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The Nativity of the Mother of God

The Icon of the Nativity of the Mother of God
The Icon of the Nativity of the Mother of God
The Icon of the Nativity of the Mother of God

Commemorated September 8/ 21st

Troparion of the Mother of God, Tone 4

Thy Nativity, O Mother of God, has brought joy to all the world; for from thee arose the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, Who, having dissolved the curse, has given His blessing, and having abolished death, has granted us life eternal.

Kontakion of the Mother of God, Tone 4

Joachim and Anna were freed from the reproach of childlessness and Adam and Eve from the corruption of death, O Immaculate One, by thy holy nativity. And thy people, redeemed from the guilt of sin, celebrate thy birth by crying to thee: The barren woman gives birth to the Mother of God and the nurse of our life.

Divine Liturgy will be served in our Diocese on Thursday 21st September ...

 the Cathedral in London at 09:00

 St Elisabeth's Wallasey at 10:00

 St John's Colchester at 10:00

 Church of the Mother of God,  Mettingham at 10:10

On this feast in a year's time, our Cathedral will be consecrated and it's dedication changed to the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Mother of God. Much prayer and preparation will take place during the next twelve months as we get ready for this important event in the life of our diocese. As this day is a Friday, please consider booking this day in advance as holiday if you are working and make sure you put it in your diaries. For children, they will need a letter requesting that they have the day off school. This will need to be done in advance if permission is to be sought from Head Teachers. The letter should request a day for "Religious observance".

Vladika Irenei's recent visit

Vladika Irenei
Vladika Irenei
Vladika Irenei
The Diocesan Clergy
The Diocesan Clergy
The Diocesan Clergy

Vladika Irenei has been visiting the Diocese from the 25th August to the 4th September. He has travelled with Protodeacon Denisi and and Subdeacon Antony. He returns to the United States on Monday 4th September but hopes to come back very soon. Vladika Irenei had a very fruitful visit. Vladika chaired a joint Trustee and Council Meeting of the Cathedral Parish. He tonsured a reader at the Hierarchal Liturgy in Colchester and served a Hierarchal Liturgy in the little Orthodox Chapel of the Life Giving Spring in Walsingham. This was the first time one of our hierarchs from ROCOR have served there for over 40 years. Vladika then travelled to Merseyside where he served the Hierarchal Liturgy in the Parish of St Elisabeth's. Wallasey. He was able to use the newly restored vessels which had belonged to the Parish of St Nicholas in Bradford and had been been used in the "Camps for displaced persons" during the Second World War. After the Liturgy, Vladika travelled to the Shrine of St Winefride in Holywell where he and Protodeacon Denisi and Fr Antony all bathed in the Holy Well. He was later joined by pilgrims from St Elisabeth's and the London Cathedral Parish for a Moleben and Blessing of the Waters. On Friday, Vladika had a fruitful meeting with Archbishop Elisey and later entertained the Sisterhood of the Cathedral Parish. On Saturday, Vladika served a Hierarchal Liturgy at 08:00 with almost all the Priests and Subdeacons and Readers of the Diocese. This was the largest gathering of our clergy in the Diocese for many years. After the Liturgy the first full Clergy Convocation was convened followed by the inaugeral meeting of the Diocesan Council.

 

At the Clergy Convocation and Diocesan Council it was resolved to have an Annual Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Alban at a date to be arranged and all the parishes were blessed by Vladika to keep the third Sunday after Pentecost as the Sunday of All Saints of Britain. Both meetings were informed that our Cathedral will be consecrated on Friday 21st September 2018.  There were discussions about mission, publications and Diocesan Websites. Much discussion followed about the involvement of the young people of the Diocese and nurturing their faith, It was resolved to move all the Diocesan Administration to Merseyside with immediate effect. Vladika hopes to make a short visit to London on or around the Feast of Pokrov in mid October.

 

The Diocesan Facebook Page

You can find the Diocesan Facebook page at   https://www.facebook.com/ROCORBritainandIreland/

This is administered by Reader Philip at Cheltenham with the Blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion. Do take a look. There is lots to see from all our parishes in the UK and short descriptions of British Saints and Pilgrimage Sites.

Links

The Fund for Assistance
The Fund for Assistance
The Fund for Assistance

 Diocesan Facebook Page  Our Cathedral        Our Synod       The Fund for Assistance       St George's Orthodox Information Service       

ROCOR Studies     The Pan Orthodox Episcopal Assembly of Great Britain and Ireland

Please consider supporting the Fund for Assistance which supports Priests and Parishes in need.

 

 

Our Diocese

Bishop Nicholai
Bishop Nicholai
Bishop Nicholai
Metropolitan Hilarion
Metropolitan Hilarion
Metropolitan Hilarion
Bishop Irenei
Bishop Irenei
Bishop Irenei
The Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland (ROCOR)

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 (Karlovtski 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. Archbishop Mark retired as Ruling Bishop of the British Diocese on the 8th December 2016 at the Synod meeting in New York. The First Hierarch of the Russian Church outside Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion, is now the current Ruling Bishop. At its Sobor in Germany from the 9th - 14th June, the Synod of Bishops appointed Bishop Irenei of Sacramento as administrator of the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland. (ROCOR).

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.

 

 

Father Peter is awarded a Jewelled Cross

Father Peter was awarded the right to wear a Jewelled Cross by His Grace Bishop Irenei on behalf of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia. This took place at the little Entrance of the Hierarchal Liturgy at the altar feast of the London Cathedral on 28th August 2017. Fr Peter was awarded the Jewelled Cross "in recognition of his diligent service to the Church over many years in the Cathedral of the Mother of God and the Royal Martyrs of Russia in London and in the Parish of St Colman, Stradbally, Ireland." Vladika Irenei  presented Fr Peter with the Jewelled Cross that he himself had been given when he was made an Archimandrite, stating that this was a very personal gift . Fr Peter was also presented with a Grammata.

News from around the diocese

Sobor opens in Munich
Sobor opens in Munich
Sobor opens in Munich
Vladika Hilarion and Vladika Irenei at our Cathedral
Vladika Hilarion and Vladika Irenei at our Cathedral
Vladika Hilarion and Vladika Irenei at our Cathedral
Clergy Convocation in London
Clergy Convocation in London
Clergy Convocation in London
News

 

Slide shows of photos of Vladika's Hilarion and Vladika Irinei's recent visits can be viewed at http://rocor.org.uk/photos.html 

The Diocesan website now has between 3000 - 4000 visitors a month which is very encouraging. 73% are from the UK and the remainder mainly from the USA and the Russian Federation. 

Advanced notices... please send news items and information to Father Paul at  frpaulelliott@aol.com  

  • Fr Paul is attending a reception at the Russian Embassy on Friday 22nd September to listen to an address by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk on the future of Christian Europe.
  • Vladika Irenei is visiting London from the 11th to the 15th October. There will be Hierarchal Liturgies for the Feast of Pokrov on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th. Please check the Cathedral Website for details.
  • Fr Peter  has retired from his administrative duties as Deputy Rector of the London Cathedral. He was awarded a Jewelled Cross at the Altar Feast of the Cathedral (see above). Fr Vitaly Serapinas is currently the main point of contact at our cathedral. 
  • 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 
  • The next  Liturgy at the Parish of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, Cardiff will be Saturday 30th September. The parish normally has a Liturgy once a month on a Saturday or occasionally on a Sunday when the church is available. Confessions begin at 09:00 and the Liturgy normally starts about 10:00. For more details see  http://www.russianorthodoxchurchcardiff.com.  Father Mark now arranges Liturgies and hopes to be serving more often in future.
  • The next Liturgy at the Parish of St Vladimir in Cheltenham will be at 10:00 on Sunday 15th October.  The parish has a very lively facebook page which is always worth a visit at the parish facebook page. For more details of services please see here. 
  • Fr Paul will serve the Liturgy in the Parish of St John of Shanghai, Belfast at 10:00 on Saturday 30th September at 10:00. There will be a baptism straight after the Liturgy. The next Liturgy will be on Saturday 4th November. For details please check on the Belfast Parish Website.  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.
  • Father Sergey Mironenko has been ordained to serve the parish of St Colman's Stradbally. There are now more regular services possible though support will continue to be provided by the Cathedral clergy.
  • The Parish of St John of Shanghai, Colchester has a new facebook page  which can be seen at www.facebook.com/stjohnsorthodoxcolchester  and the parish publishes a magazine for young people called "Searchlight".  More details can be obtained from the editor, Mary Kisliakov. To obtain copies please contact Mary on mary0170@yahoo.com  A new edition has just been published.
  • The Russian Orthodox Parish of St Alexander Nevsky has monthly Liturgies in Norwich. It  has its own website at www.norwichorthodoxchurch.org.uk.  Check the website for the next Liturgy.
  • The Diocesan Website is blessed to be used to advertise and develop pilgrimages both here in the United Kingdom and abroad. Please let Fr Paul know if you have any plans. 

 

 

 

 

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This website is published with the blessing of his Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion. First Hierarch of The Russian Orthodox Church Abroad and Ruling Hierarch of the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland (ROCOR)

The website is administered by Fr Paul Elliott. Contact: frpaulelliott@aol.com

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