The Parish of The New Martyrs Elizabeth & Barbara

Russian Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow

Diocese of Sourozh.


Divine Liturgy is celebrated at 10.30 a.m. on every first Sunday in the month.  Services will be in English and Church Slavonic. Everyone is welcome to attend and to enjoy light refreshments afterwards. 

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Some of you may be a little disappointed to find the provisions of this calendar rather sparse.  For the last couple of years we have relied very much on the services as Reader, of Dr. Robert (Seraphim) Button. However, in the months covered by this calendar, he will be taken up with new academic work and consequently the burden of maintaining services falls on Subdeacon Craig (Nicholas) Woodward.  You are all aware that Craig is no longer as strong as he was, and that he finds the support of services very demanding.  I have therefore asked him to list the services that he feels able to undertake and it is these only that appear in this calendar. 

I am very conscious, as I too get older and less able, that it is impossible to maintain the fullness of worship that has been kept up for many years in our chapel, without the support of at least a small group of committed Parishioners who are willing to make the considerable effort involved.  I have been saying this in these forewords in one way or another for some years.  I think we really do have to face the fact that unless fresh people come forward with a new level of commitment, the witness of this chapel will fade. 

So long as I am alive and able to celebrate, I shall, in one way or another, maintain some measure of the worship that has gone on, from the beginning, at the heart of the Community of St. Antony and St. Elias and the house of Maria Skoptsova, but if I have to do this alone, it will not continue on its old model, providing services for those outside the Community.  As some of you will know, I have had difficulty coping with some of the recent Liturgies.  As a result I am having to plan much more carefully…. For this reason, some of the services listed as Vigils in this calendar may, at the last moment, have to be changed to Great Vespers only.

God bless you all,

Please pray for me,

Father Benedict



Worshipping at Southgate Retreat Centre, Buckfast Abbey, Buckfast, Devon.