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First Week of Great Lent

St Ephraim
St Ephraim
St Ephraim
The Prayer of St Ephraim


Faithful Orthodox Christians should say this prayer every weekday of Great Lent.

O Lord and Master of my life, a spirit of idleness, despondency, ambition, and idle talking give me not. (Prostration)

 But rather a spirit of chastity, humble-mindedness, patience, and love bestow upon me Thy servant. (Prostration)

 Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my failings and not condemn my brother; for blessed art Thou unto the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration) 

Then, twelve repetitions of: O God, cleanse me a sinner.  (+ Bows)

And then repeat the entire prayer all at once:

O Lord and Master of my life, a spirit of idleness, despondency, ambition, and idle talking give me not. But rather a spirit of chastity, humble-mindedness, patience, and love bestow upon me Thy servant. Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my failings and not condemn my brother; for blessed art Thou unto the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

There is a very useful explanation of the Prayer of St Ephraim which can be found here:



The First Week of Great Lent, Kontakion, Tone 6
My soul, my soul, arise! Why are you sleeping? The end is drawing near, and you will be confounded. Awake, then, and be watchful, that Christ our God may spare you, Who is everywhere present and fillest all things.


Metropolitan Hilarion
Metropolitan Hilarion
Metropolitan Hilarion
The Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God
The Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God
The Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God

His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion is visiting his diocese again from Monday 13th March to Monday 20th March. 

He will be visiting parishioners in Cheltenham and London. He will be meeting with Archbishop Gregorios on Thursday 16th March. The Diocesan Assembly will meet after the Hierachal Liturgy at the Cathedral on Saturday 18th March. During the Hierarchal Liturgy (08:30) Vladika will tonsure Philip Hicks as Reader for Cheltenham, Reader Sergey will be ordained Subdeacon for St Colman's Stradbally, Deacon Ioan will be ordained priest for Colchester and Subdeacon Spasimir will be ordained Deacon also for Colchester. The Diocesan Assembly will elect the members of the Diocesan Council at this year's meeting. The Great Unction Service will follow the Diocesan Assembly at approximately 14:00. Vladika will serve the Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral on Sunday 19th March followed by the Cathedral Parish AGM (2016).

His Eminence's recent visit to the Diocese has been very warmly received by everyone. The Diocese looks forward to another very positive and encouraging visit in the  near future. Minutes of the Clergy Meeting held at the Cathedral on the 28th January can be read here.

A slide show of photos of Vladika's last visit can be viewed at

Below is an initial outline and is subject to change because...

News just in...

His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion will be bringing the Miracle Working Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God for the consolation and joy of the faithful of our diocese. Glory to God for all things!

Monday 13th March:  Vladika Hilarion arrives in London Heathrow: 11:00

Tuesday 14th March: Travel to Cheltenham  via St Nicholas Parish in Oxford then onto an open house in Cheltenham with the Icon.

Wednesday 15th March: Vladika to arrive back in London 16:00 approx via Heathrow.  Visit of the Icon to Belfast.

Thursday 16th March: Vladika to meet with Archbishop Gregorios 10:00. Then visit.  Cathedral Trustees and Pre Council Meeting in the evening. Icon returns to the Cathedral.

Friday 17th March: Presanctified Liturgy, Cathedral 09:00. Visit to East Anglia with the icon. Service in Colchester at 19:00.

Saturday 18th March: Hierarchal Liturgy 08:30 followed by Diocesan Assembly, Great Unction Service 14:00 with the Icon. The Icon to be taken to Enismore Gardens for the Vigil approx 16:30. Hierarchal Vigil in our Cathedral 17:30

Sunday 19th March: Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral 10:00 with the Icon followed by AGM (2016) of Cathedral Parish. evening visit to home of parishioner.

Monday 20th March; Vladika, Protodeacon and Icon return to NYC from London Heathrow.

A Draft Constitution of the Diocesan Council has now been published in anticipation of being received at the Diocesan Assembly on the 18th March.

A full itinerary is now available.

 For further information please contact or 07926194031 

The Metropolitan has encouraged all our schools and youth to support a project in Russia for orphans with special needs to be able to attend a Church Sponsored Boarding School in the' Leningrad 'region. Further details of this lenten effort can be found at






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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.



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


Advanced notices...please let Fr Paul know of any news on

  • The next Diocesan Assembly will take place on Saturday 18th March 2017 at the London Cathedral. The date was confirmed at the clergy meeting on Saturday 28th January and information will go out as soon as possible to ensure that this can be combined with the Great Unction Service. Vladika Hilarion will be in the UK from the 14-20th March and hopes to visit his parishes once more.
  • A pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Werburgh in Chester took place on Saturday 18th February 2017. This will become an annual event.  Further details and photos can be found at
  • The date for the Diocesan Pilgrimage to St Albans will be on May 13th  2017. This will be an opportunity for our clergy to serve together and our parishes to meet up with each other. It is being led by Bishop Irinei of Sacramento. More details will follow shortly. Please keep checking the site for further details.  An icon of St Alban has been commissioned for the occasion to be painted by Katya Vandromme who has just completed her diploma in Iconography.
  • 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 
  • The next  Liturgy at the Parish of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, Cardiff will be on Saturday 11th March. For more details please see Father Mark will be arranging Liturgies in future.
  • The next liturgy at the Parish of St Vladimir in Cheltenham will be on Saturday March 25th. 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 Mark will be arranging services in the future. The parish is hosting the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God on the evening of the 14th March and again in the morning of the 15th March before it goes to Northern Ireland.
  • For services  in the Parish of St John of Shanghai, Belfast check on the Belfast Parish Website.  Fr John  serves the  Liturgy every Sunday and other days besides. 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. The Wondedrworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God is visiting Belfast on the evening of Wednesday 15th March.
  • Fr Peter  served the  Liturgy at St Colman's Stradbally  on the 12th February. The next Liturgy will be announced shortly.
  • The Parish of St John of Shanghai, Colchester is hosting the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God on Friday 17th March. There will be a service at 19:00 and opportunity to venerate the icon. It is hoped that Orthodox Christians from all over East Anglia will come to Colchester to verarate the holy Icon.
  • The Russian Orthodox Parish of St Alexander Nevsky has monthly Liturgies in Norwich. It  has its own website at  The next Liturgy will be on Saturday 11th March at 10:00.
  • 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.
  • The Parish of St Elisabeth the New Martyr, Wallasey.  Father Paul now records the Sunday readings and sermons. These can be listened to here.




St Cyril, Evangeliser of the Slavs. February 14th/27th

St Cyril
St Cyril
St Cyril
The Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Cyril, Teacher of the Slavs

St Cyril and his brother Methodios were both descended from a Southern Slavic family who lived in Thressaloniika. He was given the finest education and became highly expert in Greek Litedrature and Theology. He was tonsured and ordained priest as a very young man. He worked as the Librarian in the Great Church in Constantinople engaging in debates against the Iconaclasts and Moslem intellectuals. In 857 he embarked on a missionary journey to convert the Kozars which was successful. St Cyril secured the release of over 200 Greek captives and returned them to Constantinople. In 862 he and his older brother, Methodios, were invited to evangilise the Moravians by Prince Rostislav. By a revelation, St Cyril and St Methodios received the Slavonic Alphabet as a revelation from heaven. They laboured to translate the Holy Scriptures and the Divine Services into what was to become Church Slavonic. Their mission in the Slavic Language was very successful. The two brothers were called to Rome by Pope Adrian. They took with them the relics of St Clement of Rome that they has discovered in Cherson whilst evangelising the Kozars. St Cyril diedon February 14th in Rome in 869 and was buried in the church of St Clement in the City, He was 42 when he died. He and his brother are considered to be Equal unto the Apostles as the Evangelisers of the Slavs and are venerated throughout the Slavic world. The Cyrillic Alphabet is named after St Cyrill.

Troparion (Tone 4)

O Cyril and Methodius, inspired by God,
Thou didst became equal to the Apostles by thy life.
Since thou were teachers of the Slavs,
Intercede with the Master of all
That He may strengthen all Orthodox peoples in the True Faith,
And that He may grant peace to the world
And great mercy to our souls.
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