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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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Forthcoming services and activities
Our next services: 27-28 August, the Great Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God

Our next services will be All-night Vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine and oil, beginning at 6.00pm on Saturday 27 August, and Divine Liturgy beginning at 9.00am on Sunday 28 August, the Great Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.   On this day it will be exactly 67 years since the first Russian Orthodox services in the Hunter Valley, served in the Anglican Chapel at the Greta Migrant Camp just 9 days after the arrival in Newcastle from Europe of Archpriest John Lupish and his family.

Parish Life
Services on 13-14 August, the feast of the Procession of the Precious Wood of the Life-giving Cross of the Lord - 14/08/2016

On Saturday 13 August and Sunday 14 August we had services for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost and for the feast of the Procession of the Precious Wood of the Life-giving Cross of the Lord and the Holy Maccabean Martyrs (+166 BC).  Prior to the evening service on Saturday a number of young children from the parish participated in a discussion of confession before sharing in the reading of the prayers and making their individual confessions.  Matins with the bringing out of the Cross was then served and on Sunday morning, the first day of the Dormition Fast, Divine Liturgy was served.  At Divine Liturgy the Prayer for Ukraine was read following the Litany of Fervent Intercession.  The Lesser Blessing of Water was served following the Prayer before the Amvon, it being the custom of the Russian Orthodox Church to bless the waters on this day in commemoration of the Baptism of Rus’ in 988 AD.  It is also the custom on this day to bless new honey, and as in previous years a quantity of organic Wollombi Valley Honey was blessed and given to those present.  The rector took the opportunity to bless a new icon of the Holy Hierarchs of Moscow, a gift to our parish from the Rowan family.  After the dismissal, 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.

Services on 23-24 July, the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost and the commemorations of Saints Euphemia and Olga - 24/07/2016

On Saturday 23 July and Sunday 24 July we had services for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of Great-Martyr Euphemia the All-Praised (+303 AD) and Saint Olga, Princess of Russia and Equal-to-the-Apostles (+c.963 AD).  At Divine Liturgy on Sunday the Prayer for the Prosperity of the Russian Church was read.  In his sermon the parish rector spoke about the way in which these two female saints bore witness to the truth of Orthodox Christianity: Saint Euphemia by her refusal to sacrifice to idols, her acceptance of martyrdom and her miracle at the Council of Chalcedon in 451 BC; and Saint Olga by turning away from the paganism of her people and sowing the seeds of the Baptism of Rus'.

Services on 9-10 July, the Third Sunday after Pentecost - 10/07/2016

On Saturday 9 July and Sunday 10 July we had services for the Third Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of Sant Sampson the Hospitable (+350 AD).  As many of our parish founders came from Belarus, in addition to the icon of Saint Sampson and the other saints commemorated on this date, the parish icon of All Saints of Belorussia was placed in the centre of the church for veneration.  In addition to speaking about the appointed readings from the Apostol (Romans 5:1-10 and Galatians 5:22-6:2), in his sermon the rector spoke about Saint Sampson's unmercenary care for the sick and the fact that this day was the anniversary of the victory, in 1709, of the Russian Empire over the Swedes at the Battle of Poltava.  Concerning this victory, the rector noted that it ultimately served for the strengthening of the Orthodox Church, both in Russia and elsewhere.

A baptism - Oliver Timothy Regan - 04/06/2016

On Saturday 4 June the parish rector baptised Oliver Timothy Regan, the infant son and first child of Matt and Katy Regan.  Oliver, whose godparents were Natasha Goura and Ben Regan, was baptised in honour of the Holy Apostle Timothy of the Seventy.  We warmly congratulate Matt, Katy, Natasha and Ben, and wish the newly-baptised servant of God many years!

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