Paschal Epistle of His Eminence HILARION Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad

Eminent Brother-Archpastors, Reverend Fathers, Dear Brothers and Sisters,


With the joy of God’s Kingdom, as we are “divinely glad, for Christ is risen” (from the Paschal Canon), I offer my Paschal greeting to all: both to those who have successfully completed the reclusion of their quarantine, celebrating now in the churches and communing of Christ’s Holy Mysteries; and also to those who yet abide in the desert of solitude and various restrictions, dedicating the better portion of their time to private prayer, spiritually beneficial reading, and interaction with friends and relatives. May the former and the latter both, in the words of St. John Chrysostom, “honor the day,” receiving in their hearts the riches of God’s goodness! (more…)

Paschal Message of Patriarch KIRILL of Moscow and All Russia to the Archpastors, Pastors, Deacons, Monastics and All the Faithful Children of the Russian Orthodox Church

Your Graces the archpastors, venerable fathers,
all-honourable monks and nuns, dear brothers and sisters:


By the grace of the All-Generous God, we have been vouchsafed to come to the radiant Paschal night and once again rejoice in the glorious Resurrection of Christ. From the depths of my heart I greet all of you, my beloved, with this great holiday and “feast of feasts.” (more…)

Helpful liturgical resources during this time of self-isolation

The Eastern American Diocese and Fr John Whiteford have provided useful information for the upcoming services that you may wish to read at home or follow during the live streaming of the services. There are also other resources on the web pages that you may find useful during this time of self-isolation. Please refer to the links below. (more…)

Encyclical from His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

Appeal of the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia to the God-loving flock in connection with the coronavirus pandemic

Dear in the Lord fathers, brothers, and sisters!

I sincerely greet you with the very warmest well-wishes for the blessings of God, good health, spiritual calm, and the patience so needed in this trying time! I especially greet the doctors, nurses, and all who work in the hospitals, sincerely wishing them increased strength and Heavenly aid! I wish for those who are sick – and for their friends and relatives – comfort in the hope of God’s will, which always directs man toward the good. Our prayers are with all of you. (more…)

Обновленная информация о ведении церковной жизни во время пандемии / Updated information concerning conducting church life during the pandemic

Во вторник, 24 марта 2020 года, были введены дополнительные ограничения в связи с церковных служб. C полуночи 25 марта 2020.г, все церкви РПЦЗ будут закрыты для общественных служб. Пожалуйста, свяжитесь с вашим приходским священником нажав здесь для получения дополнительной информации.

Following the most recent announcement by the Prime Minister on Tuesday, 24 March 2020, further restrictions have been placed on “places of worship” as of midnight, 25 March 2020. All ROCOR churches are closed for public services. Please contact your parish priest by clicking here for further information.

Statement from His Grace Bishop George concerning conducting church life during the pandemic

Statement from Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, regarding the spread of coronavirus

Dear in the Lord Fathers, Brothers & Sisters!

With a sense of weighty responsibility not only for the eternal salvation of men’s souls, but also for the physical health of the clergy, monastics, parishioners, and worshippers of the Russian Church Abroad, I have been attentively following the development of events relating to the spread of the coronavirus, prayerfully beseeching for all God’s aid and the intercession of His Most-Pure Mother. (more…)

The Rite of Orthodoxy celebrated at Sts Peter and Paul Cathedral Strathfield

The feast of Orthodoxy, also known as the Sunday of Orthodoxy or the Triumph of Orthodoxy is celebrated on the first Sunday of Great Lent. This year this feast fell on Sunday, 8 March 2020.

His Grace Bishop George together with the Cathedral clergy, Archpriest George Lapardin (dean), Priest Michael Storozhev, Protodeacon Alexander Kotlaroff, Protodeacon Martin Naef, cleric of St Panteleimon’s church, Gosford and Deacon Michael Matys, cleric of St George’s church, Carlton celebrated the Divine Liturgy at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral Strathfield. Following the Liturgy, Bishop George performed the “Rite of Orthodoxy” which was intoned by Protodeacon Alexander Kotlaroff. (more…)

A Message from the Diocesan Bishop Regarding Church Life and the Coronavirus

A message regarding the coronavirus from His Grace Bishop Irenei of London and Western Europe is posted in three languages on his diocese’s official website.