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 current Schedule of Services (Summer 2016-17) in PDF format here. A Russian-language copy of the current Schedule of Services can be downloaded here.
Saint Panteleimon Russian Orthodox Church
4/7 Comserv Close; WEST GOSFORD, NSW 2256 Australia Detailed Map
Our next service: Vespers on Sunday 26 February, the Sunday of Forgiveness
On Sunday 26 February, the Sunday of Forgiveness, Vespers with the rite of asking forgiveness will be served at 5.00pm. During this service, the duration of which will be approximately 45 minutes, the church vestments are changed from gold to black and the festive melodies give way to the penitential Lenten melodies. Afterwards all those present ask forgiveness of one another, in this way making a good beginning to Great Lent.
Services during the first week of Great Lent
As is the custom in our parish, Great Compline with the reading of the Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete will be served at 7.00pm on the first four days of Great Lent: Monday 27 February, Tuesday 28 February, Wednesday 1 March and Thursday 2 March. Both Church Slavonic and English will be used in these services, each of which will finish at approximately 8.30pm. This year we will also have services beginning at 8.00am on Monday 27 February, the first day of Great Lent: Matins, the Hours, Vespers and Typika. These services are expected to finish between 12.00pm and 1.00pm.
Diocesan-wide collection for the Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, Jordanville
Each year on the First Sunday in Great Lent, the Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, parishes of the Australian and New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia take up a collection to benefit the Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, New York. The Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary is the main institution of higher education in the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia. This collection provides financial assistance to students, covering tuition, room and board. Our collection will be taken up on Sunday 5 March. Please give generously!
Bishop George and Diocesan clergy to serve Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts on Wednesday 15 March 2017
Each year during Great Lent the clergy of our Diocese gather in Sydney to confess, serve the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts together, and discuss matters of mutual concern. In 2017 the Diocesan Pastoral Retreat and Conference will be held on Tuesday 14 March and Wednesday 15 March. The Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts will be served at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral in Strathfield on Wednesday 15 March from 8.00am with Bishop George presiding. This solemn and moving service occurs only on certain days during Great Lent. Lay people are most welcome to attend the service. Indeed, as many rarely see this service, attendance is encouraged. Those who have confessed and prepared themselves beforehand are welcome to receive Holy Communion on Wednesday.
Our Autumn 2017 Schedule of Services - covering March, April and May 2017 - is now available in PDF format. It includes all our services for Great Lent, Holy Week, Pascha and the Great Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, on which day we will celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of the Signing of the Act of Canonical Communion between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia. A copy of the English-language Autumn 2017 Schedule of Services is available here, and a copy of the Russian-language Autumn 2017 Schedule of Services is available here. Both can also be accessed on our Services page, and printed copies are available in church.
Services on 18-19 February, the Sunday of the Last Judgment - 19/02/2017
On Saturday 18 February and Sunday 19 February we had services for Meatfare Sunday, the Sunday of the Last Judgement. As Saturday 18 February was a day of commemoration of the departed there was a general pannikhida prior to the service on Saturday evening. This year being the centenary of the Russian Revolution, prayers were especially offered at this memorial service for "the repose of the departed servants of God who innocently died, endured suffering and torture, were exiled and imprisoned and tasted bitter death" during the harsh years of Soviet persecution. At the end of Divine Liturgy on Sunday a collection was taken up to benefit Orthodox Action. Afterwards many stayed behind to enjoy pancakes prepared by our Ladies’ Auxiliary in anticipation of Maslenitsa, Cheesefare Week.
The repose and funeral of Tatiana Krikunov - 16/02/2017
On Wednesday 8 February we learned with sadness of the repose of one of our oldest parishioners, Tatiana Krikunov. Aged 92, Tatiana had been associated with our parish from its earliest days. On Thursday 16 February our parish rector presided at her funeral at the Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral in Strathfield, after which she was laid to rest beside her husband in Rookwood Cemetery. Tatiana is survived by her son Vitaly, his wife Irene and their son Nicholas, to whom we offer heartfelt condolences. May God grant her rest!
Services on 14-15 February, the Great Feast of the Meeting of the Lord - 15/02/2017
On Tuesday 14 February and Wednesday 15 February we had services for the Great Feast of the Meeting of the Lord. All-night vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves was served on Tuesday evening and Divine Liturgy was served on Wednesday morning. It being a working day, only small number of people gathered for Divine Liturgy. As is customary in the Sydney parishes of our Diocese, following the Prayer before the Amvon the parish rector blessed seasonal fruit. At the end of the service a memorial litia was served for the ever-memorable Archbishop Paul (Pavlov), the Ruling Bishop of our Diocese from 1980 until 1992, and Archpriest Nicholas Grant, his loyal friend and secretary. Vladyka Paul reposed on this day in 1995, Father Nicholas having reposed on the previous day. Prior to the litia the parish rector spoke about these two men and their contribution to the Diocese. May their memory be eternal!
Services on 10-11 February, the day of commemoration of All Saints of Ekaterinburg - 11/02/2017
On Friday 10 February and Saturday 11 February we had services in honour of All Saints of Ekaterinburg, our parish rector having visited some of the holy places of that region - Ekaterinburg itself, Ganina Yama, Alapayevsk, Verkhoturye and Merkushino - in October 2015. All-night vigil was served on Friday evening and Divine Liturgy was served on Saturday morning. Set forth for veneration was the parish icon of the saints, beautifully decorated by Ekaterina Waters. At the prayer "Save, O God, Thy people" at All-night Vigil all sixty-four of the saints were commemorated by name. Following the Prayer before the Amvon at the end of Divine Liturgy a brief moleben was served and a prayer to the saints was read. After the dismissal, a memorial litia was served for the newly departed Monk Joseph - formerly the Reader Isaac Lambertsen - who reposed following a brief illness on 27 January 2017. Father Joseph had translated the service to these saints from Slavonic to English in January 2016. May his memory be eternal!
Services on 4-5 February, the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee and of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia - 05/02/2017
On Saturday 4 February and Sunday 5 February we had services for the the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, the first preparatory Sunday for Great Lent, and in honour of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia. At Divine Liturgy on Sunday the Prayer for the Prosperity of the Russian Church was read. In his sermon the parish rector spoke about the importance of combining the humility and penitence of the Publican with the righteousness of the Pharisee (Luke 18:10-14) and of the example of steadfast faith presented to us by the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia.
Services on 28-29 January, Zaccheus Sunday - 29/01/2017
On Saturday 28 January and Sunday 29 January we had services for the Thirty-Second Sunday after Pentecost, Zaccheus Sunday. In his sermon at Divine Liturgy on Sunday the parish rector spoke about the humility of Zaccheus and of how this reviled tax-collector came to be an apostle, the bishop of Caesarea in Palestine, and a model of Christian repentance.
The visit of the myrrh-streaming icon of the Mother of God, "Softener of Evil Hearts" - 26/01/2017
On Thurday 26 January, the Australia Day public holiday, our parish had the great honour of receving a visit from the miraculous myrrh-streaming icon of the Mother of God, "Softener of Evil Hearts". The icon arrived in Gosford from Sydney at approximately 10.30am. Our small church was full to overflowing, with our own parishioners joined by friends from Sydney, Abbess Philothei and the sisters of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Convent in Mangrove Mountain, and a number of the Greek Orthodox faithful. A moleben with an akathist was served before the icon, with the sections of the akathist to the Mother of God read alternately in Slavonic and English and all those present commemorated by name. The parish rector thanked the custodian of the icon, Sergei Fomin, for bringing it to Australia from Moscow, and spoke of the importance in these times of spiritual, social and military conflict of softness of heart. Those present then venerated the icon and were anointed with the holy oil. For those wishing to learn more about the icon, information is available in English here and in Russian here. The icon's schedule for the remainder of its time in Australia is available here. The final service will be an akathist at 7.00pm on Tuesday 7 February 2017 at Saints Peter and Paul Diocesan Cathedral, Strathfield, at which Bishop George and the clergy of the Greater Sydney region will concelebrate.
Services on 18-19 January - Theophany, the Great Feast of the Baptism of Christ - 19/01/2017
On Wednesday 18 January and Thursday 19 January we had services for the Great Feast of Theophany, the commemoration of the Baptism of the Lord. All-night vigil - Great Compline and Matins with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves – was served on Wednesday evening, and Divine Liturgy with the Great Blessing of Water was served on Thursday morning. Following the service on Thursday and during the days that followed, the parish rector visited approximately thirty parish homes to sprinkle the Holy Water and offer prayers for the health and salvation of the faithful.
Services on 14-15 January, the Thirtieth Sunday after Pentecost - 15/01/2017
On Saturday 14 January and Sunday 15 January we had services for the the Thirtieth Sunday after Pentecost, the Forefeast of the Baptism of the Lord, and in honour of Venerable Seraphim, the Wonderworker of Sarov. Following the Prayer before the Amvon at Divine Liturgy on Sunday a moleben was served to Saint Seraphim, one of the most beloved saints of the Russian Orthodox Church. In his sermon the parish rector spoke of Saint Seraphim's teaching on the spiritual life, of his enduring example, and of the certainty of help through his prayers.
Services on 6-7 January, the Great Feast of the Nativity of Christ - 07/01/2017
On Friday 6 January and Saturday 7 January we had services for the Great Feast of the Nativity of Christ. Great Compline with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves was served on Friday evening and Divine Liturgy was served on Saturday morning. A great many people were present on Saturday morning, with friends from Sydney and Newcastle joining us. Following the Prayer before the Amvon a brief moleben of thanksgiving was served to observe the anniversary of the deliverance on Christmas Day in 1812 of the Russian Church and Empire from the invasion of the French and twelve other nations. In place of a sermon, the parish rector read aloud in Russian and in English the Nativity Epistle of Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia. Many stayed afterwards to share in a festive meal.
Services on 5-6 January, the Eve of the Nativity of Christ - 06/01/2017
On Thursday 5 January and Friday 6 January we had services for the Eve of the Nativity of Christ. Matins was served on Thursday evening, with almost everyone present taking the opportunity to confess during the course of the service. On Friday morning Vespers with the Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great was served. At Vespers the eight appointed readings from the Old Testament were read, some in Slavonic and some in English. Following the service the troparion and kontakion of the Nativity of Christ, “Thy Nativity, O Christ our God” and “Today the Virgin giveth birth”, were sung. The church was then prepared and decorated for the approaching festive services.
Services on 31 December-1 January, the Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost - 01/01/2017
On Saturday 31 December and Sunday 1 January we had services for the Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of the Holy Fathers - all the righteous men and women who pleased God from the beginning of time until the coming of Christ - and the Martyr Boniface (+290 AD). Prior to All-night vigil on Saturday evening and after Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning prayers were offered for the repose of the souls of the victims of the crash on 25 December of Russian Defence Ministry Tupolev Tu-154 into the Black Sea. Following the Prayer before the Amvon on Sunday, a brief moleben was served for the beginning of the New Year on the civil calendar.
A fundraising dinner to benefit the Presentation Convent and the Holy Transfiguration Monastery - 01/02/2017
On the evening of Sunday 28 May 2017 a fundraising dinner will be held at the Fontana Amarosa Reception Centre, next to the Greek Orthodox Church of Saints Raphael, Nicholas and Irene in Liverpool, NSW, to assist the Presentation Sisterhood in Bungarby, NSW and the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Bombala, NSW, monastic communities of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia. During the evening there will be a performance by the Melisma Ensemble, a slideshow presentation by Abbot Sergei of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery on ‘Hagia Sophia: The Mother of Churches’, and a performance from the Russian Orthodox Choir. Child-minding will be available. Tickets are $50.00 for adults and $15.00 for children aged 15 and younger. Seating will be at round tables of 12. More information, including information about a fundraising raffle, is available at https://cabrapokrov.org/fundraising-for-monasteries.