A decision will be made just after Pascha. Details appear below.
- There will be a parish pilgrimage to Holywell (with other parishes) on Saturday 20th June if restrictions have been lifted by then.
- Choir Practice will resume after the current restrictions have been lifted.
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.
In the first week of Great Lent there will be the chanting of the Canon of St Andrew of Crete with the reading of the Life of St Mary of Egypt on Thursday 2nd April at 4.30 p.m. in Little St Elisabeth's behind closed doors unless the current restrictions have been lifted.
The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is now cancelled during Lent unless the current restrictions are lifted.
The Vesperal Liturgy of St John Chrysostom of the Annunciation will be served on Tuesday 7th April at 9.00 a.m. behind closed doors in Little St Elisabeth's.
The services of Great Week will be published shortly but will be served behind closed doors in Little St Elisabeth's unless the current restrictions have been lifted.
Please note that, should it remain possible to do so, the Mysteries of Holy Communion and Unction will continue to be offered to the faithful in St Elisabeth's, Wallasey by arrangement with Fr Paul on 07926194031 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Provisional outline is as follows: 24/ 25th May to 1st or 2nd June 2020
Father Paul and Matushka Elizabeth are booked on El Al Flight from Manchester Airport departing at 22.15 on Sunday 24th May and arriving at 05.30 at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International. They are returning on Tuesday 2nd June on El Al from Tel Aviv at 17.30 arriving in Manchester at 21.10. Flights appear to be booking up quickly so pilgrims should book their own flights as soon as possible.
If you are travelling from Manchester, you are recommended to take these flights as they are direct. If you are travelling from London, Germany or the USA please let us know arrival times etc so that our journey from Tel Aviv on Monday 25th May can be coordinated. We have pilgrims from St Elisabeth's, The London Cathedral Parish, St Colman's Stradbally, Parishioners in Germany and a friend from the USA. The list is now closed.
- Monday 25th May Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, Transfer to Galilee. Visit to Nazareth. Temple of the Archangel Gabriel. Visit to Cana and Capernaum then transfer to Jerusalem. Check into Pilgrims Hostel
- Tuesday 26th May Mount of Beautitudes and Mt Tabor. Church of Transfiguration. Ancient Nablus. Jacob's Well
- Wednesday 27th May Visit to Bethlehem, the Field of the Shepherds, Monastery of the Holy Cross. Vigil of Ascension.
- Thursday 28th May Ascension of our Saviour. Divine Liturgy in Elion on Mt of Olives. Transfer to Sinai. Stay in Pilgrims Hostel at St Catherine's Monastery.
- Friday 29th May Monastery of St Catherine, Mt Sinai
- Saturday 30th May Night Climb of Mount Horeb with Divine Liturgy at the summit. Rest and return to Jerusalem.
- Sunday 31st May Liturgy St Mary Magdalene's Convent, Gethsemane , Church of the Holy Sepulcre, Sorrowful Way of the Saviour..
- Monday 1st June Divine Liturgy at St Mary Magdalene's Convent. Quiet Day in Jerusalem. Final visit to the Shrine of St Elisabeth, Gethsemane.
- Tuesday 2nd June Transfer to airport and return home to the UK for those travelling with El Al (4 pilgrims are staying on for a few extra days)
Our main pilgrim Hostel is in Jerusalem. There are twin rooms and currently 15 rooms have been reserved. We will stay in the Pilgrim Hostel at St Catherine's Monastery. The programme above is current. Our guide is Father Roman, one of our ROCOR Priests in the Holy Land. The flights are extra...see above...these are currently between £320 and £380 return including Airport Taxes but with Hand Baggage only.
We now have revised costs in US Dollars. For the main party it will be $1067 which is currently about £820.71 So far no one has taken advantage of the payment scheme. Pilgrims can still spread the costs of their stay in the Holy Land over the next 5 months if they wish. This makes a payment of £164 per month. Should Pilgrims wish to pay in full, payments should be complete by 24th April 2020 as Father Paul will have to pay the company in the Holy Land in advance for the number of Pilgrims staying. Cheques should be made payable to "The Parish of St Elisabeth the New Martyr" or you can pay by BACS into the account which is Sort Code 30-15-52 Account Number 43401360. Pilgrims will need some spending money for lunches/ snacks /drinks etc, for donations to the Holy Sites and for shopping.
The parish has a completely new heating system using German Technology. This has cost us exactly £12,000. The heating has now been installed. Please note, you do not need to wrap up quite so warmly as before as it is very efficient! The floor has also been resanded and looks beautiful. There is still a lot of pointing to be done and at least 6 more windows to be restored. The estimate for the East Window alone is £3,400. The two side windows in the altar will cost £800 each. There will be additional costs for redecoration of the interior. If you would like to adopt a window or help in any way towards these projects please speak to Father Paul.
This Parish supports the Fund for Assistance. Please consider this in your giving.
On Sunday 29th September, the parish collection will be donated to the Fund for Assistance to support Father Alexander and his family in Bali. Father Paul will send £100 to this latest appeal and hopefully we can send some more at Christmas. 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 is retired from his secular work and can now serve a few more weekday services.
Fr Paul hopes to serve the Anointing Service on Tuesday 2nd July at 6.30 p.m.
Moleben of intercession
There will be a Moleben of intercession 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 on Thursday 11th July for the Feast of St Peter and St Paul.
The next weekday Liturgy will be served on Monday 19th August for the Feast of the Transfiguration 10.00 a.m.
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 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