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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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

When you have read this letter, I think you will realise with what a heavy heart I am writing it. As you know, the Priory is part of the Community of St. Antony and St. Elias, an organisation which cares for very vulnerable people. We are subject to all sorts of regulations. Currently we are having to meet stringent requirements in the light of the threat to both our residents and our staff from the Coronavirus.

The Priory is a vital part of the emergency arrangements required of us by the authorities, and in particular becomes a place where we can isolate members of our management and staff. I am afraid that this means that the chapel will not be available to us until this crisis is at an end.

From now on, all the services that were to have been held at the Priory cannot take place there. I am obviously going to explore any alternative that might be possible - but there will be no Liturgy on Sunday 15th March. For the moment, any service listed in the calendar as taking place at the Priory will have to be cancelled, pending other arrangements.

The Community of St. Antony and St. Elias has blessed us with this place of worship for many years. May I ask your prayers for its managers, staff and residents, in the very difficult times they are facing.

Father Benedict


I have prepared this calendar with some sadness. I am simply not able to cope at present with all the services we used to provide for Lent and Easter.

Great Lent is a time of enormous importance and it very much saddens me that we cannot this year manage even what we managed last year.  May I say that in my opinion the services we have provided are so vitally important, it should be a matter of priority for people to try to get to them if they possibly can.

Last year Holy Week and Easter were very difficult for me.  This year, thanks be to God, I have the promised support of Father Porphyrios.  In the light of his being there, I have provided for a reasonably full week of services, but I want to make a specific point about four of them.

The anointing service on Wednesday evening is not actually a part of the rites of Holy Week but has come to be associated with it.  However, in such scattered parishes as ours, it serves a purpose very similar to that in which this open celebration first arose.  It may be that this service will be shortened simply to the number of Gospel readings and prayers equal to the number of priests present. 

The long services on Thursday morning and evening, and on Saturday morning may have to be considerably shortened.  They make such huge demands on the choir.  We shall do what we reasonably can.

The time before us is of the greatest importance in the liturgical year.  I hope that even in this reduced form they will be a blessing to you all.  

Father Benedict



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