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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 (Summer 2016-17) 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: 17-18 January, the Eve of Theophany

Our next service will be Matins at 6.00pm on Tuesday 17 January for the Eve of the Great Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, or Theophany.  At 9.00am on Wednesday 18 January, we will have Vespers with the thirteen appointed readings from the Old Testament followed by Divine Liturgy with the Great Blessing of Water.  On Wednesday afternoon, Father James will be blessing parish homes.  The main services for Theophany will be on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning in the Gosford parish.

The 'Softener of Evil Hearts' Icon of the Mother of God will visit our parish on Australia Day, 26 January 2017

God willing, on Thursday 26 January 2017 - the Australia Day public holiday - the 'Softener of Evil Hearts' Icon of the Mother of God will visit our parish.  Some English-language information about this myrrh-streaming icon is available here.  It is expected that a moleben with an akathist to the Mother of God will be served before the icon, after which the faithful will be anointed with the myrrh.  Further details of the visit will be provided in due course.

Parish Life
A service on Sunday 8 January, the Second Day of the Nativity of Christ - 08/01/2017

On Saturday 8 January, the Second Day of the Nativity of Christ, we had Divine Liturgy for the Synaxis of the Most-Holy Mother of God and in honour of Saints Joseph the Betrothed, David the King and James the Brother of the Lord, kinsmen of the Lord customarily remembered on the Sunday after the Nativity of Christ.  Our choir sung under the direction of Elena Gan.  In place of a sermon, the parish rector read aloud in Russian and in English the Nativity Epistle of Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia.  Many stayed afterwards to share in a festive meal and to enjoy a visit from Father Christmas.

Services on 18-19 December, the day of commemoration of Saint Nicholas of Myra in Lycia - 19/12/2016

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.

Services on 10-11 December, the Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost - 11/12/2016

On Saturday 10 December and Sunday 11 December we had services for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of Monk-Martyr Stephen the New of Mount St. Auxentius (+767 AD) and Martyr Irenarchus and his companions (+303).  In his sermon at Divine Liturgy the parish rector spoke of the principles for Christian living set out in the appointed readings from the Apostol, Ephesians 4:1-6 and 2 Timothy 1:8-18.

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