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Our parish celebrates its patronal feast on 22 May, the day of the commemoration of the translation of the relics of Saint Nicholas from Myra in Lycia (modern-day Turkey) to Bari in Italy. In view of the Great Feast of the Ascension of the Lord falling this year on 21 May, we transferred our festive services to the following weekend, Saturday 23 May and Sunday 24 May. Unfortunately Bishop George was unable to be with us, it also being the patronal feast of Saints Kyrill and Methodius Mission in Tweed Heads. All-night vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves was served on Saturday evening, the service for Saint Nicholas being combined with that of the Sunday and of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council. The Lesser Blessing of Water was served on Sunday morning, followed by Divine Liturgy and a moleben to Saint Nicholas. In his sermon the parish rector spoke of Saint Nicholas’ renown as a man of prayer and an intercessor for all. Noting that Saint Nicholas was one of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council, he also spoke of the saint’s zeal for the defence of Orthodoxy and his stand against Arianism. During the moleben there was a procession of the cross around the church in the bright autumn sunshine, with the parish children participating by carrying icons. Afterwards, approximately fifty parishioners and friends gathered in the church hall for a festive meal.

Our parish feast-day, 2015 - 24/05/2015

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