On Thursday 26 September and Friday 27 September 2013 the parish rector presided at services for the Great Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. All-night vigil with the blessing of loaves and wheat, wine and oil was served on Thursday evening. As is customary, the Holy Cross was brought forth from the sanctuary at the end of the singing of the Doxology, after which the faithful, having venerated it, received the blessed bread and anointing with oil. Later that evening our church was visited by Priest Geoff Harvey, rector of The Good Shepherd Australian Orthodox Mission, a community of the Antiochian Orthodox Church based on the grounds of Melbourne's Monash University. Father Geoff, visiting Newcastle for a chaplaincy conference, shared his personal story and pastoral experience in conversation with Father James and Matushka Marie. On Friday morning Divine Liturgy was served, with a number of our friends from the parish of Saint Panteleimon in Gosford making the hour-long trip north for the sake of the feast-day.