Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia

Diocese of Great Britain and Western Europe

Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia

Diocese of Great Britain and Western Europe

The All-European Church Musicians Conference Concludes at the London Cathedral with the Singing of the Hierarchical Vigil and Divine Liturgy. | Общеевропейская конференция церковных певчих завершила свою работу в кафедральном соборе Лондона.

The fourth conference brought together Church singers, choir conductors, Readers, and all those interested in the musical heritage of the Church Abroad. | Четвертая конференция собрала церковных певцов, регентов, чтецов и всех интересующихся музыкальным наследием Зарубежной Церкви.

On the Sunday after Theophany, Bishop Irenei Makes an Archpastoral Visit to the Kazan Icon Parish in Cardiff, Wales. | В Неделю после Богоявления Преосвященный епископ Ириней совершает архипастырский визит в приход Казанской иконы Божией Матери в Кардиффе, Уэльс.

Bishop Irenei offered his gratitude to the clergy of the parish, who piously present the fulness of Holy Orthodoxy to the local community. | Епископ Ириней вознес слова благодарности клиру прихода, благочестиво преподносящим полноту Святого Православия местному сообществу.

On the Feast of Theophany, the Diocese’s Senior-most Cleric Receives a High Award from the Holy Synod. | В праздник Богоявления, старейший священнослужитель епархии получил высокую награду от Архиерейского Синода.

Mitred Archpriest Pavel Tzvetkoff, was awarded the right to wear a second pectoral Cross. | Протоиерею Павлу Цветкову было присвоено право ношения второго Креста.

Матушка Эмилия Пух из Люксембургского прихода отошла ко Господу. | Matushka Emilia Poukh de la paroisse luxembourgeoise s’est reposée dans le Seigneur. | Matushka Emilia Poukh of the Luxembourg Parish Has Reposed in the Lord.

«Наша староста уходит, оставляя пример подвижничества, выдержанности и веры…» | «Notre Starosta s’en va, laissant un exemple d’ascèse, d’endurance et de foi…» | ‘Our Starosta departs, leaving being her an example of asceticism, endurance and faith…’

On Christmas Day, the First Divine Service Was Held in the Newly-Opened Parish of St Theodosy of the Caves in Lucerne, Switzerland. | На Рождество Христово состоялось первое богослужение в новооткрытом приходе преподобного Феодосия Печерского в Люцерне, Швейцария.

The official opening of the newest parish of the Diocese took place on 25th December, 2022 / 7th January, 2023, the day of the Nativity of Christ. | Официальное открытие состоялось 25 декабря 2022 / 7 января 2023 года в день Рождества Христова праздничным богослужением.

Holy Land Panorama (2022)

Register for the Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: The two-week pilgrimage to the Holy Land, led by Bishop Irenei of London and Western Europe, will take place from 31st July – 12th August 2023 — but space is strictly limited and filling up quickly. Find out more and register now online, before the registration deadline in February, to ensure yourself of a place!

Latest News
The All-European Church Musicians Conference Concludes at the London Cathedral with the Singing of the Hierarchical Vigil and Divine Liturgy. | Общеевропейская конференция церковных певчих завершила свою работу в кафедральном соборе Лондона.
The All-European Church Musician’s Conference Concludes at the London Cathedral with the Singing of the Hierarchical Vigil and Divine Liturgy.
On the Sunday after Theophany, Bishop Irenei Makes an Archpastoral Visit to the Kazan Icon Parish in Cardiff, Wales. | В Неделю после Богоявления Преосвященный епископ Ириней совершает архипастырский визит в приход Казанской иконы Божией Матери в Кардиффе, Уэльс.
On the Sunday after Theophany, Bishop Irenei Makes an Archpastoral Visit to the Kazan Icon Parish in Cardiff, Wales.
On the Feast of Theophany, the Diocese’s Senior-most Cleric Receives a High Award from the Holy Synod. | В праздник Богоявления, старейший священнослужитель епархии получил высокую награду от Архиерейского Синода.
On the Feast of Theophany, the Diocese’s Senior-most Cleric Receives a High Award from the Holy Synod.
Матушка Эмилия Пух из Люксембургского прихода отошла ко Господу. | Matushka Emilia Poukh de la paroisse luxembourgeoise s'est reposée dans le Seigneur. | Matushka Emilia Poukh of the Luxembourg Parish Has Reposed in the Lord.
Matushka Emilia Poukh of the Luxembourg Parish Has Reposed in the Lord.
‘The Relationship Between our Churches is as Close and Deep as is Possible to be Found’: Bishop Irenei Hosts a Christmas Charity Dinner in Monaco, in Celebration of the Century-long Relationship of the Church Abroad and the Serbian Orthodox Church. | «Отношения между нашими Церквами настолько близки и глубоки, насколько это возможно»: в Монако епископ Ириней возглавил благотворительный Рождественский ужин, посвященном вековым взаимоотношениям Зарубежной и Сербской Православных Церквей.
Bishop Irenei Hosts a Christmas Charity Dinner in Monaco, in Celebration of the Century-long Relationship of the Church Abroad and the Serbian Orthodox Church.
On Christmas Day, the First Divine Service Was Held in the Newly-Opened Parish of St Theodosy of the Caves in Lucerne, Switzerland. | На Рождество Христово состоялось первое богослужение в новооткрытом приходе преподобного Феодосия Печерского в Люцерне, Швейцария.
On Christmas Day, the First Divine Service Was Held in the Newly-Opened Parish of St Theodosy of the Caves in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Nativity Epistle of Bishop Irenei of London and Western Europe, 2022. | Рождественское Послание Епископа Иринея Лондонского и Западно-Европейского, 2022 г. | Épître de Noël de Mgr Irénée, Evêque de Londres et de l’Europe occidentale, 2022.
Nativity Epistle of Bishop Irenei of London and Western Europe, 2022.
Nativity Epistle of Metropolitan Nicholas, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, 2022. | Рождественское Послание Митрополита Николая, Первоиерарха Русской Зарубежной Церкви, 2022 г.
Nativity Epistle of Metropolitan Nicholas, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, 2022.
Newsletter of the Charitable Food Bank at the London Cathedral. | Информационный бюллетень Благотворительного продовольственного банка в Лондонском соборе. | Bulletin d'information de la Banque alimentaire caritative de la cathédrale de Londres.
Newsletter of the Charitable Food Bank at the London Cathedral.
Nativity Epistle of St John the Wonderworker to the Flock of European Diocese, 1956. | Рождественское послание св. Иоанна чудотворца Западно-Европейской епархии, 1956 г.
Nativity Epistle of St John the Wonderworker to the Flock of European Diocese, 1956.
New Icon of St John the Wonderworker Received by the Florence Parish. | Новая икона святителя Иоанна чудотворца поступила во Флорентийский приход.
New Icon of St John the Wonderworker Received by the Florence Parish.
The Diocese’s Winter Children’s Camp in Leysin is Underway. | Продолжает свою деятельность зимний епархиальный детский лагерь в Лейзане.
The Diocese’s Winter Children’s Camp in Leysin is Underway.

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His Grace Bishop Irenei of London & Western Europe

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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.
'From this day, from this hour, from this minute, we shall strive above all else to love God and to do His Holy Will!' Sermon of Bishop Irenei for St Herman and the Sunday of the Forefathers.
'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.
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