Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Greetings with the Feast of Sts Peter and Paul!

The Diocese of Great Britain & Ireland greets all Orthodox faithful with the Feast of the Holy Apostles Sts Peter and Paul. A special congratulations to the Chancellor of our Diocese, the Archpriest Paul Elliott, has been issued by His Grace Bishop Irenei; and to all Peters, Pyotrs, Pauls, Pavels and others whose namesdays have been celebrated this week, we wish many blessed years!

Today's Calendar
News and Announcements
  • Altar Feast of the Cheltenham Parish
    The Altar Feast of the Cheltenham Parish is on Sunday 22nd July.
  • A Memorial Cross to the Holy Royal Martyrs erected in London
    A new memorial Cross to the Holy Royal Martyrs is preliminarily erected on the grounds of the Dioces
  • 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
  • Altar Feast of the Wallasey Parish on 22nd July 2018
    Vladika Irenei will travel to Merseyside to serve a full Hierarchal Liturgy in St Elisabeth's follow
  • 21st July is the Altar Feast of the Cardiff Parish
    The Cardiff Parish of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God is keeping its Altar Feast on Saturday 21s
  • 17th July 2018 Altar Feast of the Lower Church of the London Cathedral
    Vladika Irenei will serve the All Night Vigil the night before and a Hierarchal Liturgy in the Lower
  • Vladika Irenei's current visit
    Vladika Irenei is visiting the Diocese again from 4th to 23rd July. 
  • The Consecration of our Cathedral.
    Our beautiful Cathedral in London is to be consecrated on Friday 21st September 2018. Please keep th
  • Diocesan Pilgrimage on July 14th
    The Diocesan Pilgrimage on Saturday 14th July was a great success. 
  • Grand Celebration of the Holy Royal Martyrs to Take Place on the Isle of Wight
    On 6th-8th July a truly unique celebration will take place, to which all are invited.
July Archpastoral Visit - Itinerary

The next Archpastoral visitation of His Grace Bishop Irenei will be from 4th - 23rd July. Below is an outline confirmed visitations on that stay. 

  • 6th-8th: Commemorative Festivities of the Holy Royal Martyrs on the Isle of Wight.
  • Tuesday 10th: Spiritual Talk at the Diocesan Cathedral. at  7.00 p.m. for 7.15 p.m.
  • Thursday 12th: Feast of Sts Peter & Paul at the Diocesan Cathedral, Chiswick. 
  • Saturday 14th: DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE: To the miraculous well of St Margaret and St Frideswide in Binsey OX2 0EX (near Oxford), with Divine Liturgy in the ancient church at 9.45 a.m. followed by moleben at the Holy Well. His Grace will chair a meeting of the Diocesan Council this day as well. At 5.00 p.m., Vigil at the Diocesan Cathedral.
  • Sunday 15th: 9.45 a.m.: Greeting and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy (10.00) at Diocesan Cathedral.
  • Monday 16th: 6.00 p.m.: Vigil of the Feast (Diocesan Cathedral, lower Church).
  • Tuesday 17th: Feast of the Holy Royal Martyrs (Altar Feast of Cathedral lower Church): 9.00 a.m. Hierarchical Divine Liturgy of the Feast, followed by a luncheon in Cathedral Hall in honour of Feast and the 100th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Royal Family. After the Trapeza, Vladika Irenei will be available for a "surgery" for those who may wish to speak with him...no appointment is necessary.
  • Wednesday 18th: Royal Martyrs Sts Elisabeth & Barbara: Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in the Diocesan Cathedral. Spiritual Talk at the Diocesan Cathedral at 7.15 p.m.
  • Saturday 21st: Kazan Icon of the Theotokos, the Altar Feast of the Cardiff Parish: 9.00 a.m. Hierarchical Divine Liturgy of the Feast in Cardiff.  Reception to follow Liturgy.
  • Sunday 22nd:Altar Feast of St Elisabeth, Wallasey: 9.45 greeting of the Bishop, 10:00 Hierarchical Divine Liturgy of the Feast in Wallasey, with Cross Procession and veneration of relics of St Elisabeth and St Barbara. A Garden Party will follow the Liturgy.

Spiritual talks will be scheduled during the visit. As ever, those wishing to meet formally with the Bishop are invited to contact the Diocesan Chancellor, Archpriest Paul Elliott, to have a meeting added to the calendar, or to approach Bishop Irenei directly during his visit to speak personally.


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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