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Welcome to our parish!

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 (Summer 2016-17) 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
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Forthcoming services and activities
Our next services: 18-19 January, the Great Feast of Theophany

Our next services will be All-night vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine oil and five loaves at 6.00pm on Wednesday 18 January and Divine Liturgy with the Great Blessing of Water at 9.00am on Thursday 19 January, the Great Feast of Theophany, the commemoration of the Baptism of the Lord.  Following the service and on the days afterwards the parish rector will be blessing homes on the Central Coast and in Hornsby and Sydney's north.


The 'Softener of Evil Hearts' Icon of the Mother of God will visit our parish on Australia Day, 26 January 2017

God willing, on Thursday 26 January 2017 - the Australia Day public holiday - the 'Softener of Evil Hearts' Icon of the Mother of God will visit our parish.  Some English-language information about this myrrh-streaming icon is available here.  It is expected that a moleben with an akathist to the Mother of God will be served before the icon, after which the faithful will be anointed with the myrrh.  Further details of the visit will be provided in due course.


Parish Life
Services on 6-7 January, the Great Feast of the Nativity of Christ - 07/01/2017

On Friday 6 January and Saturday 7 January we had services for the Great Feast of the Nativity of Christ.  Great Compline with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves was served on Friday evening and Divine Liturgy was served on Saturday morning.  A great many people were present on Saturday morning, with friends from Sydney and Newcastle joining us.  Following the Prayer before the Amvon a brief moleben of thanksgiving was served to observe the anniversary of the deliverance on Christmas Day in 1812 of the Russian Church and Empire from the invasion of the French and twelve other nations.  In place of a sermon, the parish rector read aloud in Russian and in English the Nativity Epistle of Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia.  Many stayed afterwards to share in a festive meal.


Services on 5-6 January, the Eve of the Nativity of Christ - 06/01/2017

On Thursday 5 January and Friday 6 January we had services for the Eve of the Nativity of Christ.  Matins was served on Thursday evening, with almost everyone present taking the opportunity to confess during the course of the service.  On Friday morning Vespers with the Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great was served.  At Vespers the eight appointed readings from the Old Testament were read, some in Slavonic and some in English.  Following the service the troparion and kontakion of the Nativity of Christ, “Thy Nativity, O Christ our God” and “Today the Virgin giveth birth”, were sung.  The church was then prepared and decorated for the approaching festive services.


Services on 31 December-1 January, the Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost - 01/01/2017

On Saturday 31 December and Sunday 1 January we had services for the Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of the Holy Fathers - all the righteous men and women who pleased God from the beginning of time until the coming of Christ - and the Martyr Boniface (+290 AD).  Prior to All-night vigil on Saturday evening and after Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning prayers were offered for the repose of the souls of the victims of the crash on 25 December of Russian Defence Ministry Tupolev Tu-154 into the Black Sea.  Following the Prayer before the Amvon on Sunday, a brief moleben was served for the beginning of the New Year on the civil calendar.


Services on 24-25 December, the Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost - 25/12/2016

On Saturday 24 December and Sunday 25 December we had services for the Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of the Holy Forefathers - the ancestors of Christ according to the flesh - and Venerable Herman of Alaska (+1836 AD).  As Sunday was also the day of commemoration of Saint Spyridon, Wonderworker of Tremithus (+348 AD), a greatly revered hierarch of the Orthodox Church, his icon was placed in the centre of the church for veneration and his magnification was sung at All-night vigil on Saturday evening.  Prior to All-night vigil on Saturday evening and after Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning prayers were offered for the repose of the soul of Andrei Gennadyevich Karlov, the Russian Ambassador to Turkey brutally murdered in Ankara on 19 December by an Islamist extremist.


Services on 17-18 December, the Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost - 18/12/2016

On Saturday 17 December and Sunday 18 December we had services for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of Saint Sabbas the Sanctified.  All-night vigil with the magnification of the saint was served on Saturday evening and Divine Liturgy was served on Sunday morning.  Following Divine Liturgy a memorial litia was served for our parishioner Helen Leidl in anticipation of the fortieth day of her repose on Tuesday 20 December 2016.


The December 2016 meeting of the Parish Council - 13/12/2016

On Tuesday 13 December our 2016-17 Parish Council, elected at our parish Annual General Meeting on Sunday 2 October, met for the first time.  Father James gave a detailed report on the Eighteenth Diocesan Assembly held in Cabramatta from 17-19 November and on the participation of parish delegates in the work of the Assembly and in the celebration of Metropolitan Hilarion's twentieth anniversary as Ruling Bishop.  Financial reports for September, October and November were considered, and plans for 2017 were discussed.  The Parish Council is scheduled to meet next on Tuesday 24 January 2017.


Services on 3-4 December, the Great Feast of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple - 04/12/2016

On Saturday 3 December and Sunday 4 December we had services for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost and the Great Feast of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple.  All-night vigil with the blessing of five loaves, wheat, wine and oil was served on Saturday evening.  At Divine Liturgy on Sunday the newly-baptised servant of God John received Holy Communion for the first time.  Following the Dismissal, a litia was served for Tatiana Elgin-Borodin, it being the eve of the second anniversary of her repose.  As the faithful venerated the Cross a collection was taken up for the Fund for Assistance to the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia.


A baptism - John Johnstone - 03/12/2016

On Saturday 3 December the parish rector received Rodney Johnstone into the Orthodox Church by baptism and chrismation.  In baptism Rodney took the name John in honour of Saint John of the Ladder.  His sponsors were Bill Reid and Boris Levitski.  We warmly congratulate the newly-illumined servant of God John and his sponsors, and wish him many years.


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