Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church - Parish Life http://www.stnicholaswallsend.org.au/ 60 Services on 12-13 May, the Sunday of the Blind Man http://www.stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180513_1.html Sun, 13 May 2018 00:00:00 -0400 <p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva;">On Saturday 12 May and Sunday 13 May we had services for the Sixth Sunday of Pascha, the Sunday of the Blind Man.&nbsp; On this day the Holy Orthodox Church remembers the healing of the man born blind (John 9:1-38).&nbsp; In his sermon the parish rector spoke about this miracle and about Saint Ignatius (Brianchaninov), Bishop of the Caucasas and the Black Sea (+1867 AD), a revered hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church commemorated on this day.&nbsp; As it was Mother's Day, at the end of the service the Ladies' Auxiliary presented Matushka Marie Carles with flowers on behalf of the parish.&nbsp; The rector congratulated her and all the mothers present, following which "Many years" was sung.</span></p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://www.stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180513_1.html A wedding - Philip Richards and Salome (MeeYeon) D'Arcy http://www.stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180502_1.html Sun, 29 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.stnicholaswallsend.org.au/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/news/2018/Richards_wedding_002.jpg&archive=0&final_h=200&final_w=150&percent=100"><p style="line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva;">On the afternoon of Sunday 29 April the parish rector presided at the marriage of Philip Richards and&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva; font-size: 13px;">Salome (</span><span style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva; font-size: 13px;">MeeYeon) D'Arcy.&nbsp; Many family members and friends gathered in our small church for the occasion, and afterwards a reception was held in the parish hall.&nbsp; We warmly congratulate Philip and MeeYeon and wish them many years of happiness together.</span></p></div> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://www.stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180502_1.html The April 2018 meeting of the Parish Council http://www.stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180425_1.html Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0400 <p style="line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva;">On Monday 23 April there was a meeting of the Parish Council. &nbsp;The usual pastoral, administrative, and financial reports were then presented and progress on parish governance, decorative and building projects was reviewed.&nbsp; At the meeting the long-serving head of our parish Ladies' Auxiliary, Anna Morhun, advised the Parish Council of her intention to retire from her position, effective immediately.&nbsp; In announcing her retirement she spoke warmly of all that had been accomplished in parish life, but stated that her age and increasing infirmity prevented her from continuing.&nbsp; Mrs Morhun, who turned 95 early in April, has been active in our parish since it was established in 1952, filling the role of Head Sister for over 50 years.&nbsp; In 2017 <a href="/news_171023_3.html">she received the prestigious Diocesan Cross</a> in recognition of her service.&nbsp; Her retirement will be formally acknowledged with a moleben of thanksgiving during May 2018.</span></p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://www.stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180425_1.html Services on 21-22 April, the Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers http://www.stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180424_2.html Sun, 22 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0400 <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva;">On Saturday 21 April and Sunday 22 April we had services for the Third Sunday of Pascha, the Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers.&nbsp; <span style="color: black;">On this day the Holy Orthodox Church remembers those righteous women and men who were present at Christ's burial and later came to His Tomb bearing myrrh and sweet spices: Mary Magdalen; Mary, the wife of Cleopas; Joanna; Salome, mother of the sons of Zebedee; Susanna; Martha and Mary, the sisters of Saint Lazarus; Mary, mother of the Apostle James; Righteous Joseph of Arimathea; and Nicodemus.&nbsp; Receiving Holy Communion for the first time was <a href="/news_180424_1.html">the newly-baptised Salome D'Arcy</a>.&nbsp; Following the dismissal the parish rector congratulated Salome on the occasion - also her first name-day - and many years was sung for her.</span></span></p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://www.stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180424_2.html A baptism - Salome D'Arcy http://www.stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180424_1.html Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0400 <p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva;">On Saturday 21 April the parish rector baptised 34 year-old MeeYeon D&rsquo;Arcy.&nbsp; MeeYeon was given the name Salome in baptism in honour of Righteous Salome the Myrrhbearer, mother of the sons of Zebedee, Apostles James and John.&nbsp; Her godmother was the long-serving head of our parish Ladies' Auxiliary, Anna Morhun.&nbsp; We warmly congratulate the newly-baptised handmaiden of God Salome and wish her many years!</span></p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://www.stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180424_1.html Holy Week and Pascha in Newcastle http://www.stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180421_1.html Sun, 08 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0400 <p style="line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva;">This year, our parish had a number of traditional services for Holy Week and Pascha.&nbsp; Matins with the singing of the exapostilarion &ldquo;Thy Bridal chamber&rdquo; ("Чертог твой") was served in the evening on Wednesday 4 April. On Thursday 5&nbsp;April, Great and Holy Thursday, Divine Liturgy was served in the morning and Matins with the reading of the Twelve Passion Gospels was served in the evening.&nbsp; On Friday 6 April, Great and Holy Friday, Vespers with the bringing out of the Shroud of Christ was served at 3.00pm.&nbsp; On Saturday 7 April, Great and Holy Saturday, Midnight Office&nbsp;was served late in the evening, with Paschal Matins and Divine Liturgy following in the early hours of Sunday 8 April, the Sunday of Pascha. &nbsp; Concelebrating with the parish rector at Paschal Matins and Divine Liturgy was Priest Theodor Postelnisescu, the rector of <a href="http://www.roeanz.com.au/parohia-sfantul-apostol-andrei-newcastle-p">the Romanian Orthodox Community of the Apostle Andrew</a>.&nbsp; Easter baskets containing eggs, cakes and other festive foods were blessed following Matins.&nbsp; Following Divine Liturgy, the clergy and a small group of the faithful gathered in the church hall for a festive meal.</span></p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://www.stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180421_1.html Services on 13-14 February, Bright Saturday http://www.stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180419_2.html Sat, 14 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0400 <p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva;">On Friday 13 April and Saturday 14 April we had services for the Saturday after Pascha, Bright Saturday.&nbsp; Paschal Matins was served on Friday evening and the Paschal Hours and Divine Liturgy were served on Saturday morning.&nbsp; At Divine Liturgy the choir sang under the direction of Elena Gan.&nbsp; Following the Prayer before the Amvon at Divine Liturgy <a href="/prayersandblessings.html#SECTION_302">the prayer at the breaking of the Artos</a> was read.&nbsp; In place of a sermon, the parish rector read aloud the Paschal Epistle of Metropolitan Hilarion <a href="http://www.synod.com/synod/2018/20180406_mhpaschalepistle.html">in Russian</a> and <a href="http://www.synod.com/synod/eng2018/20180406_enmhpaschalepistle.html">in English</a>.&nbsp; At the dismissal, pieces of the blessed Artos were given to the faithful.</span></p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://www.stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180419_2.html Services on 16-17 April, Radonitsa http://www.stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180419_1.html Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0400 <p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva;">On Monday 16 April and Tuesday 17 April we had services for the second Tuesday of Pascha, &ldquo;Radonitsa&rdquo; - the day of rejoicing.&nbsp; In the practice of the Russian Orthodox Church, this is the first day after Pascha on which services for the departed are customarily offered.&nbsp; Matins was served on Monday evening and Divine Liturgy was served on Tuesday morning.&nbsp; Immediately following Divine Liturgy a general panikhida was served in church, at which a great many of the departed were mentioned by name.&nbsp; Amongst those commemorated were the ever-memorable <a href="/rocoranzbishops.html#SECTION_301">Archbishop Sava (Raevsky)</a>(+1976), the anniversary of whose repose it was, and <a href="https://www.eadiocese.org/news_170127_2.html">the ever-memorable Monk Joseph (in the world, Reader Isaac Lambertsen)</a>(+2017).&nbsp; Archbishop Sava was the second Ruling Bishop of our Diocese and the hierarch who, in 1966, consecrated our church.&nbsp; Monk Joseph was a graduate of the Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, NY, who translated the entire Menaion, Octoechos and Pentecostarion from Church Slavonic into English.&nbsp; Eternal memory!&nbsp; Graveside litias were then served in Wallsend, Sandgate and East Maitland cemeteries.</span></p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://www.stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180419_1.html