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 AustraliaDetailed Map
Forthcoming services and activities
A confession service for children
At 5.00pm on Saturday 13 August, immediately prior to Matins for the feast of the Procession of the Cross, we will have a special confession service for children. This service has been planned to help those children who are making their confession for the first time as well as those who feel a little unsure about it. Our parish rector will explain confession before the service begins. The children will be able to sing and to help read the various prayers together before taking it in turns to confess. As the children make their confessions privately, the others will be helped to read some of the Prayers of Preparation for Holy Communion. The English-language order of service that we will follow is available here. Some information about confession is available here. To assist children prepare for confession, a helpful list of questions for them to ask themselves is available here.
Our next services: 13-14 August, the Procession of the Precious Wood of the Life-giving Cross of the Lord
Our next services will be Matins with the bringing out of the Cross at 6.00pm on Saturday 13 August and Divine Liturgy at 9.00am on Sunday 14 August, the feast of the Procession of the Precious Wood of the Life-giving Cross of the Lord. On this day, the first day of the two-week Dormition Fast, the Orthodox Church also remembers the Holy Maccabean Martyrs (+166 BC). Following Divine Liturgy on Friday the Lesser Blessing of Waters will be served, after which there will be a blessing of honey. As in previous years our parish has a quantity of organic Wollombi honey for blessing and distribution to the faithful.
Services on 23-24 July, the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost and the commemorations of Saints Euphemia and Olga
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
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.
Services on 25-26 June, the First Sunday after Pentecost and the Sunday of All Saints
On Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June we had services for the First Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of All Saints, the memory of whom is customarily celebrated on this day. Since 2008, this day has also been the Day of Orthodox Youth of the Russian Church Abroad. At Divine Liturgy the Prayer for the Prosperity of the Russian Church was read and in place of a sermon the parish rector read aloud the Epistle of Metroplitan Hilarion on the Day of Orthodox Youth. At the end of Divine Liturgy a brief moleben was served at which all the children and young people of our parish were mentioned by name, and at which prayers were offered in particular for four year-old Elisabeth Harwood, a child of the parish recently diagnosed with leukaemia.
Services on 11-12 June, the Seventh Sunday of Pascha
On Saturday 11 June and Sunday 12 June we had services for the Seveth Sunday of Pascha and in honour of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council, the memory of whom is customarily celebrated on this day. In his sermon at Divine Liturgy on Sunday the parish rector spoke of the convening of the the First Ecumenical Council in May-June of 325 AD, of the work accomplished there to overcome falsehood, and of the importance in every age of steadfast defence of the Orthodox Faith.