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.
CHRISTMAS MESSAGE OF ELISEY
ARCHBISHOP OF SOUROZH
TO THE PASTORS AND ALL FAITHFUL CHILDREN
OF THE DIOCESE OF SOUROZH
OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
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!
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
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!
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.
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.