Sunday
Aug282016

To the Tercentenary of the Russian Orthodoxy in British Isles

The patronal feast day of the Cathedral of the Diocese of Sourozh reminds that 300 years ago the first Russian Church in the British Isles was dedicated to the Dormition of the Mother of God.

Thursday
Aug182016

PILGRIMAGE TO JERUSALEM 10-17/11/2016

With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Elisey of Sourozh, a pilgrimage to the Holy Land will take place from 10 to 17 November 2016.

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Sunday
Jun122016

Diocesan Conference 2016

Thursday
May122016

Pascha in London

Tuesday
May032016

PASCHAL MESSAGE BY ARCHBISHOP E L I S E Y OF SOUROZH

Venerable pastors, dear brothers and sisters!

Pascha  truly opens the doors of  Paradise to us. These doors are not to be found in some far–off  imaginary place but close at hand - within the soul. Christ is risen and grants us His Divine Light, which enlightens every man that comes into the world. Let us open the doors of our souls, the hinges of which are lubricated with the oil of repentance. Let us marvel at this mysterious revelation, which is more valuable than any scientific discovery. Rejoicing in the revelation of the truth of the wonderful and life-giving action of God in us, we  exclaim from the depths of hearts:

Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! 

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Friday
Apr222016

Clergy pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain of Athos

In the sixth week of Great Lent, April 18-22, Archbishop Elisey of Sourozh together with several priests of the diocese made a short pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain of Athos. The pilgrims stayed at the Monastery of St Panteleimon, now splendidly restored after years of decline, and prayed at the services with the brethren of the monastery. 

On Wednesday Vladyka and the accompanying clergy concelebrated the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, which was headed by Archbishop Theophylact of Piatigorsk and Cherkessk. Afterwards they visited the mill where St Silouan the Athonite performed his obedience for many years. 

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Saturday
Apr162016

The Holy Synod blessed the adoption of a new parish of the Diocese of Sourozh

Journal No. 32


LISTENED to:

Message of his Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill on dioceses and parishes abroad.

RESOLVED:

Diocese of Sourozh

Be part of the Sourozh diocese of the newly established parish of the Holy equal to the apostles Grand Duchess Olga in Peterborough, UK.

Friday
Apr152016

Registration open for Diocesan Conference

Registration is now open for the Annual Diocesan Conference on the theme, 'Our Vocation', which will take place on the weekend of June 10th-12th at the High Leigh Conference Centre in Hertfordshire.

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Sunday
Mar202016

Pan-Orthodox Vespers was celebrated at the London Cathedral

PAN-ORTHODOX VESPERS was celebrated at our Cathedral on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 20th at 6.00 pm in the presence of Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain, Archbishop Silouan of the British Isles and Ireland, Archbishop Elisey of Sourozh, and other hierarchs, clergy and faithful of the Orthodox dioceses in the UK.

Many people came at have been welcomed at this annual celebration of our unity in the Orthodox Faith.

Saturday
Mar122016

Cheesfare week - Maslenitsa in the Сhildren's school

Today in the parish school, the Cathedral hosted a celebration of Maslenitsa. After lessons, during their  games, children were visited by Archbishop Elisey of Sourozh and congratulated on the upcoming Great Lent. Children told how they understand the meaning of the fasting. On the question of the Bishop, how begins fast, the children did not hesitate to answer: Forgiveness! The Archbishop mentioned a good family atmosphere among the pupils, teachers and parents. Together, at the table with pancakes and cakes, they shared the joy of approaching the spiritual spring - the Great Lent.

 

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Sunday
Feb282016

The rite of Enthronement of the Metropolitan of the Antiochian diocese

On Saturday 27 February at the Cathedral of St. George in London (Antiochian Patriarchate) was held the rite of Enthronement of Metropolitan Silouan of the British Isles and Ireland to his Cathedra.

The celebration was attended by five bishops of the Patriarchate of Antioch: Their Eminences Saba of Bosra, Al Horan and Jabal al Arab; Basilios of Akkar; Efraim, Patriarchal Vicar; Ignatios of France, Western and Southern Europe; Isaac of Germany and Central Europe; the Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain Gregorios, the Archbishop Elisey of Sourozh. The Anglican Church was represented by the Bishop Jonathan Goodal of Ebbsfleet. Archbishop Nichols of Westminster (The Roman Catholic Church) was represented by Bishop Paul Hendricks. The East Syrian Church was represented by its head in Great Britain, Metropolitan Athanasius.

Saturday
Feb272016

Pilgrimage to Kent

A group of believers of the Diocese of Sourozh from the Diocesan Region of Southern England made a pilgrimage to the shrines of Kent in Minster and Canterbury.

The Pilgrimage started with a visit to the beautiful stone cross which marks the approximate site of of the landing of Saint Augustine at Ebbsfleet and his first meeting with the King of Kent, Ethelbert, in AD597. This date is the beginning of the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons to Orthodox Christianity.

We then travelled to Minster where a Roman Catholic community of nuns live on the site of the ancient convent of Saint Mildred. We venerated this saint's relics and Father Stephen Platt served the Liturgy in the sister's chapel. We were very moved by the kindness and hospitality of the nuns.

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Wednesday
Feb172016

Archbishop Elisey attends the Lord Mayor's Archbishops and Bishops Dinner

 On Thursday, Feb 17th, Archbishop Elisey of Sourozh was a guest of the Lord Mayor y Mayoress of London, Lord and Lady Mountevans, at the Archbishops and Bishops dinner at Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor.

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Sunday
Feb142016

Archbishop Elisey made an Archpastoral visit to Portsmouth

On Sunday 14th February Archbishop Elisey of Sourozh celebrated the Divine Liturgy, dedicated to the Feast of the Presentation (Meeting) of the Lord at the Diocesan Parish of the Holy Apostles Ss Peter and Paul in Portsmouth.

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Saturday
Feb132016

JOINT DECLARATION OF POPE FRANCIS AND PATRIARCH KIRILL OF MOSCOW AND ALL RUSSIA

Saturday
Feb132016

The persecution of Christians led to the meeting of Patriarch and Pope

Blatant persecution that Christians are in the middle East, led to the organization of the meeting between the primates of the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches that used this opportunity to speak up in their defense. Such opinion was voiced in conversation with the correspondent of TASS, the diocesan Bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church in Britain, Archbishop Elisey of Sourozh, speaking on held in Havana meeting between the Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis.

 

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Friday
Feb122016

The day of memory of the Three Holy Hierarchs

On February 12, 2016, the day of the commemoration of Three Holy Hierarchs and Ecumenical teachers, St Basil the Great, St Gregory the Theologian and St John Chrysostom, Archbishop Elisey of Sourozh served the Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God in London. Concelebrating with the Archpastor were clerics of the Cathedral, Archpriest Maxim Nikolsky and Archpriest Joseph Skinner.

During the Liturgy, the Litany of Fervent Supplication was augmented with special petitions for His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, who had a meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis at the International airport of Havana, Cuba, on that day.

On the eve, a particle of the holy relics of the Apostle Barnabas of the 70 was brought to the Cathedral. Apostle Barnabas was Apostle Paul's companion and the founder of the Church of Cyprus. With the blessing of Archbishop Elisey of Sourozh, the All-night vigil to the Apostle was combined with the service to the Three Holy Hierarchs.

Throughout the day the faithful were granted an opportunity to venerate the relics and offer up their prayers near the honourable relics of the Аpostle.

 

 

 

Thursday
Feb112016

Archbishop Elisey met with the Bishop of London

On Thursday, February 11th, Archbishop Elisey of Sourozh, the Diocesan Bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church in Great Britan and Ireland, had a meeting with the Bishop of London, the Right Reverend and Right Honourable Richard Chartres, at the latter's official residence in Dean's Court near St Paul's Cathedral. 
Among the subjects discussed was the forthcoming meeting between His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Rus and His Holiness, Pope Francis. Bishop Richard expressed his appreciation of the historic significance of this meeting, which was due to address an issue of great importance, the increasing persecution of Christians in many countries around the world. In his view, this was a matter of urgent concern not only for the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches but for Christians of all traditions.
Noting the Russian Church's own experience of martyrdom in the 20th century, His Grace assured Vladyka Elisey that prayers for a successful outcome of the meeting would be offered at the service that he would be conducting in St Paul's Cathedral on the day  on which it was due to take place. 
Thursday
Feb112016

JOINT PRESS RELEASE of Archbishop Elisey of Sourozh and Archbishop Antonio Mennini

London 11/02/2016

Before the meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill, Catholics and Orthodox in the United Kingdom as well the believers all over the world gather in prayer, well aware that through this epochal gesture it is offering to humanity – in this moment of severe tensions and conflicts – an extraordinary testimony, unique – of how it is possible to rediscover today – way of peace and unity. A testimony which, after all, by the will of God is placed in the journey of grace which both Churches are making. 

This meeting doesn’t mean that problems between the two Churches have disappeared – they continue to exist and respectful diplomacy and theological commissions will continue to work in order to resolve them – but it marks a new beginning, concentrated on sharing the sufferings of entire peoples, and in particular of Christian communities in the Middle East, which ask help and solidarity and a preoccupation with the defense of Christian values. 

A meeting, therefore, which is of historic significance, because it seals the encounter between the Heads of two Churches who have never met in history, who represent two cultural and spiritual traditions that for ages were considered in contrast, while they are complementary and are a chance of mutual enrichment, not only for themselves but for the whole of society in which they live and work. 

For all these reasons, we are confident that this meeting will be of great social value also for nonbelievers, becoming a moment of rejoicing for respectful populations, as the Popes and the Patriarchs in history prayed for years during which they longed for this. But it will also require the work of ecclesiastical communities, to regain consciousness of what this would mean: a way to discover the true love granted by Christ, which eliminates every division and burns resentments, divisions, recrimination, misunderstandings and mutual sufferings.

We prayfully wish for the success of this forthcoming meeting.

 

+ Archbishop Antonio Mennini, 

Apostolic Nuncio in Great Britain 


+ Archbishop Elisey of Sourozh,

Diocesan Bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church in Great Britain 

Wednesday
Feb102016

On Thursday, Feb. 11th, a relic of the Holy Apostle Barnabas will be in the London Cathedral throughout the day.

On Thursday, Feb. 11th, around 9am, part of the holy relics of the holy Apostle BARNABAS will be brought to the London Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God of the Diocese of Sourozh. A moleben to the saint in the presence of his holy relic will be celebrated after the Divine Liturgy, around 11 am.

At 6pm the Vigil for the holy Apostle Barnabas will be celebrated together with the service for the Three Holy Hierarchs appointed by the typicon. The holy relic will remain in the Cathedral until 9 pm.