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On the weekend of 8-9 August our parish celebrated its patronal feast-day of the Great-Martyr and Healer Panteleimon.  All-night Vigil with the blessing of five loaves, wheat, wine and oil was served on Saturday evening, with many of our parishioners and friends present and the full parish choir singing under the direction of Olga Ivanovna Itsikson.  Our rector, Priest James Carles, was joined for this service by parish cleric Deacon Martin Naef and by Deacon Simon Polorotov, a cleric of Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Fairfield, a suburb in Sydney’s west.  On the following morning the lesser blessing of waters was served, during which our parishioners and many friends from Sydney, Newcastle and Canberra arrived.  His Grace Bishop George of Canberra presided at Divine Liturgy, being joined by Father James, Deacons Martin and Simon, and by Protodeacon Constantine Moshegov, a cleric of the Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral in Strathfield and the All Saints of Russia parish in Croydon.  At the end of Divine Liturgy Bishop George gave an edifying sermon on the life and prayerful intercession of Saint Panteleimon, after which a moleben was served to the Great-Martyr.  Awards were then presented to four parishioners: Olga Ivanovna Itsikson and William Reid received the prestigious Diocesan Cross, and Ekaterina Waters and Wassim Ayoub received parish Certificates of Appreciation.  The great majority of those present then gathered for a festive lunch at the East Gosford Progress Hall.

The Feast of the Great-Martyr Panteleimon - 09/08/2015

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