Address and Contacts:
Holy Nativity Cathedral
Website: Holy Dormition Cathedral Website
Standard Service Times:
Fridays: Moleben and Akathist to the Theotokos: 6.15 p.m.
Additionally, there is usually a Divine Liturgy on Wednesdays at 9.00 a.m., though in some weeks this is moved to accommodate signifant saints' days.
Chief Liturgical Languages:
Church Slavonic and English
His Grace Bishop Irenei of Richmond and Western Europe, Diocesan Bishop (Rector)
Additional Parish Details:
There has been a Russian Orthodox Church in London for some 300 years. After the Russian Revolution, the Imperial Embassy Chapel was closed and a new home was sought for the longstanding parish. Having moved locations several times in the three centuries of the Russian Orthodox Church’s presence in London (usually surrounding historical considerations of property leasing in the centre of the Capital), our Diocesan Cathedral has been in its present location in Harvard Road, Chiswick, West London, since 1990 (previously it had been located at Emperor’s Gate, London; for a more detailed history, see the excellent book, Embassy, Emigrants, and Englishmen by Fr Christopher Birchall, published by Holy Trinity Press, Jordanville, 2014 — and also the About our Diocese article on this web site). It is the only purpose-built Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Great Britain, constructed in the Pskov Style and containing two Altars. The upper Altar is dedicated to the Nativity of the Mother of God, and the lower to the Holy Royal Martyrs. A project of beautiful frescoing of the upper church has recently been completed, and the Cathedral was consecrated with a liturgical ceremony by the members of the Holy Synod of the ROCOR on 8th / 21st September 2018.
The Cathedral, like all parishes of the Diocese, welcomes faithful of every background. Though, given its locaiton in London which is a city filled with a tremendous number of Russian imigrants, giving the parish a heavily Russian composition, it is in fact profoundly diverse in terms of the nationalities and backgrounds of its faithful — including English, Irish, Scots, Welsh, Romanian, Byelorussian, Ukranian, Serbian, and many others. Everyone is always welcomed into the Cathedral community, which is, with the forthcoming consecration of the new Upper Church, entering into a new period of its own life — one in which we strive for a spiritually welcoming home for all who are seeking the True Faith.
The Cathedral is the seat of the Diocese's Hierarchy, and is frequently served by the Diocesan Bishop, His Grace Bishop Irenei of Richmond and Western Europe. It operates an active Saturday School, a vibrant Sisterhood, and routinesly hosts events both for its own community and for the Diocese more broadly. Within, the community harbours a deep veneration for the Holy Royal Martyrs, to whom the lower Altar is dedicated, fostering their veneration and preserving many sacred items from their lives. Pilgrimages are regularly organised through the Cathedral, both within the UK and to sites in Russia, Greece and elsewhere.