Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Greetings as we prepare for the Feast of Holy Pentecost!

The Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland greets all our faithful and friends as we prepare for the Great Feast of Pentecost on Sunday 14th / 27th May 2018. This Feast is kept with solemn joy in the Church as a moment that the Church comes into being and the Holy Spirit descends upon the faithful. In the churches of the Diocese, the Kneeling Prayers will be solemnly chanted after the Divine Liturgy.

The Feast of Pentecost, is celebrated ten days after the Ascension  and in our tradition, is the glorification of the Holy Trinity.

Today's Calendar
News and Announcements
  • The Diocese has a new Deacon
    Father Deacon Mark served with Vladika Irenei for the Hierarchal Liturgy on Sunday 20th May at our C
  • The Diocese celebrates the ordination of a new Deacon
    On the Ascension, Mark Tattum-Smith was ordained to the Holy Diaconate at the Festal Liturgy in Lond
  • Bishop Irenei visits Bishop Matthew of Sourozh
    The two Russian Orthodox Bishops serving in Great Britain met together on Tuesday, 15th May 2018.
  • Bishop Irenei celebrates the Sunday of the Blind Man in Colchester
    The final Sunday of Pascha was celebrated in St John's Parish in Colchester by His Grace Bishop Iren
  • The First Hierarchical Liturgy is Celebrated in Norwich
    St Alexander Nevsky Parish in Norwich celebrated the Hierarchical Liturgy for the first time in its
  • The Cheltenham parish gathers for the 'Day of Victory' and a spiritual talk
    A spiritual talk followed a commemorative Moleben and Akafist on the day of comemmoration of fallen
  • Bishop Irenei to Lead Ascension Services in London, with Ordination
    Bishop Irenei will lead the Divine Services of the Feast, which will include a Diaconal ordination.
  • Spiritual talks to be held by Bishop Irenei in London, Cheltenham and Colchester
    The Bishop will lead a series of spiritual talks and Scriptural discussions throughout May.
  • The British Diocese congratulates the First Hierarch on the 10th anniversary of his enthronement
    The Diocese joined the whole Church Abroad in congratulating Metropolitan Hilarion on 10 years as Fi
  • Orthodox Participation in the March for Life
    On Saturday May 5th the annual March for Life (UK) will be held  outside the Palace of Westmins
Bishop Irenei's May Visitation Comes to a Close This Weekend

Bishop Irenei has been in the Diocese for most of the month of May; his current visit will be concluding this weekend with Divine Services on Saturday evening (5.00 p.m.) and Sunday morning (9.45 a.m.) at the Diocesan Cathedral, concelebrating with its Priest as well as the newly-ordained Deacon Mark.

During the present month, Bishop Irenei has visited the parishes in Cheltenham (report), Norwich (report) and Colchester (report), as well as spending considerable time in the greater London area, serving in the Diocesan Cathedral and working on the preparations for its consecration in the Autumn, as well as ordaining a new cleric for the Mettingham parish and spending time in his liturgical training and formation. Bishop Irenei also had the occasion to visit with His Grace Bishop Matthew of Sourozh, as well as lead a series of spiritual talks, including one specially dedicated to youth.


Saturday 19th — Job the long-suffering; St Edbert of Lindisfarne:

  • 9.00 a.m.: Daily Hierarchal Liturgy at Cathedral.
  • 5.00 p.m.: Vigil at Cathedral.

Sunday 20th — St John of Beverly, Bishop of York:

  • 9.45 a.m.: Greeting and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy (10.00) at London Cathedral.
  • Bishop Irenei departs following service.

His Grace will be away in June, but will return in July, which month is especially important this year as it will mark the 100th anniverary of the martyrdom of the Holy Royal Martyrs. He will be taking part in a commemoration of this event on the Isle of Wight, as well as celebrating its feastday (the patronal Feast of the lower Altar of the Cathedral); and he will also visit Cardiff and Wallasey, to celebrate the patronal Feastdays of those parishes, amongst other visits.

Youth Camp and Pilgrimage support

With the blessing of Vladika Irenei, there is the possibility of some financial support for young people from ROCOR parishes for both the St Seraphim Youth Camp and the  St Alban's Youth Pilgrimage to Russia.

A letter from the committee administering this fund on behalf of the Diocese can be accessed here. Applicants and their famililies should have the support and blessing of their parish priests or Vladika Irenei. The Diocese is very keen to promote youth activities. If you have ideas as how this could be done please contact the Diocesan Chancellery.

Recent Decrees

1. His Grace Bishop Irenei is to lead the Diocesan Pilgrimage to the ancient Church and miraculous well associated with both St Margaret of Antioch and St Frideswide of Oxford, to take place in Binsey (near Oxford) on Saturday 14th July (n.s.). He invites all the clergy and faithful to join him there. The full decree can be read here.

2. This year, 29th April (n.s.) marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Emperor Alexander II of Russia. Emperor Alexander II is remembered mainly for his reforms in the abolishment of serfdom in 1861, and for his great works for the people of God. Therefore, by a decision of the Holy Synod, on 29th April 2018 (n.s.) all parishes and monasteries of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia will commemorate Emperor Alexander II at the Great Entrance and with a short litya, to be served at the end of Divine Liturgy. The full decree can be read here.


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