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On Monday 6 January and Tuesday 7 January we had services for the Great Feast of the Nativity of Christ. A great many people from Newcastle and the Central Coast were present for All-night vigil on Monday evening, with others having travelled from as far away as Port Macquarie. In honour of the Great Feast, for the litia at the end of Great Compline there was a procession around the church, with the first and fifth prayers of intercession intoned before the church doors, and the other prayers intoned in turn at each of the other three sides. A great many people gathered again on Tuesday morning for the festive Divine Liturgy, at which the newly-baptised handmaiden of God Juliana received Holy Communion for the first time. At the end of Divine Liturgy the customary moleben of thanksgiving was served to mark the anniversary of the deliverance in 1812 of the Russian Church and Empire from the invasion of the French and twelve other nations. A festive lunch for parishioners and friends was then held, with some 60 people gathering. At lunch a short Nativity play was presented by the parish children, and afterwards there was a visit from Father Christmas.

The Nativity of Christ, 2013-14 - 07/01/2014

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