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Welcome to the official web site of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia’s Diocese of Great Britain and Western Europe. Our mission is to share the rich treasures of Orthodox Christianity to all peoples, embracing the Orthodox history of these lands and the intercessions of our host of local Saints in order to draw peoples of every nationality, tongue, age and race into the life of the Gospel that has been proclaimed in our Church for more than 2,000 years. Ours is a Diocese of remarkable history, and we welcome you to partake of the sacramental, pastoral and missionary life of our communities today.

Bishop Irenei Makes an Archpastoral Visit to the Parish of the Kazan Icon in Cardiff, Wales — the Diocesan Parish That Faced the Longest of Coronavirus-related Restrictions on Public Worship

Bishop Irenei celebrated the Liturgy in Cardiff, where the Kazan Icon Parish has faced the longest COVID-related prohibition on public worship of any parish in the Diocese.

Epistle of the First Hierarch on the 50th Anniversary of the Glorification of St Herman of Alaska | Послание Первоиерархра по случаю 50-летия прославления преподобного Германа, Аляскинского чудотворца.

9th August 2020 was the 50th anniversary of the glorification of St Herman of Alaska by the Russian Church Abroad. Our Metropolitan commemorates this blessed occasion and its witness to the history of our Church.

‘The Belgrade Nightingales’: A New Study is Published On a Russian Choir in London in 1939-1940 – A Unique Piece of Diocesan History

A Subdeacon of the Diocesan Cathedral in London and historian of many aspects of our Diocesan life, Nicolas Mabin, has had a new article published on the Historical Studies of the Church Abroad web site, dealing with a unique moment in the Diocese’s musical history.

Parish of the Protection of the Theotokos in Arnhem, The Netherlands, Is Received into the Diocese of Great Britain and Western Europe

With especial happiness and thanksgiving before God, His Grace Bishop Irenei has confirmed today the reception into our Diocese of the Parish of the Protection of the Theotokos in Arnhem, Netherlands. | С особой радостью, Его Преосвященство епископ Ириней подтвердил прием в состав нашей Епархии прихода Покрова Богородицы, в Арнеме, Нидерланды.

Parish of St Elisabeth in Wallasey Hosts First Concelebration in the United Kingdom of Priests from the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, Moscow Patriarchate, and Exarchate of Paris

Though not organised specifically as an occasion to bring together clergymen from these three strands of Russian Orthodox life in the Diaspora, the Divine Liturgy celebrated on this day — the day of the commemoration of the parish’s heavenly patroness, the Grand Duchess St Elisabeth the New-Martyr — appears to be the first occasion in the British Isles where priests from all three bodies have concelebrated together since the reunification of the Exarchate with the Russian Orthodox Church during the past year.

Bishop Irenei Celebrates in Geneva and Chairs the General Meetings of the Parish. | Епископ Ириней возглавил богослужение и провел ежегодное приходское собрание в Женеве.

On the 6th Sunday after Pentecost, His Grace Bishop Irenei of London and Western Europe arrived at the Cathedral of the Exaltation of the Cross in Geneva. | В неделю 6-ю по Пятидесятнице, Преосвященнейший Епископ Лондонский и Западно-Европейский Ириней прибыл в кафедральный Кресто-Воздвиженский собор Женевы.

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Bishop Irenei Makes an Archpastoral Visit to the Parish of the Kazan Icon in Cardiff, Wales — the Diocesan Parish That Faced the Longest of Coronavirus-related Restrictions on Public Worship

Bishop Irenei Makes an Archpastoral Visit to the Parish of the Kazan Icon in Cardiff, Wales — the Diocesan Parish That Faced the Longest of Coronavirus-related Restrictions on Public Worship

Bishop Irenei celebrated the Liturgy in Cardiff, where the Kazan Icon Parish has faced the longest COVID-related prohibition on public worship of any parish in the Diocese ...
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Epistle of the First Hierarch on the 50th Anniversary of the Glorification of St Herman of Alaska | Послание Первоиерархра по случаю 50-летия прославления преподобного Германа, Аляскинского чудотворца.

Epistle of the First Hierarch on the 50th Anniversary of the Glorification of St Herman of Alaska | Послание Первоиерархра по случаю 50-летия прославления преподобного Германа, Аляскинского чудотворца.

9th August 2020 was the 50th anniversary of the glorification of St Herman of Alaska by the Russian Church Abroad. Our Metropolitan commemorates this blessed occasion and its witness to the history of our Church ...
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'The Belgrade Nightingales': A New Study is Published On a Russian Choir in London in 1939-1940 - A Unique Piece of Diocesan History

‘The Belgrade Nightingales’: A New Study is Published On a Russian Choir in London in 1939-1940 – A Unique Piece of Diocesan History

A Subdeacon of the Diocesan Cathedral in London and historian of many aspects of our Diocesan life, Nicolas Mabin, has had a new article published on the Historical Studies of the Church Abroad web site, dealing with a unique moment in the Diocese's musical history ...
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Parish of the Protection of the Theotokos in Arnhem, The Netherlands, Is Received into the Diocese of Great Britain and Western Europe

Parish of the Protection of the Theotokos in Arnhem, The Netherlands, Is Received into the Diocese of Great Britain and Western Europe

With especial happiness and thanksgiving before God, His Grace Bishop Irenei has confirmed today the reception into our Diocese of the Parish of the Protection of the Theotokos in Arnhem, Netherlands. | С особой радостью, Его Преосвященство епископ Ириней подтвердил прием в состав нашей Епархии прихода Покрова Богородицы, в Арнеме, Нидерланды ...
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Parish of St Elisabeth in Wallasey Hosts First Concelebration in the United Kingdom of Priests from the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, Moscow Patriarchate, and Exarchate of Paris

Parish of St Elisabeth in Wallasey Hosts First Concelebration in the United Kingdom of Priests from the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, Moscow Patriarchate, and Exarchate of Paris

Though not organised specifically as an occasion to bring together clergymen from these three strands of Russian Orthodox life in the Diaspora, the Divine Liturgy celebrated on this day — the day of the commemoration of the parish's heavenly patroness, the Grand Duchess St Elisabeth the New-Martyr — appears to be the first occasion in the British Isles where priests ...
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Bishop Irenei Celebrates in Geneva and Chairs the General Meetings of the Parish. | Епископ Ириней возглавил богослужение и провел ежегодное приходское собрание в Женеве.

Bishop Irenei Celebrates in Geneva and Chairs the General Meetings of the Parish. | Епископ Ириней возглавил богослужение и провел ежегодное приходское собрание в Женеве.

On the 6th Sunday after Pentecost, His Grace Bishop Irenei of London and Western Europe arrived at the Cathedral of the Exaltation of the Cross in Geneva. | В неделю 6-ю по Пятидесятнице, Преосвященнейший Епископ Лондонский и Западно-Европейский Ириней прибыл в кафедральный Кресто-Воздвиженский собор Женевы ...
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Епископ Ириней возглавил богослужение в день святых апостолов Петра и Павла. | Bishop Irenei Led Festal Celebrations for Sts Peter and Paul in Geneva.

Епископ Ириней возглавил богослужение в день святых апостолов Петра и Павла. | Bishop Irenei Led Festal Celebrations for Sts Peter and Paul in Geneva.

В неделю 5-ю по Пятидесятнице, когда Святая Церковь празднует день Свв. Первоверховных Апостолов Петра и Павла, торжественное богослужение в Кресто-Воздвиженском соборе Женевы возглавил Преосвященнейший Ириней. | Bishop Irenei led the festal celebrations of the Holy Apostles at the Geneva Cathedral ...
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Престольный праздник Петро-Павловского прихода в Люксембурге.

Престольный праздник Петро-Павловского прихода в Люксембурге.

В неделю 5-ю по Пятидесятнице в Люксембурге состоялось церковное торжество по случаю престольного праздника местного Петро-Павловского прихода ...
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Diocesan Resources

Additional Materials

Diocesan Hierarch

Bishop Irenei of London: Calendar, Communications and Information

About the Diocese

Life and history of the Diocese on continental Europe and the British Isles

The Church Abroad

History and notable figures of our Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia

Parishes

Directory of all Diocesan Parishes, with addresses, web links and contacts

Clergy

Directory of Priests and Deacons serving in Great Britain and Western Europe

Liturgics

Resources on the Divine Services, including our Liturgical Handbook

Diocesan Resources

Contacts

Contact Us

Contact the Diocese via a web form for general enquiries and information

Diocesan Chancellery

Administrative details and offices of the Diocesan Governance

Parish Directory

Map and listing of all parishes within the Diocese, with information

Clergy Directory

Directory of all active clergymen of the Diocese, with contact details