The Funeral of Sir John Tavener

On a gloomy day, just right for a funeral, in the enormous gothic building – “a liturgy in stone,” as the Dean of Winchester called it – 700 people have gathered to bid farewell to Sir John Tavener on his journey to the Kingdom.

Pastoral Message from Archbishop Job

By the Grace of God
Archbishop of Telmessos, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
Pastoral Message
To the clergy, monastics and faithful
of the Archdiocese of Russian Orthodox Churches in Western Europe
Dearly beloved Fathers, Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is with great emotion that I come before you today, on the feast of the Holy Apostle Andrew the First Called, the day of my ordination to the episcopate by His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch and the bishops who conce

In Memoriam: Mother Maria Rule (1937 - 2013)

Eternal Remembrance!

Mother Maria was born Marigold Rule, and grew up in Guildford, Surrey, of mixed French and English parentage. Both of her parents were atheists.  Her journey to faith in Christ began as a child, during the blitz of the Second World War.  After one night of particularly heavy bombing, when a number of people living near Marigold’s home had been killed in the blast, she asked her mother what would happen now to the people who had died.  Her mother replied that for them, that was the end; nothing awaited them in eternity, there was no life after death, they were simply dead and would soon be buried.  The young girl was so horrified at the bleakness of her mother’s response to her question that she was convinced that there must be something more, some ultimate spiritual purpose in life.  Thus began a journey of faith that led her first to belief in God, and then to the pursuit of a life lived for Him.

Latest edition of the Newsletter of the Exarchate, November 2013

Summary :

  1. Election of the Archbishop : archimandrite Job
  2. Archdiocesan Assembly
  3. In Memoriam arch. Gabriel
  4. Homily of Metropolitan Emmanuel
  5. Testimonies
  6. In Memoriam Mother Olga

New Archbishop elected for the Exarchate

On Friday 1 November 2013, Archimandrite Job (Getcha) was elected as our new Archbishop by the General Assembly meeting in Paris.

Archbishop Gabriel laid to rest

The funeral of Archbishop Gabriel was held on Saturday 3 November at the St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Paris.  The service was conducted by Metropolitan Emanuel with two Romanian bishops and many clergy and laity in attendance. 

In memoriam: Archbishop Gabriel of Comana (1946-2013)

Memory Eternal

Archbishop Gabriel of Comana, formerly bishop in charge of the Archdiocese of parishes of the Russian tradition in Western Europe and exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, died on 26 October in Maastricht (the Netherlands), at the age of 67, after a long illness. He was the leader of the Archdiocese of parishes of the Russian tradition in Western Europe, which comes under the episcopal see of Paris and has autonomous status within the Ecumenical Patriarchate, from May 2003 to January 2013. On 8 January 2013 his illness forces him to ask the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I to relieve him of his office, and this was approved by the Holy Synod with effect from 16 January.


The Funeral of Archbishop Gabriel

The funeral of Archbishop Gabriel will take place on Saturday 2 November 2013. It will commence with the celebration of a pontifical Divine Liturgy at 8.00 am, in the St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

Vigil for Archbishop Gabriel

The coffin of our dearly beloved Archbishop Gabriel will arrive at the St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral on Wednesday 30 October between 3.00 and 4.00 pm. Upon its arrival, a panikhida will immediately be celebrated.

Archbishop Gabriel of Comana fell asleep in the Lord

Archbishop Gabriel of Comana fell asleep in the Lord just after midnight in the early hours of this morning Saturday 26 October.

Details of the funeral will follow.

Here are some words he addressed to us at Paskha 2012.


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