Saint Panteleimon's is an Orthodox Christian parish of Russian tradition serving the New South Wales Central Coast and the northern suburbs of Sydney. 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 2000, our parish is one of the newest in our Diocese. Download an English-language copy of our Spring (September, October and November) 2018 Schedule of Services in PDF format here. A Russian-language copy of the Spring 2018 Schedule of Services can be downloaded here.
On Saturday 20 October and Sunday 21 October we will have services for the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council. All-night vigil will be served at 6.00pm on Saturday and Divine Liturgy will be served at 9.00am on Sunday.
At 7.00pm on Thursday 25 October we will have a moleben and akathist to Saint Panteleimon, the heavenly patron of our parish and an unmercenary healer. This service will be entirely in English. At akathists in our parish all of our parishioners, benefactors and friends are commemorated by name. Others wishing to be commemorated at this service – or who wish to put forward names for commemoration – are welcome to contact us. Our next moleben and akathist to Saint Panteleimon in Church Slavonic will be on Thursday 29 November.
On Saturday 6 October and Sunday 7 October we had services for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of Protomartyr and Equal-to-the-Apostles Thekla of Iconium (+1st Century). At Divine Liturgy on Sunday, prayers were again offered for Orthodox Church unity, for relief from drought in Australia, and for peace in Ukraine. After Divine Liturgy the parish rector congratulated our choir conductor Matushka Marie Carles on her approaching name-day (12 October, the day of commemoration of Saint Mary of Palestine) and wished her God’s help in all her work for the parish. “Many years” was then sung for her, and at a specially-prepared lunch afterwards the parish Sisterhood presented her with flowers and a gift.
On Saturday 29 September and Sunday 30 September we had services for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, the Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross, and in honour of Saint Sophia and her daughters, the martyrs Vera, Nadezhda and Lyubov (+137 AD). At Divine Liturgy on Sunday, prayers were again offered for Orthodox Church unity, for relief from drought in Australia, and for peace in Ukraine. After Divine Liturgy the clergy and faithful venerated the Holy Cross as the choir sang “Before Thy Cross, we bow down and worship Thee, O Master, and Thy holy resurrection, we glorify” and the troparion to the Cross, “Save, O Lord, Thy people”.
On Wednesday 26 September and Thursday 27 September we had services for the Great Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. All-night vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves and the bringing-out of the Cross was served on Wednesday evening and Divine Liturgy was served on Thursday morning. In his sermon at Divine Liturgy the parish rector spoke about the history and significance of the feast. Following Divine Liturgy, a small number of people gathered in the church hall for light refreshments. That evening, a moleben and akathist to the Great-Martyr Panteleimon were served.
On Thursday 20 September and Friday 21 September we had services for the Great Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God. All-night vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves was served on Thursday evening and Divine Liturgy was served on Friday morning. Following Divine Liturgy, a small number of people gathered in the church hall for refreshments.
On Saturday 15 September and Sunday 16 September we had services for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of Right-believing Prince Peter and Princess Febronia (+1228 AD), Wonderworkers of Murom and patrons of family, love and faithfulness. Prior to All-night vigil on Saturday evening a general panikhida was served for all Orthodox Christians slain on the field of battle during the Great War. At Divine Liturgy on Sunday, prayers were offered for Orthodox Church unity, for relief from drought in Australia, and for peace in Ukraine. Following the Prayer before the Amvon we served a brief moleben to the saints at which all the married couples in our parish were commemorated by name. After Divine Liturgy a collection was taken up to assist the Synodal Liturgical Music Commission of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.
On Saturday 1 September and Sunday 2 September we had services for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, the Afterfeast of the Dormition of the Mother of God, and the day of commemoration of the Holy Prophet Samuel (+11th Century BC). Prior to the evening service on Saturday a panikhida was served for the ever-memorable Hieromonk Seraphim (Rose) (+2 September 1982), a modern ascetic, translator and writer of great note. During the services the faithful venerated the beautifully-adorned shroud of the Mother of God. At Divine Liturgy prayers were again offered for peace in Ukraine and for rain.
This year our Diocese will hold its eighth annual Orthodox Teen Retreat. Established in 2011, our Diocesan Teen Retreats cater for young people aged 14-17. This year’s Teen Retreat will be held to the south of Sydney at Stanwell Tops from Sunday 16 December until Friday 21 December. The theme is 'Bringing the saints to our lives'. For more information visit www.rocorteenretreat.info.
This year our Diocese is again convening a Diocesan youth conference or "Syezd". Established in 1965 at the instigation of the ever-memorable Archbishop Sava (Raevsky, +1976), these conferences have been an important spiritual and social event for the youth of our Diocese ever since. This year’s conference – the theme of which is ‘The Life and Wisdom of the Holy Fathers’ – will be held from 27-31 December in Melbourne and is open to young people aged 18 - 30. More information is available here.
On Tuesday 26 March and Wednesday 27 March 2019 the clergymen of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese will gather in Sydney for their customary Great Lenten Pastoral Conference. On Tuesday evening the clergy will meet at the church of All Saints of Russia in Croydon for the Rule of Preparation for Holy Communion at 5.00pm and Lenten Matins and confession at 6.00pm. On Wednesday morning from 8.00am the Hours and the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts will be served at Saints Peter and Paul Diocesan Cathedral in Strathfield with Bishop George presiding and the clergy concelebrating. Those of the faithful who wish to do so are welcome to attend the service on Wednesday morning and – if properly prepared – to receive Holy Communion. Following Divine Liturgy the clergy will meet to discuss a range of pastoral and liturgical matters.
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.
These documents and news items, together with many others, are available in Russian here.