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The Feast of Pokrov

The Icon of Pokrov
The Icon of Pokrov
The Icon of Pokrov
"The Placing of the Venerable Robe and Belt of the Theotokos at Blachernae”
"The Placing of the Venerable Robe and Belt of the Theotokos at Blachernae”

October 1/14

Тропарь Покрова, гласъ 4:
The Troparion of Pokrov, tone 4:

Visit of the Icon of the Placing of the Venerable Robe and Belt of the Mother

of God at Blachernae 

containing a fragment of the Belt of the Theotokos.

Services at the Cathedral

Thursday 12th October: Moleben and Akathist before the icon at 18:15

Friday 13th October: Vigil with Akathist at 18:15

Saturday 14th October: Festal Hierarchal Liturgy at 09:00

Services in East Anglia

Saturday 14th October: Vigil at St John the Wonderworker, Colchester

Sunday 15th October: Divine Liturgy at Colchester

Monday 16th October: Moleben and Akathist at Norwich at 18:00


Днесь благовѣрніи людіе свѣтло празднуемъ, /
осѣняеми Твоимъ Богомати пришествіем, /
и къ Твоему взирающе пречистому образу, умильно глаголемъ: /
покрый насъ честнымъ твоимъ покровомъ, /
и избави насъ отъ всякaго зла, /
молящи Сына Твоего Христа Бога нашего, //
спасти души наша.
Today we Orthodox people joyfully celebrate /
thy glorious coming among us, O Mother of God, /
and gazing upon thy most pure image, we say with compunction: /
Shelter us with thy most precious protection, /
and deliver us from all evil, /
and pray to thy Son, Christ our God, /
that he save our souls.

The icon that will be visiting during and immediately after Pokrov is called “The Placing of the Venerable Robe and Belt of the Theotokos at Blachernae” (положение честныя ризы и пояса Прясвятыя Богородицы во Влахерне), and a photograph is above. The portion of the belt of the Theotokos that is enshrined in the icon was kept for many years by the recently-reposed hymnographer of our Church, Monk Joseph (known better by his name before tonsure: Reader Isaac Lambertson). He guarded this relic of the Mother of God for many years before entrusting it to the care of the Synodal Cathedral in New York. When it visited Russia, people stood in queues for hours to venerate the belt of the Theotokos.

The icon and relic will be in our Cathedral for an akafist on the eve of Pokrov (13th October), and the day before, and on Pokrov itself (14th October) Please check the Cathedral website for times of services;  Fr Andrew will be coming to Harvard Road on Saturday 14th October and will be taking the Icon to Colchester after the Hierarchal Liturgy. The Vigil service on the 14th will be celebrated in front of it in St John's Church in Colchester and also the Liturgy on Sunday 15th. On Monday16th, at 18:00, there will be a moleben and akathist in the Norwich parish in front of Her. Fr Andrew hopes to take the icon to Mettingham either before or after that service on Monday.  He will bring  the icon back to Fr Dionysy on Tuesday or Wednesday to return it to New York.

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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.



News from around the diocese

Sobor in Munich
Sobor in Munich
Sobor 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


Slide shows of photos of Vladika's Hilarion and Vladika Irinei's recent visits can be viewed at 

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  

  • 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. Vladika Irenei  has arranged for an icon of the Mother  of God, normally kept at the Synod in New York, to come to London for the Feast of Pokrov on the 14th of October. Within the icon is a relic of the belt of the Mother of God. When this icon travelled to Moscow, thousands waited patiently to venerate it. This holy icon will be in our Cathedral on the evening of Thursday 12th October when there will be a moleben in advance of the Cathdral Parsh Council meeting. It will be at the Vigil the next evening in the Cathedral and again on Saturday 14th at a Hierarchal Liturgy for the feast of Pokrov. It will remain in the UK until the 18th October when it will return to New York. Further details will appear on this site and on the Diocesan Facebook Page
  • Fr Paul is travelling to San Francisco for the Feast of Pokrov and the following Sunday. Please let him know if you have particular prayer requests for the Shrine of St John of Shanghai and San Fransisco. Send them to  
  • Fr Peter  has retired from his administrative duties as Deputy Rector of the London Cathedral. 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 
  • The next  Liturgy at the Parish of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, Cardiff will be Saturday 14th October. 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 10:30. For more details see  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 next month's Liturgy will be served on Sunday 26th November. 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  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 is pleased to report that there are now more regular services in the parish of St Colman's Stradbally. The Liturgy in O ctober will be served on Sunday 8th and Sunday 15th October at 09:30.
  • The Church of the Mother of God, the Joy of all who Sorrow, Mettingham, has just published its bulletin. This can be found at  It has information about this month's services and also the Altar Feast on November 6th.   
  • The Parish of St John of Shanghai, Colchester has a new facebook page  which can be seen at  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  A new edition has just been published. Also, St John's has been highly rated on a website which rates the churches of Clochester. More details can be found at 
  • The Russian Orthodox Parish of St Alexander Nevsky has monthly Liturgies in Norwich. It  has its own website at  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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