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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 (Karlovtsi 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.

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

  • The Synod of Bishops met in San Fransisco for their summer meeting from the 30th June to 3rd July. The Synod website has reported the contents of the meeting. Within the minutes there were a number of wide ranging discussions  and the following note,"The Synod of Bishops then heard the opinion of Archbishop Mark and others on matters pertaining to the Diocese of Great Britain, and made a series of decisions regarding the pastoral care of this diocese." As yet the details of these decisions are still to be anounced.
  • Vladika Mark  visited London for the Altar Feast of the Lower Church on Sunday 17th July. Details of Vladika's visit will be published on the Cathedral Website. At the Heirarchal Divine Liturgy, Vladika Mark raised Reader Pavel to the Subdiaconate.
  • Pilgrimage to Russia, 25th - 30th July. Fr Paul will serve at the Cathedral with the Cathedral clergy on Sunday 24th July and pilgrims will be blessed for the journey after the Liturgy. A revised itinary of the pilgrimage can be found here.
  • There will no longer be two Liturgies in London on Sunday mornings. Please check the Cathedral Website. 
  • The proposed date for the Diocesan Pilgrimage to St Albans will be on May 13th  2017. This will be led by Archbishop Mark. Details will follow. Please keep checking the site for further details. The date has now been confirmed.
  • Next Liturgy at the Parish of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, Cardiff will anounced shortly. For more details please see here. 
  • The next Liturgy at the Parish of St Vladimir in Cheltenham will be on Saturday 23rd July at 10:00. For more details please see here.
  • For services  in the Parish of St John of Shanghai, Belfast check on the Belfast Parish Website. Father Paul has been asked to take some services before a new rector can be appointed. He will serve the Liturgy on Saturday 20th August  As this is the day after the Great Feast of the Transfiguration, grapes and first fruits will be blessed on that day. The next Liturgy will be on Saturday 10th September.
  • The next Liturgy at Stradbally will be announced shortly.
  • A Russian Orthodox Parish Church has now been purchased in Norwich and  building works have begun. For an update please see http://www.events.orthodoxengland.org.uk/our-hope-for-a-russian-orthodox-church-in-norwich-update-9/
  •  the Summer Youth Camp  will combine a visit to the Parish of St Aidan and St Chad in Nottingham on Friday 12th August 2016 with a visit to the Shrine of St Betram, Ilam, Derbyshire then a trip to Merseyside. Divine Liturgy for the Youth Camp will be at the Parish of St Elisabeth on the Wirral. Details can be found now on the Cathedral Website .  
  • 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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