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The Feast of the Dormition of the Holy Mother of God

The Dormition of The Mother of God
The Dormition of The Mother of God
The Dormition of The Mother of God
Dormition 28th August

The Feast of The Dormition of the Mother of God falls this year on the Monday 28th August. This is presently the Altar Feast of our Cathedral and is a Bank Holiday this year.

In giving birth, you preserved your virginity. In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos. You were translated to life, O Mother of Life, and by your prayers, you deliver our souls from death (Troparion).

Neither the tomb, nor death, could hold the Theotokos, who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions. For being the Mother of Life, she was translated to life, by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb (Kontakion).

In some places fragrant herbs are blessed on this feast. Faithful Orthodox Christians should do their best to attend services on this holy day. There are normally Liturgies in Colchester and Mettingham on the day as well as at the Cathedral. This year, Vladika Irenei will be serving a Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral.

Vladika Irenei's next visit

Vladika Irenei
Vladika Irenei
Vladika Irenei

Vladika Irenei is visiting the Diocese from the 25th August to the 4th September. He will be travelling with Protodeacon Denisi and and Subdeacon Antony. His itinerary is as follows.

Friday 25th  August 

Arrival at London Heathrow 11:00 Terminal 5

Moleben at the Cathedral 19:30 followed by Cathedral Parish Council Meeting at  20:00

Saturday 26th  August

Divine Liturgy in the Lower Church of the Cathedral 09:00

Visit to St Panteleimon's, Clacton on Sea 14:30 (approx)

Vigil at St John the Wonderworker, Colchester 17:30

Sunday 27th August

Greeting of the Bishop and Tonsuring of Reader Daniel Zabacinschi

Hierarchal Divine Liturgy at St John the Wonderworker, Colchester 10:00

Vigil of the Dormition at London Cathedral  17:00

Monday 28th August

Patronal Feast of the London Cathedral

Hierarchal Liturgy of the Dormition at London Cathedral 09:00

Tuesday 29th August

Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham

Hierarchal Liturgy at the Shrine Chapel of the Life Giving Spring, Walsingham 09:00

Pannikhida for Father Elias and departed clergy and faithful of the Diocese                                                        (please send names to

Wednesday 30th August

Hierarchal Divine Liturgy at St Elisabeth's, Wallasey 09:00

Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Winefride, Holywell. 14:00

Thursday 31st August

Hierarchal Divine Liturgy at St Elisabeth's, Wallasey 09:00

Moleben at the Shrine of St Werburgh, Chester 13:00

Meeting at the Parish of St Vladimir, Cheltenham

Friday 1st September

Divine Liturgy at London Cathedral 09:00

Meeting with Fr Joseph Skinner after the Liturgy

Saturday 2nd September

Divine Liturgy at London Cathedral (Lower Church) 08:00

Clergy Convocation after the Liturgy

Lunch 13:00 followed by Diocesan Council meeting (Approx 14:00)

Vigil 17:00 at the London Cathedral

Sunday 3rd September

Hierarchal Divine Liturgy 10:00

Monday 4th September

Divine Liturgy at London Cathedral (Lower Church) 07:00

Departure to London Heathrow

If you would like to meet privately with Vladika Irenei there will be times when he is available. Please contact Fr Paul at who will coordinate arrangements. Vladika has some time especially on Friday 1st September when he will be in London.


New Diocesan Facebook Page

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This has been started by Reader Philip at Cheltenham with the Blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion. Do take a look. There is  now a recording of Bishop Irinei speaking at the Cheltenham parish during the visit of the Myrrh Streaming Icon of the Mother of God of Iviron from Hawaii. This was recorded by Irina Borisas on that evening and a link to reports on the Sobor in Munich and the consecration of the Cathedral there on the 15th June.


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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 opens in Munich
Sobor opens in Munich
Sobor opens in Munich

 Photos of Vladika Hilarion and Vladika Irenei's visits can be found below and a report of their visits can be found in News Archive on this site.

Slide shows of photos of Vladika's Hilarion and Vladika Irinei's visits can be viewed at 

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  

  • Vladika Irenei will be visiting the Diocese from the 25th August to the 4th September. He will serve the Liturgy on Saturday 26th August at the Cathedral and will then travel to Colchester. He will serve the Vigil in St John's Parish and serve a Hierarchal Liturgy the next day on Sunday 27th August. He will return to London to serve the Vigil at the Cathedral. He will  be serving a Hierarchal Liturgy for the Altar Feast of the Cathedral on the 28th August and will be serving in the Cathedral on the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd September. During the week he will  visit Walsingham on Tuesday 29th August, serving the Liturgy in the Orthodox Chapel in the Shrine. He will then travel to Merseyside, serving the Liturgy on the 30th and the 31st August and visiting Holywell and Chester.  On Saturday 2nd September, after the Hierarchal Liturgy, there will be a Convocation of the Clergy and the first meeting of the Diocesan Council. He will serve in the Cathedral on Sunday 3rd September.
  • Fr Peter Baulk is presently on Sabbatical. Fr Vitaly Serapinas is currently the main point of contact at our cathedral. 
  • 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 announced shortly. The parish normally has a Liturgy once a month on a Saturday or sometimes on a Sunday when the church is available. Divine Liturgy at 09:00.  Father Mark now arranges Liturgies and hopes to be serving more often in future.
  • The next Liturgy at the Parish of St Vladimir in Cheltenham will be at 10:00 will be announced shortly.  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 next Liturgy in the Parish of St John of Shanghai, Belfast is at 10:00 on Saturday 30th September at 10:00. For details please check on the Belfast Parish Website.  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.
  • Father Sergey Mironenko has been ordained to serve the parish of St Colman's Stradbally. There are now more regular services possible though support will continue to be provided by the Cathedral clergy.
  • The Parish of St John of Shanghai, Colchester has a new facebook page  which can be seen at  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  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  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. 





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