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New Diocesan Facebook Page

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

This has been started by Reader Philip at Cheltenham with the Blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion. Do take a look. There is  now a recording of Bishop Irinei speaking at the Cheltenham parish during the visit of the Myrrh Streaming Icon of the Mother of God of Iviron from Hawaii. This was recorded by Irina Borisas on that evening and a link to reports on the Sobor in Munich and the consecration of the Cathedral there on the 15th June.

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Our Diocese

Bishop Nicholai
Bishop Nicholai
Bishop Nicholai
Metropolitan Hilarion
Metropolitan Hilarion
Metropolitan Hilarion
Bishop Irinei
Bishop Irinei
Bishop Irinei
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 Irinei 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 opens in Munich
Sobor opens in Munich
Sobor opens in Munich
News

 Photos of Vladika Hilarion and Vladika Irinei's visits can be found below and a report of their visits can be found in News Archive on this site.

Slide shows of photos of Vladika's Hilarion and Vladika Irinei's 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  

  • Vladika Irinei will be visiting the Diocese from the 25th August to the 4th September. His itinerary is to be announced shortly but he will definitely be serving for the Altar Feast of the Cathedral on the 28th August and will be serving in the Cathedral on the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd September. On Saturday 2nd September, there is to be a Convocation of the Clergy and the first meeting of the Diocesan Council.
  • Fr Peter Baulk is presently on Sabbatical. 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 announced soon. The parish normally has a Liturgy once a month on a Saturday. Divine Liturgy at 09:00.  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 23rd July. It is the Altar Feast of the parish and will be followed by a Parish Council meeting. 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.  The following month there will be a liturgy at 10:00 on Sunday 20th August. 
  • Fr Paul will serve the next Liturgy in the Parish of St John of Shanghai, Belfast is at 10:00 on Saturday August 5th. 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 just published 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 Altar Feast of the Parish of St Elisabeth the New Martyr in Wallasey is on Sunday 23rd July. Holy Liturgy is at 10:00 followed by veneration of the relics of St Elisabeth and St Barbara and a procession around the church. A garden Party will take place at Fr Paul's house after the Liturgy. Fr Paul cordially invites members of the diocese for the occasion.
  • 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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