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Dear in brothers and sisters in Christ.

May the joy of our risen Saviour shine across our diocese and this land!

Christ is risen! Христосъ воскресе!

 

 

Metropolitan Hilarion's Paschal Epistle has now been published.

 

Christ is risen from the dead,Trampling down death by death, And upon those in the tombs bestowing life!

Хрїстосъ воскресе изъ мертвыхъ, Смертїю смерть поправъ, И сѹщымъ во гробѣхъживотъ даровавъ!

Do check on the websites of our parishes to find out what services are going on across the Diocese.

Services at Stradbally, Cheltenham and Cardiff will be after Pascha. For more details, please look at the various websites under the tab called "Useful Links" on the Drop Down Menu.
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Our Diocese

Bishop Nicholai
Bishop Nicholai
Bishop Nicholai
Metropolitan Hilarion
Metropolitan Hilarion
Metropolitan Hilarion
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.

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.

 

 

Diocesan Pilgrimage to St Albans 13th May 2017

Vladika Irinei
Vladika Irinei
Vladika Irinei

With the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion, there is a Diocesan pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Alban, Protomartyr of Britain, on Saturday 13th May. The Pilgrimage will be led by Bishop Irinei of Sacramento. Here is an outline of the day.

09:45 -11.30  Divine Liturgy served by Vladika Irinei and diocesan clergy.

11:30 -12:45  Opportunity to explore the Abbey or refreshment or rest

12:45 -14:00  Moleben to St Alban and address by Vladika Irinei. Veneration of the relic of St Alban.

All members of all parishes and communities of the diocese are encouraged to make the effort to gather for this occasion

 For further information please contact frpaulelliott@aol.com or 07926194031 

A life of St Alban can be found at http://rocor.org.uk/diocesan_pilgrimage.html 

The service of St Alban has now been uploaded to this site. In the near future Bishop Irinei's itinerary will be published. He hopes to be bringing the miraculous Hawaiian Myhrr Streaming Icon of the Mother of God. Details will appear shortly.

When Vladika Irinei visits in May he will ordain Deacon Spasimir Ivanov and Subdeacon Sergey Mironenko to the Priesthood and tonsure Timothy Phillips as a Reader. Please pray for them as they prepare themselves for this and pray that more will come forward to serve the Church in this way.

 

News from around the diocese

Vladika at St Elisabeth's
Vladika at St Elisabeth's
Vladika at St Elisabeth's
Vladika at our Cathedral
Vladika at our Cathedral
Vladika at our Cathedral
Vladika at Mettingham
Vladika at Mettingham
Vladika at Mettingham
News

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

A slide shows of photos of Vladika'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 or 07926194031 

  • The date for the Diocesan Pilgrimage to St Albans will be on May 13th  2017. This will be an opportunity for our clergy to serve together and our parishes to meet up with each other. It is being led by Bishop Irinei of Sacramento.  Please keep checking the site for further details. An outline of the day can be seen above. It is hoped that the visit of the wonderworking Hawaiian myhrr streaming of the Mother of God will coincide with Bishop Irinei's vsist to the diocese. 
  • With the blessing of His Grace Metropolitan Hilarion: Please consider joining us on this year's March for Life as a group of Orthodox believers. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act. Since 1967 more than 9 million babies have been killed in the UK. Please join us to bear witness to this terrible tragedy in Birmingham on May 20th. If you are interested in attending, please contact Katy-Elizabeth on: tattumsmith@gmail.com or 01502 716915
  • 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 on Saturday 22nd April at 09:30. For more details please see http://www.russianorthodoxchurchcardiff.com. Father Mark will be arranging Liturgies in future.
  • The next liturgy at the Parish of St Vladimir in Cheltenham will be on Saturday May 6th to coincide with Cheltenham Arts Festival. 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 Mark will be arranging services in the future and hopes to start serving the Liturgy on a Sunday in the near future.
  • For services  in the Parish of St John of Shanghai, Belfast check on the Belfast Parish Website.  Fr John  serves the  Liturgy every Sunday and other days besides. 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. The parish is hiring a hall for Pascha.
  • Fr Vitaly  served the  Liturgy at St Colman's Stradbally  on the 12th March. The next Liturgy will be on Thomas Sunday 23rd April. Subdeacon Sergey Mironenko will be ordained to the priesthood in May to serve the parish.
  • 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 
  • Also, the Colchester Parish has lauched an appeal which can be read here.
  • The Russian Orthodox Parish of St Alexander Nevsky has monthly Liturgies in Norwich. It  has its own website at www.norwichorthodoxchurch.org.uk.  The next Liturgy will be on Saturday 6th May at 10:00.
  • 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.
  • The Parish of St Elisabeth the New Martyr, Wallasey.  Father Paul now records the Sunday readings and sermons when he remembers! These can be listened to here.
 

 

 

 

 

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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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