Issue 111 of the diocesan journal 'Sourozh' is dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox presence in the British Isles. It includes an extensive interview with Archbishop Elisey, two talks about Metropolitan Anthony from the 2014 Diocesan Conference (which was devoted to the 100th anniversary of his birth), a number of articles by or about Bishop Vasily Rodzianko and Father George Florovsky, some pieces about early British saints and an obituary for Fr Ephrem Lash, whose penetrating book reviews were a notable feature of the journal. It can be purchased at the Sourozh Publications online shop.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill thanked the clergy and laity of the Diocese of Sourozh for the organisation of his primatial visit to Great Britain
On October 18, 2016, His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, met with Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury at the Lambeth Palace in London.
Participating in the meeting from the Russian Orthodox Church were also Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, Archbishop Elisey of Sourozh, and Archimandrite Philaret (Bulekov), DECR vice-chairman. From the side of the Church of England, there was also Bishop Richard Chartres of London.
On October 18, 2016, His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, met with Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the Buckingham Palace in London.
On 17 October 2016, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, whose visit to Great Britain is timed to the 300th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church’s presence in the British Isles, performed the rite of the blessing of a new headstone at the grave of Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom) of Sourozh at the Brompton Cemetery.
The Sermon of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill after the Divine Liturgy in the Dormition Сathedral in London
On the 16th of October His Holiness Patriarch Kirill visiting the Diocese of Sourozh consecrated the Dormition Сathedral in London and celebrated the Divine Liturgy therein. After the service the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church delivered a sermon.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill celebrates Divine service in London at the Dormition Cathedral of the Russian Church Abroad
In the evening of the 15th of October 2016, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, while on a pastoral visit to Great Britain, celebrated Matins at the London church of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, consecrated in honour of the Dormition of the Mother of God and the Holy Royal Martyrs.
Patriarch Kirill prays in the building in London rented from 1813 to 1921 to serve as a Russian Church
On October 15, the first day of his visit to Great Britain devoted to the 300th anniversary of the presence of the Russian Church on the British Islands, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia presided over a thanksgiving in 32 Welbeck Street in which a Russian Church was accommodated from 1813 to 1921.
On October 15, 2016, His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, began his visit to the Diocese of Sourozh devoted to the 300th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church’s presence in the British Islands.
On Saturday 15th October, in connection with the celebration of 300 years of the Russian Orthodox presence in the British Isles, the building which from 1813 to 1920 was the embassy church of the Dormition of the Mother of God will be open to the public. There will be guided tours and an exhibition about the history of the church and also about the Grand Duchess Elisabeth Feodorovna.
We provide here for your information the programme of the Primatial Visit of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which will take place from 15th – 18th October, 2016.
A Primatial visit of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to the Diocese of Sourozh will take place from 15th to 18th October 2016. The visit marks 300 years of the presence of the Russian Church in Great Britain.
His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, will make a pastoral visit to the Diocese of Sourozh from 15th to 18th October, marking 300 years of the presence of Russian Orthodoxy in the British Isles. The history of the Russian parish in London and the Diocese of Sourozh begins with the embassy church founded on the orders of Tsar Peter the First in 1716.
The central event of the visit will be the Patriarchal service in the London Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God.
During the visit there will be several events dedicated to the ever-memorable Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom), who in the middle of the 20th century played an important role in the establishment of the Russian community in Britain and devoted a great deal of effort to the development of the Diocese of Sourozh, which was founded in 1962.
In the course of the visit there will also be a number of events of an ecclesiastical and social nature.Press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Elisey of Sourozh, a pilgrimage to the Monastery of St John the Baptist will be organised on the 24th of September 2016, Saturday.
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!
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.