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 (Winter 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
Services on 18-19 June, the Great Feast of Pentecost - 19/06/2016
On Saturday 18 June and Sunday 19 June we had services for the Great Feast of Pentecost, the commemoration of the Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. All-night vigil with the blessing of five loaves, wheat, wine and oil was served on Saturday evening and Divine Liturgy was served on Sunday morning. On Saturday morning a small group of parishioners gathered to decorate the church with grant-branches in honour of the the Holy Spirit, the Giver of Life. As the Saturday before Pentecost is a day of commemoration of the departed, a pannikhida was served immediately prior to All-night Vigil on Saturday evening. Amongst those commemorated were Sophia Kfoury and Tatiana Elgin-Borodin, two much-loved parishioners in whose memory our new icon of the Holy Trinity was painted. Divine Liturgy on Sunday was followed by Vespers and the customary "kneeling prayers". During the Sunday services parishioners held beautiful bouquets prepared by our Head Sister, Kate Marcotrigiano.
Services on 4-5 June, the Sunday of the Blind Man - 05/06/2016
On Saturday 4 June and Sunday 5 June we had services for the Sixth Sunday of Pascha, the Sunday of the Blind Man. On Sunday the weather on the Central Coast was inclement and the power to our church was cut, leaving us to serve the Hours and the first part of Divine Liturgy in the dark. At the end of Divine Liturgy a brief moleben was served before an icon of All Saints of Ufa that our rector had brought back with him from a visit to the Diocese of Ufa and Sterlitamak (Bashkortostan, Russia) in October 2015, it having been the feast-day of these saints on Friday 3 June. Following the service all enjoyed freshly-cooked piroshki prepared by our Ladies Auxiliary.
Services on 28-29 May, the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman - 29/05/2016
On Saturday 28 May and Sunday 29 May we had services for the Fifth Sunday of Pascha, the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman and the Afterfeast of Mid-Pentecost. In his sermon at Divine Liturgy on Sunday the parish rector spoke of the way in which we, like the Samaritan Woman, make the mistake of seeking satisfaction in the passing things of this world, and of the need to find – as did she – that the true satisfaction of our longings is ultimately to be found in God alone.
Our Winter 2016 Schedule of Services - 25/05/2016
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.