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The Nativity Fast

During the Nativity Fast we should think deeply how we can become better Christians through repententance, prayer and fasting. The Nativity Fast begins on Monday 28th November and helps us to prepare spiritually for the Great Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ. Here is a link to a great talk in English on "Transfiguration through repentance" given during  our ROCOR Western American Diocesan Youth Conference last February. It helpfully encourages us to ask God to transform us. You can find this talk here at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLOQqzDrNlE. It is really worth listening to.

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Bishop Nicholai
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Archbishop Mark
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Metropolitan Hilarion
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Metropolitan Hilarion
The Diocese of Great Britain

There has been a Russian Church in London for about 300 years, After the Russian Revolution the Imperial Embassy Chapel was closed and a new home was sought for the parish. It became a diocese in 1929 when Archmandrite Nicholas Karpov was consecrated as Bishop of London and took up residence in the UK.In 1932 he reposed in the Lord whilst visiting the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad (Karlovtsi Synod) in the then Kingdom of Serbia. The next bishop to reside in London and have oversight of the parishes in the United Kingdom was the ever-memorable Archbishop Nikodem (Nagaieff), who was bishop in London from 1954 until his death in 1976, at the age of 93. Initially, Bishop Nikodem was a suffragan bishop under the ompohor of Archbishop John (glorified in 1994 as Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco) who, from 1953 to 1962, was Archbishop of Brussels and Western Europe. The next bishop to reside in London was Bishop Constantine (Jessensky) of blessed memory who retired in 1986. In the same year, Archbishop Mark was appointed as ruling hierarch for London and Great Britain. The Cathedral parish moved to its present location in Chiswick, West London, in 1990, having previously been at Emperor's Gate, London SW7. For a more detailed history see "Embassy, Emigrants, and Englishmen" by Fr Christopher Birchall, published by Holy Trinity Press, Jordanville in 2014.

The two parts of the Russian Church remained divided for many decades but came together in the Act of Canonical Communion in May 2007. ROCOR remains self governing with its own Synod of Bishops which normally meets in New York. Its First Hierarch is Metropolitan Hilarion. ROCOR has witnessed to the traditions it inherited from before the Russian Revolution. It has, and continues to have, a vibrant missionary spirit, and seeks to both support Russian Orthodox Christians outside Russia and to spread the Gospel of Christ to the peoples of a wide range of countries.

 

 

Statement from the Chancellor of the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland (ROCOR)

Archbishop Mark
Archbishop Mark
Archbishop Mark

Statement from Chancellor of the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland dated 31/08/16

" His Eminence Archbishop Mark will shortly be retiring as ruling hierarch of the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland. Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church outside of Russia (ROCOR) will take over administration of the diocese until new arrangements can be confirmed. The exact timing of this change will be anounced shortly."

Заявление секретаря епархии Великобритании и Ирландии

Его высокопреосвященство архиепископ Марк вскоре уйдёт на покой с должности правящего архиерея епархии Великобритании и Ирландии. Митрополит Иларион, первоиерарх Русской Православной Церкви заграницей, возьмёт на себя управление нашей епархией до утверждения нового порядка. Точная дата этого изменения будет вскоре объявлена.

There is a note about this at http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/96757.htm

December 10
A regular session of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia will convene, coinciding with feast-day celebrations at the Synodal Cathedral of Our Lady "of the Sign" in New York.

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Advanced notices...please let Fr Paul know of any news on frpaulelliott@aol.com

  • With the Blessing of Archbishop Mark, a Pilgrimage to the Monasteries of Munich was organised by the London Cathedral Parish for the 2nd - 4th December 2016. For further details please see http://www.russianchurchlondon.org/en/
  • Our Cathedral has embarked on a project to publish instructions for servers at Hierarchal services. This will eventually be published by the Monastery of St Job of Pochaev in Munich in Russian, English and German. It will also be published electronically on this website. It should provide a template across the dioceses to help when a bishop visits the parishes. 
  • Morning and Evening Prayers have been added to this site to enable the faithful to access these traditional prayers where ever they are. Further prayers will be added to this site. The Typika for Sundays served by a Reader can be seen  at http://rocor.org.uk/services_and_prayers.html 
  • It is hoped that the next Diocesan Assembly will take place on either Saturday 25th March or Saturday 1st April 2017 at the London Cathedral. The date will be confirmed as soon as possible to ensure that this can be combined with the Great Unction Service.
  • The proposed date for the Diocesan Pilgrimage to St Albans will be on May 13th  2017. This will hopefully be led by Archbishop Mark or his successor. Details will follow. Please keep checking the site for further details. The date has now been confirmed. An icon of St Alban has been commissioned for the occasion to be painted by Katya Vandromme who has just completed her diploma in Iconography. It is hoped that the pilgrimage might coincide with the visit of the Myhrr Streaming Icon of the Mother of God from Hawaii. The icon will be visiting our diocese and various parishes in Great Britain and Ireland next May. The exact dates are to be confirmed.
  • The next  Liturgies at the Parish of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, Cardiff will be on Saturday Saturday 17th December at 09:30. Both served by Fr Vitaly. For more details please see here. 
  • Father Vitaly will celebrate the Liturgy on Saturday 10th December at 10:00. The parish has a very lively facebook page which is always worth a visit at the parish facebook page. For more details of sedrvices please see here.
  • For services  in the Parish of St John of Shanghai, Belfast check on the Belfast Parish Website. Father Paul has been asked to take  services before a new rector can be appointed. He will serve the next Liturgy on Saturday 14th January 2017 .He may be available during Friday 13th of January to visit parishioners in Belfast and area. Please note that the parish has moved into a smaller chapel in the church hall complex  just near their former church. The post code remains the same.
  • Fr Vitaly will serve the next Liturgy at St Colman's Stradbally  in December. The exact arrangements will be announced shortly.
  • The Russian Orthodox Parish of St Alexander Nevsky has now opened in Norwich. It now has its own website at www.norwichorthodoxchurch.org.uk.  The next Liturgy will be on Saturday 10th December at 10:00.
  • Archbishop Mark has blessed that the Diocesan Website is used to advertise and develop pilgrimages both here in the United Kingdom and abroad. A pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Werburgh in Chester is being planned by the Parish of St Elisabeth, Wallasey in Merseyside. This will be onSaturday 18th February 2017.This is not yet confirmed with the authorities at Chester Cathedral.  It is hoped that this may become an annual event.  Further details will appear shortly.
  • The Parish of St Elisabeth the New Martyr, Wallasey.  Father Paul now records the Sunday readings and sermons. These can be listened to here.
 

 

 

 

St Alexander Nevsky

St Alexander Nevsky
St Alexander Nevsky
St Alexander Nevsky
St Alexander Nevsky Nov 23/ 06 Dec

Alexander was born in 1221 of a princely family whose ancestors were the Great Prince Vladimir and Yaroslav the Wise. It was believed that he was sent to preserve Russia and its faith from its many enemies. He was called to Novgorod in 1236 to defend the city from Swedish and Livonian (German) invasions. They  were seeking to destroy Orthodoxy and conquer the North Western lands of Russia from their bases in Estonia. There was a great battle in 1240 known as the Battle of the Neva after which Alexander was called Nevsky when Alexander defeated the Swedes. Though greatly out numbered, Alexander led his Orthodox army to a resounding victory pushing the enemies of Russia back towards Estonia. Another decisive battle took place on the frozen Lake Chud after the liberation of Pskov in 1242. This famous battle is known as the Battle of the Ice. Alexander repelled the invaders and preserved the Russian lands in the West. He was also active as a diplomatic Great Prince negotiating the preservation of the Russian lands in the East against the Golden Horde. He very cleverly negotiated a delicate peace which enabled the Orthodox Russians to worship God without disturbance. He died after his fourth diplomatic visit to Sarai in 1263. On his death bed, he was tonsured as the monk Alexei and reposed in the Lord in 1263 being buried in the city of Vladimir near Suzdal.

He was canonised in 1547  and has always been called upon by Russians in time of National distress or difficulty. During the Great Northern War which Peter the Great waged against Sweden, St Alexander Nevsky's relics were translated to the new Imperial capital of St Petersburg and placed in the newly built Monastery of St Alexander Nevsky. Since then, many cities outside Russia have had Cathedrals of St Alexander Nevsky built in them such as Tallin (Reval), Helsinki, Copenhagen and Sophia. St Alexander Nevsky was chosen for these churches as a defender of Russian Orthodox Christians against their enemies. Even Stalin created an order of Alexander Nevsky during WW2 to recognise valour in those who fought to protect Russia from her enemies.

In our own diocese, there is a Parish of St Alexander Nevsky in Norwich. see http://www.norwichorthodoxchurch.org.uk/ It's next Liturgy is on Saturday 10th December.

Advertisement for the All Night Vigil Performance on Friday December 9th

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Rare performance of the All Night Vigil 09.12.16

 

There is to be a rare performance of  Sergei Rachmanioff's "All Night Vigil" in Church Slavonic at St John's Smith Square, London on Friday 9th December at 19:30 by the Choir of Kings College London. They will also sing John Tavener’s "Ikon of the Nativity".

Some members of the Diocese, especially those who live in London may be interested in attending.  If so, tickets are very reasonably priced, at £10-£20.

Tickets and further information can be found at: https://www.sjss.org.uk/events/choir-king%E2%80%99s-college-london-0

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