Consecrating a Russian Church

We are blessed to have a wide variety of different churches in our wonderfully varied area.

We must be one of the few parishes in England which have an Eastern (Armenian) and  two Orthodox (Russian and Ukranian) churches close by.

On Saturday (before the Sunday of Orthodoxy) Fr Ian, with Dominic and Gregory, Sr Julie and Sr Catherine attended the consecration of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Pokrov on Clarence Road.

It was a long (we were not able to stay for it all), impressive, and colourful liturgy led by Archbishop Elisey (Elijah) of Sourozh. Dominic (aged four and three quarters) was very interested to visit “Maria’s church.” Maria is in Dominic’s class at school. But he couldn’t understand why the people were singing about snakes (like his father he had no knowledge of the language being used 🙂 )

There were a wide variety of people present and it was good to see old friends among those attending, including Fr Ephrem (who held Orthodox liturgies in St Chrysostom’s), Fr Gregory from Levenshulme and Subdeacon Michael (a former sacristan at St Chrysostom’s). 

This beautiful little church is a lovely tribute to the love and care of its people and a source of prayer and blessing for many.

We wish the Pokrov parish and its people

God’s blessings for today and for the future.


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One Response to Consecrating a Russian Church

  1. Michael says:

    It was indeed a beautiful service and a long-awaited occasion. I hope that this will serve as a great source of encouragement to the Pokrov parish.

    I think that the dedication of the Intercession of the Mother of God (often depicted as her protecting veil held over a city) is something that touches on an element of western piety as well, in the common dedications of “Our Lady of…”, and this is a wonderful thing for us to have in Manchester as Christians with a common devotion to the Mother of God.

    Thank you for mentioning me. It was a joy to see Fr Ian again and to meet the sisters.

    Have a blessed a fruitful Lent.

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