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In the Russian Orthodox tradition, the second Tuesday after Pascha is Radonitsa, the “day of rejoicing”, a day of commemoration of the departed. In our parish, Matins was served on the evening on Monday 28 April and Divine Liturgy was served on the morning of Tuesday 29 April. Following Divine Liturgy a general pannikhida was served in church. Afterwards a group of parishioners travelled to Wallsend and Sandgate Cemeteries where many parishioners and family members have been laid to rest. After litias at a number of graves, those present shared in a festive meal in memory of the departed. Other graves where then visited, and the rector later also visited East Maitland and Martinsville Pioneer Cemeteries.

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