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 Great Lent

St Ephraim
St Ephraim
St Ephraim
The Prayer of St Ephraim

 

Faithful Orthodox Christians should say this prayer every weekday of Great Lent.

O Lord and Master of my life, a spirit of idleness, despondency, ambition, and idle talking give me not. (Prostration)

 But rather a spirit of chastity, humble-mindedness, patience, and love bestow upon me Thy servant. (Prostration)

 Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my failings and not condemn my brother; for blessed art Thou unto the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration) 

Then, twelve repetitions of: O God, cleanse me a sinner.  (+ Bows)

And then repeat the entire prayer all at once:

O Lord and Master of my life, a spirit of idleness, despondency, ambition, and idle talking give me not. But rather a spirit of chastity, humble-mindedness, patience, and love bestow upon me Thy servant. Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my failings and not condemn my brother; for blessed art Thou unto the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

There is a very useful explanation of the Prayer of St Ephraim which can be found here:

http://www.orthodox.net/greatlent/o-lord-and-master-of-my-life-prayer-of-st-ephrem-01.html

 

 

Vladika's March visit

Vladika at St Frideswides Well in Oxford
Vladika at St Frideswides Well in Oxford
Vladika at St Frideswides Well in Oxford
 Vladika in London
Vladika in London
Vladika in London
The icon in Colchester
The icon in Colchester
The icon in Colchester

His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion visited his diocese  from Monday 13th March to Monday 20th March bringing with him the Wonderworking Kursk Root Icon. 

He visited parishioners in Cheltenham and London. He met with Archbishop Elisey in Oxford and  served with him in London and met with Archbishop Gregorios on Thursday 16th March. The Diocesan Assembly met after the Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral on Saturday 18th March. During the Hierarchal Liturgy (08:30) Vladika  tonsured Philip Hicks as Reader for Cheltenham, Nicholas Boiko as Reader for London and Maxim Brown, Reader for Colchester, Reader Sergey was ordained Subdeacon for St Colman's Stradbally, Deacon Ioan was ordained Priest for Colchester and Subdeacon Spasimir was ordained Deacon also for Colchester. The Diocesan Assembly elected the members of the Diocesan Council at this year's meeting. The Great Unction Service followed the Diocesan Assembly at  14:00. Vladika served the Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral on Sunday 19th March followed by the Cathedral Parish AGM (2016).

The members of the Diocesan Council are Archpriests Andrew, Peter, Vitaly and Paul, Priestmonk Mark, Subdeacon Mark, Subdeacon Sergey, Reader Philip, Reader Andrei, Olga Smirnova and Gregory Wolcough.

A slide show of photos of Vladika's January visit can be viewed at http://rocor.org.uk/photos.html

 A number of slide shows of photos of Vladika's March visit can be viewed at http://rocor.org.uk/photos.html

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

 

 

 

 

                                   

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Our Diocese

Bishop Nicholai
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Metropolitan Hilarion
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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.

 

 

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

 

Advanced notices...please let Fr Paul know of any news on frpaulelliott@aol.com

  • The next Diocesan Assembly will take place on Saturday 18th March 2017 at the London Cathedral after the Hierarchal Liturgy in the presence of the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon. During the Hierarchal Liturgy there will be a number of ordinations. The Great Unction Service is to be served at 14:00. Vladika Hilarion will be in the UK from the 13-20th March and  will be visiting Cheltenham.
  • 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. More details will follow shortly. Please keep checking the site for further details.  
  • 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 March 25th. 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. The parish is hosting the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God on the evening of the 14th March and again in the morning of the 15th March before it goes to Northern Ireland.
  • 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 Wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God is visiting Belfast on the evening of Wednesday 15th March.
  • Fr Vitaly  served the  Liturgy at St Colman's Stradbally  on the 12th March. The next Liturgy will be on Thomas Sunday 23rd April.
  • The Parish of St John of Shanghai, Colchester is hosting the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God on Friday 17th March. There will be a service at 19:00 and opportunity to venerate the icon. It is hoped that Orthodox Christians from all over East Anglia will come to Colchester to venerate the holy Icon. The Colchester Parish 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
  • 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 1st April 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. These can be listened to here.
 

 

 

 

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