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Saint Nicholas' is an Orthodox Christian parish of Russian tradition serving Newcastle and the Hunter Valley.  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 1952, our parish is the oldest continuously-functioning Orthodox Church in the Hunter Valley.  Download a PDF version of the current (Autumn 2017) English-language Schedule of Services here.  A PDF version of the current Russian-language Schedule of Services can be accessed here.


Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church ,
3 Irving Street; Wallsend, NSW 2256 Australia
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Forthcoming services and activities
Our parish feast-day: 21-22 May, the commemoration of the Translation of the Relics of Saint Nicholas from Myra in Lycia to Bari

On 21-22 May we will have services in honour of the Translation of the Relics of Saint Nicholas from Myra in Lycia to Bari, Italy, the patronal feast of our parish.  At 6.00pm on Sunday 21 May we will have All-night vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves.  At 8.15am on Monday 22 May we will have the lesser blessing of water, and at 9.00am we will have Divine Liturgy.  Following the service there will be a moleben with a procession around the church, after which there will have a festive lunch for those able to join us.

Our next services: 27-28 May, the Seventh Sunday of Pascha

Our next services will be Matins at 6.00pm on Saturday 27 May and Divine Liturgy at 9.00am on Sunday 28 May, the Seventh Sunday of Pascha and the day of commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council (325 AD).

Diocesan-wide collection on the Sunday of All Saints to assist the construction of a Memorial Church in Sremski-Karlovci, Serbia

On Sunday 11 June, the Sunday of All Saints and the Day of Youth of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, the parishes and missions of our Diocese will be taking up a collection to assist in the construction in Sremski-Karlovci, Serbia, of a Memorial Church to Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky) and all the Russian emigres laid to rest in the Serbian land.  Sremski-Karlovci, a town on the banks of the Danube River in central Serbia, was for a number of years home to the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia and headquarters of the Russian emigres under General PN Wrangel.  This year, the centenary of the beginning of the revolutionary turmoil that forced so many Russians abroad, is also the centenary of the beginning of their presence and influence in Serbia.  The memorial church is to be dedicated to Saint Mary Magadalene, Equal-to-the-Apostles, and will be built in Russian architectural style.  More information about this edifying and worthy project of the Serbian Orthodox Church is available in Russian and English here.  Please be prepared to give generously!

Parish Life
Services on 13-14 May, the Fourth Sunday of Pascha - 14/05/2017

On Saturday 13 May and Sunday 15 May we had services for the Fifth Sunday of Pascha, the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman (John 4:5-42).  In his sermon on Sunday the parish rector spoke about Christ’s mercy to the Samaritan Woman and about her response.  Following Divine Liturgy a memorial litia was served for Mitred Archpriests Michael Li and Michael Klebansky, long-serving priests of our Diocese who both departed this life on 12 May 2016.   It being Mothers’ Day, our Head Sister Anna Morhun then presented Matushka Marie with flowers, after which “Many Years” was sung for all the mothers of our parish.

Services on 24-25 April, the second Tuesday of Pascha ("Radonitsa") - 25/04/2017

On Monday 24 April and Tuesday 25 April we had services for the second Tuesday of Pascha and in honour of Venerable Basil the Confessor, bishop of Parium, modern-day Kemer in Turkey.  Saint Basil (+8th C. AD) was a steadfast defender of the veneration of icons.  From ancient times the second Tuesday of Pascha been one on which prayers for the departed resume after Holy Week and Bright Week.  Following Divine Liturgy on Tuesday morning a general memorial service was served in church.  As in Australia it was Anzac Day, prayers were offered for the souls of all Orthodox soldiers who had fallen in battle.  The parish rector and the faithful then proceeded to Wallsend and Sandgate Cemeteries for services by the graves of their departed relatives and friends.

Services on 22-23 April, Thomas Sunday - 23/04/2017

On Saturday 22 April and Sunday 23 April we had services for the Second Sunday of Pascha, Thomas Sunday.  At All-night vigil and at Divine Liturgy the choir again sang under the direction of Matushka Marie Carles.  Following the Prayer before the Amvon at Divine Liturgy, the parish rector read the Prayer at the Cutting of the Artos, pieces of which were later distributed amongst the faithful.  In place of a sermon, the Paschal Epistle of Metropolitan Hilarion was read aloud in Russian and in English

Holy Week and Pascha in Newcastle - 17/04/2017

This year, our parish had a number of traditional services for Holy Week and Pascha.  Matins with the reading of the Twelve Passion Gospels was served in the evening on Thursday 13 April, Vespers with the bringing out of the Shroud of Christ at midday on Friday 14 April, Matins with Lamentations before the Tomb of Christ in the evening on Friday 14 April, and Divine Liturgy in the morning on Saturday 15 April.  On Saturday evening we had an early Midnight Office and procession followed by Paschal Matins and the blessing of Easter eggs and cakes.  During Bright Week, Divine Liturgy with a Paschal procession was served in the morning on Monday 17 April.

Services on 8-9 April, Palm Sunday - 09/04/2017

On Saturday 8 April and Sunday 9 April we had services for the Great Feast of the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem, Palm Sunday.  On Saturday evening All-night vigil with the litia, the blessing of five loaves, wheat, wine, oil, and the blessing of palms and pussy willows was served.   On Sunday morning there was a great many people in church, the majority of whom received Holy Communion.   After the dismissal a memorial litia was served for the newly-reposed Archdeacon Eugene Burbelo, with the parish rector speaking briefly about Father Eugene’s long and distinguished service to the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia.  The customary collection for the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem was then taken up.

Church & Community Life
A fundraising dinner to benefit the Presentation Convent and the Holy Transfiguration Monastery - 01/02/2017

On the evening of Sunday 28 May 2017 a fundraising dinner will be held at the Fontana Amarosa Reception Centre, next to the Greek Orthodox Church of Saints Raphael, Nicholas and Irene in Liverpool, NSW, to assist the Presentation Sisterhood in Bungarby, NSW and the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Bombala, NSW, monastic communities of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia.  During the evening there will be a performance by the Melisma Ensemble, a slideshow presentation by Abbot Sergei of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery on ‘Hagia Sophia: The Mother of Churches’, and a performance from the Russian Orthodox Choir.  Child-minding will be available.  Tickets are $50.00 for adults and $15.00 for children aged 15 and younger.  Seating will be at round tables of 12.  More information, including information about a fundraising raffle, is available at

Now available - the April 2017 issue of "Word of the Church" ("Церковное Слово") - 01/05/2017

The April 2017 issue of the official journal of the Australian-New Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia is now available in our parishes.  In addition to Metropolitan Hilarion's Paschal Epistle in both Russian and English, there is a range of interesting articles in Russian and English.  In Russian: "Любимый ученик Христа: Апостол Иоанн Богослов"; "Подвижники Божии ХХ век: Игумен Ипполит (Халин)"; "Игуменья Тамара и паломники Елеонский горы".  In English: "The Ascension of the Lord"; "Not Abdication of the Tsar, but Abdication from the Tsar", the text of a lecture given by Tatyana Mironova at the International Historical-Theological Conference at Tsarkoye Selo; an interview with Metropolitan Onuphry (Berezovsky) about the newly-reposed Archimadrite Kirill (Pavlov); and more.  Copies are $5.00.

Russian and other Orthodox Kids' Camp, 10-16 December 2017 - 16/04/2017

A group of young families working under the auspices of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin parish in Cabramatta, NSW, is again organising a camp for Russian and other Orthodox children and young people aged 8-17 to be held in Toukley, NSW - to be held not far from us on the Central Coast - from 10 December - 16 December 2017.  The cost will be $399.00 per person.  For those interested, more information is available here.

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