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Pentecost: Sunday 4th June

Holy Pentecost
Holy Pentecost
Holy Pentecost
Holy Spirit Day. Monday June 5th

 

Pentecost, Troparion, Tone VIII —
Blessed art Thou, Christ our God, Who didst make the fishermen wise by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit, and through them didst draw the world into Thy net. Lover of men, glory to Thee.

Kontakion, Tone VIII —
When the Most High came down and confused the tongues, He divided the nations, but when He distributed the tongues of fire, He called all to unity. And with one accord we glorify the All-Holy Spirit.

This is a very important day in the life of the Church. Orthodox Christians should make every effort to attend the services of Pentecost. There are services in our Cathedral, Colchester, Mettingham and Wallasey. The kneeling prayers are all about the renewal of the Church and the coming down of the Holy Spirit upon the people of God. These important prayers ask God to send His Spirit to unite and strengthen the people of God in the proclammation of the Gospel.

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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.

 

 

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St Theophan the Recluse
St Theophan the Recluse
St Theophan the Recluse
relics of St Theophan
relics of St Theophan
relics of St Theophan
Theophan the Recluse

On Saturday 3rd June the relics of St Theophan the Recluse will be brought to our Cathedral at Chiswick at 09:30 for the veneration of the faithful. they will remain in the cathedral until the end of the Vigil. There will be an Akathist to St Theophan at 16:00 which will be followed by the Vigil at 17:00. the Cathedral will remain open for most of the day.

St Theophan was made a Saint in 1988 on the anniversary of the Baptism of the Rus. He has much to teach us and his writings are very pertinant for the laity of the church. His approach is always gentle and supportive towards those who struggle to follow Christ in the world. He was much esteemed in 19th Century Russia and beloved by the people. He retired from public life as a bishop and dedicated his life to prayer and spiritual direction.

This is a wonderful opportunity to venerate the relics of this remarkable saint as they are brought to the UK.

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  

  • 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 was due on the 27th May. Sadly it has been cancelled as the Greek Church is undergoing repairs. For more details see http://www.russianorthodoxchurchcardiff.com. 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 25th June. 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. 
  • For services  in the Parish of St John of Shanghai, Belfast 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. More regular services will then be 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 
  • 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.  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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