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A memorial service at Greta Cemetery

With the blessing of Bishop George of Canberra, on Saturday 22 August a memorial service was held at the cemetery in Greta, NSW, a village significant in the history of immigration in Australia.  It was at Greta that a Migrant Camp was established after World War 2, and it was here that many Orthodox Christians from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other places found a first home in this country.  Just four days after his arrival in Australia on 19 August 1949, Archpriest John Lupish served the funeral of one year-old Irene Solomko. She was later laid to rest in the Greta Cemetery together with a number of other infants who died in an epidemic of measles that swept through the camp at that time.   Father John went on to preside at five more burials at Greta: Wssewolod (Vsevelod) Shipilow (+1949, a boy of 18 months), Larisa Klebakin (+1950), Lydia Elagin (+1956), Alexander Melnik (+1970) and Ivan Elagin (+1977).  Following a visit to Greta by our rector in June this year, it was resolved that a memorial service would be held in the cemetery there each year on the Saturday closest to the anniversary of that first burial.  Concelebrating were our parish rector and Archpriest Michael Solomko, Irene Solomko's younger brother and a priest of the Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Australia and New Zealand.  At the service prayers were offered for the repose of the ever-memorable Archpriest John (+1977), his matushka Maria (+1979), and all those Orthodox Christians buried in the Greta Cemetery, amongst whom are a great many Ukrainian Orthodox, and kutiya was blessed.  In 2016, God willing, the memorial service will be held on Saturday 20 August.

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A memorial service at Greta Cemetery - 08/22/15

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