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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 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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Christ is Risen! Xpucmoc Bockpece! Kristus nousi Kuolleista!

Priest James Carles and the clergy, the Warden, the Parish Council, the Choir, the Sisterhood and the parishioners of the church of Saint Nicholas in Wallsend (Newcastle) congratulate His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, His Grace Bishop George, the reverend clergy and monastics and all the faithful of the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand with the radiant feast of the Resurrection of Christ and wish everyone good health, peace and spiritual well-being.

Forthcoming services and activities
Our next services: 8-9 June, the Great Feast of the Ascension of the Lord

Our next services will be All-night Vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves at 6.00pm on Wednesday 8 June and Divine Liturgy at 9.00am on Thursday 9 June, the Great Feast of the Ascension of the Lord.  At Divine Liturgy prayers of thanksgiving will be offered, the re-establishment of canonical communion within the Russian Orthodox Church having been accomplished on this day in 2007.

Parish Life
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.

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

On Saturday 7 May and Sunday 9 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!

A confession service for children - 23/04/2016

At 5.00pm on Saturday 23 April, Lazarus Saturday, our parish had a special confession service for children.  Prior to the service the parish rector spoke to the children about the history and meaning of the Holy Mystery of Repentance and of the importance of making a good confession.  He then answered some questions before the children, about six of whom were present, confessed in turn.  As each children made his or her confession the others read some of the Prayers before Holy Communion.

Useful information about when weddings can be celebrated, together with a list of available dates in 2016 and 2017 - 19/04/2016

In conjunction with Saint Panteleimon Russian Orthodox Church, Gosford, our parish has developed and published a list of Sundays and Fridays on which weddings can be celebrated in 2016, together with an explanation of the reasons why weddings cannot be celebrated on certain days and dates and during certain seasons.  A list of Sundays and Fridays in 2017 on which weddings can be celebrated has now been added.  This information, which can be accessed either here or via our ‘Needs’ page under ‘Weddings’, has been prepared to help our parishioners and friends when planning weddings in parishes of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church. Should anyone have any questions about this information, please contact us.

Services on 9-10 April, the Fourth Sunday in Great Lent - 10/04/2016

On Saturday 9 April and Sunday 10 April we had services for the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent, the day of commemoration of Saint John of the Ladder.  As Saturday was a day of commemoration of the departed, Matins on Saturday evening was preceded by a general memorial service.  On Sunday at Divine Liturgy we were joined by friends from Gosford and Canberra.  In his sermon the parish rector spoke about The Ladder of Divine Ascent, a spiritual work revered throughout the Orthodox Church, and of the importance of approaching the spiritual life as if climbing a ladder: positioning ourselves on level ground, having companions to steady us and help us, and not ascending so rapidly as to risk falling.

The funeral and burial of Joanne Shalimov - 09/04/2016

On Saturday 9 April the family and friends of Joanne Shalimov gathered in our church for her funeral, many having travelled from as far away as the Queensland Gold Coast and the south and west of NSW.  Joanne, who was born in 1972 and departed this life on 31 March 2016 aged 43, was a granddaughter of Michael Shalimov, one of the builders of our small church.  After the funeral service her body was laid to rest in Wallsend Cemetery a short distance from the graves of her grandparents, Michael and Nina.  Joanne is survived by her parents Nick and Raisa and her brother Dean and his family, to whom we offer condolences.  May God give rest to his newly-departed handmaiden!

Services on 6-7 April, the Great Feast of the Annunciation - 07/04/2016

On Wednesday 6 April and Thursday 7 April we had services for the Great Feast of the Annunciation of the Mother of God.  All-night Vigil – Great Compline, Matins and the First Hour – with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves was served on Wednesday evening and the Third, Sixth, and Ninth Hours, Typika and Vespers with the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom were served on Thursday morning.  Following the service those present gathered in the church hall for a festive lunch.  This feast-day is customarily celebrated with great joy, it being a day on which the strict fast of Great Lent is relaxed.

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