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 (Autumn 2016) 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
Priest James Carles, Deacon Martin Naef, the Parish Council, the Choir, the Sisterhood and the parishioners of the church of Saint Panteleimon in Gosford congratulate His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, His Grace Bishop George, the reverend clergy and monastics and all the faithful of the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand with the radiant feast of the Resurrection of Christ and wish everyone good health, peace and spiritual well-being.
Our next services: 28-29 May, the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
Our next services will be Matins at 6.00pm on Saturday 28 May and Divine Liturgy at 9.00am on Sunday 29 May, the Fifth Sunday of Pascha and the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman. On this day we remember the conversation of our Lord with the woman by Jacob's Well in Samaria (John 4:5-42).
Our Winter 2016 Schedule of Services - covering June, July and August - is now available in PDF format. A copy of the English-language Winter 2016 Schedule of Services is available here, and a copy of the Russian-language Winter 2016 Schedule of Services is available here. Printed copies in both languages will be available in church from Saturday 28 May.
Services on 14-15 May, the Sunday of the Holy Myrrh-Bearers - 15/05/2016
On Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May we had services for the Third Sunday of Pascha, the day of commemoration of the Myrrh-Bearing Women and of Righteous Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus. At the Great Entrance the parish rector commemorated two newly-reposed clergymen of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese, Mitred Archpriest Michael Li and Mitred Archpriest Michael Klebansky, both of whom had departed this life on Thursday 12 May. Following the dismissal he spoke about the lives and exemplary service of both priests before a memorial litia was served.
Services on 6-7 May, Bright Saturday - 07/05/2016
On Friday 6 May and Saturday 7 May we have services for the First Saturday of Pascha, Bright Saturday. Paschal Matins was served on Friday evening and Paschal Divine Liturgy was served on Saturday morning. Following the Prayer before the Amvon the parish rector read the Prayer at the Cutting of the Artos. In place of a sermon, the Paschal Epistle of Metropolitan Hilarion was read aloud.
Services during Holy Week - 29/04/2016
During Holy Week we had a number of beautiful services. Matins was served on the evenings of Sunday 24, Monday 25, Tuesday 26, and Wednesday 27 April, and Divine Liturgy was served on the morning of Thursday 28 April, Great and Holy Thursday. At 3.00pm on Friday 29 April, Great and Holy Friday, Vespers with the bringing out of the Shroud of Christ was served. The Tomb and Shroud were beautifully decorated with flowers prepared by Kate Marcotrigiano and Claudia Kraiuhin.
Services on 22-23 April, Lazarus Saturday - 23/04/2016
On Friday 22 April and Saturday 23 April we had services for Lazarus Saturday, the sixth Saturday of Great Lent. Matins was served on Friday evening and Divine Liturgy was served on Saturday morning. As we had no services for Palm Sunday, following the Prayer before the Amvon bunches of pussy-willows and flowers were blessed in anticipation of the feast.
Services on Sunday evenings and weekdays during Great Lent - 20/04/2016
During the course of Great Lent we had a number of beautiful services on weeknights and on Sunday evenings. On the first four Sundays of Great Lent – Sunday 20 and 27 March and Sunday 3 and 10 April – Vespers with the reading of the Passia was served. On Wednesday of the second and sixth weeks of Great Lent and Thursday of the third week Great Compline was served, and on Wednesday of the fifth week we had Matins with the Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete and the reading of the Life of Saint Mary of Egypt.
Useful information about when weddings can be celebrated, together with a list of available dates in 2016 and 2017 - 19/04/2016
In conjunction with Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Wallsend, our parish has developed and published a list of Sundays and Fridays on which weddings can be celebrated in 2016, together with an explanation of the reasons why weddings cannot be celebrated on certain days and dates and during certain seasons. A list of Sundays and Fridays in 2017 on which weddings can be celebrated has now been added. This information, which can be accessed either here or via our ‘Needs’ page under ‘Weddings’, has been prepared to help our parishioners and friends when planning weddings in parishes of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. Should anyone have any questions about this information, please contact us.
Services on 16-17 April, the Fifth Sunday in Great Lent - 17/04/2016
On Saturday 16 April and Sunday 17 April we had services for the Fifth Sunday in Great Lent, the day of commemoration of Saint Mary of Egypt. Matins was served on Sunday evening and Divine Liturgy was served on Sunday morning. It being the fortieth anniversary of the repose of the ever-memorable Archbishop Sava (Raevsky) (1892-1976), the Ruling Bishop of our Diocese from 1955-1969, he was commemorated at the Great Entrance. Receiving Holy Communion for the first time were the newly-baptised handmaidens of God Maria Tuntsova and Lydia Shevchenko. Following Divine Liturgy the parish rector spoke about the life and work of Vladyka Sava before serving a litia for his repose. The rector also asked parishioners and friends to pray for the grievously ill Mitred Archpriest Michael Klebansky, speaking briefly about Father Michael's fifty years of faithful service as a priest in numerous parishes of the Diocese and in the Holy Land.
A baptism - Lilia Shevchenko - 16/04/2016
On Saturday 16 April, the Fifth Saturday in Great Lent and the Saturday of the Akathist, the parish rector baptised seventy-nine year-old Lilia Shevchenko. Lilia, who was baptised in honour of Martyr Lydia, had as her sponsor at baptism her daughter-in-law Ekaterina Shevchenko. We warmly congratulate the newly-baptised Lydia and wish her every blessing from God in her new life!
A baptism - Maria Tuntsova - 10/04/2016
On Sunday 10 April, the Fourth Sunday in Great Lent and the day of commemoration of Saint John of the Ladder, the parish rector baptised Maria Tuntsova, the infant daughter and third child of Artem Tuntsov and Tatiana Tuntsova. Maria, who was baptised in honour of Saint Mary of Egypt, had as her sponsors at baptism Tatiana Tsoutsman and Viacheslav Didenko. We warmly congratulate Artem, Tatiana, Tatiana, and Viacheslav, and wish the newly-baptised Maria many years!
Services on 2-3 April, the Third Sunday in Great Lent - 03/04/2016
On Saturday 2 April and Sunday 3 April we had services for the Third Sunday in Great Lent, the Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross. Matins with the bringing out of the Cross was served on Saturday evening and Divine Liturgy was served on Sunday morning. As Saturday was a day of commemoration of the departed, Matins that evening was preceded by a general memorial service. A great many people were present on Sunday morning, with friends from Newcastle and Sydney joining us for the service. In his sermon the rector spoke of the way in which the veneration of the Cross on this day, the mid-point of the Forty Days of Great Lent, serves to encourage the faithful in spiritual struggle.