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We welcomed the resumption of Divine Liturgy in our Parish on June 17th, the Sunday of the Saints of Britain and Ireland.

Our previous Liturgy was before Great Lent with Fr Dmitry (Karpenko) in February. Then there was the well-attended solemn occasion of the Office of Holy Unction with Fr Anthony (Ilin).

Vladika Matthew has now given Fr Joseph (Skinner) the responsibility for the Parish. The Divine Liturgy was conducted with duly reverent ceremonial accompanied by the substantial choir. Finally a litya was celebrated for Alan Eades, a former Warden of the Parish.

Fr Joseph announced that the next Divine Liturgy will be on Sunday July 15th at 11.00, the celebration of our Patronal Festival of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.


By the present decree, Archpriest Joseph Skinner, cleric of the Diocese of Sourozh, is blessed to be responsible for the pastoral care of the Parish of St Peter and St Paul in Portsmouth.


Bishop of Sourozh

Russian Princess buried in Hayling Island
THE grave of a Russian princess left barely recognisable has been restored to look as good as new.
This year the 300th Anniversary of the presence of the Russian Church in the UK is being celebrated. The highlight will be the re-dedication of the Cathedral of the Dormition in London by the Patriarch of Moscow and All-Russia, Metropolitan Kirill. There are two videos that have been produced about this event:   (in English)   (in Russian)

Russian Heritage in the UK 
45 minute film by Metropolitan Hilarion entitled Orthodoxy in the British Isles


Russian Orthodox Churches in South East England

The following are parishes of the Diocese of Sourozh of the Patriarchate of Moscow

BODIAM,  Robertsbridge   East Sussex

Community of the Holy Martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth & the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia

OXFORD   Oxfordshire

Parish of St Nicholas the Wonderworker    

PORTSMOUTH   Hampshire

Parish of Ss Peter and Paul

Parish of St Luke

Parish of St Silouan of Mount Athos

You can see their locations on the map of Russian Orthodox Churches in the British Isles

List compiled by Fr Joseph Skinner, 22.02.11