Our prayers after the terrorist attack in Manchester

We are deeply sorrowful with all who suffered in Manchester and in other places where evil tried show its power. But it will never overcome because Christ has risen indeed. 


The Hawaii myrhh-streaming icon of the Mother of God comes to the Cathedral

On Saturday 20th May the wonderworking Hawaii myrhh-streaming icon of the Mother of God of Iveron came to the Dormition Cathedral in Knightsbridge.

It  inexplicably began to stream myrrh in the home of a pious Orthodox couple in Honolulu, Hawaii, on October 6th, 2007. This phenomenon was recognised as authentic and miraculous by the Bishops’ Council of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.

This image is famous for the healings of many pious people from cancer, blindness, diseases of the kidneys and liver, chronic illnesses and other infirmities. The icon is presently in the care of the Russian Orthodox Church in Honolulu, but it frequently travels around the world and grants healings.



Congratulations to Archbishop Anatoly on his Namesday

To His Eminence Archbishop Anatoly 

Your Eminence, dear Vladyka,

Christ is Risen!

With deep respect I greet you cordially on your namesday! May the Risen Lord, through the prayers of your heavenly patron, the holy martyr Anatoly, strengthen you with spiritual energy and paschal joy. Permit me also to convey sincere greetings and warm good wishes from the clergy of the Sourozh diocese and from your spiritual children in the British Isles.

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Paschal greeting of His Eminence Elisey of Sourozh


Timetable of Easter services

Timetable of services on
Great Saturday 15th April and
Pascha of Christ 16th April 2017

Great Saturday - 15th April

       9:00      Confession. 3 Hour. Typika. Divine Liturgy

      22:00    The Reading of the Acts of the Holy Apostles

      23:40    Midnight Service

 The Glorious Resurrection of Christ – 16th April

       00:00   Procession. Easter Matins and Divine Liturgy


     9:00       Easter Matins.

                   Late Divine Liturgy


     18:00          Easter Vespers. Greetings

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The Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God arrives to London

On Saturday 18th of March,at 5pm the solemn meeting of the miracle-working Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God will take place at the Cathedral of the Dormition in London. A Moleben with the Akathist to the Mother of God will be celebrated in front of the Icon. The Holy Image will be at the Cathedral till the end of the Vigil service and will leave at about 9 pm.


Children’s school choir to perform in the concert Theophania 2017

The annual concert Theophania celebrating Christmas and Theophany will take place this year next Sunday 29th January at 17.00  at 
St Yeghiche Armenian Church
13b Cranley Gardens, Kensington, London
Kensington London, SW7 3BB
Underground South Kensington, Gloucester Rd. 
This year the organisers decided to invite children’s choirs from various churches.
Our children's school choir will be participating. 
Entrance is free. There will be a retiring collection at the door with all the donations going to the Aleppo community.



Christmas greeting of Archbishop Elisey of Sourozh


Christmas Message by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

Your Eminences the archpastors, esteemed Fathers and deacons,

all-honourable monks and nuns, dear brothers and sisters!

On this holy night I extend my heartfelt greetings to you all and from the depths of my soul I congratulate you on the great feast of the Nativity of Christ: the feast of the fulfillment of the promises of old for the salvation of the human race, the feast of the ineffable love of the Maker towards his creation, the feast of the coming into the world of the Son of God who is the Messiah.

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Christmas Message of Archbishop Elisey


Dearly beloved in the Lord, honourable pastors and God-loving laypeople, dear brothers and sisters!

I greet you with all my heart on the occasion of the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!

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Christmas services at the Cathedral

Friday January 6  

09.30 - Christmas Eve Vesperal Liturgy

17.30 - Confessions (until 22.00). (No confessions can be heard during the Festive Liturgies).

18.00 - Vigil service

23.00 - Midnight Liturgy (until 1.30 am approx.)

Saturday January 7

09.30 - Late Divine Liturgy

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New Year Service in the Cathedral

On Saturday, Dec 31st at 6 p.m. there will be a Vigil service for the New 2017 Year in the Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God. Confession will be heard from 5.30 p.m. until the end of the service.

A Liturgy for the New Year will be celebrated in our Cathedral on Sunday, Jan 1st, 2017 at 9.30 a.m. Confession will be heard from 9.00 a.m. until the end of the service.

Please, note - there is no midnight service this year!

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Greeting of Archbishop Elisey to His Royal Highness Prince Charles during his visit to the Dormition Cathedral of the Sourozh Diocese

Your Royal Highness,

It is both a joy and an honour to welcome you to our cathedral today.  

Of course, this is by no means your first visit to this church, but it is of great significance that you have chosen to be with us today as we celebrate a special service of prayer giving thanks to God during the 90th birthday year of Her Majesty the Queen.

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New Issue of diocesan journal 'Sourozh' is published

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.



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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His Holiness Patriarch Kirill thanked the clergy and laity of the Diocese of Sourozh for the organisation of his primatial visit to Great Britain

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent a letter of thanks to Archbishop Elisey of Sourozh in which he expressed his gratitude to the clergy and laity of the Diocese of Sourozh for the organisation of his primatial visit to Great Britain on the occasion of the 300 years of the presence of Russian Orthodoxy in the British Isles.
To His Eminence, Archbishop ELISEY of Sourozh
Your Eminence!
I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to you and to your co-workers for the hospitality shown to me and to those who accompanied me during the time of my visit to the Diocese of Sourozh, and also for the work involved in preparing for the visit.

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Patriarch Kirill's discussion with Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury 

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.

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Patriarch Kirill meets with Queen Elizabeth II in 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.

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His Holiness Patriarch Kirill celebrates litiya at the grave of Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom)

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.

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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.

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