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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 (Winter 2016) 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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The fiftieth anniversary of the repose of Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco

On Saturday 2 July the Russian Orthodox Church Church outside Russia will prayefully commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Saint John (Maximovitch), the Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco.  In the Australian-New Zealand Diocese commemorative services will be held in the cathedrals in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Canberra.  Bishop George's directive to Diocesan clergy can be read in English here and in Russian here.

Parish Life
Our Winter 2016 Schedule of Services - 22/05/2016

Our Winter 2016 Schedule of Services - covering June, July and August  - is now available in PDF format.  A copy of the English-language Winter 2016 Schedule of Services is available here, and a copy of the Russian-language Winter 2016 Schedule of Services is available here.  Both can also be accessed on our Services page, and printed copies in both languages are now available in church.  

Services on 21-22 May, the Fourth Sunday of Pascha and the Feast of the translation of the Relics of Saint Nicholas - 22/05/2016

On Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May we had services for the Fourth Sunday of Pascha and in honour of the Translation of the Relics of Saint Nicholas, the patronal feast of our parish.  All-night vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves was served on Saturday evening.  On Sunday morning our festive Divine Liturgy was preceded by the lesser of blessing of water.  A great many parishioners were present together with friends from the Central Coast and Sydney’s north.  Receiving Holy Communion for the first time was the newly-baptised Nicholas East.  In his sermon, the parish rector spoke about the righteous life of Saint Nicholas and of his steadfast defence of Orthodoxy, the movement of his relics from Myra in Lycia (modern-day Turkey) to Bari in Italy, and the help that Christians have received over the centuries through his prayers.  Following Divine Liturgy a moleben to Saint Nicholas was served.  On what was a pleasant and sunny winter morning, there was a cross-procession around the church in which the faithful, including the children, carried icons.  After the customary singing of “Many Years” for the hierarchs and the faithful of the Russian Orthodox Church, many gathered in the parish hall for a festive lunch.

A baptism - Lily Way - 08/05/2016

On Sunday 8 May, Thomas Sunday, the parish rector baptised Lily Way, the three year-old daughter of Jeremy Way and Victoria Kravchenko.  Lily, who was baptised in honour of Martyr Livia of Syria, had as her sponsors at baptism Elena Gubaeva and David Wells.  We warmly congratulate Jeremy, Victoria, Elena, and David, and wish the newly-baptised Livia many years!

Vasily ("Bill") Bukovec celebrates his one-hundredth birthday - 08/05/2016

On Saturday 8 May our parish rector and a small group of parishioners participated in one-hundredth birthday celebrations for Vasily (“Bill”) Bukovec, one of the builders of our church.  At the festive lunch in Toukley on the NSW Central Coast, Father James presented Mr Bukovec with a parish gramota in recognition of the occasion and of his long association with and contribution to our parish.  Mr Bukovec was also given a beautiful framed copy of our treasured icon of the Mother of God, “Protectress of Newcastle”.  We wish Mr Bukovec good health and strength for years to come!

Services on 7-8 May, Thomas Sunday - 08/05/2016

On Saturday 7 May and Sunday 8 May we had services for the Second Sunday of Pascha, Thomas Sunday.  Receiving Holy Communion at Divine Liturgy was the newly-baptised Anastasia Hockley.  Following the Prayer before the Amvon the parish rector read the Prayer at the Cutting of the Artos.  In place of a sermon, the Paschal Epistle of Metropolitan Hilarion was read aloud.  Immediately after the service a general panikhida was served in anticipation of Radonitsa, the day of commemoration of the departed appointed for the Second Tuesday of Pascha.  At the panikhida the newly-reposed Maria (Goura) and Joanne (Shalimov) were commemorated, together with a great many departed parishioners, family members and friends.  The parish rector later accompanied the faithful to Wallsend and Sandgate Cemeteries, serving graveside litias there.

Services during Holy Week - 30/04/2016

During Holy Week we had a number of beautiful services.  Matins with the reading of the Twelve Gospels was served on the evening of Thursday 28 April and Matins with the Lamentations before the Tomb of Christ was served on the evening of Friday 29 April.  At 12.00pm on Friday 29 April, Vespers with the bringing out of the Shroud of Christ was served.  On the morning of Saturday 30 April Vespers with the Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil was served.  At this service a great many people received Holy Communion before the Tomb of Christ.

Services on 23-24 April, Palm Sunday - 24/04/2016

On Saturday 23 April and Sunday 24 April we had services for Palm Sunday, the Great Feast of the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem.  The church was beautifully decorated with palm branches.  All-night vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves was served on Saturday evening, with palms and pussy-willows also blessed following the reading of the Gospel.  At Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning our church was full with worshippers from the Hunter Valley, the Central Coast, and elsewhere, many of whom received Holy Communion.

A baptism - Anastasia Hockley - 24/04/2016

On Sunday 24 April, Palm Sunday, the parish rector baptised Anastasia Hockley, the infant daughter and first child of Adam and Evgeniya Hockley.  Anastasia, who was baptised in honour of Great-Martyr Anastasia “Deliverer from Potions”, had as her sponsors at baptism Yulia Duyunova and Michael Barton.  We warmly congratulate Adam, Evgeniya, Yulia and Michael, and wish the newly-baptised Anastasia many years!

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