Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Forthcoming Archpastoral Visit

Bishop Irenei to Visit Parishes Diocese-wide, and Give Multiple Talks

On his forthcoming Archpastoral Visit, His Grace Bishop Irenei will serve the Great Feast of Theophany in the Diocesan Cathedral, and over the three weeks following he will serve in Cardiff, and Wallasey, Colchester, and Mettingham, amongst other visits. There will be a Liturgical Workshop for clergy and servers at the Cathedral after an early Liturgy on Saturday 27th January, led by Bishop Irenei and Schema-Subdeacon Anthony from San Francisco.

The outline of the major Divine Services in Bishop Irenei's itinerary is as follows:

Tuesday, 16th Jan.   Bishop Irenei arrives in London
Wednesday 17th Jan.   Evening Services at Cathedral
Thursday 18th Jan.   Services for Eve of Theophany at the Cathedral (am and pm)
Friday 19th Jan.   Hierarchal Liturgy of the Theophany at the Cathedral
Blessing of the Thames
Saturday 20th Jan.   Hierarchal Liturgy at the Parish of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, Cardiff
Sunday 21st Jan.  

Hierarchal Liturgy at St Elisabeth's Wallasey  Blessing of the Mersey

Monday 22nd Jan.   Daily Liturgy at St Elizabeth’s, with Pilgrimage to St Werburgh Chester
Friday 26th Jan.   Moleben & Akafist to the Theotokos at the London Cathedral
Saturday 27th Jan.   Liturgy at the Cathedral, followed by a LITURGICAL WORKSHOP
Sunday 28th Jan.   Hierarchal Liturgy at St John's, Colchester
Monday 29th Jan.   Daily Liturgy at All Saints of the British Isles Chapel, Colchester
Tuesday 30th Jan.   Hierarchal Liturgy at Mettingham for Feast of St Anthony the Great
Friday 2nd Feb.   Moleben & Akafist to the Theotokos at the London Cathedral
Sat/Sun. 3rd/4th Feb.   Vigil and Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral


In addition Bishop Irenei will be giving a number of talks during his visit, focussing on practical questions and answers about Orthodox life and the Church's authoritative teaching on our spiritual, ascetical and prayer lives. These include a talk on mission and Russian Orthodoxy in Wales, to be held in Cardiff (Sat. 20th Jan.); a talk on the practical usage of the Jesus Prayer within an Orthodox prayer rule, to be held in Wallasey (Tues. 23rd Jan.); a question-and-answer session on fasting and living an Orthodox life in a secular world, to be held in Colchester (Sun. 28th Jan.), and four talks to be held at the Diocesan Cathedral (Weds. 24th Jan.; Fri. 26th Jan.; Weds. 31st Jan.; and Fri. 2nd Feb.).

More details of timings and other events on this visit will be updated regularly on this site (in particular, Bishop Irenei normally serves the daily Liturgy every day during his visits, and details on these will be posted as they depend on where he will be during his parish visits). For more details of services and events at the Cathedral, please visit the Cathedral website.

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  • Theophany Services across the Diocese
    There will be Theophany services across the Diocese during Vladika Irenei's visit to the UK.  
  • Liturgical Training Workshop, 27th January
    Saturday 27th January 2018 will be a liturgical training day, open to all servers and clerics.
  • Spiritual talks with Bp Irenei in London Throughout January-February
    Throughout January and early February, Bishop Irenei will lead a series of spiritual talks at the Di
  • Pilgrimage to Shrine of St Werburgh, 22nd January
    Bishop Irenei and Archpriest Paul will lead a small pilgrimage to the shrine of St Werburgh in Chest
  • Q-and-A on the nature of mission and Russian Orthodoxy in Wales, 20th January in Cardiff
    Following the Hierarchical Liturgy in Cardiff, Bishop Irenei will lead a Question-and-Answer session
  • Blessing of the Thames and the Mersey
    Both rivers will be blessed during Theophany Services this year
  • Spiritual Talk on the Jesus Prayer in Wallasey, 23rd January 2018
    A spiritual discussion on the Jesus Prayer will take place in St Elizabeth Parish, Wallasey, led by
  • First Hierarchal Liturgy to be celebrated in Cardiff Parish's new location
    Our Kazan Icon parish in Cardiff looks forward to its first hierarchal liturgy in its new location..
  • Nativity Epistle of Bishop Irenei
    Christ is born! Glorify Him! Nativity epistle from Bishop Irenei, in Russian and English.
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    Epistle for the Nativity of Christ from the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of
Epistle for the Nativity of Christ

To the Venerable Clergy, God-Loving Monastics and Venerable Faithful
of the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland

Dear in Christ, Fathers, Brothers and Sisters!

Christ is born! Glorify Him! With heartfelt joy I share this traditional greeting with you, as from this night we enter together into the radiant Feast of our Lord’s Nativity.

When Zacharias, the father of St John the Forerunner, was filled with the Holy Spirit, he prophesied of the coming Christ: Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for He hath visited and redeemed His people, and hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David; as He spake by the mouth of His holy prophets, which have been since the world began: that we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember His holy covenant; the oath which He sware to our father Abraham, that He would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him, all the days of our life (Luke 1.68-75).

This, my dear brothers and sisters, is the miracle that we see come to fruition around us today. God has truly visited His people! He has come to us, each of us, and entered into our lives. And just as He had always promised, as our Prophets and Patriarchs and Fathers proclaimed, God has granted us the greatest gift in creation: to be united to His life, that neither enemy nor any evil power might constrain us, but that we might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness, all the days of our life.

And so we do, by His tender and incalculable mercy. We stand before Him, free from fear; for He has come into our world and crushed fear. We stand before Him, free from bitterness and hatred; for He has come into our lives and shown us the path of peace and goodwill among all mankind (Luke 2.14). We stand before Him, free of every burden and force of darkness, for a Light has shone in the darkness (John 1.5), even our newborn God ... [Read the whole epistle in English ... | or читать по-русский — Read the whole epistle in Russian...]

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