On Saturday, 28th April / 11th May 2019 (the eve of the Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women), His Grace Bishop Irenei of Richmond and Western Europe led the diocesan pilgrimage to the shrine of St Alban, the Protomartyr of Britain (for more on the life of the saint, read here). The ancient shrine, located in St Albans Cathedral outside of London, contains the precious relics of the great saint, and as often as possible the Diocese keeps an annual pilgrimage to the site of his martyrdom, to celebrate the Divine Liturgy where the martyr lay down his life for Christ and to pray a moleben and venerate his relics which are specially brought out for the occasion.
Some 180 pilgrims made their way from all parts of Great Britain and Ireland for this occasion, which was marked by a spirit of notable sanctity in the presence of St Alban. During the Little Entrance of the Divine Liturgy, His Grace Bishop Irenei awarded Hieromonk Mark (Underwood) and Priest Spiridon Bailey the right to wear the nabedrennik in recognition of their years of faithful service to the Church. During the Hours before the Liturgy, His Grace tonsured Mark Fisher as a Reader, to serve in the Kazan Icon Parish in Cardiff, Wales.
Bishop Irenei Makes Archpastoral Visits to St Elisabeth Parish in Wallasey and St Alexander Nevsky Parish in Norwich. | Епископ Ириней совершил архипастырские визиты в Свято-Елизаветинский приход в Уолласи и в приход Святого Александра Невского в Норвиче.
Bishop Irenei made visitations to parishes in the north and east of England over the past weeks.
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.