Services on 18-19 December, the day of commemoration of Saint Nicholas of Myra in Lycia
On Sunday 18 December and Monday 19 December, the lesser patronal feast of our church, we had services in honour of Saint Nicholas of Myra in Lycia. All-night vigil with the blessing of five loaves, wheat, wine and oil was served on Sunday evening and Divine Liturgy was served on Monday morning. Our small church was full for Divine Liturgy, with many of those present receiving Holy Communion. Following the Prayer before the Amvon a brief moleben to Saint Nicholas was served for those present. After the dismissal, our rector Archpriest James Carles congratulated parish Warden Nikolai Goura and Parish Council member Nicholas (Dean) Crawford, both of whom were celebrating their name-day. He remarked on the importance of men taking an active role in church life before thanking them both for their work for the parish and wishing them every blessing from God. He then thanked choir director Nataliya Rahim for her service to the church and her contribution to the community, noting that she had conducted the choir for the last time before moving interstate. On behalf of the parish he presented her with a copy of the parish’s treasured “Newcastle” Icon of the Mother of God. Many years was sung for Nikolai, Nicholas and Nataliya.