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 (Spring 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
Our next services: 1-2 October, the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost and the Afterfeast of the Exaltation of the Cross
Our next services will be All-night Vigil at 6.00pm on Saturday 1 October and Divine Liturgy at 9.00am on Sunday 2 October, the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost and the Afterfeast of the Exaltation of the Cross. Our parishioners and friends are reminded that Eastern Standard Summer Time ("daylight savings") begins at 3.00am on Sunday 2 October. Following Divine Liturgy on our parish will hold its 2016 Annual General Meeting. Contributions to the Diocesan collection for the Holy Dormition Lavra in Svyatogorsk, Ukraine, will again be accepted on this day.
Notice of 2016 Annual General Meeting
Our 2016 parish Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 12.00pm on Sunday 2 October 2016. A formal Notice concerning the AGM - including the agenda and important information for parish members - is available here. The Parish Council nomination form referred to in the Notice is available here.
Services on 17-18 September, the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost and the day of commemoration of Saints Peter and Fevronia - 18/09/2016
On Saturday 17 September and Sunday 18 September we had services for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of Right-believing Prince Peter and Princes Fevronia (+1228 AD), wonderworkers of Murom and exemplars of love and faithfulness in married life. Following the Prayer before the Amvon at Divine Liturgy on Sunday, a moleben was served to the saints at which all the married and engaged couples in the parish were commemorated by name. In his sermon the parish rector spoke about the lives of the saints and of their enduring example. Following the service the second announcement was made about our forthcoming parish Annual General Meeting, and a collection was taken up to help the Holy Dormition Lavra in Svyatogorsk, Ukraine, to assist the many refugees who have taken shelter there.
Services on 3-4 September, the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost - 04/09/2016
On Saturday 3 September and Sunday 4 September we had services for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, for the Afterfeast of the Dormition, and in honour of the Martyr Agathonicus of Nicomedia and his companions. In a return to the customary practice of the Russian Orthodox Church all-night vigil rather than Matins was served on Saturday evening, the first time that this had happened on an ordinary Saturday evening since 2004. In his sermon at Divine Liturgy on Sunday the parish rector, referring to the appointed reading from the Holy Gospel (Matthew 18:23-35), spoke about the importance of showing mercy to others if we are to hope for it for ourselves. Following Divine Liturgy, the first announcement of our 2016 Annual General Meeting was made.
Our Spring 2016 Schedule of Services - 21/08/2016
Our Spring 2016 Schedule of Services - covering September, October and November - is now available in PDF format. A copy of the English-language Spring 2016 Schedule of Services is available here, and a copy of the Russian-language Spring 2016 Schedule of Services is available here. Both can also be accessed on our Services page, and printed copies in both languages are available in church. In the Spring 2016 Scehdule of Services there are two significant changes to our usual pattern of worship: All-night vigil rather than Matins will now be served on Saturday evenings, and regular akathists to Saint Panteleimon will be served once a month rather than twice.
Services on 20-21 August, the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost - 21/08/2016
On Saturday 20 August and Sunday 21 August we had services for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, the Afterfeast of the Transfiguration, and the commemoration of the Translation of the Relics of Saints Zosima and Sabbatius, wonderworkers of Solovki. Prior to the evening service on Saturday there was a confession service for children. During the services the faithful were able to venerate a hand-painted icon of the saints that had been blessed on their wonderworking relics. Following Divine Liturgy on Sunday a memorial litia was served for the ever-memorable Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky) (1863-1936), first First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia, it having been the eightieth anniversary of his repose on Wednesday 10 August, and for the newly-reposed Protodeacon Christopher Henderson, a clergyman of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese who reposed on 16 August. Father Christopher was a frequent visitor to our community during the early years at Narara and for the first few years after our move to West Gosford in 2004.
Services on 18-19 August, the Great Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord - 19/08/2016
On Thursday 19 August and Friday 20 August we had services for the Great Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. All-night vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves was served on Thursday evening. On Friday morning Divine Liturgy was served. The appointed Prayer for Ukraine was read after the Litany of Fervent Intercession. Following the Prayer before the Amvon we had the customary blessing of grapes, apples and other fruits. As in previous years, a quantity of organic Wollombi Valley Honey, a gift to our parish, was blessed and given to those present.
Services on 6-7 August, the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost - 07/08/2016
On Saturday 6 August and Sunday 7 August we had services for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of Saint Anna, the mother of the Mother of God. The Prayer for Ukraine was read at Divine Liturgy on Sunday. After the Prayer before the Amvon the parish rector blessed a new icon of All Saints of Ufa, a gift to our parish from the Holy Trinity Convent in Birsk, Bashkortostan, in gratitude for a donation from our parish.
Services on 5-6 August: The visit of Bishop George and the celebration of our patronal feast of Saint Panteleimon - 06/08/2016
On Friday 5 August and Saturday 6 August we had festive services in anticipation of the feast of our patron saint, the Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon, on 9 August. Prior to the services, our small church was beautifully decorated with flowers by Ekaterina Waters. On Friday evening All-night Vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves was served by the rector of the Archbishop’s Chapel of All Saints of Russia (Croydon, NSW), Priest Simon Nekipelov, and by our parish deacon, Father Martin Naef. Joining them for the litia and the polyeleos were our parish rector, Priest James Carles, and Priest Dionysios Halim of Saint John the Baptist Skete (Kentlyn, NSW). On Saturday morning Father James served the lesser blessing of water together with Deacon Simeon Polorotoff of Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church (Fairfield, NSW). His Grace Bishop George of Canberra presided at Divine Liturgy, with Father James, Father Dionysios, Protodeacon Constantine Moshegov of Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral (Strathfield, NSW), Father Martin and Father Simeon concelebrating. In his sermon, Bishop George spoke about the life of Saint Panteleimon and of the need to be whole-hearted and serious in our Christian lives. Following Divine Liturgy a moleben to Saint Panteleimon was served in the middle of the church. Our choir, strengthened by singers from other parishes who had joined us for the day, sang under the direction of Matushka Marie Carles. Afterwards approximately 120 parishioners and friends from Sydney and Newcastle enjoyed a festive lunch, hosted for the first time at our parish centre in West Gosford.