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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 English-language Summer (December, January and February) 2017-18 Schedule of Services here.  A PDF version of the Russian-language Summer 2017-18 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: 27-28 January, the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

Our next services will be Matins at 6.00pm on Saturday 27 January and Divine Liturgy at 9.00am on Sunday 28 January, the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee.  The hymnody on this Sunday, the first preparatory Sunday for Great Lent, draws on the Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee (Luke 18:10-14).  As this will be the first Sunday service after the Great Feast of Theophany, the commemoration of the Baptism of the Lord, Divine Liturgy will be followed by a moleben for the founders, benefactors and parishioners of the former Theophany parish in Mayfield, NSW, and a memorial service for those amongst them who have departed this life.



Parish Life
Services on 23-24 December, the Twenty-Ninth Sunday after Pentecost - 24/12/2017

On Saturday 23 December and Sunday 24 December we had services for the Twenty-Ninth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of the Holy Forefathers, the ancestors of Christ according to the flesh.  On Sunday morning our small church was fuller than usual, friends from the Gosford parish and from Sydney having joined us for Divine Liturgy.  In his sermon the parish rector spoke about the faith and faithfulness of the Holy Forefathers, of putting off the old man and putting on the new (Colossians 3:4-11), and of constantly accepting by one's way of life the invitation to the Great Banquet (Luke:14-16-24).


Services on 18-19 December, the day of commemoration of Saint Nicholas of Myra in Lycia - 19/12/2017

On Monday 18 December and Tuesday 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 Monday evening and Divine Liturgy was served on Tuesday morning.  Following the Prayer before the Amvon a brief moleben to Saint Nicholas was served at which our parishioners and their families, together with others who have asked for our prayers, were commemorated by name.  After the dismissal, the rector congratulated parish Warden Nikolai Goura and Parish Council member Nicholas (Dean) Crawford, both of whom were celebrating their name-day.  He thanked them both for their work for the parish and wishing them every blessing from God.  Many years was then sung for them both, after which those present enjoyed a festive meal in the church hall.


Services on 9-10 December, the Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost and the day of commemoration of the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God - 10/12/2017

On Saturday 9 December and Sunday 10 December we had services for the Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God, the "Directress" of the Russian Diaspora.  At Matins on Saturday evening the faithful were anointed with oil from the lamp that burns before the original Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God in the Synodal Cathedral in New York, and prior to Divine Liturgy on Sunday an akathist was read in Slavonic and English before a copy of the icon.  As Sunday was the six-month anniversary of the repose of our parishioner Vadim ("Jim") Zdanowicz a memorial litia was served after Divine Liturgy.  Later in the day our parish rector visited the Russian and other Orthodox Kids' Camp being held in Toukley on the New South Wales Central Coast, there serving the customary moleben before the beginning of a good work.


Our December 2017 parish newsletter - 10/12/2017

Our December 2017 parish newsletter was published on 10 December 2017.  It includes parish news for August-December, information about the month ahead, and the Epistle of the Holy Council of Bishops to the Clergy, Monks and Nuns and All Faithful Children of the Russian Orthodox Church in both Russian and English.  To read it click here.  Copies are available in church and will be distributed together with the Summer 2017-18 Schedule of Services by post and email during the week beginning 11 December 2017.


Updated information about marriage in the Russian Orthodox Church, together with a list of available dates in 2018 and 2019 - 09/12/2017

In conjunction with Saint Panteleimon Russian Orthodox Church, Gosford, our parish has developed and published an explanation of the legal and church requirements for marriage in parishes of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.  This information has now been comprehensively revised and updated to reflect the adoption by the Bishops' Council of the Russian Orthodox Church of the document ‘On the Canonical Aspects of Church Marriage’ (‘О канонических аспектах церковного брака’) on 2 December 2017 and the commencement of amendments to the Australian Marriage Act 1961 (Cth) on 9 December 2017.  It includes an explanation of why weddings cannot be celebrated on certain days and dates and during certain seasons, and provides a helpful list of Sundays and Fridays on which weddings can be celebrated that has now been updated to include Sundays and Fridays in 2019.  The information can be accessed here.  Should anyone have any questions about this information, please contact us.


Services on 3-4 December, the Great Feast of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple - 04/12/2017

On Sunday 3 December and Monday 4 December we had services for the Great Feast of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple.  All-night vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves was served on Sunday evening and Divine Liturgy was served on Monday morning.  In his sermon at Divine Liturgy the parish rector explained the history and significance of the feast and spoke of the importance of each Orthodox Christian being filled and formed by the life of the Church in order to worthily receive Christ.



Church & Community Life

The Holy Bishops' Council of the Russian Orthodox Church took place in Moscow from 29 November 2017 until 2 December 2017.  On Monday 4 December 2017, the Great Feast of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple and the centenary of the enthronement of Patriach Tikhon (Belavin) as Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, His Beatitude Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria officiated at Divine Liturgy in Christ the Saviour Cathedral, concelebrating with the Primates of the majority of Local Orthodox Churches and a multitude of hierarchs and other clergy.  Links to a selection of documents approved by the Council and news items relating to this historic event in the life of the Russian Orthodox Church are set out below.

 

Archpastors of the Russian Church Abroad participate in 100th-Anniversary Celebrations of the Restoration of the Patriarchate

Epistle of the Holy Council of Bishops to the Clergy, Monks and Nuns and all Faithful Children of the Russian Orthodox Church

Resolutions of the Holy Bishops' Council of the Russian Orthodox Church

A press conference of the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church is held

The second day of the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church

The first day of the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church

 

These documents and news items, together with many others, are available in Russian here.


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