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Vladika Irenei's current visit

Vladika Irenei
Vladika Irenei
Vladika Irenei

Vladika Irenei is visiting the UK at present. He has written to the Clergy and Faithful of the Diocese on the anniversary of his consecration to the Episcopate. This can be read here. A Russian Translation of Vladika Irenei's address to the Clergy and Failthful of the Diocese is available here. His Grace served in the Cathedral on Sunday 19th November with His Eminence, Archbishop Elisey. On this Sunday, both Dioceses  marked the 10th anniversary of the rapprochement between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia which took place in 2007. Many of the faithful gathered for this historic occasion. At this Liturgy, prayers were said for those who perished and suffered as a result of the Russian Revolution on its 100th anniversary.  After the Liturgy, the Sisterhood of the Cathedral Parish furnished everyone with a wonderful meal.

The outline of Vladika Irenei's itinerary is as follows.

Saturday 18th Nov        Vladika arrives in London

Sunday 19th Nov          Festal Hierarchal Liturgy at our Cathedral. Greeting of Vladika Elisey at 09:45

Monday 20th Nov         Hierarchal Liturgy at our Cathedral     09:00

Tuesday 21st Nov        Hierarchal Liturgy at our Cathedral      09:00

Wednesday 22nd Nov  Hierarchal Liturgy at St Elisabeth's Wallasey, 08:30

                                      Spiritual Study at Father Paul's house (CH43 2HY) 19:00

Thursday 23rd Nov       Hierarchal Liturgy at St Elisabeth's Wallasey, 08:30

                                      Spiritual Study at the Cathedral led by Vladika, 19:00

                                      The subject of the Study evening will be "A spiritual understanding of the Nativity Fast"

Friday 24th Nov             Hierarchal Liturgy at our Cathedral   09:00  Vladika departs for Moscow

More details of timings and other events at the Cathedral can be found on the Cathedral website.

Vladika will be visiting again to serve the Great Feast of the Theophany in London next January. An outline of his next visit will appear on this site shortly.  Vladika will be in the UK for approximately 3 weeks and hopes to be making pastoral visits to London, Colchester, Norwich, Merseyside, Mettingham and Cardiff.

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.

Elisabeth Elliott is organising a concert in aid of the Fund for Assistance in St Elisabeth's Wallasey on Friday December 8th at 19:30. Further  details can be obtained from continentalchristmas@gmail.com  All funds raised will be sent to Haiti. Donations welcome even if you cannot attend the concert.

 

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.

 

 

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
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  

  • Vladika Irenei is visiting London from the 18th to the 24th November. There will be Hierarchal Liturgies on Sunday 19th November and some of the days during that week. Vladika is visiting Merseyside from 21st - 23rd November where he will serve the Liturgy in St Elisabeth's. Please check the Cathedral Website for details. There will be an Akathist before the Cathedral Parish Council meeting at our Cathedral on the evening of Monday 20th November when there will be a moleben in advance of the Cathdral Parsh Council meeting. Further details about Vladika Irenei's November visit will appear on this site and on the Diocesan Facebook  Page https://www.facebook.com/ROCORBritainandIreland/
  • There is a concert at St Elisabeth's Wallasey on Friday 8th December at 19:30 in aid of the Fund for Assistance.
  • Fr Vitaly has just announced that there will be a pilgrimage to the Holy Land which will take place from the 30th July to the 11th of August 2018. The Pilgrimage will be led by His Eminence Archbishop Mark. Further details can be found on the Cathedral Website or obtained by email from sofia.mick@yahoo.com This pilgrimage is open to members of the Diocese who have the blessing of their parish priest.
  • 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 4th November, the Patronal Festival of the Parish. The parish normally has a Liturgy once or twice 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  http://www.russianorthodoxchurchcardiff.com.  The Service will be held at the University Catholic Chaplaincy in the City Centre, Nazareth House. The next Sunday Liturgy will be on Sunday 19th November at 10:30. Father Mark 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  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  2nd December. For details please check on the Belfast Parish Website.  Please note that the parish has  left its former premises on the Antrim Road and has now moved.  With the Blessing of Bishop Irenei the church of St John of Shanghai is now located in a chapel at 4 Ashfield Drive, Belfast, BT15 3FT.
  • 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 November is normally served on Sundays  at 09:30. Please check on the parish website www.st-colman-church.org
  • The Church of the Mother of God, the Joy of all who Sorrow, Mettingham, has just published its bulletin. This can be found at http://joyofallwhosorrow.org.uk.s190722.gridserver.com/media/files/November_Bulletin_2017.pdf  It has information about this month's services. Founders Day is is on Wednesday 15th November.   
  • 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. Also, St John's has been highly rated on a website which rates the churches of Clochester. More details can be found at http://threebestrated.co.uk/churches-in-colchester 
  • 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. 

 

 

 

 

St Barlaam of Khutyn

St Barlaam of Khutyn
St Barlaam of Khutyn
St Barlaam of Khutyn
St Barlaam of Khutyn Nov 6/19

St Barlaam of Khutyn (Варлаам Хутынский) lived in the twelfth century, the son of a wealthy family of Novgorod.  He withdrew from the world when his parents died. He was tonsured at the Lisich Monastery and then settled alone on a  hill below Volkhov called Khutyn, near Novgorod. He lived a very holy life..

St Barlaam taught the local people, “My children, beware of all unrighteousness, and do not give in to envy or slander. Refrain from anger, and do not practice usury. Beware of unjust judgment. Do not swear an oath falsely, but rather fulfill it. Do not indulge the bodily appetites. Always be meek and bear all things with love. This virtue is the beginning and root of all good.”  He died on 6th November 1192, His grave  became a site of pilgrimage and the Monastery of the Tranfiguration was built on the site.

St Barlaam of Khutyn performed a great miracle in Moscow in 1521 during a raid on the city by the Tartars of Crimea and Kazan who were looting villages and monasteries nearby, Prince Vasily III left to get reinforcements. As he left, a blind nun in the Ascension Convent in the Kremlin had a vision that  all the Saints and Wonderworkers of Muscovy, led by the Lord Himself and the Mother of God, were preparing to leave the city as a punishment for the sins of Moscow. The Saints took with them the precious Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God. Only after the intercession of St Sergius of Radonezh and St Barlaam of Khutyn did they return to the city. The relics of  St Barlaam  are kept in the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Lord in Khutyn  near Novgorod.

In Slavonic practice, St Barlaam is commemorated during the Proskomedia along with the venerable and God-bearing Fathers who shone forth in asceticism (sixth particle). 
 

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