Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia

Diocese of Great Britain and Western Europe

Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia

Diocese of Great Britain and Western Europe

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!

Congratulations to all with the Feast of Feasts! We invite you to read:

Diocesan Decree Concerning Liturgical Commemorations Following the Repose of the First Hierarch. | Епархиальный указ о богослужебных поминовениях по кончине Первоиерарха. | Décret diocésain relatif aux commémorations liturgiques après le repos du premier hiérarque.

Details and instructions on liturgical commemorations and memorial services. | Подробности и указания о литургических поминовениях и панихидах. | Détails et instructions sur les commémorations liturgiques et les services commémoratifs.

Bishop Irenei Travels to the USA for the Funeral of the Newly-Reposed First Hierarch of the Church Abroad, to Take Place This Weekend. | Епископ Ириней едет в США на похороны новопреставленного Первоиерарха Зарубежной Церкви, которые состоятся в эти выходные.

The funeral and burial of Metropolitan Hilarion will take place in New York over the coming weekend (21st-22nd May 2022). | Отпевание и погребение новопреставленного митрополита Илариона состоятся в ближайшие выходные (21-22 мая 2022 г.) в Нью-Йорке.

‘The Angel of the Holy Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia’: Ukrainian Hierarchs on the Repose of Metropolitan Hilarion. | «Ангел Святой Русской Православной Церкви Заграницей»: украинские иерархи о кончине митрополита Илариона.

‘I sincerely offer my condolences to You and Your flock, in connection with the repose of the Angel of the Holy Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia…’ | «Искренне соболезную Вам и Вашей пастве в связи с земной кончиной Ангела Святой Русской Православной Церкви Зарубежом…»

Metropolitan Hilarion (+16 May 2022): ‘We Rejoiced that We Had Attained Unity’. | Митрополит Иларион (+16 мая 2022 г.): «Мы счастливы, что достигли единства».

Recollections by the newly-reposed First Hierarch, from the final interview before his departure to the Lord. | Воспоминания новопреставленного Первоиерарха с последней беседы перед уходом ко Господу.

The First Hierarch of the Church Abroad, Metropolitan Hilarion, Has Departed to the Lord. | Первоиерарх Зарубежной Церкви митрополит Иларион отошел ко Господу.

The beloved Archpastor and Primate of the Church Abroad peacefully fell asleep in the Lord after a long illness. | Наш возлюбленный и святой Архипастырь, Первоиерарх Зарубежной Церкви, Высокопреосвященнейший Митрополит Иларион, отошел ко Господу.

Latest News
Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Prays for the Repose of Metropolitan Hilarion at the Holy Sites. | Во время епархиального паломничества в Святую Землю возносятся молитвы о упокоении митрополита Илариона.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Prays for the Repose of Metropolitan Hilarion at the Holy Sites.
Diocesan Decree Concerning Liturgical Commemorations Following the Repose of the First Hierarch. | Епархиальный указ о богослужебных поминовениях по кончине Первоиерарха. | Décret diocésain relatif aux commémorations liturgiques après le repos du premier hiérarque.
Diocesan Decree Concerning Liturgical Commemorations Following the Repose of the First Hierarch.
Bishop Irenei Travels to the USA for the Funeral of the Newly-Reposed First Hierarch of the Church Abroad, to Take Place This Weekend. | Епископ Ириней едет в США на похороны новопреставленного Первоиерарха Зарубежной Церкви, которые состоятся в эти выходные.
Bishop Irenei Travels to the USA for the Funeral of the Newly-Reposed First Hierarch of the Church Abroad, to Take Place This Weekend.
'The Angel of the Holy Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia': Ukrainian Hierarchs on the Repose of Metropolitan Hilarion. | «Ангел Святой Русской Православной Церкви Заграницей»: украинские иерархи о кончине митрополита Илариона.
'The Angel of the Holy Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia': Ukrainian Hierarchs on the Repose of Metropolitan Hilarion.
Metropolitan Hilarion (+16 May 2022): 'We Rejoiced that We Had Attained Unity'. | Митрополит Иларион (+16 мая 2022 г.): «Мы счастливы, что достигли единства».
Metropolitan Hilarion (+16 May 2022): 'We Rejoiced that We Had Attained Unity'.
The First Hierarch of the Church Abroad, Metropolitan Hilarion, Has Departed to the Lord. | Первоиерарх Зарубежной Церкви митрополит Иларион отошел ко Господу.
The First Hierarch of the Church Abroad, Metropolitan Hilarion, Has Departed to the Lord.
The Kursk-root Icon Concludes its Visit to the Diocese at the Parish of St Nicholas, Basel, Switzerland. | Курская-коренная икона завершает свое посещение епархии в приходе св. Николая в Базеле, Швейцария.
The Kursk-root Icon Concludes its Visit to the Diocese at the Parish of St Nicholas, Basel, Switzerland.
Bishop Irenei Participates in a Regular Session of the Holy Synod of Bishops. | Епископ Ириней принял участие в очередном заседании Священного Архиерейского Синода.
Bishop Irenei Participates in a Regular Session of the Holy Synod of Bishops.
The Miraculous Kursk-root Icon 'of the Sign' Visits the Geneva Cathedral. | Чудотворная Курская-коренная икона Божией Матери «Знамение» в Женеве. | L'icône miraculeuse de Koursk «de la racine» à la cathédrale de Genève.
The Miraculous Kursk-root Icon 'of the Sign' Visits the Geneva Cathedral.
'Every Man Has Received the Key to Paradise': Paschal Epistle of Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine. | «Всякий человек получил ключ от рая»: Пасхальное послание митрополита Киевского и всея Украины Онуфрия. | «Chaque homme a reçu la clé du paradis»: Epître pascale du métropolite Onuphry de Kiev et de toute l'Ukraine.
'Every Man Has Received the Key to Paradise': Paschal Epistle of Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine.
Visite de l’Icône miraculeuse de la Mère de Dieu de Koursk «de la racine» à Vevey. | The Wonderworking Kursk-root Icon Visits Vevey, Switzerland.
The Wonderworking Kursk-root Icon Visits Vevey, Switzerland.
Чудотворная Курская-коренная икона почитается верующими столицы Швейцарской Конфедерации. | The Wonderworking Kursk-root icon is Venerated by the Faithful of the Capital of the Swiss Confederation.
The Wonderworking Kursk-root icon is Venerated by the Faithful of the Capital of the Swiss Confederation.

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!

Congratulations to all with the Feast of Feasts! We invite you to read:

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Welcome to the official web site of the Church Abroad’s Diocese of Great Britain and Western Europe. Dwelling and living in the Diaspora, this historic Diocese shares the rich treasures of Orthodox Christianity with 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.

Celebrating its centenary jubilee in 2021, the Church Abroad (also known as the ROCOR: Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, as distinct from the Church within Russia itself: the Moscow Patriarchate) continues in the ancient tradition of our Holy Fathers, preserving the true faith in Christ across the generations, standing firm upon the foundations laid by the Apostles. Our Diocese of Great Britain and Western Europe has a remarkable history, numbering amongst its Ruling Bishops the universally-beloved St John of Shanghai and San Francisco, the Wonderworker, and maintaining a pious adherence to the full life of the Orthodox Church in parishes that range from pre-revolutionary cathedrals to newly-established parishes and missions. We welcome you to partake of the sacramental, pastoral and missionary life of our communities today.

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Latest Communications from the Diocesan Bishop:

'A Sword Shall Pierce Thine Own Soul Also': Sermon on the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord by Bishop Irenei of London and Western Europe.
'And At Last He Came to Himself': Sermon of Bishop Irenei on the Sunday of the Prodigal Son.
'Beauty Will Save the World'.
'Camels in Needles and Rich People in Heaven': A video greeting for the Nativity of Christ.
'If Only We Would Take Seriously Our Spiritual Lives, We Would All Be Saints': A Conversation with Archimandrite Irenei (Part 2).
'If Only We Would Take Seriously Our Spiritual Lives, We Would All Be Saints': A Conversation with Archimandrite Irenei; Part 1 (in English).
'In every age, man faces darkness and evil; but God is always stronger': Homily by Bishop Irenei for the New-Martyrs and Confessors of Russia.
'Love ye your enemies': Sermon of Bishop Irenei on the Touchstone of the Life in Christ.
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