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
Services on 14-15 February, the Great Feast of the Meeting of the Lord - 15/02/2015
On Saturday 14 February and Sunday 15 February we had services for the Great feast of the Meeting of the Lord and for the Sunday of the Last Judgement. All-night vigil was served on Saturday evening with our full choir singing under the direction of Olga Ivanovna Itsikson. At the end of Divine Liturgy on Sunday there was a blessing of candles and - in accordance with the practice of the Australian and New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia – baskets of seasonal fruit. The candles, a gift to our parish, were distributed to the faithful for use at home. As it was twenty years to the day since the repose of the ever-memorable Archbishop Paul (Pavlov), Ruling Bishop of our Diocese from 1980-1993, a memorial litia was served after the dismissal. Also commemorated was Archpriest Nicholas Grant, a priest of our Diocese from 1975-95, our Diocesan secretary, and a dear friend of Vladyka Paul, it having been the twentieth anniversary of his repose on 14 February 2015. Both were commemorated at the Great Entrance, and prior to the litia our parish rector spoke about the lives of these two remarkable men and their contribution to the life of the Diocese and, in the case of Vladyka Paul, the wider Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia. As the faithful venerated the Cross a collection was taken up to assist the work of Orthodox Action, a charitable organisation operating under the auspices of the Diocese. This collection is taken up in all parishes of the Diocese each February.
Services on 31 January-1 February, the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee - 01/02/2015
On Saturday 31 January and Sunday 1 February we had services for the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, the first day on which the Lenten Triodion is used. A greater than usual number of people gathered on both Saturday night and Sunday morning. Although our parish deacon Father Martin Naef was absent, travelling abroad for work, we were joined for Divine Liturgy by a dear friend of the parish, Protodeacon German Polorotov, now assigned to the Gold Coast-Tweed Heads parish of our Diocese. In his sermon the rector spoke of the Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee (Luke 18: 10-14), emphasising the importance of emulating the best characteristics of both - the humility of the Publican and the righteousness of the Pharisee - whilst avoiding both sin and foolish pride. Many stayed afterwards for a cup of tea and company.
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!