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The Nativity Fast

Sunday of the Forefathers
Sunday of the Forefathers
Sunday of the Forefathers

During the Nativity Fast we should think deeply how we can become better Christians through repententance, prayer and fasting. The Nativity Fast begins on Monday 28th November and helps us to prepare spiritually for the Great Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ. Here is a link to a great talk in English on "Transfiguration through repentance" given during  our ROCOR Western American Diocesan Youth Conference last February. It helpfully encourages us to ask God to transform us. You can find this talk here at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLOQqzDrNlE. It is really worth listening to.

His Grace, Bishop Irenei, has written an Epistle to the Clergy and Faithful of the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland (ROCOR) to be read at the start of the Nativity Fast. His Epistle is now available in Russian.

"May this day (Christmas Eve) be a day of fast in our souls: let us abstain from all bad or useless thoughts and speech, and await in silence and composure the Saviour who is coming to us. Darkness falls. Soon the first star will rise and mark, according to the Church Calendar, the start of the new day and of the Great Feast of Christmas. With the rising of the star, may the Light of our Lord rise for us so that, in the words of the Apostle Peter, 'Ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.'"   From The Year of Grace of the Lord by a Monk of the Eastern Church translated from the French in 1980 by Deborah Cowen for Mowbrays.

Vladika Irenei's next visit

Vladika Irenei
Vladika Irenei
Vladika Irenei

 

On his next visit Vladika Irenei will serve the Great Feast of Theophany in the Cathedral on Thursday and Friday 18/ 19th January. He hopes to serve in Cardiff on Saturday 20th and Wallasey on Sunday 21st January. There will be a Liturgical Workshop for clergy and servers at the Cathedral after an early Liturgy (08:00). Vladika will serve in Colchester on Sunday 28th January and in Mettingham on Tuesday 30th January. He will serve again in the Cathedral on Sunday 4th February.

The outline of Vladika Irenei's itinerary is as follows. 

Wednesday 17th January        Vladika arrives in London

Thursday 18th January          Services for Eve of Theophany at our Cathedral

Friday 19th January         Hierarchal Liturgy of the Theophany at our Cathedral    

Saturday 20th January        Hierarchal Liturgy at the Parish of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, Cardiff

Sunday 21st January  Hierarchal Liturgy at St Elisabeth's Wallasey

Saturday 27th January      Hierarchal Liturgy at our Cathedral 08:00

                                      Liturgical Workshop at our Cathedral led by Vladika Irenei and Fr Antony

Sunday 28th January            Hierarchal Liturgy at St John's, Colchester

Tuesday 30th January        Hierarchal Liturgy at Mettingham 

Sunday 4th February      Hierarchal Liturgy at our Cathedral

More details of timings and other events on this visit will be updated regularly on this site. For more details of services and events at the Cathedral check on the  Cathedral website.

Vladika Irenei hopes to  be visiting as often as he can throughout 2018. As soon as dates are known they will be published here. He hopes to be at our Cathedral for the Feast of the Royal Martyrs on 17th July and he will definitely be here for the Consecration of our Cathedral  on Friday 21st September 2018. Please put this important date in your diaries.

 

 

The Diocesan Facebook Page

You can find the Diocesan Facebook page at   https://www.facebook.com/ROCORBritainandIreland/

This is administered by Reader Philip at Cheltenham with the Blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion. Do take a look. There is lots to see from all our parishes in the UK and short descriptions of British Saints and Pilgrimage Sites.

Links

The Fund for Assistance
The Fund for Assistance
The Fund for Assistance

Diocesan Facebook Page  Our Cathedral        Our Synod       The Fund for Assistance       St George's Orthodox Information Service       

ROCOR Studies     The Pan Orthodox Episcopal Assembly of Great Britain and Ireland

Please consider supporting the Fund for Assistance which supports Priests and Parishes in need.

Elisabeth Elliott is organised a concert in aid of the Fund for Assistance in St Elisabeth's Wallasey on Friday December 8th at 19:30. Some  details can be obtained from continentalchristmas@gmail.com

Lizzie and her fellow musicians raised over £400 All  funds raised will be sent to Haiti. Donations welcome even if you cannot attend the concert. If you wish to donate please follow the gmail link above.

  

Our Diocese

Bishop Nicholai
Bishop Nicholai
Bishop Nicholai
Metropolitan Hilarion
Metropolitan Hilarion
Metropolitan Hilarion
Bishop Irenei
Bishop Irenei
Bishop Irenei
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. At its Sobor in Germany from the 9th - 14th June, the Synod of Bishops appointed Bishop Irenei of Sacramento as administrator of the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland. (ROCOR).

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

Sobor in Munich
Sobor in Munich
Sobor in Munich
Vladika Hilarion and Vladika Irenei at our Cathedral
Vladika Hilarion and Vladika Irenei at our Cathedral
Vladika Hilarion and Vladika Irenei at our Cathedral
Clergy Convocation in London
Clergy Convocation in London
Clergy Convocation in London
News

 

Slide shows of photos of Vladika's Hilarion and Vladika Irinei'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  

  • Vladika Irenei is visiting the UK from the 17th January to the 4th February. Details of the visit appear above. Nearer the time more deatails will appear on the Diocesan Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/ROCORBritainandIreland/
  • There is a concert at St Elisabeth's Wallasey on Friday 8th December at 19:30 in aid of the Fund for Assistance.
  • Fr Paul is representing Vladika Irenei at the Feast of St Nicholas on Tuesday 19th December at Ennismore Gardens when the Sourozh Diocese is celebrating the 55th anniversary of its foundation. A relic of St Nicholas will be present at the Hierarchal Liturgy for the veneration of the faithful.
  • Fr Vitaly has just announced that there will be a pilgrimage to the Holy Land which will take place from the 30th July to the 11th of August 2018. The Pilgrimage will be led by His Eminence Archbishop Mark. Further details can be found on the Cathedral Website or obtained by email from sofia.mick@yahoo.com This pilgrimage is open to members of the Diocese who have the blessing of their parish priest.
  • 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 Sunday 3rd December, the Patronal Festival of the Parish. The parish normally has a Liturgy once or twice a month on a Saturday or on a Sunday when the church is available. Confessions begin at 09:00 and the Liturgy normally starts about 10:30. For more details see  http://www.russianorthodoxchurchcardiff.com.  The Service will be held at the University Catholic Chaplaincy in the City Centre, Nazareth House. Father Mark arranges Liturgies and hopes to be serving more often in future.
  • The Liturgy at the Parish of St Vladimir in Cheltenham on Sunday  26th November has been cancelled due to unforessen circumstances. It is hoped that services will resume as normal in December. 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 Paul will serve the Liturgy in the Parish of St John of Shanghai, Belfast at 10:00 on Saturday  2nd December. For details please check on the Belfast Parish Website.  Please note that the parish has  left its former premises on the Antrim Road and has now moved.  With the Blessing of Bishop Irenei the church of St John of Shanghai is now located in a chapel at 4 Ashfield Drive, Belfast, BT15 3FT.
  • Father Sergey Mironenko is pleased to report that there are now more regular services in the parish of St Colman's Stradbally. The Liturgy  is normally served on Sundays  at 09:30. Please check on the parish website www.st-colman-church.org
  • The Church of the Mother of God, the Joy of all who Sorrow, Mettingham, has  published its bulletin. This can be found at http://joyofallwhosorrow.org.uk.s190722.gridserver.com/media/files/November_Bulletin_2017.pdf  It has information about this month's services.   
  • The Parish of St John of Shanghai, Colchester now has a facebook page  which can be seen at www.facebook.com/stjohnsorthodoxcolchester  and the parish publishes 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  A new edition has just been published.
  • 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. 

 

 

 

 

St Barlaam of Khutyn

St Barlaam of Khutyn
St Barlaam of Khutyn
St Barlaam of Khutyn
St Barlaam of Khutyn Nov 6/19

St Barlaam of Khutyn (Варлаам Хутынский) lived in the twelfth century, the son of a wealthy family of Novgorod.  He withdrew from the world when his parents died. He was tonsured at the Lisich Monastery and then settled alone on a  hill below Volkhov called Khutyn, near Novgorod. He lived a very holy life..

St Barlaam taught the local people, “My children, beware of all unrighteousness, and do not give in to envy or slander. Refrain from anger, and do not practice usury. Beware of unjust judgment. Do not swear an oath falsely, but rather fulfill it. Do not indulge the bodily appetites. Always be meek and bear all things with love. This virtue is the beginning and root of all good.”  He died on 6th November 1192, His grave  became a site of pilgrimage and the Monastery of the Tranfiguration was built on the site.

St Barlaam of Khutyn performed a great miracle in Moscow in 1521 during a raid on the city by the Tartars of Crimea and Kazan who were looting villages and monasteries nearby, Prince Vasily III left to get reinforcements. As he left, a blind nun in the Ascension Convent in the Kremlin had a vision that  all the Saints and Wonderworkers of Muscovy, led by the Lord Himself and the Mother of God, were preparing to leave the city as a punishment for the sins of Moscow. The Saints took with them the precious Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God. Only after the intercession of St Sergius of Radonezh and St Barlaam of Khutyn did they return to the city. The relics of  St Barlaam  are kept in the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Lord in Khutyn  near Novgorod.

In Slavonic practice, St Barlaam is commemorated during the Proskomedia along with the venerable and God-bearing Fathers who shone forth in asceticism (sixth particle). 
 

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