Saint Panteleimon's is an Orthodox Christian parish of Russian tradition serving the New South Wales Central Coast and the northern suburbs of Sydney. We are a parish of the Australian and New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia, a self-governing part of the Russian Orthodox Church. Established in 2000, our parish is one of the newest in our Diocese. Download an English-language copy of our current Schedule of Services in PDF format here. A Russian-language copy of the current Schedule of Services can be downloaded here.
Saint Panteleimon Russian Orthodox Church
4/7 Comserv Close; WEST GOSFORD, NSW 2256 Australia Detailed Map
English-language moleben and akathist to Saint Panteleimon
On Wednesday 28 January at 7.00pm we will have an English-language moleben and akathist to the heavenly patron of our parish, the Great-Martyr and Unmercenary Healer Panteleimon. All are welcome! Those who wish to be commemorated by name during the moleben should contact the parish rector directly.
Parish Calendars for 2015
In 2015 our parish will once again be providing parishioners and friends with two calendars to assist participation in the life of the parish and the wider Russian Orthodox Church. The first of these is a magnetic calendar that sets out the contact details for our parish and marks the Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year on which we will have services. The second is a Russian-English wall calendar published by Saint Innocent Press that provides details of fasts, feasts, daily commemorations and Scripture readings, and which gives both the "New" and "Old" calendar dates. This year's wall calendar commemorates the ever-memorable second First Hierarch of our Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia, His Beatitude Metropolitan Anastasy (Gribanovsky), 1873-1965. Both calendars are now available for collection in church and can also be posted upon request.
Our next services: 31 January - 1 February, the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee
Our next services will be Matins at 6.00pm on Saturday 31 January and Divine Liturgy at 9.00am on Sunday 1 February, the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee. These services mark the beginning of the use of the Lenten Triodion (Постная Триодь), the service book that contains all the special material pertaining to Great Lent. The Sunday is so named because the Gospel reading appointed for this day (Luke 18:10-14) is the Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee.
The blessing of parish homes at the feast of Theophany - 26/01/2015
It has been the custom in our parish since January 2002 for the parish rector to visit parish homes during the festive days following the Great Feast of Theophany and to bless them with the Holy Water. The troparion and kontakion of the feast are sung as the Holy Water is sprinkled throughout the home, and afterwards prayers are offered before the family icons for the health and salvation of those dwelling there. This year, the blessing of homes began on the afternoon of the Eve of Theophany, continuing on the day of the feast and the days that followed.Over 30 homes on the Central Coast and in Hornsby and Sydney's north were blessed during the week that followed the feast, with further visits still to be made.
The repose and funeral of Michael Grigorieff - 22/01/2015
On Thursday 15 January we learned with sadness of the repose that morning of our parishioner, Michael Grigorieff. Born in Shanghai on 29 December 1933, Michael came to Australia with his family in the mid-1930s, serving in the Australian Army during the 1950s. Michael had a long association with the Central Coast and was a member of our parish from 2006. His funeral was served in our church on Thursday 22January, after which he was laid to rest at the Noraville Cemetery. Michael is survived by two sons, Adrian and John, to whom we offer sincere condolences. May God grant rest to His newly-departed servant!
Services on 17-18 January, the Eve of Theophany - 19/01/2015
On Saturday 17 January and Sunday 18 January we had services for the Thirty-Second Sunday after Pentecost and the Eve of the Great Feast of Theophany. On Saturday evening Matins was served and on Sunday morning, Divine Liturgy followed by Vespers and the Great Blessing of Water. Despite the heat and the great length of the service, many people gathered in church and remained to the end to partake of the Holy Water. That afternoon the parish rector visited a number of parish homes for the customary Theophany blessing. On the following day a number of our parishioners travelled to the parish of Saint Nicholas, Wallsend, to participate in the festive services there.
The funeral of Nadejda Feldman - 15/01/2015
On Thursday 15 January our parish rector served the funeral of Nadejda Feldman in the chapel at Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Park. Nadejda reposed aged 78 on Thursday 8 January, the second day of the Great Feast of the Nativity of Christ. She is survived by her husband Victor, their children Vera, Lioubov and Alexandre, and their grandchildren. May God grant rest to his newly-departed handmaiden!
A baptism - Andrew Aristarchov - 10/01/2015
On Saturday 10 January the parish rector baptised six year-old Andrew Aristarchov, the son of Dmitry and Irina Aristarchov. Andrew, who was baptised in honour of the Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called, had as his sponsors at Holy Baptism Konstantin Ouskov and Ekaterina Lysenko. We offer warm congratulations to Dmitry, Irina, Konstantin and Ekaterina, and wish the newly-baptised Andrew many years!
Services on 6-7 January, the Great Feast of the Nativity of Christ - 07/01/2015
On Tuesday 6 January and Wednesday 7 January we had services for the Great Feast of the Nativity of Christ. Prior to the services our small church had been beautifully decorated by Katia Waters and Wassim Ayoub. On Tuesday evening All-night Vigil (Great Compline and Matins) with the blessing of five loaves, wheat, wine and oil was served with a great many people in attendance. At Matins Alexander Momot, a Russian Orthodox man born in Harbin and blind from his birth, read the Six Psalms, having committed them to memory in his childhood. On the following day our church was again full – visitors from Newcastle and Sydney joining us for the feast – and many of the faithful received Holy Communion. Following the Prayer before the Amvon we had a brief Moleben of Thanksgiving to mark the anniversary of the deliverance in 1812 of the Russian Church and Empire from the invasion of the French and twelve other nations. Metropolitan Hilarion’s 2015 Nativity Epistle was then read aloud by the rector. After the service many remained behind to share in a festive meal in church hall.
Services on 3-4 January - 04/01/2015
On Saturday 3 January and Sunday 4 January we had services for the Thirtieth Sunday after Pentecost and the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ. The Sunday before the Nativity is a day of commemoration of the Holy Fathers, the ancestors of Christ according to the flesh, and also of the Old Testaments prophets who bore witness to His coming. Our small church was full on Sunday, with many people receiving Holy Communion. At the Prayer before the Amvon the parish rector blessed eight beautiful new green vestments for the parish altar-servers, the work of the Convent of Saint Elisabeth in Minsk, Belarus.
Church clean-up on Saturday 3 January - 03/01/2015
On Saturday 3 January our parish had its customary clean-up in preparation for Christmas. Over 20 parishioners gathered to assist with this work. All the furniture was removed from the church to be washed and polished, the oil lamps were cleaned and refilled, the icons were wiped and dusted, and everything in church was made to shine. The Christmas vestments were ironed in readiness for the festive services. Afterwards, all shared a Lenten meal before returning home. May the Lord bless all those who helped!
An English-language akathist to Great-Martyr Panteleimon - 24/12/2014
On Wednesday 24 December we served an English-language moleben and akathist to the heavenly protector of our parish, the Great-Martyr Panteleimon. We now have two such services each month, one wholly in Church Slavonic and the other wholly in English. The next moleben and akathist – in Church Slavonic – will be at 7.00pm on Wednesday 14 January. Holy Great-Martyr and Healer Panteleimon, pray to God for us!
Services on 20-21 December - 21/12/2014
On Saturday 20 December and Sunday 21 December we had services for the Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of Saint Patapius of Thebes (Seventh Century AD). More people than usual were present for the Saturday evening service, and on Sunday morning our small church was full to overflowing with our regular parishioners and visitors from Sydney. Many people received Holy Communion. In his sermon the parish rector spoke about the appointed Scripture readings (Colossians 1:12-18, Luke 17:12-19), emphasising the importance of giving thanks to God for material and spiritual blessings. Following the dismissal a memorial litia was served for Sophia Kfoury, the fortieth day of whose repose it was on Saturday 20 December. Nina Golovin and the Kfoury family had prepared a meal in Sophia’s memory, and many stayed to share in it and to enjoy one another’s company. A wonderful day in the life of our parish!
Our December 2014 parish newsletter - 21/12/2014
Our December 2014 parish newsletter was published on 21 December 2014. To read it visit our newsletter page or click here.
Metropolitan Hilarion ratifies the decisions of our 2014 Annual General Meeting - 16/12/2014
On 16 December 2014 we received a letter from Metropolitan Hilarion ratifying the decisions of our 2014 Annual General Meeting and invoking God's blessing on our parish. A copy of Vladyka's letter can be viewed here.
An akathist to Great-Martyr Panteleimon - 10/12/2014
On Wednesday 10 December we served a moleben and akathist to the heavenly protector of our parish, the Great-Martyr Panteleimon. As of December 2014, there will be two such services each month, one in Church Slavonic and the other in English. This first service was in Church Slavonic, with the parish choir singing under the direction of our conductor Olga Ivanovna Itsikson. Many people prayed in church and put up their names for commemoration at the moleben. The next moleben and akathist – in English – will be at 7.00pm on Wednesday 24 December. Holy Great-Martyr and Healer Panteleimon, pray to God for us!
The December 2014 meeting of the Parish Council - 09/12/2014
Our Parish Council met on Tuesday 9 December. This was the first meeting of the newly-elected Parish Council and the final meeting for 2014. In addition to the usual pastoral, administrative and financial reports, the Parish Council made plans for the celebration of the feast of the Nativity of the Lord on 7 January 2015 and considered the work of the parish bookstore. A detailed report was heard on the Saint Seraphim Community Russian School in Hornsby that operates in association with our parish and a decision was made to fund one full-year and two half-year scholarships in 2015, the total value being $1,600. The Parish Council will next meet on 13 January 2015.
Services on 6-7 December - 07/12/2014
On Saturday 6 December and Sunday 7 December we had services for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of the Great-Martyr Katherine of Alexandria. On Sunday the icons of Christ, the Mother of God and Saint Katherine were beautifully decorated with floral arrangements by Katia Waters. Immediately following Divine Liturgy a memorial litia was served for the newly-reposed servant of God Tatiana Elgin-Borodin, one of the founding members of our parish. The rector then congratulated six parishioners celebrating their name-day – Katya Lugovoy, Katya Korolkevich-Rubbo, Kate Marcotrigiano, Katia Waters, Katya Yakimov, and Katie Carles – after which the choir sang “Many Years!"
A baptism - Michael Lamanov - 06/12/2014
On Saturday 6 December the parish rector baptised Michael Lamanov, the infant son of Sergiy Lamanov and Svitlana Froklina and a baby brother to Sofia. Michael was named in honour of the Holy Archangel Michael and his sponsors at baptism were Dmitry Reznik and Nataliya Kravchenko. We warmly congratulate Sergiy, Svitlana, Dmitry and Nataliya, and pray that God will grant his newly-baptised servant Michael many years!