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 Autumn 2015 Schedule of Services in PDF format here. A Russian-language copy of the Autumn 2015 Schedule of Services can be downloaded here.
Saint Panteleimon Russian Orthodox Church
4/7 Comserv Close; WEST GOSFORD, NSW 2256 Australia Detailed Map
On Wednesday 18 March the parish rector baptised Thomas Lucas, the infant son and first child of Alexander and Nadine Lucas. Thomas, who was baptised in honour of the Holy Apostle Thomas, had as his sponsors at Holy Baptism Daniel Kobeleff and Emma Lucas. We offer warm congratulations to Alex, Nadine, Daniel and Emma, and wish the newly-baptised servant of God many years!
The March 2015 meeting of the Parish Council - 17/03/2015
The Parish Council met on Tuesday 17 March 2015. The usual administrative, financial and pastoral reports were heard. The rector reported that iconographer Dmitri Lihachov had commenced work on a large icon of the Holy Trinity to be ready by Pentecost 2015, the cost of which will be met by donations made in memory of Sophia Kfoury and Tatiana Elgin-Borodin. A decision was made to continue sponsorship of Haiti Orthodox Family Relief, and a number of applications for the renewal of parish membership were considered and accepted. Arrangements were made for the cleaning and decoration of the church in preparation for Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Pascha. It was agreed that teleconferencing facilities would be installed to allow for flexibility in Parish Council meetings – a number of the members of the Parish Council live more than 50 kilometres from the parish centre – and that steps would be taken to fully provide for card-based payments at the candle-desk. Arrangements to publish the property purchase appeal approved at the 2014 parish Annual General Meeting were discussed. The Parish Council will next meet on Bright Tuesday, 14 April 2015.
Services on 14-15 March, the Third Sunday in Great Lent - 15/03/2015
On Saturday 14 March and Sunday 15 March we had services for the Third Sunday in Great Lent, the Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross. In a departure from our usual practice, all-night vigil was served on Saturday for the sake of the bringing out of the Cross, and our full choir sang under the direction of O.I. Itsikson. The Cross was magnificently decorated by Katia Waters. Our church was full on the following day, with many having confessed in preparation for Holy Communion.
The Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God visits our parish - 06/03/2015
On the evening of Friday 6 March the revered Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God, the "Directress" of the Russian Diaspora, visited our parish. Brought from Sydney by the parish rector, the icon arrived just before 7.00pm. A great many people gathered for the occasion, and a moleben with an akathist was served before the icon, after which the faithful venerated it and received a copy of the icon printed on card. Many of those present afterwards took advantage of the rare opportunity to pray quietly before this holy icon. A collection to benefit the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia was taken up at the service.
Our March 2015 parish newsletter was published on 3 March 2015. To read it visit our newsletter page or click here.
Vespers with reading of the first “Passia” - 01/03/2015
On the evening of Sunday 1 March, the first Sunday in Great Lent, Vespers with the reading of the First “Passia” (or account of the suffering of Christ) was served. The service of the Passia was introduced to the Russian Orthodox Church in the seventeenth century by the righteous hierarch Peter (Moghila), Metropolitan of Kiev. In the parishes of our Diocese it is customarily served on the evening of the first, second, third and fourth Sundays of Great Lent. The account of the suffering of Christ is read from each of the four evangelists in turn: Matthew (Chapters 26 and 27) on the first Sunday, Mark (Chapters 14 and 15) on the second Sunday, Luke (Chapters 22 and 23) on the third Sunday, and John (Chapters 18 and 19) on the fourth Sunday. Before and after the reading of the Gospel, which occurs at the very end of the service, certain stichera from Great and Holy Friday and Great and Holy Saturday are sung, slowly and solemnly. In our parish the singing of the stichera and the reading of the Gospel are generally in English.
Services on 28 February – 1 March, the Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy - 01/03/2015
On the weekend of 28 February and 1 March we had services for the Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy. Reading the Apostol for us on Sunday was Reader Christopher Dowling, visiting the Central Coast from Canberra. At the end of Divine Liturgy the service of intercession “For the conversion of those in error” was served, it being the custom of the Russian Orthodox Church to do so on the Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy. A collection was then taken up to benefit the Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, New York, the main seminary of our Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia.