St Andrew Holborn

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On the First, Third and Fifth Sundays of the month we host services for the Russian Orthodox Parish of the Dormition.

The Parish of the Dormition of the Mother of God in London is an Orthodox Christian community under the omophorion of His All-holiness Bartholomew, Ecumenical Patriarch, and is within the Deanery of Great Britain and Ireland a part of the Archdiocese of Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe under Archbishop Job of Telmessos.

The history of the Russian Orthodox Church in London, one of the oldest Russian Orthodox parishes in western Europe, has its origins in the 16th century, but it was in 1698 when Peter the Great visited England that a permanent place of worship was established at the Russian Embassy. As the Russian community was small this is where it remained until 1917.

In 2006, after the death of Metropolitan Anthony, the Diocesan Assembly together with the senior clergy decided to leave the Moscow Patriarchate to preserve his spiritual heritage. They appealed to the Ecumenical Patriarch to be taken back under his omophorion. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew granted the request and the vast majority of the longstanding members of the parish returned to the “Exarchate of the Holy Apostolic and Patriarchal Throne of Constantinople”. They are now part of the Archdiocese of Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in western Europe under the omophorion of the Ecumenical Patriarch (link to site of the Archdiocese). In this manner their parish retains canonical communion with the entire Orthodox Church.

The clergy and members of the parish welcome people of all nationalities, all ages and all walks of life to come and worship with us. Welcome!

The Divine Liturgy and Vigil are generally celebrated at St Andrews Church, Holborn every 1st, 3rd and 5th weekend of the month, with some exceptions – please consult the calendar.

Saturdays – Vigil at 17:00

Sundays – Divine Liturgy at 10:30

Language of Services: Both English and Slavonic are used in all services.

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