Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Vladika Irenei's September Visit

Vladika Irenei's next visit will be in September. He will be in the UK for two or three weeks. This will coincide with the preparations for the consecration of the Cathedral on the 21st September 2018. This great event in our diocesan life falls on the Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God which will become the Altar Feast of the Cathedral. To mark the importance of this event the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia will meet in London on  Thursday 20th September and then participate in the consecration of the Cathedral. Attending the Synod will be the First Hierarch Metropolitan Hilarion,  Archbishop Mark, Archbishop Kyrill, Archbishop Gabriel, Archbishop Peter, Bishop Nicholas and Bishop Irenei. Bishop Nicholas will be bringing the Kursk Root Icon with him. The Diocesan clergy will be attending and also representatives of both the Diocese of Sourozh and other local Orthodox churches. A full programe of the preparations as well as the event itself will be published shortly at this site.

However, for your diaries: the All Night Vigil of the Consecration begins at 5.30 p.m.on the 20th September. Then the next morning the Rite of Consecration will begin with the greeting of the Metropolitan at 9.00 a.m. and is expected to start formally at about 9.30 a.m. The Hierarchal Divine Liturgy will begin at approximately 10.30 a.m. The blessing of the Memorial Cross to the Tsar Martyr Nicholas and his family will be after the Liturgy at about 2.00 p.m. followed by a reception in the Cathedral Grounds.

Please pray for all involved in this momentous occasion.

News and Announcements
  • Altar Feast of the Wallasey Parish was on 22nd July 2018
    Vladika Irenei travelled to Merseyside to serve a full Hierarchal Liturgy in St Elisabeth's followed
  • Vladika Irenei's next visit in September
    Vladika Irenei  will visit the Diocese again from 4th to 23rd September. 
  • The Consecration of our Cathedral.
    Our beautiful Cathedral in London is to be consecrated on Friday 21st September 2018. Please keep th
  • London Cathedral held its annual meeting
    The Diocesan Cathedral held its annual Parish Meeting on 15th July, planning for another year of gro
  • Altar Feast of the Cheltenham Parish was celebrated 22nd July
    The Feast also marked the sixth anniversary of the founding of the parish.
  • A Memorial Cross to the Holy Royal Martyrs erected in London
    A new memorial Cross to the Holy Royal Martyrs has been erected on the grounds of the Diocesan Cathe
  • On the Isle of Wight, a Major Commemoration of the Holy Royal Martyrs
    A major event for the centenary of the Holy Royal Martyrs took place on the Isle of Wight, with litu
  • 21st July was the Altar Feast of the Cardiff Parish
    The Cardiff Parish of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God kept its Altar Feast on Saturday 21st July
  • 17th July 2018 was the Altar Feast of the Lower Church of the London Cathedral
    Vladika Irenei served the All Night Vigil the night before and a Hierarchal Liturgy in the Lower Chu
  • Diocesan Pilgrimage on July 14th
    The Diocesan Pilgrimage on Saturday 14th July was a great success. 
Today's Calendar
Youth Camp and Pilgrimage support

With the blessing of Vladika Irenei, there is the possibility of some financial support for young people from ROCOR parishes for both the St Seraphim Youth Camp and the  St Alban's Youth Pilgrimage to Russia.

A letter from the committee administering this fund on behalf of the Diocese can be accessed here. Applicants and their famililies should have the support and blessing of their parish priests or Vladika Irenei. The Diocese is very keen to promote youth activities. If you have ideas as how this could be done please contact the Diocesan Chancellery.

Recent Decrees

 His Grace Bishop Irenei is to lead the Diocesan Pilgrimage to the ancient Church and miraculous well associated with both St Margaret of Antioch and St Frideswide of Oxford, to take place in Binsey (near Oxford) on Saturday 14th July (n.s.). He invites all the clergy and faithful to join him there. The full decree can be read here.


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